Welcome to Melbourne Program

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Every semester the Welcome to Melbourne program ensures that our incoming Australia Awards Scholarship students receive a truly welcoming Melbourne experience.  In exciting news, this semester for the first time, we will also have a small group of new international students from the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) taking part in the program. This is part of a pilot to bring the program to the wider international student community at the University.

This program aims to make the transition to life in Melbourne a little smoother by connecting international Australia Awards Scholarship recipients and our pilot group of new FBE students with alumni or staff 'hosts'. 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.

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For Hosts

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

Host applications for the Semester 2, 2017 program are now closed.

Karl Brown with attendee

"It's not a huge time commitment (or) a big imposition to include them in a meal at home or a restaurant; or at concerts, sporting events or day trips to a favourite place”

– Vanessa Gavens, 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 or if you are part of the FBE Pilot. 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 2, 2017 program are now closed.

Welcome event attendees

"This program helped me connect to Australians. It's a unique opportunity to blend into Australian culture and academic life"

– Egidio Simbine, 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

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