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Thriving as an HDR candidate - A group to help international students navigate challenges and build success in their HDR journey

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We invite you to connect with fellow HDR candidates in a safe and confidential environment where you can openly discuss your challenges. Whether you are newly arrived at UNSW and in Australia or approaching the conclusion of your academic pursuits, you will find value in participating in this group, as you are not traversing this path alone.

Together, we will exchange insights, fortify our resilience, and unearth our strengths. Under the guidance of a qualified mental health clinician, you will acquire essential skills and strategies to adeptly navigate academic, interpersonal, and practical obstacles. Additionally, you will gain access to university resources and broader community services to address practical concerns.

We will convene every Thursday afternoon of each month to delve into topics of mutual interest and concern. Following a comprehensive focus group involving international PhD students across various faculties and schools, we have curated a list of themes for the remainder of 2024.

Regular attendance will not only enhance your mental health and well-being literacy but also provide opportunities to become a peer mentor, offering invaluable support to others facing similar challenges. Join us and let's navigate the complexities of the HDR journey together.


  • May 30th: Understanding the impact of stress and mastering relaxation techniques and self-care.
  • June 27th: Navigating intercultural learning to acclimate to the new educational system.
  • July 25th: Effectively managing expectations in supervisory relationships and enhancing communication skills.
  • August 29th: Strategies for balancing demands from study, work, life, and family commitments.
  • September 26th: Embracing a healthy perfectionist mindset, combating the inner critic, and overcoming imposter syndrome.
  • October 31st: Insights from an UNSW PhD alumni guest speaker
  • November 28th: Exploring diverse career pathways post-PhD: Where to next?


Last Thursday of each month at 2pm


UNSW Psychology & Wellness Room 2008, Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building (access via the rainbow steps) 

Who can attend

Currently enrolled UNSW International HDR students. Registration essential.

Please contact or call 9385 5418 if you have any questions. 

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