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.

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.

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

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 travel and live 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 off campus activities.

Academic requirements

Activities can be completed as part of your degree or as a co-curricular option (externally from the university). Further unit information can be found in the handbook.

The following units are available for PACE International activities:

UnitSession 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 most contributions will be less. This amount is dependent on the location, work requirements, timeframe and duration 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 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.
   

Winter Vacation 2017 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:

CountryActivity Contribution
Cambodia$1,800
China$2,100
Fiji$2,600
India$2,000
Indonesia$915
Malaysia$1,500
Nepal$1,700
Peru$2,900
Philippines$2,000
Vietnam$1,800

Financial support

Macquarie University is committed to ensuring PACE activities are as accessible as possible. The following grants are available to provide financial support for international activities.

PACE Travel Grant (PTG) or New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding is provided to eligible students on acceptance into most activities with PACE International. You can receive either a PTG or a NCP grant only once for a PACE International activity. You can receive both an Equity grant and OS-HELP Loan alongside either PTG or NCP financial option.

If you are accepted into an international off campus activity you will automatically be considered for a PACE travel grant or New Colombo Plan grant, depending on the host country.

Find out more and apply for grant support.

*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.

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.

Eligibility

  • 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

Upcoming Opportunities

Applications for Winter Vacation 2018 activities are open Monday 12 February – Sunday 18 March at 11pm. To best prepare for your application we suggest you plan early and attend an information session.

Winter Vacation Dates

  • Applications: Monday 12 February 2018 – Sunday 18 March 2018 (11pm)
  • Offer Letter: Monday 9 April 2018
  • Acceptance and $500 deposit: Sunday 15 April 2018
  • Compulsory Pre-departure training:
    • Wednesday 2 May 2018 (after work hours)
    • Saturday 26 May 2018 (9:00am –4:00pm)
  • In-country activity: 30 June – 29 July 2018

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 (PTG) or New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding is provided to eligible students on acceptance into most activities with PACE International. You can receive either a PTG or a NCP grant only once for a PACE International activity. Read more about eligibility requirements.
UnitPartner organisationCountryGrant supportActivity contribution
Co-curricularPeru's ChallengePeruPTG $2,400

Maximum
activity contribution
is $3,000

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

Bahay TuluyanPhilippinesPTG $1,300
Know One Teach One (KOTO)VietnamPTG $1,400
ECHP424Peru's ChallengePeruPTG $2,400
Bahay TuluyanPhilippinesNCP $3,000
EDTE403Restless Development NepalNepalNCP $3,000
Peru's ChallengePeruPTG $2,400
Bahay TuluyanPhilippinesNCP $3,000
HLTH300Peru's ChallengePeruPTG $2,400
Roots of HealthPhilippinesNCP $3,000
Blue DragonVietnamPTG $1,400
INTS30510 SpaceChinaPTG $1,200
Taman PintarIndonesiaPTG $1,200
Peru's ChallengePeruPTG $2,400
Bahay TuluyanPhilippinesNCP $3,000
Action on Poverty
Know One Teach One (KOTO)
VietnamPTG $1,400
LAWS452 / LAWS899Beijing Yue Cheng LawChinaPTG $1,200
PACOS TrustMalaysiaNCP $3,000
Restless Development NepalNepalNCP $3,000
Bahay TuluyanPhilippinesNCP $3,000
MAS350Taman Pintar
YAKKUM
IndonesiaPTG $1,200
Peru's ChallengePeruPTG $2,400
Centre for Migrant Advocacy
Roots of Health
PhilippinesNCP $3,000
PACE36010 SpaceChinaPTG $1,200
Save the Children FijiFijiNCP $3,000
Taman Pintar
YAKKUM
IndonesiaPTG $1,200
Peru's ChallengePeruPTG $2,400
Bahay Tuluyan
Centre for Migrant Advocacy
Roots of Health
PhilippinesNCP $3,000
Action on Poverty
Blue Dragon
Know One Teach One (KOTO)
VietnamPTG $1,400
PSY399DelskChinaPTG $1,200
Empower Pacific
Save the Children Fiji
FijiNCP $3,000
Pravah
Restless Development India
IndiaPTG $1,600
YAKKUMIndonesiaPTG $1,600
Bahay TuluyanPhilippinesNCP $3,000
Blue DragonVietnamPTG $1,400
SSCI301Save the Children FijiFijiNCP $3,000
Action on PovertyVietnamPTG $1,400
TEP401Restless Development NepalNepalNCP $3,000
Bahay TuluyanPhilippinesNCP $3,000
Know One Teach One (KOTO)VietnamPTG $1,400

On Campus Opportunities

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. 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.

Professional and personal benefits:

  • 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

Find out more about nominating your own activity.

Requirements

  • Activities must be completed for academic credit
  • You cannot nominate an activity with a community development organisation. These organisations work to improve economic, social and/or environmental conditions for communities.
  • 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.

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. Upcoming Information session times are listed below:

DateTimeLocation
Wednesday 14 February12pm – 1pm10 Macquarie Walk – 244 Seminar room
Tuesday 20 February 12pm – 1pm10 Macquarie Walk – 244 Seminar room
Thursday 22 February12pm – 1pm10 Macquarie Walk – 244 Seminar room
Friday 2 March2pm – 3pm10 Macquarie Walk – 244 Seminar room
Wednesday 7 March1pm – 2pm7 Wallys Walk – 149 Briefing Room
Monday 12 March10am – 11am7 Wallys Walk – 149 Briefing Room
Friday 16 March10am – 11am7 Wallys Walk – 149 Briefing Room

Online:

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.

Contact Us

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