PACE International

PACE International

PACE International

RD IndiaThrough PACE International you could be designing & 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.

By embedding PACE International within your degree program, we connect you with international work experience placements specific to you.

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 and 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. Please contact your Faculty PACE team for more information.

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.


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. 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 are a range of funding options to assist students with the associated costs of their PACE International activity. There are two funding categories for PACE International- Category A and Category B. 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 only receive one type of funding under Category A.

Category A
PACE Travel Grant
New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant


Category B

Eligible students can receive more than one type of funding under Category B.

Category B
PACE Equity Grant

Category A

Please note: you can only receive one funding type under Category A

Type of fundingOverview Eligibility requirements Grant amounts How do I apply?
PACE Travel Grant Financial assistance provided by Macquarie University to students undertaking a PACE activity in regional and remote Australia, interstate and/or overseas. To view the eligibility requirements for the PACE Travel Grant, click here
Note: students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may be eligible for an exemption
$900-$2000 You will automatically be considered for this grant if you meet the eligibility requirements
New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program 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.

To be eligible for an NCP Mobility Grants, you must:
1.Be an Australian citizen.
Please note that you cannot receive a mobility grant if you have dual citizenship or have residency rights in the host location where you will be completing your PACE International activity
2.Have completed at least one session of study at Macquarie University
3.Be undertaking an approved PACE activity as part of an accredited PACE unit which will count towards a Bachelor degree or Bachelor honours degree at Macquarie University
4.Be between the ages of 18 to 28 years of age (excluding Indigenous students)
5.Not have already commenced a period of overseas study in the same host location as your PACE International activity
6.Not received more than one NCP mobility grant during your current degree

For more information on New Colombo Plan Mobility Program eligibility requirements, please click here

$3000 You will automatically be considered for this grant if you meet the eligibility requirements

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. To view the eligibility requirements for the PACE Equity Grant, please click here Up to $1000 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. To view the eligibility requirements for OS-HELP Loan, please click here $2000* (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 GPA 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

  • Use the PACE International Partner Search to learn more about our opportunities
  • Receive academic advice to see how a PACE International activity will fit into your degree
  • Check you meet the eligibility requirements
  • View the PACE International information session online or visit one of our drop-in sessions
  • Refer to the PACE International essential resources (below) for application tips, example application form and information on ethical volunteering

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?

Essential resources

Please refer to the essential resources before you apply for a PACE International activity.

Contact Us

Phone: +61 2 9850 4473
Instagram: @mqpace

Make an appointment or attend a drop-in session: If you would like to speak to a PACE International staff member, please email us at

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