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
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 11 countries around the world including:
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.
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' |
|You directly pay for|
Travel insurance for official |
|Health checks||Student activity contribution|
|Pre-departure training||Airport transfers||International return airfares|
In-country orientation |
|Accommodation||Vaccinations (where applicable)|
|Re-entry workshop||Some meals||New/renewed passport (where applicable)|
|Emergency assistance||Activity costs||Visa (where applicable)|
In-country management |
|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?
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.
PACE International activities are open to all enrolled Macquarie students, including Exchange and Study Abroad students. To apply you must meet the following requirements:
- You have completed one session at Macquarie
- 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)
- 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 an exemption to the GPA requirement.
- Motivation and commitment to participate in PACE International;
- Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability;
- Cross-cultural sensitivity;
- Demonstrated ability to work with others;
- 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.
|Winter Vacation, 2017 application dates||5 December 2016 – 8 March 2017|
|Winter Vacation interviews||20 – 24 March 2017|
|Winter Vacation Offer Letters sent out||10 April 2017|
|Winter Vacation compulsory pre-departure workshops||Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May 2017 (8:30am – 5:00pm)|
Tuesday 16 May 2017 (5:00pm – 9:00pm)
|Winter Vacation, 2017 in-country activity dates||1 – 30 July 2017|
|Session 2, 2017 application dates||18 April – 17 May 2017|
|Session 2, 2017 in-country activity dates||9 September – 8 October 2017|
Find out more
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. Come and meet us in person to learn more and ask questions.
|Thursday 16 February 2017||11:00am - 12:00pm||E3A244 Seminar Room|
|Monday 20 February 2017||12:00pm - 1:00pm||E3A244 Seminar Room|
|Thursday 23 February 2017||12:00pm - 1:00pm||E3A244 Seminar Room|
|Tuesday 28 February 2017||9:00am - 10:00am||E3A244 Seminar Room|
|Friday 3 March 2017||10:00am - 11:00am||E3A244 Seminar Room|
|Monday 6 March 2017||10:00am - 11:00am||E3A244 Seminar Room|
|Tuesday 7 March 2017||5:00pm - 6:00pm||E6B149 Briefing Room|
|Wednesday 8 March 2017||10:00am - 11:00am||E3A244 Seminar Room|
Phone: +61 2 9850 4473