Cross-Cultural Aspects of Advice and Support (delivered in November)
The capacity to work in a culturally attuned, sensitive and yet robust manner with international students is fundamental to the role of the international student advisor in education. This cultural aspect is heightened in a policy context where the requirements of compliance with Tier 4 regulations may equally require cultural sensitivity to the specific needs and situation of some international students.
This module is therefore primarily concerned with the international student experience and the role and responsibility of the international student advisor to ensure that the student experience is articulated, honoured and responded to in a culturally appropriate, and where necessary, robust manner.
Advice-Giving and Client Care (delivered in February)
Central to the role of the professional advisor working with international students in education is a high degree of self-awareness, emotional resilience and maturity, and sound communication skills. The process of self reflection and critical self-analysis by the advisor is central to the development of an effective working alliance with their international clients.
This module sets out to create a working environment in which students are able to work with others to develop their understanding of theoretical models of support and advice giving, and their awareness and knowledge of self as a practitioner. This process is facilitated through an in-depth exploration of the nature and effect of difference on self, other and relationship and the phenomenology of transition, stress and growth.
Particular attention will be paid to the application of advanced intrapersonal and interpersonal skills to support the development of reflective practice. The skills of reflective journal and case study writing will be explored.
Ethical and Legal Frameworks and the role of the International Student Advisor (delivered in April)
Central to the role of the professional working with international students in an advice and guidance capacity is the ability to access, understand and translate legal documents to ensure compliance. Good practice suggests this is mediated by the adviser's understanding of ethical principles guiding the interpretation of frameworks, and discernment in the management of individual casework.
This module creates a working environment in which you develop confidence and competence to access and interpret ethical and legal frameworks; to discern what you may or may not advise students to do, and where you may or may not challenge decision-making and procedures.
This learning is facilitated with reference to the specific role of the international student advisor and draws on your professional experiences, within the context of compliance requirements on the one hand and Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) regulation of advisors on the other. Further, you will learn to make judicious risk assessments and identify competent practice within given limitations.
Managing Complexity: Enhancing the Student Advisor's Influence and Impact (delivered in June)
The international student adviser plays a key role in balancing institutional compliance re immigration frameworks with the advice and guidance needs of the individual. They have a responsibility to reflect on their work and discern key themes, recurring issues and challenges which warrant further action on the part of the institution, and develop the awareness and understanding of others in order to influence attitudes, procedures and policy in the wider institution.
This module sets out to create a working environment in which you develop the confidence and competence to influence awareness and understanding of others and contribute where necessary, to policy and procedural review within the institution. This learning will be facilitated with reference to the role of the international student advisor as a manager of complex dynamics related to role, responsibility leader and therefore attend to the development of your leadership skills.
You can view an example timetable, however this is subject to change year on year and your live timetable will be available via the various online timetable systems.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.