To ensure Melbourne is the global destination of choice by celebrating students’ contribution to our city and providing outstanding opportunities in education, employment and life.

The City of Melbourne has played an active leadership role within the international education sector in Australia for the past decade and has an ongoing commitment to achieve the best possible outcomes for international students.

We recognise the unique contribution international students make to the city with beneficial impacts on our retail, employment, housing and knowledge sectors, as well as providing opportunities for broader cultural experiences and adding to the diverse atmosphere of Melbourne. We are immensely proud of our universities and more than 200 educational institutions offering a broad range of study areas.

We are one of the world’s most welcoming, cosmopolitan and liveable cities and the City of Melbourne continues to position Melbourne as the knowledge capital of Australia and a global knowledge city. We also actively work to attract and retain international students beyond their student years ensuring they build life-long connections with our city.

The City of Melbourne runs and is involved in a range of events and programs to help new international students settle in and set themselves up for success by welcoming and connecting, supporting and empowering, and advocating for international students. Examples include: the Melbourne International Student Conference, the Lord Mayor’s Student Welcome, the Student Welcome program, the International Student Tourism Volunteer Program, the Insider Guide to Melbourne for international students, and more.

We hope you will consider being involved in the Melbourne International Student Conference which is a highlight of Melbourne’s international student events calendar, offering premium professional development and networking opportunities to participating students.

For more information about the city’s range of services, advice and support for international students, visit the City of Melbourne website and Facebook page


Meld Community is a Melbourne-based not-for-profit community organisation dedicated to facilitating the development of a healthy international student community in Victoria, and helping students find a respectful place in the wider context of Australian life and society.

The organisation has a unique model of aligning the efforts of its student volunteers with their studies and providing opportunities for learning, industry exposure and relevant work experience.

To keep in touch with the board that manages Meld Community, as well as board opportunities, visit the Meld Community website and follow them on LinkedIn

It is the publisher of Meld Magazine, Melbourne’s go-to website for international students, as well as the sister of the events arm that runs annual Melbourne International Student Conference and campaigns such as Mental Health Week and Sextember.

The organisation was originally established in 2008 as Meld Magazine in response to a need in the community, to give international students a voice and reflect the full picture of the international student experience.

Access to all content on Meld’s website is free, relevant and relates to international students across diverse social and economic backgrounds.

Meld was the recipient of the Excellence in International Student Experience award at the 2014 Victorian International Education Awards. Meld was also cited in the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Principles to promote and protect the human rights of international students, October 2012, as a good practice example, and was re-recognised for highlighting issues of social importance and community awareness at Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2015.

Most recently, Meld was received the Victorian Government’s Excellence in International Education award in 2018 in the International Student Experience category.

To stay up to date with the latest international student news and information, as well as volunteering opportunities, visit the Meld Magazine website and follow Meld on Facebook and Twitter