PACE International

PACE International

PACE International

RD IndiaPACE International offers full-time work experience opportunities in both corporate and community development sectors around the world.

Depending on your unit of study, you could be designing and delivering robotics training workshops for young students in Indonesia, helping local NGO's on legal research projects in Cambodia or working on a marketing strategy for a start-up incubator in Beijing, China.

Activities are varied and diverse, usually lasting between 2 - 8 weeks during:

  • Winter Vacation (June - July)*
  • Session 2 (September)
  • Session 3 (December - February)

Important Notice:

Following the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) announcement on Wednesday 11 March that COVID-19 has officially been declared a pandemic, Macquarie University has made the difficult decision to suspend all PACE International student travel until the end of July 2020. This decision reflects a similar decision that has been made in respect to Macquarie International student travel.

This means that all PACE International in-country activities (including student-nominated activities) in Session 1 and Winter Vacation are cancelled.

Our students’ health and safety is our primary concern at PACE International.

We understand this news will be quite disappointing and some of you may have queries or concerns regarding your unit enrolment. Please contact our teams at PACE International, or your appropriate Faculty, if you would like to discuss this further.

PACE International partners

PACE International works with over 40 corporate and community development partner organisations across more than 15 countries around the world. Some countries we work in include Cambodia, Fiji, India, Japan, Peru and Vietnam, just to name a few. Activities are based around the needs of our partner organisations and are, as such, subject to change.

By embedding PACE International into your degree and completing an activity through a unit of study we help to connect you with discipline specific work experience, whilst providing our partners with skilled support. To find out more about our partner organisations and activities, please search via the Partner Search tool below.

PACE International Partner and Unit Search

Please use the PACE International Partner Search below to research our available partner organisations. In your application for PACE International you will be asked to select four host organisation preferences in your application (if applicable), with the option of indicating your top preference. Please consider this and do your research using the Partner Search below.


About PACE International


What do I get out of it?

By participating in a PACE International activity, you will not only improve your employability, you will:

  • Engage in key social, business and ethical challenges in today's world
  • Contribute to more just, inclusive and sustainable global societies
  • Gain an international perspective of your industry
  • Experience life and work in a different country and culture
  • Actively contribute to discipline specific work projects
  • Enhance your resume and stand out to future employers
  • Explore future career options

PACE International offers a variety of international group activities with both corporate and community development partners.

Community Development Activities

Founded in 2009, PACE International has lead the way in international community development within the university sector and is well respected for our contribution to community development initiatives around the world.

We work with a number of non-government organisations and social enterprises in developing countries on long-term projects driven by community priorities and aligned with national sustainability and development goals.

All of the organisations involved within our community development program must meet international development guidelines to confirm their work is ethical in design, production and outcome. We are also constantly evaluating the work we are doing in this space to make sure that our activities are aligned with the partner organisations goals and the requirements of ethical international development.

On Campus Activities

Are you interested in an international experience but unable to go overseas? Consider an on campus activity which gives you an opportunity to work directly with a partner overseas via Skype and develop your skills for working in an increasingly globalised workforce. Contact your PACE Faculty team for more info.


Activity Cost

Each activity will incur an Activity Cost to cover in-country costs, which may be partially funded by a PACE Grant (see more information below). The Activity Cost is dependant on the location, work requirements, timeframe and duration of your activity. Additional costs will need to be paid for directly by the student.

Covered in Activity CostAdditional Costs
Medical checkVisa (where applicable)
Field trips*National Police Checks
Some meals*Unit tuition
Airport transfersVaccinations (where applicable)
In-country logistics and pastoral carePersonal expenses
 New/renewed passport (where applicable)
 Personal travel insurance and all related expenses for personal travel and leisure activities.
 Incidental living and travel costs (e.g laundry, transport, souvenirs)

*These costs differ between activities and may or may not be included in the activity fee


There are a range of funding options available to assist students with the associated costs of their PACE International activity. Students undertaking a PACE International activity can receive funding from both Category A and Category B, if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Category A

Eligible students can receive a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant under Category A.

Type of fundingOverview Eligibility requirements Grant amounts How do I apply?
New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program (NCP) is an Australian Government initiative that provides financial assistance to Australian undergraduate university students to participate in semester and short-term study programs in the Indo-Pacific region.

Please view the Apply for a Grant page for more information on New Colombo Plan (NCP) eligibility.

$3000 AUD You will automatically be considered, if you meet the eligibility requirements  

Category B

Eligible students can receive both a PACE Equity Grant and an OS-HELP loan under Category B.

Type of fundingOverview Eligibility requirements Grant amounts How do I apply?
PACE Equity Grant Financial assistance provided by Macquarie University to students who are experiencing financial hardship to undertake a PACE activity. Please view the Apply for a Grant page for more information on PACE Equity Grant eligibility. Up to $1000 AUD Once you have been accepted into a PACE International activity, you can apply for the PACE Equity Grant online
OS-HELP Loan An Australian Government initiative with the aim of assisting students while studying overseas. Please note that this initiative is a loan and not a scholarship. The amount borrowed will be added to a Commonwealth Supported student’s HECS debt and must be repaid to the government. Please see the OS-Help loan web page for eligibility information. $2000* AUD (Note: Requests for increased funding will be assessed on a case-by-case basis) Once you have been accepted into a PACE International activity, you will be provided with instructions on how to apply for an OS-HELP loan.

How to apply


PACE International applications are open to all currently enrolled students at Macquarie University. To be eligible you must:

  • Have completed one session at Macquarie University
  • Be enrolled – or eligible to enrol - in a PACE unit as listed in the Partner search on the PACE International website
  • Hold a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) on or above 60* (LAWS units require a LAWS WAM of 70* or above).
  • Be assessed as suitable using the PACE International Selection Criteria

* If you do not hold the minimum required WAM you can apply for special consideration in your application form.

Please note that placements are allocated based on number of places available at the partner organisation, students’ skill set, student preferences and unit requirements. While we aim to place all eligible students, some placements are very limited, and applications will be considered competitively. Please also note that activities and partners are subject to change.

In assessing your suitability, PACE International will review all components of your application including your application form, academic transcript, CV, and referee report. We may also seek advice from your home Faculty, Student Wellbeing, and/or Macquarie International.

If your WAM is under 60 (or under 70 for LAWS), or if your transcript lists Academic Caution or Disciplinary Issues, you will need to complete a special consideration form alongside your application to provide further information.

In some cases, we may require additional information to properly consider your suitability and may invite you to either submit additional supporting documents or to attend an interview with PACE International staff.

Before I apply

How do I apply?

  • Submit an online application form during the key opening dates and apply through the Current Opportunities page.
  • Select your preferences for host organisations (if applicable). Please research our partner organisations before you apply.
  • Attach to your online application a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV), your academic transcript and the contact details of your referee

An automatic reference check will be sent to your referee on submission of your application. Once you have submitted your application, you will be notified via email on the outcome of your application.

Application process overview

Application Timing

SessionApplicationsOverseas Activity
Winter VacationFebruaryJune-July
Session 2AprilSeptember
Session 3JulyJanuary

Want more info?

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Make an appointment: The PACE International team is currently working virtually from home. If you would like to speak to a PACE International staff member, please email us at to set up a zoom meeting.

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