2015 was a very exciting year, in which we were recognised by the Australian Government through Austrade Future Unlimited. We were also finalists for the 2015 Premier’s NSW Export Awards, and 2015 NSW International Student Awards. In 2014, The Premier’s Multicultural Medal was granted to Mrs. Sonia Ortega, Managing Director of Global Experience. The list of recognitions and awards goes on from there. We expect 2016 to be no exception, and we started the year with a bang! Global Experience has established an office in Melbourne from which we are partnering with local schools and communities to bring our unique focus to students studying in Melbourne. Please read further to learn more about us and what we’re bringing to Melbourne and its surrounding communities.
Working directly with local colleges
As part of our new efforts in Melbourne, we are working directly with local colleges including:
Call for Host Families in Melbourne
As Global Experience expands services into Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs, we are looking for host families who are eager to share their home and love of Australian culture with international students. Already, we have host families in the following Suburbs:
(03) 9016 3990
0416 426 060
PO Box 86, Pascoe Vale, Victoria 3044.
If you are interested in joining these host families in helping to make a difference in the lives of international students from around the globe, contact us today to learn more.
Melbourne is one of the great cities of the world, routinely ranked #1 by the Economist Intelligence Unit in its annual liveability rankings. With fantastic coffee, incredible food, and one of the liveliest music and arts scenes in Australia, Melbourne is a true destination for international students from around the globe. Home to 4.4 million people and 712 km southwest of Sydney, Melbourne was founded by free settlers in 1835, and later declared a city by Queen Victoria in 1847, shortly before being named the capital of Victoria in 1851.
It was the gold rush of the 1850s that truly put Melbourne on the map as a global city, transforming it into one of richest and largest cities in the world in a matter of years. That rapid growth and affluence helped Melbourne grow into the city it is today – ranked the most liveable in the world 5 years in a row, one of the top 30 cities in the world in the Global Financial Centres Index, and considered by many the cultural capital of Australia. From the Melbourne Cricket Ground to the National Gallery of Victoria, it is home to some of the country’s most iconic sites.
Because of its status as a cultural centre of the nation – where Australian Rules Football, the film and television industries, and many modern art movements were founded – Melbourne also attracts tens of thousands of students from around the globe each year.
Melbourne is home to seven public universities, including University of Melbourne, Deakin University, Monash University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), La Trobe University, Victoria University, and Swinburne University. Several of these universities have been ranked among the 100 best in the world by the 2012-13 Times Higher Education Supplement and QS alike, and in several polls, Melbourne has been ranked among the top 5 cities in the world for university students and international students alike.
There are several reasons for Melbourne’s popularity among students – driven by a combination of arts, history, literature, and sport. Named the second UNESCO City of Literature in 2008, Melbourne is home to sites like the State Library of Victoria, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and the East End Theatre District. It is also incredibly well known for its street art and laneways, among the most recognized in the world.
Melbourne is also a major sporting city. Host of the 1956 Summer Olympic Games, the southernmost Olympics ever held and the first south of the equator, Melbourne’s calendar is filled with major events. Each year, the Australian Open of tennis, the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Masters, and the Australian Grand Prix are held in Melbourne. For local sport, Australian Rules Football and Cricket are both incredibly popular, born in Australia in Melbourne and maintaining their largest fan bases here.
It is this diversity of culture, incredible educational facilities, and a reputation that spans the globe that make Melbourne one of the great cities of Australia and a prime destination for international students from dozens of countries. No wonder you can find Global Experience in Melbourne!
Global Experience is driven by a mission to make a difference in the lives of Australian host families and international students visiting our country for the first time. Through our founder Mrs Sonia B. Ortega’s dream of bringing together a group of like-minded young people, eager to change the lives of those they work with, we’ve been able to do incredible things. We are proud to bring that dream to Melbourne.