As an international student in Melbourne, you get access to a number of free support services and learning opportunities outside the classroom. Study Melbourne, a Victorian government initiative for international students, offers regular weekly activities like the work rights legal service, assistance with resumés, legal advice on renting and the fortnightly English Conversation Club.
To learn as much as you can about Australian culture, you may also participate in ongoing and upcoming events such as the summertime social, mini-golf tournaments and moonlight cinema at affordable prices. You can also enjoy a night out with friends exploring the summer night market.
Free learning events
- Legal advice on work rights. The International Students Work Rights Legal Service has already recovered over $175,000 of back wages and compensation for about 200 international students who have been assisted through the program. If you are experiencing work-related issues, you may contact the International Students Work Rights Legal Service through 1800 056 449 and book an appointment. Lawyers who specialise in employment are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- Assistance with resumés. A career consultant is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays to review and provide feedback on your resumé if you’re looking for part-time employment.
- Legal advice on renting. You may contact the International Students’ Housing and Accommodation Legal Service through 1800 056 449 to make an appointment. This free legal service is provided by lawyers every Friday and international students can be assured of the confidentiality of the information that they may share. As a leasee, you will learn about your rights and obligations such as paying a bond, rental house and room standards and raising issues with your landlord.
- English Conversation Club. This is an opportunity for CIC students to socialise and master English in a casual, friendly environment devoid of the formality of a classroom. Held fortnightly (every other Wednesday) at the Study Melbourne Student Centre, you can mingle with other non-native English speakers from different parts of the world while improving your English conversation skills with the help of native English speakers. This program is facilitated by Refuge of Hope.
- Summertime socials. Students will be spoilt for choice with a number of relaxing and enjoyable activities at the Federation Square’s Skyline Terrace. The city’s biggest rooftop playground has custom-built, bookable areas for lane games such as bocce, shuffleboard and skittles. It also has a grassy communal lawn for live music on weekends and free lawn games such as the Battle of the Giant Games on Sundays among its activities – a perfect opportunity to chill out and hang out with friends over food and drinks.
- Mini-golf sessions. This mini-golf activity in the forecourt of the Melbourne Museum is named Pixar Putt, inspired from Pixar’s most iconic films including Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Inside Out and Coco. First held at the Federation Square in January 2019, Pixar Putt is a highly-popular event for the young and old alike and has attracted over 85,000 film and mini-golf enthusiasts.
- Moonlight Cinema. Reliving the old tradition of outdoor movies, friends and family spend time together over hot chips or a picnic basket full of goodies while watching movies under the stars.
- Zoo Twilights. Featuring a series of concerts by local and international artists, Zoo Twilights provides a wonderful opportunity for students to unwind and enjoy music in the company of friends.
Calendar of activities
|Legal Advice on Work Rights||Study Melbourne Student Centre||Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 21 January to 24 December||Free, call 1800 056 449 to schedule an appointment|
|Assistance with Resumés||Study Melbourne Student Centre||Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 21 January to 28 April||Free, call 1800 056 449 to schedule an appointment|
|Legal Advice on Renting||Study Melbourne Student Centre||Every Tuesday and Friday, 21 January to 20 December||Free, call 1800 056 449 to schedule an appointment|
|English Conversation Club Meetings||Study Melbourne Student Centre||Fortnightly, every other Wednesday||Free, call 1800 056 449 to join|
|Summertime Socials||Federation Square||Daily until 5 April, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM and until late on weekends||Free|
|Mini-Golf Sessions||Melbourne Museum||Daily until 3 February, 10:00 AM – 8:00PM and extended until 10:00 PM on Friday and Saturday||From $39.90|
|Moonlight Cinema||Royal Botanic Gardens||Tuesday to Sunday until 29 March, 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM||From $20|
|Zoo Twilights||Melbourne Zoo||Weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), 24 January to 7 March, 5:30 PM – late||From $28.80|
|Fireworks Display||Docklands Waterfront, Harbour Esplanade||Sunday, 26 January, 6:00 PM – 9.30 PM||Free|
|Australia Day Festival||Kings Domain Gardens||Sunday, 26 January, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM||Free|
|Summer Night Market||Queen Victoria Market||Every Wednesday until 11 March, 5:00 – 10:00 PM||Free entrance|
You can find more events in Melbourne here. Now it’s time to have a bit of fun and enjoy the summer!