Students set on cities

FOREIGN students who feel their safety is at risk in the big cities may be looking for somewhere quieter to study, but CQUniversity is not expecting a big influx of them to its Bundaberg campus.

CQUniversity communications director Marc Barnbaum said it was unlikely many of the foreign students would take the option of choosing a regional campus such as Bundaberg.

While international students were able to study in Bundaberg, it was expected only a small number of them would choose to do so.

Mr Barnbaum said it was a Federal Government ruling that international students had to have a majority of their instruction on a face-to-face basis.

“We have a limited number of courses in Bundaberg, such as aviation and nursing, that are delivered on a face-to-face basis,” he said.

Mr Barnbaum said the university was not expecting an avalanche of foreign students, but it would welcome any who made the move.

He said many foreign students came from big cities in their homelands and they tended to prefer to stay in big cities in Australia.

Another limiting factor was the ancillary benefits foreign students had access to in the larger cities.

Mr Barnbaum said students tended to look for affordable accommodation and part-time jobs when they made a decision on where to study.

“There is some limited capacity for Bundaberg to benefit, but the limiting factors mean there will be some restriction in the numbers,” he said.

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