International student leadership and ambassador program

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

Information sessions

Find out more about the program from program alumni members and the program team on 10, 12 or 19 December 2020.

Before you apply

Ensure you have read the position description, program workload and time commitments, and frequently asked questions documents available on this webpage.

Applications now open for 2021/22 program

We’re now seeking applications from eligible candidates to take part in our international student leadership and ambassador program for 2021/22.

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: Sunday 20 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

Eligibility criteria

To apply for this program you must live, study, work or regularly visit the City of Sydney local area.

You must be 18 years or older and an international student currently enrolled in a course provided by a registered higher education provider in Australia.

In the online application you will be asked to commit to the program and the attendance requirements from 30 January 2021 to 30 June 2022. Your Australian student visa must be valid for the duration of the program.

Selection process

There will be a 3-stage selection process for the 2021/22 international student leadership and ambassador program.

The selection of successful candidates will be based on your ability to address and meet the selection criteria (see statement of duties below). The program also seeks to be inclusive of candidates from a broad spectrum of tertiary education institutions, diverse educational backgrounds, cultures and life experiences.

Your demonstrated commitment, professionalism and attitude in fulfilling the program requirements by successfully completing the online application form, the group assessment and one-on-one interview will also be taken into account.

We will email you about the outcome of your application by Friday 9 January 2021.

Successful applicants will be invited to the international student leadership and ambassador program 2021/22 orientation event on Saturday 30 January 2021.

Information sessions

You can find out more about the program by talking to program alumni members and the program team.

There will be 3 program information sessions held on Thursday 10 December 2020 from 7pm to 8:30pm, Saturday 12 December from 10am to 11:30am and Saturday 19 December 2020 from 10am to 11:30am.

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How to apply

Before you complete the online application form, please ensure you have carefully read:

2021/22 ambassador position – statement of dutiesPDF · 61.2 KB · Last modified
2021/22 program workload and time commitmentsPDF · 95.15 KB · Last modified
2021/22 frequently asked questionsPDF · 167.68 KB · Last modified

Before you can complete your online application, you’ll be asked to sign up to the Better Impact volunteer management system.

When you’ve signed up you’ll be prompted to complete the online application form.

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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.