International students currently studying in Victoria can access services funded through the Study Melbourne Inclusion Program (SMIP).
The program includes 17 projects that provide you with a unique and enriching opportunity to develop skills and experiences that you can only find here in Victoria.
To stay up to date with our programs, visit the Study Melbourne events page.
Projects that are currently offered through the SMIP cover three major principles.
Some projects develop students' employability, such as projects designed to solve real-world problems, projects designed to assist you through the interview process and cultural projects to assist with workplace and social issues.
While numerous other SMIP projects solely focus on your wellbeing and mental health activities for students to build connections through sport, an online sexual health education course and a mental health service tailored for international students.
In addition to these projects, we also provide several services aiming to address educational and support to International Students activities, including legal advice on work rights and accommodation, being safe in the water, and connecting students with one and others already living in the Victorian community.
Read below if you are interested in finding out about more of our local projects.
Melbourne IS Badminton 2.0 aims to deliver access to international students to come and play badminton and opportunities to meet likeminded students.
The project also includes special Mini-Festivals such as a Badminton Tournament to bring together students in a friendly & inclusive environment.
The Creativity for Wellbeing Program will provide you access to a series of creative workshops and full-day events. If you wish you can choose to participate you can exhibit your own art at the end of year event.
All workshops will follow CovidSafe practices.
Resilience Against Racism supports international students who may have experienced racism or are a direct witness to racism. By focusing on workshops that discuss on resilience against racism and micro-aggressions within the community.
Sessions will be delivered either in-person or online to allow greater flexibility for student's access.
Deakin University - Warrnambool Campus
South West Victoria International Community Engagement Project aims to offer regional international students an opportunity to remain connected during intra-trimester breaks and non-compulsory study periods.
This project will provide a platform for community members to connect with students to build belonging, wellbeing and connections. Through community activities such as bike education sessions, volunteer programs or 'Come and Try' recreational sports.
Federation University Australia
NourishU is a nutrition based, providing international students at each of Federation University's Campuses’ Ballarat, Berwick and Churchill, with healthy cooking classes and nutrition workshops and webinars.
These sessions will be delivered by nutrition experts and will also include food relief programs in the area to provide the necessary food relief for students.
Filipino Community Council of Vic Inc
Intensified and Targeted Welfare Support for International Students aims to engage and support Filipino international students experiencing difficulties in finding suitable employment, social isolation, mental health issues and other needed support.
Students can also attend community information sessions (one per semester) to learn where to seek help and support, Covid-19 safety and vaccination information, and work rights information to avoid workplace exploitation.
Project SASS (South Asian Student Support) and Wellbeing is aiming to assist South Asian students by delivering culturally appropriate services that address student rights, encourage social connections and develop employment skills.
WeHike consists of a series of guided hiking tours to several national parks in Victoria where students will have the opportunity to explore more of regional Victoria, generate meaningful connections within the international student community and enjoy the mental and physical benefits of being in nature.
The Confident Presenters Program aims to build self-confidence skills, resilience, mental wellbeing and paths to employability. In addition, the activities will help improve students find their voice about a topic they are passionate about.
Upon completing the program, students will have the option to run their own public workshop and support each other through volunteering opportunities.
Learning and Life Centre (Huddle) Ltd
The Huddle's Welcome to AFL provides an open, accepting and safe environment to learn fundamental skills before watching a game of AFL. This also includes three events providing students with the opportunity to learn how to play Australian Rules football.
Monash Sexual Health Collective aims to create reliable and culturally appropriate online resources to address sexual and reproductive health tailored for students.
Our team will conduct focus groups to determine the topics and format for the content on the channel.
Orygen will partner with two higher education providers in Melbourne to deliver mental health peer workers dedicated for international students .
Orygen will provide peer work implementation support, workforce training and ongoing supervision to both the education provider wellbeing team and the international student mental health peer workers.
Stem Sisters Vic Incorporated
The STEM Sisters Ambassador Program aims to deliver essential skills training to female international STEM students who face challenges because of a specific gender and cultural barriers.
The project also includes sessions with the 'Women in STEM' club across three partner universities.
Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine
International students can participate in swimming lessons, a surf education and experience program through a local surf life-saving club, and social media campaign. Providing an enriching experience for international students in Geelong.
UNITED- Spanish Latin American Welfare Centre
United in Wellbeing aims to support the wellbeing of international students of Spanish and Latin American backgrounds residing in Victoria.
UNITED volunteers and staff will assist students in understanding Australia's systems and other essential services.
In addition United’s peer support system will help students tackle loneliness and social isolation, providing mental health support.