Welcome to Melbourne Program

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Now in its tenth year the Welcome to Melbourne program ensures that our incoming Australia Awards Scholarship students receive a truly welcoming Melbourne experience. 

Since 2009, almost 700 alumni and staff have made the transition to life in Melbourne a little smoother for more than 1450 international Australia Awards Scholarship recipients. Students and hosts are matched based on interests and meet at the launch event. Hosts then typically invite students to share a home-cooked meal, a unique Melbourne experience, or even just a coffee.

For any enquiries about the program please call +61 3 8344 1746 or email alumni-office@unimelb.edu.au.

Applications for the Semester 1 2018 program are now closed. Please email alumni-office@unimelb.edu.au if you are interested in becoming a host in Semester 2.

For Hosts

This program is an opportunity to volunteer your time to meet with an Australia Awards scholar who is new to Melbourne. The aim is to make them feel welcome, introduce them to our city and help them create local connections.

The program involves:

  • Attending our evening launch event in February 2018. This is where hosts and students meet.
  • Undertaking one activity with the student you have been matched with before the end of the semester. There is no obligation to continue the connection past one meeting. 

Host applications for the Semester 1, 2018 program are now closed due to overwhelming response. Thank you!

Karl Brown with attendee

"Taking part in Welcome to Melbourne was a really valuable experience. I had a lot in common with my student, and was eager to share my experiences as a recent graduate and staff member, so that he could make the most out of his time at the University. It's easy to see how genuine friendships can develop from this program, and there's a great opportunity for cross-cultural learning.”

– Laura Fernandez, host

For Students

You can apply for the Welcome to Melbourne program if you are an Australia Awards scholar and have commenced your studies in the current semester. You will receive further details about the program, including the application form, from the Australia Awards team during your Introductory Academic Program (IAP).

Student applications for the Semester 1, 2018 program are now closed.

Welcome event attendees

"I was so curious who my host would be. After meeting and talking with him, we were both very surprised that we had so much in common. I'm very glad that I could meet such a helpful and kind host through this program. Thank you!"


– Jenna Oh, student

Contact Us

For technical support or general enquiries please contact the Alumni Relations team.

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Alumni Relations Office
 +61 3 8344 1746
 alumni-office@unimelb.edu.au
 

 
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