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Welcome to Melbourne Program - RETURNS in 2023

Welcome to Melbourne event

The Welcome to Melbourne program ensures that our incoming Australia Awards Scholarship students receive a truly welcoming Melbourne experience. The program has not been able to take place since early 2020. We are excited to relaunch the program in 2023!

Since 2009, more than 1,100 alumni and staff have made the transition to life in Melbourne a little smoother for almost 1,800 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, or to express interest in participating in semester two please contact us here.

Applications for the semester one 2023 program are now CLOSED.

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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 on Thursday 16 February 2023. 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 are now closed.

Host with students

"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 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.

Event registration

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