FASTCO launches program to help new Filipino students in Victoria


MELBOURNE, Australia – Are you an incoming Filipino student to the state of Victoria? Are you worried about settling in to a new country? The Filipino-Australian Student Council of Victoria (FASTCO) is here to help you!

FASTCO, an Australia registered organisation for Filipino and Filipino-Australian students in the state of Victoria, Australia and the umbrella organisation of university-based Filipino student associations across the state, is launching FASTCOmpanion – a mentorship program that aims to help new Filipino students adjust to their life.

Through FASTCOmpanion, new students will be paired with FASTCO members who are currently studying or recently concluded their degrees in the state. Mentors and mentees will complete a series of activities that will introduce the latter to life as an international student in Victoria.

Interested mentees must meet the following criteria to apply to the program:

  • Must be an incoming student of an Australian institution in Victoria.
  • Must be at least 18 years old as of application time.
  • Must be planning to live in Victoria for the next 6 months.
  • Must be of Filipino or Filipino-Australian descent.
  • Must have no criminal record.

Undergraduate, graduate, PhD, Nursing, and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) students are welcome to apply. The pool of mentors come from esteemed Australian universities like the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, and Deakin University.

Interested applicants can sign up via this Google form. They will then be required to send a copy of their passport information page and official offer letter from their school (or student ID) to

For more information, visit FASTCO’s website at, its Facebook page or send a message to

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