International student leadership and ambassador program

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

25 international students in the 2022/23 program posing on the Sydney Town Hall steps.

2024/25 program expressions of interest

International students living and studying in Sydney are invited to apply to join our 2024/25 program.

Expressions of interest are closed for these program dates:

  • 3-month program – late April to July 2024
  • 12-month program – late April 2024 to March 2025

Expressions of interest open in August for these program dates:

  • 3-month program – September to November 2024
  • 6-month program – September 2024 to February 2025

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About the program

Our award-winning international student leadership and ambassador program aims to increase the positive experience of all international students. 

It does this through training ambassadors to actively participate in city life and build Sydney’s reputation as a preferred destination to study.

The program offers free training, 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 develop a sense of belonging while getting involved in the design of local events and activities.

The program is accessible, inclusive and flexible. Students can apply all year round, subject to program limits, with 3 different program length options to help students balance study and social life, catering to students with varying availabilities and capabilities. To apply, complete an online expression of interest.

The ambassadors also participate in international education related forums to inform policy, research and service development that impact on their communities. During the 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 employment forums, networking events, leadership conferences and sports events.


To be eligible for the program you must:

  • Be an international student aged 18 years or over with an active enrolment in a tertiary education institution in Greater Sydney, such as a university, vocational education and training (VET) institute or other education provider.
  • Live, study or work in or visit the City of Sydney’s local area.
  • Commit to participate for the duration of the 3, 6 or 12-month program selected. This includes attendance at induction sessions, training courses and events/projects in the City of Sydney’s local area, as well as volunteering opportunities across Greater Sydney. These may require a certain number of hours per week.
  • Complete the online expression of interest form.
  • Where required, acknowledge and adhere to the City of Sydney volunteer position statement of duties for the international student leadership and ambassador program.
  • Follow relevant City of Sydney policies, procedures and expectations including but not limited to the City of Sydney Code of Conduct and Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) guidelines.

How to apply

Applications for programs starting in September 2024 will open in August.

Before you apply, we recommend you review the information for applicants below.

Program information and guide for applicantsPDF · 131.73 KB · Last modified

Selection process

The selection process will consider a broad and diverse range of students representing different cultures, education institutions and life experiences.

All applicants will be emailed the outcome of their application.