Melbourne attracts students from all over the world to study at the many leading tertiary institutions in the city. Almost 55 per cent of students living and studying in the city are international students.

We want to make sure that international students have every opportunity to excel in their education and employment, enjoy Melbourne and develop life-long connections with the city.

On Wednesday 16 October 2013 we held our first focus group on the draft A Great Place to Study Strategy. We had 18 student representatives (from nine education providers and 13 student organisations) participate in the two hour focus group. Participants provided us with useful and innovative feedback on how we can achieve the goals in the strategy to enhance the experiences of many international students in the city.

On 10 December 2013, the City of Melbourne adopted A Great Place to Study International Student Strategy 2013-17.


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community engagement on draft International Student Strategy

    October 2013

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Review feedback for draft International Student Strategy

    November 2013

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    International Student Strategy endorsed by Council

    10 December 2013

Consultation closed

Goal 1 (Collaborative practice and partnering): We will continue to identify issues, challenges and opportunities for international students.

To achieve this goal we propose the following actions:

  1. Conduct and participate in research projects that will inform City of Melbourne’s internal strategies and programs, and assist us to inform and advise other levels of government, education providers and services, on issues such as transport concession, housing affordability and quality and student well-being.
  2. Explore opportunities with local government and education providers to develop responses to enhance students’ wellbeing, housing access and affordability and employment opportunities
  3. Research and identify ways that international students can connect with other students, families and communities to reduce social isolation and enhance connections and inclusion.

Goal 2: We will enhance student wellbeing through a coordinated response across communities, sectors and government.

To achieve this goal we propose the following actions:

  1. Create opportunities for engagement between council and stakeholders and students to gain input into international student program development
  2. Provide new and up to date information and advice to community organisations, welfare and youth service providers and opportunities to partner in programs that increase students wellbeing
  3. Increase international students employment and employability opportunities through workshops, work experience and internship programs
  4. Continue to promote and support community education focussing on problem gambling

Goal 3: We will support programs and pathways that welcome, connect and encourage international students to lead and excel in education, employment and community.

To achieve this goal we propose the following actions:

  1. Promote Melbourne as a leading destination for students, researchers and research investment and global partnerships
  2. Explore the need to pilot a virtual careers fair for international students and employers
  3. Provide opportunities for international students to volunteer in CoM programs
  4. Review and redevelop the CoM international student leadership program
  5. Provide international students with information, connection and inclusion opportunities through welcome events, publications and council programs and facilities, such as Melbourne library service, recreational centres, the couch, multicultural hub and arts and culture programs

Goal 4: We will acknowledge, respect and celebrate the diverse cultural, economic and social contribution of the international students in the life of the city.

To achieve this goal we propose the following actions:

  1. Host the Lord Mayors Student Welcome
  2. Implement the CoM retail and hospitality strategy
  3. Support international student programs through community grants
  4. Provide and promote opportunities for international students to participate in programs that celebrate cultural diversity

Goal 5: We will continuously improve the perceptions of Melbourne as the unparalleled Australian destination of choice.

To achieve this goal we propose the following actions:

  1. Fostering relationships and delivering training programs with industry, education providers and overseas governments
  2. Promoting Melbourne as an education destination
  3. Working with the international education sector to grow Melbourne’s global business opportunities

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