We have been connecting start-ups, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) companies, not-for-profit organisations and Victorian Government agencies with Victoria’s international student talent through innovative activities such as:

  • collaborative learning projects
  • entrepreneurship projects
  • research projects.


Through these projects, businesses have been able to:

  • draw on unique global perspectives from Victoria’s deep pool of multilingual and culturally diverse international student talent
  • tap into the latest industry knowledge and practices that students can bring from their studies.

At the same time, the students can:

  • apply their skills and knowledge professionally
  • gain real-world experience in the Victorian context.

How to take part

Here are some ways your organisation can participate.

Live Projects

Your organisation can engage a multi-disciplinary team of international students to work on a business problem for your organisation.

This collaborative project learning experience enables your organisation to benefit from their fresh perspective as they develop real-world experience.

Organisations that have worked with us include:

  • Arts Centre Melbourne
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Victoria Police

To find out more about these projects, you may want to watch our Study Melbourne Live Projects video.

Manvendra Kumar from Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning speakingJosh Tink from Victoria Police speaking

How it works

Live Projects is delivered by our program partner Practera, which provides an online learning platform as well as mentoring, to support students on the consulting project.

Your organisation will provide the brief for the students to work on.

The students will work remotely, dedicating at least 250 hours over three weeks.

At the end of the project, the students will deliver a final report and presentation of their findings.

The program is free for organisations and for students to join.

How your organisation can benefit

  • Having a team of culturally diverse students from multiple disciplines can help bring a fresh perspective to a business issue and may help positively challenge thinking.
  • You will also benefit from having the perspective of the professional mentor.
  • It is free to join the program.
  • The students’ report and presentation are free for your organisation to use.

Contact us now

To find out more, please:

We are open to ideas

Are you a Victorian business looking to tap into Victoria’s diverse international student talent?

Email us: studymelbourne@global.vic.gov.au

Projects underway

These are some projects that we are supporting and are currently underway.

Research project: Understanding the international student entrepreneur community in Victoria

By: International Education Association of Australia (IEAA)

This applied research project seeks to understand the important economic, social and cultural contributions of international student entrepreneurs in Victoria.

It aims to:

  • provide an overview of the current international student entrepreneur community in Victoria
  • identify the factors constraining their success
  • raise awareness of the important economic, social and cultural contributions they make.

Entrepreneurship project: NexStar

By: Australia-China Association of Scientists and Entrepreneurs (ACASE), and City of Melbourne

NexStar is an entrepreneurship program where Victorian international students are matched with start-ups to work on business solutions.

Designed in tandem with the Victorian university semester, the four-month learning program offers seminars in Melbourne and in Victorian regional centres.

In addition, by matching start-ups with students on projects, NexStar enables students to learn entrepreneurial skills. The program offers opportunities for students to take part in:

  • networking
  • peer-to-peer learning
  • mentoring workshops
  • a hackathon

a pitch competition.  

For more information, visit NexStar webpage.

Entrepreneurship project: The Glo Project 2019

By: Victorian TAFE Association

The Glo Project matched international and domestic students with the vibrant start-up community to build global connectedness.

Students will develop entrepreneurship skills, while start-ups get to test their business ideas with global consumers.

For more information, visit The Glo Project webpage.

Past projects

Global Students’ Entrepreneur Program (G*STEP)

By: Australia-China Association of Scientists and Entrepreneurs (ACASE)

G*STEP was a six-month program that connected startups and students in their expertise and needs related to geographic knowledge, product focus and product sector.

SummerTech LIVE

SummerTech LIVE is a paid internship for tertiary students where they were placed at Victorian businesses to help the companies in their digital transformation.

Study Melbourne successfully concluded its third year of the program in 2019, with 62 businesses, 107 students and 12 Victorian TAFEs and universities participating in 60 projects in metro and regional Victoria.

For more information, visit the SummerTech LIVE webpage.