Get the most out of your experience here at UNSW Business School by finding success in both the Australian classroom and workplace while making an impact in your local community. 

Australian Business Essentials offers international UNSW Business School students the opportunity to develop your professional communication skills and gain a good understanding of Australian workplace culture through workshops and hands-on volunteering experiences.

In Australian Business Essentials, you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Develop your professional communication skills 

  • Start or grow your professional network 

  • Make lots of new social connections 

  • Develop an understanding of Australian local and business culture 

  • Volunteer with local Not for Profits 

Upon successful completion of the program you will receive the following:

  • Digital Badge for LinkedIn

  • AHEGS transcript

  • myMCom points (Master of Commerce students only)

Australian Business Essentials is delivered in person for onshore international students based in Sydney. You must be a current UNSW Business School international student to be eligible for this program.

Applications for 2024 are now open.

Students may attempt to complete the Australian Business Essentials program two times. Failure to complete the program requirements a second time will result in exclusion from attempting Australian Business Essentials again.

    • Fun and interactive workshops to develop your communication and career skills

    • Opportunities to take part in exciting volunteering experiences and meet Australian locals

    • Networking opportunities with your fellow students and guest speakers

  • Australian Business Essentials is offered each term from Weeks 1-5 and requires a time commitment of 20-25 hours.  

    You will complete 4 personal development workshops in conjunction with a 12 hr volunteering experience with a local Not-For-Profit.

  • Australian Business Essentials (ABE) is a great program that helped me learn more about the Australian workplace. I liked the volunteering part of ABE the most as it provided me the chance to really communicate with local Australians and do something meaningful for my community. I also made some true friendships out of ABE.

    Cheng (Kris) Lou, Master of Financial Analysis

    Australian Business Essentials (ABE) helped me build my confidence and broaden my networks. Taking part in ABE is one of the best decisions I have made while studying at UNSW and I have to say my professional path started with this program.

    Yizhong (Alisa) Zhang, Master of Commerce (Extension)

    I have attended lots of programs before at university, but Australian Business Essentials (ABE) is the most interesting one. This program included various cultural and volunteering off-campus activities which was an excellent opportunity for me to experience true Aussie culture.
    I highly recommend international postgraduate students participate in ABE. The workshops and activities in this program are amazing and you won’t want to miss any of them!

    Jiahui (Isabella) Wang, Master of Professional Accounting


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