International

International

PACE International teaching in Peru

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.

Founded on the principle of reciprocal benefit to students, organisations and communities, an international PACE activity will help you to explore real world challenges while you gain professional skills.

PACE International has a proud history of partnering with organisations in developing countries that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainable community development. Students that participate in these unique programs will have the opportunity to actively contribute to more just, inclusive and sustainable societies across the world.

Through PACE International you will:

  • Apply your academic knowledge and skills to real world projects
  • Experience life in a unique community and culture
  • Understand key social, ethical and business challenges
  • Explore future career options
  • Contribute to positive social change

Academic requirements

All PACE International activities are developed collaboratively between PACE International staff, unit convenors and partners to ensure they are mutually beneficial to you and the partner organisation and meet the academic requirements of your PACE unit.

A PACE unit counts for credit towards your degree. To complete a PACE International activity through a PACE unit, you must first check which units fit into your degree and whether you need to complete the unit before, during, or after your activity. Information about current PACE units can be found in the handbook.

Depending on the unit, you will need to apply to PACE International at the end of your second year or during your third year. For more information see How do I apply?

What can I do?

PACE International offers a range of experiences for students. You can complete a discipline-specific activity where the work is designed to meet the learning outcomes of your PACE unit or you can complete a more general activity outside of your studies. 

Activities are usually between 2 and 12 weeks. To complete your activity successfully, you will be required to:

  • Complete an application and face-to-face interview
  • Enrol in a PACE unit (if completing an activity for academic credit)
  • Complete mobilisation requirements
  • Attend pre-departure training before you leave Australia
  • Attend a re-entry workshop on your return to Australia

There a few different ways that you can complete an international activity:

  • Through PACE International: Travel with a group of other students to complete work with one of our long standing partners. Most activities have a focus on community development and are driven by community priorities and aligned with national development goals. See current International opportunities.
  • Through your Faculty: We support international field trip activities arranged by your faculty and discipline. See how do I start
  • On campus: If you are interested in global issues, cultures and communities, but you are not able to travel overseas, we offer a selection of on-campus activities.
  • Nominate your own: Want to find your own international activity in the corporate sector? Find out more about organising your own PACE activity.

Where can I go?

PACE International offers group activities with over 25 organisations in 10 countries around the world including:

  • Cambodia
  • Fiji
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Vietnam
  • Vanuatu

Your activity may be located in the heart of a busy cosmopolitan city or within a small rural town. You might stay in one location for the duration of your activity or you might have the opportunity to travel to other areas of the country.

If you join a group activity through PACE International there will be several students travelling to the same country at the same time and some of them may be working with the same partner organisation. See current International opportunities.

Other options

If you would like to find your own activity please note there restrictions on travel to certain countries based on advice of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. As a general rule, PACE International does not approve PACE activities in countries listed on the Smart Traveller website as "Reconsider your need to travel" or "Do not travel". Travel to countries listed as "High degree of caution" will require a detailed risk assessment before your activity will be approved. 

Find out more about organising your own PACE activity.

How much does it cost?

If you are selected to participate in an group activity with PACE International, you will be required to pay a ‘student activity contribution.’* The contribution amount covers costs associated with the activity. The amount is dependent on the location, work requirements, duration and time of your activity. Please note, this contribution is in addition to the cost of your unit enrolment.

Along with your 'student activity contribution' you will also need to budget for extra costs of travelling and living overseas. The following table details some expected costs:

PACE International pays for Your 'student activity contribution' 
pays for
You directly pay for
Travel insurance for official
PACE activities
Health checks Student activity contribution
Pre-departure training Airport transfers International return airfares
In-country orientation
(where applicable)
Accommodation Vaccinations (where applicable)
Re-entry workshop Some meals New/renewed passport (where applicable)
Emergency assistance Activity costs Visa (where applicable)
In-country management
(where applicable)
  National police checks
Activity supervision and logistics   Some meals
   Incidental living and travel costs
   Personal travel insurance for weekend travel

*If you decide to nominate your own international activity you are not required to pay a student activity contribution.

Is there financial help?

There are various grant schemes to assist you with the costs of undertaking an international activity. These include:

If you are accepted into a group activity arranged by PACE International you will automatically be considered for a travel grant and New Colombo Plan grant. However, if you nominate your own international activity you will need to apply for the PACE travel grant separately as with the other grant schemes. Find out more about these grants.

*New Colombo plan grant funding is only available on some selected pre-arranged activities. In this case you will receive the New Colombo Grant instead of the PACE Travel grant as you cannot receive both.

How do I apply?

Apply via online application via the Current Opportunities page. Search for International activities via the right hand navigation to find PACE International. 

Preparing for your application

PACE International is a very popular program and entry is competitive. We suggest you plan early and attend an information session to make sure you understand the program.

Please follow the eligibility, selection criteria and application process below when applying to PACE International. 

Eligibility

PACE International activities are open to all enrolled Macquarie students, including Exchange and Study Abroad students. To apply you must meet the following requirements:

  1. You have completed one session at Macquarie
  2. You have a minimum GPA of 2.0 or above*
    (LAWS452 and LAWS899 requires a GPA of 3.0 or above across all law units)
  3. You are enrolled or eligible to enrol in a relevant PACE unit

* If you do not hold a GPA of 2.0 or greater, you can apply for special consideration for certain circumstances.

Selection Criteria

  • Motivation and commitment to participate in PACE International;
  • Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability;
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others;
  • Self-awareness;
  • Perseverance;
  • Potential to contribute to the goals of the partner organisation;
  • Commitment to child protection principles.

The application process

  • Online application form
  • Copy of your CV
  • Copy of your passport or student ID
  • Face-to-face interview

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 our international partner organisations, as well as the social, political and environment context of the host country. As such, it is vitally important that you apply early and remain flexible and open-minded. Occasionally (in extreme circumstances) an activity may be cancelled or postponed.

Important dates

Description Dates
Winter Vacation, 2017
In-country activity dates
1 – 30 July 2017
Session 2, 2017
In-country activity dates
9 September – 8 October 2017
Session 3, 2017 application dates3 July 2017 – 16 August 2017 11pm
Session 3, 2017 interviews30 August  – 8 September 2017
Session 3, 2017 interview outcome provided25 September 2017
Session 3, 2017
compulsory pre-departure workshops
*All participants will need to attend one Saturday session and one Tuesday session. Ensure your availability for both Saturdays and both Tuesdays until you receive confirmation of your allocated pre-departure workshop dates. 
Saturday 14 or Saturday 21 October 2017 (8:30am – 5:00pm)
Tuesday 24 or Tuesday 31 October 2017 (5:00pm – 9:00pm)
Session 3, 2017
In-country activity dates
December 2017 – February 2018 (4-12 weeks)

Information Sessions

PACE International is a very popular program and entry is competitive. Our information sessions are designed to give you a competitive edge. In these sessions you will learn more about the program, our partners and activities and get advice for your application and interview. 

Attend an information Session on campus:

We run regular information sessions at the start of each session before Session applications close. Come and meet us in person to learn more about the program and ask questions. Current Information session times and locations are listed below: 

DateTimeLocation
Tuesday 8 August 20179:00am - 10:00amE3A244 Seminar Room
Thursday 10 August 201711:30am - 12:30pmE3A244 Seminar Room
Monday 14 August 20179:00am - 10:00amE3A244 Seminar Room
Tuesday 15 August 201710:00am - 11:00amE3A244 Seminar Room

View an information session online

If you are unable to attend an information session in person you can view an online recording of the information session. Before starting this session make sure you have downloaded the supporting material found on the PACE International page of the PACE student wiki

Contact Us

Email: paceinternational@mq.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9850 4473

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