Study Melbourne kicking goals for international students

Published: 13 July 2018

Group of international students with the minister jumping up for joyWith Victoria in the grip of FIFA World Cup fever, Study Melbourne has joined with Melbourne City Football Club (MCFC) to support international students.

A friendly match between international students and Victoria Police kicked off the funding of 19 wellbeing projects tackling serious international student issues like safety, mental and sexual health, and social isolation.

The MCFC's "City in the Community" foundation will use the world game to help international students to build social connections, resilience and healthy habits.

The Victorian Government's latest round of International Student Welfare Program (ISWP) grants is one of many initiatives that make our state one of the most sought-after destinations for international students. International education is important to Victoria's economy – the sector generated $9.9 billion in 2017 and supports more 58,000 Victorian jobs throughout the state.

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 worth more than $1.03 million.

International students are choosing to study in Victoria in record numbers - more than 200,000 students travelled to Victoria from 170 countries made last year.

For more information on the ISWP and the projects funded in 2018, visit