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About Global Experience in Melbourne

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:

  • Ability College Melbourne – Founded in 1996, Ability College in Melbourne provides one of the most all around encompassing educational offerings for students studying English in Australia.
  • Greenwich College – First started in Sydney in 2005, Greenwich College is among the best English language colleges in the country. The first Melbourne branch opened in spring, 2015, located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, across from Southern Cross Station.
  • RedHill Education - RedHill Education Limited (RedHill) was founded in 2006, and listed with the Australian Securities Exchange in 2010. The organisation operates a number of specialist businesses in the private tertiary education market in Australia. RedHill currently recruits over 3,000 international students each year via its student agency businesses in Spain, Italy and France to undertake study in Australia. It places these students with more than 150 tertiary education providers across Australia. RedHill currently operates from three campus locations in Sydney’s CBD, and opened its first Melbourne CBD campus in August, 2015. It delivers vocational and higher education courses in English language, creative digital technologies, and interior design to over 4,000 domestic and international students each year.

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:

  • Brunswick – Located 4km north of Melbourne, Brunswick is a major activity centre of the metropolitan area, and is among the best served areas by public transit, with Anstey, Brunswick, and Jewell stations.
  • Carlton – Located just 2km north of the Melbourne CBD, Carlton has a population of 13,509 and is well known for its Little Italy and Carlton Gardens, location of the Royal Exhibition Building and a World Heritage Site.
  • Coburg North – Located 10km north of Melbourne’s CBD in the City of Moreland government area. Nearby to Coburg Lake, several parks such as Richards Reserve and Parker Reserve, and centrally located to two train stations, North Coburg is a convenient, quiet suburb just outside the city.
  • Preston – Home to 30,000 people, the Suburb of Preston is 9km northeast of Melbourne’s CBD. It is home to a robust arts community with several festivals held throughout the year. Bell and Preston stations both serve the suburb, as well as tram and bus service.
  • St. Kilda – Located 6km southeast of Melbourne’s CBD, St. Kilda is home to 17,800 people and iconic cultural centres such as Palais Theatre, the National Theatre, and the Esplanade, home to several landmarks of its own. Luna Park is probably best known, an iconic 20th century amusement park.
  • Altona – Located 13km southwest of the Melbourne CBD, Altona is home to nearly 10,000 people. Known for Altona Beach on Port Philip, the area is one of only two with public beaches in this part of the metropolitan area. Every year, the Altona Beach Festival is held at the Logan Reserve.
  • North Melbourne – Located just 2km northwest of Melbourne’s CBD, North Melbourne is home to 11,755 people and was one of the first towns in Victoria originally given municipality status. Since the 1990s it has grown with the opening of several popular cafes and boutiques, and the Spring Fling festival held each year.
  • Toorak – Toorak is located 5km southeast of Melbourne’s CBD and has a population of 12,800. It is considered one of the more affluent suburbs of Melbourne with some of the highest property values in Melbourne and many well-known residents.
Global Experience’s Business Development Manager in Victoria, Mr Luis Ortega can be reached at the following:

(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.

About Melbourne

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.

Melbourne’s Amenities and Attractions for Students

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.