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Whether you are assisting with native land rights in Borneo, supporting an archaeological dig in Italy or working with a social media agency in Paris there is an international experience to suit you.

Through PACE International 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

Off Campus Opportunities

PACE International provides a variety of off campus group activities with both corporate and community development partners. Off campus activities can be completed as part of a unit of study or as a co-curricular option (not for credit). See academic requirements to find out which units fit into your degree.

Activities are held over 2-8 weeks during Winter Vacation, Session 2 and Session 3.  During this time you will work and live in another country with other Macquarie students.

A student activity contribution is required to complete an off campus activity. Read more about costs and financial support.

See available Upcoming Opportunities to plan your next international PACE activity.


Development of discipline skills

The main differentiator for PACE from other international volunteering programs is that the work you complete overseas is backed by academic structure and requirements from your degree. The work you do through PI relates to your interests, skills, experience and there is a lot of time spent in matching you with the best possible experience for you.

Gain an international perspective of your industry

A university degree is often not enough alone to get a job. Add a gold star to your CV with international work experience that makes you stand out from the crowd. Through PACE International you can show future employers you have the taken the initiative to travel the world to enhance your understanding, experience and skills in this industry.

Contribute to positive social change

You will have the opportunity to contribute to the community while you are overseas. PACE International is highly regarded for the work we do to support community engagement initiatives and you can be rest assured that the partners we work with have been thoroughly assessed to make sure the work they are doing is ethical.

Be supported every step of the way

PACE International is a great way to travel overseas, even if it is your first time abroad. We understand that traveling to and living in another country for an extended time can be scary and challenging at times, so we have put into place a number of measures to make sure you feel supported every step of the way.

Receive financial support to cover costs

There are costs involved with completing an international activity. In most cases you will be required to pay an activity fee along with other travel costs such as international airfares. To help take the financial pressure off and make PACE as accessible as possible we provide financial assistance through travel grants.

Add academic credit toward your degree

If you decide to compete PACE International through an academic unit you will receive academic credit towards your degree.

Community Development Activities

Founding 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.

Our community development program provides you with the unique opportunity to:

  • Contribute to positive social change
  • Gain a new perspective of the world
  • Develop a greater understanding of different cultures and communities
  • Complete an academic project towards your degree

Academic requirements

If you would like to complete PACE International for academic credit you must confirm you meet the unit pre-requisites. Your position within PACE International is dependant on successful enrolment within the unit. Further unit information can be found in the handbook.

It is important to confirm the timing of your PACE International activity in relation to your academic program. The table below provides further information about the different options depending on your unit.

UnitUnit Session AvailabilityPACE International activity timing
COCRNo unit enrolment requiredWinter Vacation / Session 3
CUL350Session 2Before unit (Winter Vacation)
ECHP424Session 2Before unit (Winter Vacation)
EDTE403Session 1 (4th year)Before unit (Winter Vacation 3rd year)
ENGG400Session 1 / Session 3Before unit (Session 3 / Winter Vacation)
ENGL375Session 2Before unit (Winter Vacation)
GEOP380Session 2At the same time as unit (Session 2)
HLTH300Session 1 / Session 2Before unit (Session 3 / Winter Vacation)
ICOM204Session 1At same time as unit (Session 1 on campus activity)
INTS305Session 1 / Session 2Before unit (Session 3 / Winter Vacation)
LAWS452Session 1 / Session 2Before unit (Session 3 / Winter Vacation)
At same time as unit (Session 2)
LAWS899Session 1 / Session 2Before unit (Session 3 / Winter Vacation)
At same time as unit (Session 2)
MAS350Session 1 / Session 2Before unit (Session 3 / Winter Vacation)
PACE360Winter Vacation / Session 3At same time as unit (Winter Vacation / Session 3)
PSY399Session 2Before unit (Winter Vacation)
At same time as unit (Session 2)
SSCI301Session 1 / Session 2After unit (Winter Vacation / Session 3)
TEP401Session 1 (4th year)Before unit (Winter Vacation 3rd year)

Costs and financial support

You will be required to pay a ‘student activity contribution’ to cover some of the costs associated with the activity. The maximum activity contribution is $3,000, however for most activities it will be less. This amount is dependent on the location, work requirements, timeframe and duration of your activity. For example, some of our activities will include all meals and transport, so this will bump up the cost of your activity contribution.

Please note this contribution is in addition to the cost of your unit enrolment.

Along with your 'student activity contribution' you will need to budget for extra costs of travelling and living overseas.

Breakdown of costs:

Macquarie University covers Activity contribution coversExtra student costs
Travel insurance  Health checks International return airfares
Pre-departure training Airport transfers Vaccinations (where applicable)
In-country orientation Accommodation New / renewed passport (where applicable)
Re-entry workshops Some meals (where applicable)Visa (where applicable)
Emergency assistance Field trips (where applicable)National police checks
In-country management Some transport (where applicable)Some meals
Activity supervision and logistics Activity costs
(e.g materials and other supplies associated
with completing the activity)
Incidental living and travel costs
(e.g laundry, transport, souvenirs)
  Personal travel insurance and all related expenses
for personal travel and leisure activities.

Example of previous activity contributions

To give you an idea of possible activity contributions. See below the amount students paid in 2017 for 4 week activities in each location:

CountryWinter Vacation 2017

Financial support

Macquarie University is committed to ensuring PACE activities are as accessible as possible. If you are accepted into a PACE International activity you will be considered for a PACE Travel grant funded by either the University or the government via the New Colombo Plan.

You can only receive one PACE travel grant in total across all PACE International activities and the type of grant funding (either University or Government) is dependent on the location of your activity overseas, if you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student and your citizenship.

You can still receive either a PACE Travel grant even if you have previously received a mobility grant for an exchange.

On top of the PACE Travel grant funding you can also apply for other university wide funding options including an Equity grant or OS-HELP Loan.

Even if you receive financial support for your PACE International activity you will still need to pay your activity contribution in full.

Find out more and apply for grant support.

Application Information

PACE International off campus activities are open to all currently enrolled Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. We are looking for participants from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. We will not exclusively select high achieving students; rather we are looking for students who have an understanding and appreciation of the goals of the PACE International program and meet the selection criteria.


  • 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.

Selection Criteria

  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Ability to work in team environments
  • Open to constructive feedback
  • Empathy and respect for others
  • Self-awareness / behaviour
  • Effective communication
  • Motivation and commitment to the principles of PACE

PACE cannot guarantee specific placement allocation. We will consider your skills, interests, experience and academic requirements to match you with the best international activity and partner organisation. If successful, you will be provided with details of your activity, country and partner organisation in an Offer Letter to join the program.

All activities are dependent on the needs of partner organisations as well as the social, political and environmental context of the host country. In extreme circumstances, an activity may be cancelled or postponed.

To complete your activity successfully, you will be required to:
  • Attend an information session online or face-to-face
  • Complete an application online via Current Opportunities including:
    • A copy of your CV
    • Your student ID or passport
    • Details of an academic referee from Macquarie University
    • A copy of your academic transcript
  • Enrol in a PACE unit (if completing an activity for academic credit)
  • Complete mobilisation requirements
  • Attend pre-departure training before you leave Australia
  • Maintain a level of behaviour aligned with the PACE International Code of Conduct
  • Attend a re-entry workshop on your return to Australia

Application top tips

Your Application form:

  • Check the partners that have activities available in your academic unit or co-curricular option
  • Research PACE International partners to understand their purpose, values and focus.
  • Relate your responses to the PACE International selection criteria and consider how your skills will be useful to PACE International partners.
  • Practice writing your responses in word and get a friend or colleague to check before submitting your application.
  • Proof read and be careful of your spelling and grammar.
  • Keep your responses clear and concise.
  • Apply early to give your referee enough time to complete a reference check before the due date.

Updating your CV:

  • Tailor your CV to highlight your skills, knowledge and experiences that relate to PACE International and our partner organisations.
  • Include a personal statement describing how PACE International fits into your personal and professional aspirations.
  • Identify key transferable skills and experiences (paid and unpaid).
  • List your experience in reverse chronological order.
  • Format your document correctly – name, page numbers, spell check.
  • Keep your CV to only 2 pages in length.
  • Use an informative file name: E.g. BenSmith_PACEInternational_2018

Confirming a Referee:

  • Academic referee – Unit Convenor, tutor or academic advisor
  • Macquarie referee – GLP staff member, Career’s advisor, MQ mentors advisor, Campus wellbeing advisor
  • Professional referee – work manager, high-school teacher, sports coach

Upcoming Opportunities

To best prepare for your application we suggest you plan early and attend an information session online or in person. Further information about these sessions is listed in the 'Find out more' section of our website.

Session 2, 2018 Dates

  • Applications: Monday 30 April 2018 – Sunday 27 May 2018 (11pm)
  • Offer Letter: Monday 18 June 2018
  • Acceptance and $500 deposit: Sunday 24 June 2018
  • Compulsory Pre-departure training: Saturday 4 August 2018 (9:00am – 4:00pm)

Session 3, 2018 Dates

  • Applications: Monday 23 July 2018 – Sunday 19 August 2018 (11pm)

Please note:

  • Partner organisations are subject to change dependant on student numbers, partner needs and the social, political and environment context of the host country.
  • The maximum activity contribution is $3,000, however most contributions will be less. To find out more and see 2017 contributions please see costs and financial support.
  • PACE Travel Grant funding is provided to eligible students on acceptance into most activities with PACE International. Read more about eligibility requirements under the Costs and Financial support tab.
UnitPartner organisationCountryTravel DatesGrant supportActivity contribution
GEOP380PACOS TrustMalaysia8 September – 6 October NCP $3,000

activity contribution
is $3,000

To find out more and
see 2017
activity contributions 
please read
Costs and
Financial support 

LAWS452 / LAWS899University of the South PacificVanuatu14 – 28 SeptemberNCP $3,000
MEDI308Restless Development IndiaIndia16 – 28 SeptemberPTG $1,600
SSCI301PACOS TrustMalaysia8 September – 6 OctoberNCP $3,000
SOC352PACOS TrustMalaysia8 September – 6 OctoberNCP $3,000

On Campus Opportunities

If you are interested in global issues, cultures and communities, but are not able to travel or live overseas for an extended amount of time, we offer a selection of on campus activities. On-campus activities give you an opportunity to work directly with a partner overseas via Skype and email and develop your skills for working in an increasingly globalised workforce.

On campus activities are available within specific PACE Units and managed by a unit convenor and faculty PACE representative. See below a list of units currently available for PACE International on campus activities. Further information can be found on the Handbook.

For more information and to apply please contact the Faculty of Arts PACE team.

Student nominated opportunities

Already have an organisation in mind? Through PACE International you can nominate your own international activity and complete work experience with an organisation overseas. If you are interested in this option, you need to plan early and take initiative to gain the appropriate academic and risk approval.


  • Networking – build relationships with professionals in your field
  • Future career preparation – learn the skills you need for future job searches
  • Flexibility – find an employer who matches your preferences
  • Independence – learn to be proactive and promote your capabilities


  • Activities must be completed for academic credit
  • Student nominated activities cannot be completed with a community development organisation, as we already run programs in this area and all of our partners need to be thoroughly assessed to make sure they meet international development guidelines. However we can support you in the corporate sector.
  • PACE International does not approve activities in countries listed on the Smart Traveller website by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as ‘reconsider your need to travel’ or ‘do not travel.’ Countries listed as ‘high degree of caution’ require a detailed risk assessment to gain approval.

Costs and financial support

You are responsible for all costs associated with your international activity. Financial support is available to you. Find out more about available grants.

Find out more about nominating your own activity.

Application Information

Your nominated activity requires two forms of approval:

  • Academic approval from your unit convener
  • Risk assessment from PACE International

We recommend you contact your Faculty PACE Team 3 months before your intended activity start date. Approval can take between 1 – 3 months depending on the activity and location.

How to find and nominate an international activity

  • Select a unit:
    Confirm you have space in your degree. Decide on the unit and confirm with the unit convenor that you meet the pre-requisites of the unit.
  • Find a partner organisation:
    Contact an organisation directly
    OR contact your faculty to see if they are offering any activities you can join
  • Conduct activity and risk approval:
    Consult the Faculty PACE Team to complete an Activity assessment with your Unit Convenor. Activities that meet the learning outcomes of the unit will process to PACE International for risk assessment.
  • Complete mobilisation requirements:
    PACE International will provide guidance on what mobilisation requirements you will need to complete which may include; submission of travel documents, pre-departure training and medical checks

Find out more

Register your interest for PACE International and be the first to hear about new opportunities, unit specific details and application top tips straight to your inbox.

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.

Date and timeLocation
Tuesday 24 July (1-2pm)7 Wally's Walk, 149 Briefing Room
Thursday 26 July (2-3pm)7 Wally's Walk, 149 Briefing Room
Tuesday 31 July (2-3pm)7 Wally's Walk, 149 Briefing Room
Thursday 2 August (2-3pm)7 Wally's Walk, 149 Briefing Room
Monday 6 August (2-3pm)7 Wally's Walk, 149 Briefing Room
Thursday 9 August (3-4pm)7 Wally's Walk, 149 Briefing Room
Monday 13 August (3-4pm)7 Wally's Walk, 149 Briefing Room
Thursday 16 August (1-2pm)7 Wally's Walk, 149 Briefing Room


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 on the PACE International page of the PACE student wiki.

Visit our stalls at Oweek and Career’s fairs

At the start of each session PACE hosts an information stall during Oweek. Stop by to speak with PACE International alumni, hear more about their experiences and learn more about PACE. Visit the Orientation website to find out more.

Visit our lunchtime stalls inside MUSE

We host lunchtime stalls inside MUSE over the first few weeks of Session 1 and Session 2. Visit the stall to speak with a PACE International Alumni or staff member. Upcoming stall times are listed below:

Monday 30 July, 201811am – 2pm
Wednesday 1 August, 201811am – 2pm
Monday 6 August, 201811am – 2pm
Wednesday 8 August, 201811am – 2pm
Monday 13 August, 201811am – 2pm
Wednesday 15 August, 201811am – 2pm

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