The Australian | 28 March 2013
A survey of 110,000 university students at campuses across the country has found found 80% rate their overall experience as “good” or “excellent”, with all key demographic groups reporting consistent satisfaction. However, more than half of those surveyed believe paid work affected their study. And a majority of Australian students say support services are irrelevant to their needs.
There is very little difference in how male and female students experienced university study.. Being the first in a family to attend university also has “very little” impact on study, and language spoken at home has “no reported impact”.
While Australian residents report slightly higher levels of engagement, international students said they received more support. Of international students who responded on how they went adjusting to Australia, 60 per cent reported they received appropriate assistance with English-language skills and three-quarters said they were helped to settle in.
Indigenous students also reported higher levels of support than other Australians.