INTERNATIONAL students at the University of Tasmania are being offered free hospitality training through TasTAFE's Drysdale institute.
The training is designed to make the university a more attractive place for overseas students while also addressing a skills shortage in the hospitality sector.
It is hoped the 16 Launceston students taking part will find work placements in local hospitality businesses with help from the Tasmanian Hospitality Association.
Marine science student Rachel Chong, 21, said the two-week training course was a great opportunity for international students who wanted to find a casual job while studying.
``I looked into doing my responsible service of alcohol training but it costs a lot,'' she said.
University of Tasmania deputy vice-chancellor of students and education David Sadler said the Assisted Placement of International Students Program would help the university increase its overseas student intake.
``We want to provide our students with an education that makes them work-ready and gives them the best chance at a successful post-university life,'' Professor Sadler said.
Tasmanian Hospitality Association general manager Steve Old said the students learnt about food safety and hygiene, customer service, food and beverage service skills, local food and wine knowledge and responsible service of alcohol.