INTERCHANGE is an exclusive 4-day program that leads international students through an action packed learning journey. It’s designed to help you find your inner entrepreneur and develop professional skills such as networking, communication, innovation and leadership. This program is for ACU international students studying in any degree. No matter what you are studying, this program is very beneficial for you!
Listen to expert guest speakers and business leaders at TEDx style events
Work with an accomplished business mentor
Participate in hands-on teamwork activities (like developing a real business pitch)
Build your networks with fellow international students from other Universities as well as leaders from the business community
Have the chance to win some amazing prizes
"INTERCHANGE was one of those experiences that I will fondly treasure forever. It helped me, as an international student, to engage with the mindset of the startup business culture. This consequently led me to strive further in my pursuits, leading to my accomplishment of being one of Australia's Top 100 Future Leaders" (Arthemon Lis, 2015 INTERCHANGE participant)
The program is supported by StudyNSW. Participating universities are: Australian Catholic University, Macquarie University, Monash University, University of Newcastle, University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, University of Technology Sydney and University of New South Wales.
WHAT WILL YOU GET FROM INTERCHANGE?
Get networked! Meet international students from other Universities and build your friendship and professional networks. Seize the opportunity
Be an entrepreneur Become a graduate who is creative, resilient, emotionally intelligent and agile! 93% of students felt more desirable to an employer because of Interchange!
Become a problem solver Employers want graduates who can think critically, understand the power of team work, can communicate and challenge the status quo
Fast-track your way to success Learn leadership and innovative skills solving ‘real-world’ problems that international students face in Australia. Maximise your strengths and get to know more about yourself!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You will attend 3 full-day workshops (9:30am-4pm), and 1 evening gala event (6-8pm). You will be part of a unique, fast-paced and action-packed learning journey.
You will learn by doing -- working as part of a team, your challenge is to identify a problem and solve it, and then capture your idea in a short video pitch.
5 shortlisted pitches will be made live in front of a panel of judges at the gala event, and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams.
Along the way, you will benefit from the support and experience of your lead facilitator, a team mentor, and expert guest speakers. You will also have the opportunity to assess your skills at the start and end of the INTERCHANGE program, so you can recognise your own progress.
You will be expected to commit to attending all 4 days of the INTERCHANGE program. Outside the program hours, you will also be expected to communicate with your team mates on a regular basis and access various other resources made available to you online such as a Facebook group.
Saturday 5th August 9:30am-4pm, Sydney City Location (venue details TBC) Workshop One – Get inspired and Meet your Mentor. You will learn what entrepreneurship is all about as well as learning important teamwork skills. You will choose the problem you would like to solve and then start brainstorming ideas with your team.
Saturday 12th August, 9:30am-4pm, Sydney City Location Workshop Two – On day 2, you will choose the 1 idea your team will work on. And you will learn about lean business principles. You will get to test out your idea and start applying your learnings in the ‘real-world.’
Saturday 19th August, 9:30am-4pm, Sydney City Location Workshop Three – In the final workshop, you will learn how to create a video pitch for your idea. You will also learn important communication skills and start getting ready for the Gala Pitch evening.
Date TBC, 6pm-8pm, Sydney City Location Gala Evening – Celebrate your journey, and hear the 5 shortlisted pitches which will be made to a judging panel with some amazing prizes awarded to winners.