Melbourne City FC joined international students and the Victorian Government at CFA Melbourne to celebrate the announcement of 19 new projects to support Victoria’s international students.
The new projects are part of the International Student Welfare Program (ISWP), one of many initiatives supporting the high-quality student experience that makes Victoria one of the most sought-after destinations in the world for international students.
One of the key projects funded by the 2018 ISWP is run by the Melbourne City Football Club’s community foundation, City in the Community, using the popularity of soccer in a World Cup year to help students to build resilience, social connections and good health.
The four-year ISWP program is a Victorian Government initiative designed to fund activities and partnerships for international students, and has already supported 46 projects.
Minister for Trade and Investment Philip Dalidakis attended the launch event at CFA Melbourne, saying the program will play an important role in making Victoria more welcoming for international students.
“Victoria values the contribution international students make to our society and we want to ensure they have the best possible experience while they are here as our guests,” Mr Dalidakis said.
“The International Student Welfare Program plays a crucial role in helping students access important support, become more involved and contribute to their local communities.”
“This program is a key component to the Victorian Government’s International Education Strategy, which will ensure that Victoria stays ahead of the pack as Australia’s education state.”
International students are choosing to study in Victoria in record numbers – more than 200,000 students travelled to Victoria from 170 countries last year.
For more information on the ISWP and the projects funded in 2018, visit studymelbourne.vic.gov.au.