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.

Registrations for Melbourne Talks Semester 1 2021 have now closed.

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

    • 15 March – 16 April (Week 3 to Week 6 inclusive of mid-semester break)
    • 90 minutes per week, for five weeks (including non-teaching week of 5 April)
    • Sessions will be held via Zoom.

    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

    Registrations for the Semester 1 program have now closed.

  • 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

    • Wednesdays 12 - 1pm"https://students.unimelb.edu.au/careers/get-career-ready/leadership-and-employability-programs/student-peer-leader-network"
    • Six weeks, (31st March - 5 May).
    • 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

    Registrations for the Semester 1 programs have now closed.

    Melbourne Talks Peer Leaders

    Fangyi (Isabel) Lu

    Fangyi (Isabel) Lu

    Research stream

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    Jian Chin

    Jian Chin

    Research stream

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Testimonials

I really enjoyed the games, group discussions and meeting new people.
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 met a lot of people with lots of interesting ideas.

Have questions?

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