Welcome to Melbourne and Victoria!

Connect with Study Melbourne for everything you need to thrive as an international student

As you commence your studies, we have put together a program of free activities in partnership with organisations in the Victorian community. We look forward to seeing you at one or more of these fun, free events. They are a great way to meet new people and find information that will help you thrive as an international student.

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Melbourne Airport welcome

Volunteers will be at Melbourne airport terminal 2 to welcome arriving international students and visitors to Victoria.
When: 7 days a week, 365 days a year and hours of operation are from 6am – 11pm
Where: Melbourne Airport Terminal 2

Avalon Airport welcome

Student ambassadors will be at Avalon airport to welcome arriving international students and visitors to Victoria. Presented in partnership with Avalon airport and Tourism Greater Geelong and Bellarine.
When: February - March 2019
Where: Avalon airport

Study Melbourne comes to you

Study Melbourne will be at some education provider orientations. Come and chat with a Study Melbourne staff about how connecting with Study Melbourne can help you thrive as an international student. If you can't find us, ask your education provider or connect with Study Melbourne.

When: February - March 2019

Official welcome events - Melbourne and Geelong

Your official welcome to Melbourne

In partnership with City of Melbourne

City of Melbourne Lord Mayor's Welcome and the Melbourne Dumpling Festival combine to bring you the best of both worlds. Visit the international student booth for information and freebies!

When: Friday 15 March 2019 and Saturday 16 March 2019, 5pm - 11pm
Where: 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Cost: Free. No registration required.

Your official welcome to Geelong

In partnership with Study Geelong.

Are you an international student studying in Geelong? Have you been here 6 months or less? Join us at this free event for a delicious BBQ, get up and close with Aussie animals and more!

When: Thursday 14 March 2019, 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Where: Royal Geelong Yacht Club, 25 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong, Victoria
Cost: Free Register on Eventbrite

Coffee meetups

international students sharing coffeeStudy Melbourne Student Centre hosts international students at a coffee meetup where you can meet fellow new students, and ask a student ambassador anything about settling into life in Melbourne. It's also a great opportunity to meet Study Melbourne staff.

Where: Study Melbourne Student Centre, 17 Hardware Lane, Melbourne
Cost: Free. Spaces are limited – so register now. We will contact you via email if you have been selected. Register on Typeform .

Meetup dates

Friday 8 March 2019, 2pm - 4pm

Friday 15 March 2019, 2pm - 4pm

Friday 22 March 2019, 2pm - 4pm

Friday 29 March 2019, 2pm - 4pm

Friday 5 April 2019, 1pm - 3pm

Friday 12 April 2019, 2pm - 4pm

Walking tours - 'Walking in two worlds

Walking in two worlds

Discover Melbourne's indigenous landscape and landmarks to reveal Aboriginal culture, early European settlement and secrets of contemporary Melbourne. Experience the culture and lifestyle as we delve into history and stories of Australia's cultural capital.

Where: Enterprize Park, 469-503 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free. Limited space. To register contact the tour guide Dean Stewart by email on ATAEM@optusnet.com.au or by phone on 0421 323 656.


Thursday 14 March 2019, 6pm – 8pm

Wednesday 21 March 2019, 6pm – 8pm

Thursday 28 March 2019, 6pm – 8pm

Wednesday 3 April 2019, 5pm – 7pm

Community welcome lunches

In partnership with Welcome Dinner Project

Community welcome lunch 10 MarchBoyd Community Hub, Southbank

Celebrate the start of a new life at college and university with this community welcome lunch at Boyd Community Hub, Southbank. Make new friends with Australian residents and welcome international students to Melbourne! Just bring a plate of your favourite food to share. Limited seats available.

When: Sunday 10 March 2019, 12pm - 2.30pm
Where: Boyd Community Hub, 207 City Road, Southbank
Cost: Free. Register on Eventbrite

Study Melbourne Student Centre

Community Welcome Lunch 23 March What makes Melbourne's multicultural communities so rich and beautiful? Discover the answer at this lunch where we welcome international students and people from migrant backgrounds to our shores. Be touched and entertained by stories of life, love and change from the people you meet. You will be surprised! Just bring a plate of your favourite food to share. Limited seats available.

When: Saturday 23 March 2019, 12pm - 2.30pm
Where: Study Melbourne Student Centre, 17 Hardware Lane, Melbourne              
Cost: Free. Register on Eventbrite

Library at the Dock

Community welcome lunch 27 April Celebrate Easter with Australian residents and international students over a beautiful spread of multicultural dishes. Make friends with people from around the world and explore new and hidden gems in Melbourne. Share your love of food, hobbies and your community with the people you meet!  Just bring a plate of your favourite food to share. Limited seats available.

When: Saturday 27 April 2019, 12pm - 2.30pm
Where: Library at the Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands
Cost: Free. Register on Eventbrite

Study Melbourne essential experience

International students enjoying Melbourne!When: Friday 5 April 2019, 3:30-6:30PM

Cost: FREE! Register online

We are hosting a barbeque for 200 international students at the Treasury Gardens before a large group heads to the MCG to watch the Melbourne Demons v the Essendon Bombers.

This amazing evening will include:

  • a classic Aussie barbeque
  • a chance to win tickets to the epic clash between the Melbourne Demons and Essendon Bombers at the home of Australian football, the MCG
  • games including learning how to play cricket and kick a football
  • 199 other international students to get to know

Tell us in 25 words or fewer why you want to be a part of our Essential Experience.

To get involved, follow the link to register.

Need more information?

Email us at info@studymelbourne.vic.gov.au for more information about these free welcome events.

Connect with us

Stay in touch through our website, email newsletter, WeChat, Instagram and Facebook group – International students of Melbourne and Victoria. Visit the Study Melbourne Student Centre to be part of Study Melbourne’s connected and supported international student community.