Even though COVID-19 is preventing people from travelling overseas this summer, there are plenty of activities and events for international students to enjoy in Australia during the holidays. Whether you’re interested in building career skills, networking, or simply enjoying some leisure activities, here’s an overview of different summer programs and volunteering opportunities – both online and in-person – for international students in Australia.
*Note: Events may be postponed or cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Check the event/program’s relevant website or social media profile for updates.
The Council of International Students Australia (CISA) have just announced the CISA Summer Program. It’s for international students, by international students! Starting with the CISA Culture Exchange Quiz Night, the program also includes a Festival Night and various workshops and talks. The CISA Summer Program runs until 11 February – register via the CISA Facebook page.
Study Melbourne has put together an excellent collection of summer programs for international students in Melbourne. Activities that are part of the Summer Feelz Fest include a treasure hunt in the city, hiking in the Dandenong Ranges, up-close kangaroo encounters, and various creative competitions where you can show off your talents, like the Video Jingle Competition.
The Study NSW Summer Engagement Program offers a range of free or low-cost events and activities for international students. You can even gain some valuable work experience through virtual internships with the NSW Government and Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, thanks to the program’s collaboration with Sydney Startup Hub.
If you are keen on doing some hands-on work, make sure to check out Farm Jobs Connect. The website points you in the direction of paid employment opportunities that involve travel, accommodation, and networking.
Study NSW is also holding a number of employment workshops, which are now open for registrations.
The Queensland Student Hub is running pop-up job clubs this summer, providing one-on-one resume, cover letter and job search support, as well as interview preparation sessions. There is also a virtual Launch U Trade Accelerator Program (LTA) for students seeking international business experience by carrying out a real-life business project.
The Gold Coast Student Hub has organised a range of events, workshops and social hangouts for international students this summer. There will be opportunities to improve your English language and job-seeking skills, an event involving live music and farm animals, and laidback movie screenings so you can relax with friends.
StudyAdelaide’s Summer in Adelaide program gives international students access to hundreds of free recreational events and employment workshops. Join a cooking class or learn dancing, go dragon boat racing, play badminton, show off your board game skills, or indulge in wellbeing and social activities such as yoga and ‘speed-friending’.
If you enjoy travel and exploring, make sure to check out some of the discounted tours on offer for Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Lake Bumbunga and Clare Valley, Eyre Peninsula and Flinders Ranges, or Limestone Coast.
If you would like to boost your resume and gain some valuable work experience, you might like to consider volunteering. From dog minding to tree planting, the Adelaide University Union’s Summer Volunteering Program will point you in the direction of a range of unique opportunities.
StudyPerth provides a comprehensive list of all the international student events happening in the city. You can attend everything from employment and wellbeing workshops to networking events, movie nights, to an Australia-themed trivia night! The Upcoming Student Events page is constantly updated, so keep checking back to see what’s new.
Thanks to Study Tasmania, international students can enjoy a summer filled with English classes, Indigenous education, and tourism experiences. Also make sure to check with your education provider whether they have any events planned, and keep an eye on the Government Education and Training International Tasmania (GETI) Facebook page for updates on any new programs. If you are keen on finding work over summer, you can also check out our tips for finding a job in Tasmania.
There is plenty to see and do in Darwin, with events and activities covering books and film, food and drink, music, performing and visual arts. Check out the full calendar of events in Darwin here. You can also check with your education provider or student unions to see what summer programs are available for students.
Canberra is a great place to appreciate multicultural arts and entertainment, nature walks, sports, and dining over the summer holidays – check out our guide to the best things to do in and around Canberra this summer for inspiration. If you’re interested in making new friends or meeting like-minded people, check out websites like Meetup, where you can join local book clubs, social basketball teams or board game groups, just to name a few.
Your summer plans in Cairns should definitely involve exploring the incredible natural landscape. Study Cairns’ Student Summer Holiday Campaign provides an opportunity to explore areas such as the Great Barrier Reef, Fitzroy, Green Island, Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest, and the Atherton Tablelands. You can also sign up for a number of volunteering opportunities, social programs, and employability workshops on the website.
As an international student, you will receive special discounts on tour packages and excursions, so don’t miss out!