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Friends Program

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Study Geelong’s International Friends Program 

Study Geelong’s International Friends Program provides a supportive platform for international students in Geelong, and local community members, to build connections, share interests and enjoy cross-cultural exchange.

An international student is matched with a local person/family for 12 weeks to get to know each other and share culture. International Friends is not a live-in hosting program.

Study Geelong runs a couple of events for all participants, but it is up to the international student and local person/family to arrange when and how they will catch-up during the program.

Participation is open to:

  • international students aged 18 and over in Geelong, attending Deakin University, Deakin College, DUELI, Marcus Oldham College and The Gordon TAFE, and
  • local residents in the Geelong region, who have lived in Australia for 5+ years, including in Geelong for 2+ years.

Register as a student

Applications are currently closed.

Register as a Student

Register as a host

Applications are open to the local community ongoing. The next matching with an international student will be August 2022. 

Register as a Host

Other Activities for International Students

Study Geelong runs different activities for international students studying in Geelong throughout the year, including an annual Welcome Event in March. These activities are a great way to meet other students, including those from other education institutions.

View Activities

Student FAQs

A local person/family will assist you in learning about Australian culture and life in Geelong. Additionally, partnering with a local person/family is a chance for you to share your culture and customs too. Through friendship and sharing, we hope that your time in Geelong will be more enjoyable and memorable!

FAQs Local Community Members

Local community members play an important role in extending friendship and Geelong hospitality to a student, making his/her time here a happy and memorable experience. In return, you get to develop a friendship, learn about another culture and develop intercultural skills. Local community members should have lived in Australia 5+ years including in Geelong 2+ years.