A new program from the Victorian Government will help give international students the social skills, practical knowledge and professional experience they'll need to become globally competitive business leaders.

LIVE Projects is one of the major components to come out of the Lead, Intern, Volunteer, Experience (LIVE) initiative launched in March 2017, giving international students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

Three cohorts of more than 400 students will participate in the initiative between June and November 2017, and also in February 2018.

The first cohort of LIVE Projects will involve more than 120 students from Victoria's universities and TAFEs working as business consultants to deliver a project for a real-world client. Throughout the program, students will gain corporate knowledge, social awareness and a better understanding of how a business environment operates.

"When international students come to study in Victoria we want to ensure they leave our state armed with the tools and experience to take on the world," said Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade by exposing them to genuine business environments and boosting employment prospects – both key parts of Victoria's world-renowned international student experience.

Students from William Angliss Institute, University of Melbourne, RMIT, the Australian Catholic University and other Victorian education institutions will take part in program which aims to "strengthen Victoria's already booming international student sector," added the Minister.

LIVE Projects – supporting Victoria's most valuable service-based export

LIVE Projects is the result of a partnership between Study Melbourne, educational technology company Intersective, and a collection of Victorian Government and non-government agencies and private companies.

International education is Victoria's most valuable service-based export, worth A$7.1 billion to the state's economy and supporting more than 30,000 jobs.