Study Melbourne Everyday Heroes

In partnership with Internash, Study Melbourne Everyday Heroes initiative is a multi-stream program promoting connectedness and inspiration for onshore and offshore international students through storytelling and panel discussions. It showcases the positive contribution of all students and alumni to Victoria and the cultural links between Victoria and the world through our Study Melbourne Hubs network.

There are three upcoming streams of Everyday Heroes: Everyday Heroes China (Virtual), Everyday Heroes Southeast Asia (Virtual) and Everyday Heroes Onshore (In-person), including a series of workshops over July and August. Join our webinars and event to be inspired by our guest speakers who will share their stories and advice on networking, professional development, communication skills and other attributes required to build your successful life and career in our great state. All sessions are free, interactive and insightful with different themes, participating students can ask a lot of questions and interact with panel members and other student leaders to develop their network.

Everyday Heroes China — Virtual

This engaging online program showcases the experiences of Chinese students and alumni in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Through playful, artistic and creative story sharing sessions, gain insight into life studying in Melbourne and surrounds.

Tailored specifically for Chinese students, this is a series of three events, each featuring a unique video streamed on the WeChat video channel, followed by an interactive panel session with prizes and opportunities to engage with the speakers. A WeChat group will also be created for Chinese students to chat and share their stories and journey.

Learn more about each session below, or register for the full series.

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Event 1 — Explore Bendigo

Bendigo has a rich cultural history for Chinese. It also has strong Chinese communities. The video will take you around Bendigo, chatting with a Chinese international student about his unique aspect of lifestyle, traveling from Melbourne to Bendigo and dream of living there. They will share their knowledge about the cultural importance of the region and connect with the local community.

  • Date: 19 July 2022
  • Time: 6:00 – 7:00PM AEST / 4:00 – 5:00PM CST
  • Guest Speakers:
    • Feifei Liao
    • Michael Tian
    • Jing Yan

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Event 2 – Explore Melbourne

Almost everyone who thinks of coming to Australia wants to know about the different things they can do in Melbourne. This workshop takes you to various unique places in Melbourne while chatting with a Chinese international student about her lifestyle in Melbourne. It will use storytelling dance as a vehicle to facilitate the sensational connection of offshore Chinese students with Melbourne, sharing different things that international students can explore when they are in Melbourne.

  • Date: 2 August 2022
  • Time: 6:00 – 7:00PM AEST / / 4:00 – 5:00PM CST
  • Guest Speakers:
    • Feifei Liao
    • Skylar Lin
    • Miranda Liu

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Event 3 — A day in the life of an international student

Every international student wants to know what their life is going to be like once they come to Australia. We will show you a typical day of an international student in Melbourne and Victoria looks like, starting from attending university to having a part-time job. Again, this is followed by a panel discussion where Chinese international students can be a part of the discussion and ask questions about life in Victoria.

  • Date: 16 August 2022
  • Time: 6:00 – 7:00PM AEST / 4:00 – 5:00PM CST
  • Guest Speakers:
    • Feifei Liao
    • Qianqian Jiang
    • Zhaobin Dong

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Everyday Heroes Southeast Asia — Virtual

As part of everyday hero events, we are showcasing the lives of current and former Southeast Asian students from different fields and learning from their experiences.

The objective is to help current international students from Southeast Asian backgrounds to understand the outcomes and their potentials after graduation through inspiring stories of successful former and current international students.

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Event 1 — Networking is the key to success for international students

Networking is the key to success for international students

Being an international student can be overwhelming at times. Managing university, assignments, part-time jobs, and socialising could put networking on a back seat but networking can be a key to success for international students.

In this event, we will interview current and former international students and learn from their experiences how networking has helped them gain better experience in Australia and how it has benefited them in their professional life.

Event 2 — Landing your dream job after graduation!

When it comes to Southeast Asian students, the vast majority of international students wish to gain work experiences in Australia upon completing their course. However, getting your dream job isn’t an easy task. To improve their employability, international students might need to learn how to stand out from the crowd to get noticed.

In this event, we interview those former international students who have had an interesting journey. Join us in this event to learn from our guest speakers and solve your queries by asking them the most intriguing  questions about their professional life.

  • Date: 7 July 2022
  • Time: 5:00 - 6:10 PM AEST
  • Registration link: https://events.humanitix.com/everyday-heroes-southeast-asia
  • Guest Speakers: 
    • Dr Tan Phan | Vietnam | Alumnus | PhD Software Engineering
    • Florentina Tiffany | Indonesia | Current student | Master of Design
    • Sean Tan | Malaysia | Alumnus and current student | Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, PhD Cardiology
    • Bella Bui | Vietnam | Alumna | Bachelor of Arts
    • Host - Linh Ngo, Advisor (Strategy and Insights), Study Melbourne | Alumna | Bachelor of Arts and Master of Project Management

Event 3 — Confidently communicating in English

For most international students, English is a second or even a third language. English can be a barrier to communicating effectively and might hamper your prospect for employment but there are ways to quickly learn to be better at communication.

In this event, we are interviewing current and former international students and learning from their experiences about how they navigated their life as non-native English speakers and how they grabbed the opportunities during their studies and in their professional life.

Event 4 — Cracking your first professional job as an international student

One of the biggest struggles for international students can be getting their first job in their field of study. A lot of international students take a very long time to get their first break in the industry. One of the reasons is the lack of guidance and knowledge about the things they can do to make the process easier.

In this event, we are talking to former international students who got their professional job right after their graduation and the things that helped them get their first break. If you are wondering what the steps you can take while studying at the University, we are going to solve all your doubts at this event.

  • Date: 21 July 2022
  • Time: 5:00 - 6:10 PM AEST
  • Registration link: https://events.humanitix.com/everyday-heroes-southeast-asia
  • Guest Speakers:
    • Miss Kamoltas Sudasna | Thailand | Alumni | Master of Design (TBC)
    • Jovan Linardy | Indonesia | Current student | Robotics
    • Hoa (Gloria) Pham | Vietnam | Alumni | B. of Communication (TBC)
    • Host -  Darren Lee Yeu Jyn – Malaysia

Everyday Heroes Onshore — In-person

Join us with this mix of panel discussion and networking events where we are showcasing stories of international students and alumni to help current and future students have a better experience of studying in Victoria: all in-person.

Event 1 — Surviving University 101

A lot of international students in Australia talk about how it would be better if they knew more about assignments & plagiarism. In this event we want to help you to understand how university clubs and societies work and invite some student leaders who can share their experiences of being an international student in Australia.

  • Date: Reopening of Student Hub
  • Location: Study Melbourne Student Hub
  • Time: 5.30 pm - 7 pm

Event 2 — Starting your new life in Melbourne – Panel Discussion

According to our research one of the highest concerns for international students is how adapt to new life and to get their first job in Australia. In this event, we would invite two current international students who can share their experiences of how they made their own adjustments and found a part time job in Melbourne.


This will be a must-attend event for all new international students who are looking to step into the professional world.

  • Date: 28 July 2022
  • Location: University of Melbourne
  • Time: 5.30 pm - 7 pm

Event 3 — Network like a boss!

Being an international student can be overwhelming at times. Managing university, assignments, part-time jobs, and socialising could put networking on a back seat but networking can be a key to success for international students.

In this event, we will interview current and former international students and learn from their experiences how networking has helped them gain better experience in Australia and how it has benefited them in their professional life.

  • Date: 28 July 2022
  • Location: La Trobe University (Bundoora)
  • Time: 5.30 pm - 7 pm

Event 4 — Surviving University 101

A lot of international students in Australia talk about how it would be better if they knew more about assignments & plagiarism. In this event we want to help you to understand how university clubs and societies work and invite some student leaders who can share their experiences of being an international student in Australia.

  • Date: 4 August 2022
  • Location: Deakin University, Geelong
  • Time: 5.30 pm - 7 pm

Event 5 — Start a startup as an international student

A lot of international students are interested in start-ups and nurture their first business idea, but they are not sure where to make the first step. For this session, we will have two migrant start-up founders who can share their journey of starting a business in Australia, with all ups and downs and how to access help and resources.

  • Date: 11 August 2022
  • Location: The Couch, Melbourne
  • Time: 5.30 - 7 pm