International student leadership and ambassador program

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

A candid photo of the 2021/22 program participants on in Sydney's Hyde Park on the steps in the Sandringham Memorial Garden.

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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.

The ambassadors also participate in international education related forums to inform policy, research and service development that impact on their communities. During the 18-month program ambassadors are mentored and supported by the City of Sydney to develop and implement projects to address the needs of international student communities. These include networking events, leadership conferences, employment panels and sports events.

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.