INTERCHANGE is an exclusive 4-day program that leads international students through an action packed learning journey. It’s designed to help you find your inner entrepreneur and develop professional skills such as networking, communication, innovation and leadership. INTERCHANGE is open to all Macquarie University international students.
At INTERCHANGE, you will:
- Attend TEDx-styled speaking events with guest expert speakers
- Work closely with an accomplished business mentor
- Participate in the event alongside 250 other international students - from all areas of study from 8 different Australian universities. You will get to meet new people and gain new insights
- Come up with an entrepreneurial idea to solve a real life problem
"INTERCHANGE was an enormous opportunity for me to explore some of my hidden talents and at the same time mix with hundreds of international students who had similar passions. This experience will undoubtedly be helpful for my academic success too.” (Past INTERCHANGE participant)
The program is supported by StudyNSW. It is free to you and will be formally recognised on your AHEGS.
Participating universities are: Australian Catholic University, Macquarie University, University of Newcastle, University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, University of Technology Sydney, University of New South WalesandUniversity of Notre Dame
Places are strictly limited – Apply Now!
WHAT WILL YOU GET FROM INTERCHANGE?
Meet international students from other Universities and build your friendship and professional networks.
Be an entrepreneur
Become a graduate who is creative, resilient, emotionally intelligent and agile!
Become a problem solver
Employers want graduates who can think critically, understand the power of team work, can communicate and challenge the status quo
Fast-track your way to success
Learn leadership and innovative skills solving ‘real-world’ problems that international students face in Australia.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You will attend 3 full-day workshops (9:30am-4pm), and 1 evening gala event (6-8pm). You will be part of a unique, fast-paced and action-packed learning journey.
You will learn by doing -- working as part of a team, your challenge is to identify a problem and solve it, and then capture your idea in a short video pitch.
5 shortlisted pitches will be made live in front of a panel of judges at the gala event, and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams.
Along the way, you will benefit from the support and experience of your lead facilitator, a team mentor, and expert guest speakers. You will also have the opportunity to assess your skills at the start and end of the INTERCHANGE program, so you can recognise your own progress.
You will be expected to commit to attending all 4 days of the INTERCHANGE program. Outside the program hours, you will also be expected to communicate with your team mates on a regular basis and access various other resources made available to you online such as a Facebook group.
Saturday 4th August 9:30am-4pm, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney
Workshop One – Get inspired and Meet your Mentor. You will learn what entrepreneurship is all about as well as learning important teamwork skills. You will choose the problem you would like to solve and then start brainstorming ideas with your team.
Saturday 11th August, 9:30am-4pm, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney
Workshop Two – On day 2, you will choose the 1 idea your team will work on. And you will learn about lean business principles. You will get to test out your idea and start applying your learnings in the ‘real-world.’
Saturday 18th August, 9:30am-4pm, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney
Workshop Three – In the final workshop, you will learn how to create a video pitch for your idea. You will also learn important communication skills and start getting ready for the Gala Pitch evening.
August 23rd OR 24th (Exact date TBC) 6pm-8pm, Sydney City Location
Gala Evening – Celebrate your journey, and hear the 5 shortlisted pitches which will be made to a judging panel with some amazing prizes awarded to winners.
Applications are due by: Friday 29 June
Each of the 8 universities invited to participate can enrol a maximum of only 40 students, so places are strictly limited. Get your application in quick to avoid disappointment!
Fill out the Application Form Click Here
For enquiries, please contact Melanie Bruniges, firstname.lastname@example.org, 9850-9010