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 with PACE 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


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.

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.

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.

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.

UnitAcademic areaUnit Session AvailabilityPACE International activity timing
COCRExtra curricularNo unit enrolment requiredWinter Vacation / Session 3
CUL350Culture studiesSession 2Before unit (Winter Vacation)
ECHP424EducationSession 2Before unit (Winter Vacation)
EDTE403EducationSession 1 (4th year)Before unit (Session 3, 3rd year)
ENGG400EngineeringSession 1 / Session 2At same time as unit (Winter Vacation / Session 3)
ENGL375English studiesSession 2Before unit (Winter Vacation)
GEOP380GeographySession 2At the same time as unit (Session 2)
HLTH300Health studiesSession 1 / Session 2Before unit (Session 3 / Winter Vacation)
ICOM204International communicationsSession 1At same time as unit (Session 1 on campus activity)
INTS305International studiesSession 1 / Session 2Before unit (Session 3 / Winter Vacation)
LAWS452LawSession 1 / Session 2Before unit (Session 3 / Winter Vacation)
At same time as unit (Session 2)
LAWS899LawSession 1 / Session 2Before unit (Session 3 / Winter Vacation)
At same time as unit (Session 2)
MAS350Media Session 1 / Session 2Before unit (Session 3 / Winter Vacation)
PACE360Non-faculty specificWinter Vacation / Session 3At same time as unit (Winter Vacation / Session 3)
PSY399PsychologySession 2Before unit (Winter Vacation)
SSCI301SociologySession 1 / Session 2After unit (Winter Vacation / Session 3)
At same time as unit (Session 2)
TEP401EducationSession 1 (4th year)Before unit (Session 3, 3rd year)

Costs and financial support

You will be required to pay a ‘student activity contribution’ to cover some of the costs associated with your activity. The maximum activity contribution is $3,000, however for most activities it will be less.

The amount of your 'student activity contribution' is dependent on the location, work requirements, timeframe and duration of your activity. For example, some activities will include all meals and transport, so this will make the overall cost more expensive.

Please note the 'student activity 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 total activity contribution in 2017.

CountryWinter VacationSession 3
Cambodia$1,800$2,800 (12 week activity)
China$2,100$2,200 (4 week activity)
India$2,000$2,000 (4 week activity)
Indonesia$915$1,500 (4 week activity)
Peru$2,900$2,900 (4 week activity)
Philippines$2,000$2,500 (6 week activity)
Vietnam$1,800$2,500 (6 week activity)

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 a PACE Travel grant even if you have previously received a Travel Grant from Macquarie Abroad.

On top of the PACE Travel grant funding you can also apply for 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.

Off campus activities range from 4–8 weeks overseas where participants work full time at the workplace of their partner organisation and live with other Macquarie students in share-room accommodation.

Community development partners are located in developing countries and their activities are driven by community priorities that are aligned with national sustainability and development goals.


  • 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 benefits of PACE

Along with the selection criteria, we are looking for applicants who have an appropriate level of resilience in consideration of the challenges of working and living in a different communities and cultures.

Application top tips

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

Your Application form:

  • Take a look at an application form example via our PACE International wiki and practice your answers before completing it online.
  • Read the Application Writing Guide via our PACE International wiki
  • 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

Partner and Activity Allocation

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.

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 3, 2018 Dates

  • Applications: Monday 23 July 2018 – Sunday 26 August 2018 (11pm)
  • In country dates: January – February 2019 (activities are 4-8 weeks in length)

Session 3 opportunities are now open, until Sunday 26 August. Apply online now!

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 organisationCountryActivity timing and durationGrant supportActivity contribution
Co-curricular (not for academic credit)Know one Teach One (KOTO)Vietnam12 January – 9 February 2019 
(4 weeks)

activity contribution
is $3,000

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

ENGG400Taman Pintar Indonesia12 January – 9 February 2019 
(4 weeks)
HLTH300KHANACambodia12 January – 23 February 2019 
(6 weeks)
Restless Development IndiaIndia12 January – 9 February 2019 
(4 weeks)
YakkumIndonesia12 January – 9 February 2019 
(4 weeks)
Roots of HealthPhilippines12 January – 23 February 2019 
(6 weeks)
INTS30510Space / Delsk / Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) / QBPCChina5 January – 2 February 2019 
(4 weeks)
Know One Teach One (KOTO)Vietnam12 January – 9 February 2019 
(4 weeks)
LAWS452 / LAWS899Cambodian Royal University for Law and Economics (RULE) / Help Age Cambodia (HAC) / NGO ForumCambodia12 January – 23 February 2019 
(6 weeks)
Beijing Yue Cheng Law Firm / QBPCChina5 January – 2 February 2019 
(4 weeks)
PravahIndia12 January – 9 February 2019 
(4 weeks)
Centre for Migrant Advocacy (CMA)Philippines12 January – 23 February 2019 
(6 weeks)
MAS350Centre for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) / Roots of HealthPhilippines12 January – 23 February 2019 
(6 weeks)
PACE360Deaf Development Program (DDP) / Help Age Cambodia (HAC) Cambodia12 January – 23 February 2019 
(6 weeks)
10 Space / Delsk / Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) / QBPCChina5 January – 2 February 2019 
(4 weeks)
Pravah / Restless Development IndiaIndia 12 January – 9 February 2019 
(4 weeks)
YakkumIndonesia12 January – 9 February 2019 
(4 weeks)
Centre for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) / Roots of HealthPhilippines12 January – 23 February 2019 
(6 weeks)
Action on Poverty (AOP) / Know One Teach One (KOTO)Vietnam 12 January – 23 February 2019 
(AOP - 6 weeks) 
12 January – 9 February 2019 
(KOTO - 4 weeks) /
TEP401Deaf Development Program (DDP)Cambodia12 January – 23 February 2019 
(6 weeks)
Know One Teach One (KOTO)Vietnam12 January – 9 February 2019 
(4 weeks)

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.

Find your own international activity

Already have an organisation in mind? Through PACE International you can nominate your own 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.

Important information

  • Activities must be completed for academic credit
  • Activities cannot be completed with a community development organisation
  • 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
  • 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.

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. Approval can take between 1 – 3 months depending on the activity and location.
  • 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.


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. Stall times will be listed below once confirmed.

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