Melbourne Talks

Become more familiar with Australian culture and University life and gain confidence communicating in English, while making friends with other students through fun, virtual, peer-led activities.

What is Melbourne Talks?

Melbourne Talks is a free program for international students new to the University of Melbourne delivered by the Student Peer Leader Network in partnership with Academic Skills. There are two streams: one for undergraduate and graduate coursework students and one for graduate researchers.

For information on eligibility, dates and how to apply, select your level of study below.

Undergraduate and graduate coursework students

The program for undergraduate and graduate coursework students is designed to help you:

  • Become familiar with Australian culture and University life
  • Develop confidence communicating in English
  • Network and form social connections with other students.

Program dates

  • 8 August –2 September 2022 (Week 3 to Week 6 inclusive)
  • 60 minutes per week, for four weeks
  • Sessions will be held via Zoom and in-person

As this is a highly sought-after offering that attracts high number of applications, we ask you to commit to attending every session.

How to register

Registration for the Semester 2 program is now open until 31 July 2022. Register below to express your interest!

Register now

Graduate researchers

The program for graduate researchers is designed to help you:

  • Transition smoothly into graduate research at the University of Melbourne
  • Consider strategies and practical tools for a successful graduate candidature
  • Become familiar with Australian culture and the graduate student life
  • Develop confidence communicating in English in a social and academic context
  • Network and form social connections with other graduate research students.

Program dates

  • 8 August - 16 September (Week 3 – Week 8 inclusive)
  • 60 minutes per week, for six weeks
  • Sessions will be held via Zoom

You must be able to attend every session to be considered for the program. We look forward to receiving your application!

How to register

Registration for the Semester 2 program is now open until 31 July. Register below to express your interest!

Register now

Melbourne Talks Peer Leaders

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Jinia Lilianty

Research stream

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Nima Behroozi-Moghadam

Research stream

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Testimonials

I love it when we do activities together. Having a chance to speak up has really boosted my confidence and helped me get out of my comfort zone.
The program helped me develop initiative to talk to new people and participate in new activities like volunteering.
The tutors are so nice, warm and helpful. I enjoy talking to them and exchanging information with them.
The Aussie English session has equipped me with lots of local expressions I've never heard before.
I enjoyed everything: the games, group discussions, meeting new people from different cultures and making new friends.

Have questions?

If you have any questions about Melbourne Talks, email: melbourne-talks@unimelb.edu.au