PACE International

Through PACE International you could be doing anything from designing & delivering robotics training workshops for young students in Indonesia, to working on a marketing strategy for a start-up incubator in Beijing, China.

PACE International provides a variety of off campus group activities with both corporate and community development partner organisations. Through these activities students have the opportunity to work alongside local colleagues on a project that has been identified as a priority for the partner.

Activities are usually run over 2-8 weeks during:

  • Winter Vacation
  • Session 2
  • Session 3

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.

What do I get out of it?

By participating in a PACE International activity, you will not only improve your employability, but 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 nature, 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.

How much does it cost?

Activity Cost

Each activity will incur an Activity Cost which covers in-country costs, which may be covered by a PACE Grant (see more information below). The Activity Cost is dependant on the location, work requirements, timeframe and duration of your activity. Anything additional to the in-country Activity Cost (travelling costs, passport, incidentals etc) 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)
 Personal 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 is a range of funding options to assist students with the associated costs of their PACE International activity. Please visit the PACE grants page for more information.

How do I apply?


  • You have completed one session at Macquarie
  • You have a minimum GPA of 2.0 (4 point scale) or 4.0 (7 point scale)* (LAWS452 and LAWS899 require a minimum LAW GPA of 3.0 (4 point scale) or 5.0 (7 point scale))
  • You are enrolled or eligible to enrol in a relevant PACE unit (if completing PACE for credit)

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

How to apply

Application Timing

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

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Information Sessions

In person:

Learn more about the program and our partners along with specific information relating to the upcoming intake and top tips for your application. Face-to-face information sessions are held at the start of each University session.


Listen to an online recording of our Information sessions to learn general information about the program, activity structure and our partners. Before starting this session make sure you have downloaded the supporting material found in the PACE International Online Resources.

Make an Appointment

If you would like to make an appointment to speak to a PACE International staff member, please email us at

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