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International Students’ Network (ISN)

In Australia, 1 in 5 medical students are international students, and AMSA strives to represent every one of these students as effectively as possible. To better advocate for these students, AMSA must have a comprehensive understanding of their issues and opinions. 

The ISN serves as an advocate for international medical student issues, most importantly giving international medical students a voice when it comes to the nationwide internship crisis.

The goals that have been set out as foundations for the ISN are:

  1. To advocate for all international medical students studying in Australia

  2. To provide support for graduating international students seeking internship in Australia

  3. To provide support for international students wishing to return home to complete internship

  4. To assist graduating international students who are unable to attain an internship in Australia in finding employment alternatives

  5. To connect current and future international medical students and to inform them of the issues currently facing international students in Australia

In 2021, ISN aims to reach all international medical students, increase student support and engagement, and address COVID-related barriers to international medical student educaiton. ISN also continues to strongly advocate for equal student opportunities between domestic and international students. We continuously engage with key stakeholders and university representatives to improve international student access to various bursaries, scholarships and electives.  

Information for international medical students on internships

Prior to COVID-19 travel restrictions, AMSA ISN released a letter containing information to current and prospective international students about the availability of internships in Australia. Click here to read the letter and find out more. The AMSA ISN has released a new guide about applying for internships in the USA. Read it here.

University Medical Society International Student Guides

Some Medical Students' Societies have produced guides for the international students studying at their medical school. These guides help international students make the transition to studying medicine in Australia. Click on the links below to view their guides: 

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