International student leadership and ambassador program

Offers free training, work-integrated learning and volunteering opportunities.

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Applications closed for 2021/22 program

We’re now in the final stages of the selection process for candidates to take part in our international student leadership and ambassador program for 2021/22.

In early 2021 we’ll introduce our new international student leaders and ambassadors.

Program timeline

  • Applications open: Tuesday 1 December 2020
  • Information sessions: Thursday 10 December 2020 7pm–8:30pm, Saturday 12 December 10am–11:30am and Saturday 19 December 2020 10am–11:30am. 
  • Applications close: Saturday 26 December 2020
  • Group assessment: Wednesday 23 December 2020, Thursday 24 December or Wednesday 30 December 2020
  • Shortlisted applicant interviews: Monday 21 December 2020 to Saturday 2 January 2021
  • Successful applicant notifications: Friday 9 January 2021
  • Orientation event: Saturday 30 January 2021
  • Attendance requirements: Saturday 30 January 2021 to Thursday 30 June 2022

About the program

With over 35,000 international students calling Sydney home, our city has more than any other in Australia.

Our award-winning international student leadership and ambassador program aims to build Sydney’s reputation as a preferred destination to study.

The program offers free training, work integrated learning and volunteering opportunities to enhance international student leadership skills and experience, which become transferable to their future careers. Participants also have an opportunity to make new friends, build a local support network and develop a sense of belonging while getting involved in local events and activities.

In 2014, the program won first prize at the NSW International Student Awards. StudyNSW and the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet presented the awards to celebrate the contribution international students make to the community. The program was also awarded for its Outstanding Work with Diverse Young People at the 2018 NSW Youth Work Awards.