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

PACE International already has established partnerships overseas so no need to find your own placement. However if you are an international student returning to your home country and have found an organisation to host you we can support you in this.

Our next round of applications for Session 3 2019 (Summer Break) will be opening soon in late July 2019.

Please register your interest below to receive up to date information about how to apply.

PACE International Partner 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 before you apply.


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.

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.

How much does it cost?

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. 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

Applications for Session 3 2019 activities will open in late July.

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 on the PACE International website before you apply.

Please note that placements are allocated based on number of places available at partner organisation, students' skill set matching to partner organisation needs, student preferences and unit. Please also note that activities and partners are subject to change.

For more tips about how to apply please refer to the PACE International Application Guide and the Application Form example.

To apply for a PACE International activity please follow the steps below.

Application Timing

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

Want more info?

Information Session

For more information please refer to the online recording of the PACE International Information Session.

Before starting this session it is a good idea to have read the supporting material found in the PACE International Online Resources. If you have any questions following this session please don't hesitate to contact the PACE International team on the contact details below.

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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