Call for international students!

Participate in an interactive café session at AIEC 2018

The team from The PIE ( are facilitating a café session as part of this year's AIEC conference program, and is looking for approximately 20 students who are interested in sharing their story with AIEC delegates in small discussion groups in a café session format.

Applications close on Friday 7 September at 5 pm.

Apply here

About the session

The session “International students: what do they really worry about and how can we help?” offers the opportunity to AIEC delegates to talk to students in person and get insights on issues that are important for them.

This is a unique opportunity for international students to provide feedback directly to those involved in policy making, recruiting international students and providing the services that international students need in Australia, and to do so in an interactive session.

Students and delegates will be seated together on tables and there will be open discussions covering areas such as:

  • employability - including developing transferrable workplace skills, looking for and securing a job; 
  • health and well-being
  • language capability; 
  • students' public profile - making a positive name for themselves, social media; 
  • money - during their studies and on graduation; 
  • safety - whilst studying and travelling; 
  • mobility;
  • cross-cultural connections and personal networks;
  • parental ambitions versus what you want


The session is scheduled on Wednesday 10 October from 1:30 to 3:00 pm, but students are required to arrive before 10:30 am for a briefing and orientation, and to meet with the facilitators and other students.

We also ask for students to be available until 5 pm, in case there are changes to the session scheduled time.

Registration, travel and accommodation

If your application is successful, you will be offered a one-day free complimentary registration to attend the AIEC conference on Wednesday 10 October. 

Before and after the student session, you are welcome to attend other sessions, visit the exhibition and network with other delegates. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

The conference organisers cannot cover any costs related to travel and accommodation. Students from outside Sydney or living in other states are encouraged to seek sponsorship from their institutions to cover their flights and accommodation expenses.

How to apply

Students who are interested in participating in this session, must apply online and fill out a questionnaire:

The team from The PIE will review all the applications and select students from a wide variety of backgrounds. The questionnaire will require students to indicate, among other:

  • Nationality (country of origin)
  • Degree or course type (language, pathway, undergraduate, postgraduate)
  • Education sector (pathways, VET, schools, higher education and English language)
  • Subject area
  • Gender
  • City of choice in Australia

Key dates

3 August Applications open
7 September Applications close
8 - 14 September The PIE conducts interviews with students (as required)
17 September Students are notified of the result
17 - 21 September Students register for the conference
(instructions will be provided by the organiser)


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