The PSWmentoring program is a peer mentoring program aimed at helping first year international students (mentees) who are enrolled in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy (PSW) to settle into living in Adelaide, and University life. The mentors (current PSW students) will provide support and advice to mentees as they understand the cultural challenges as newcomers to Australia.
- The program is a 5-week long program
- Mentees - new EAL 'English as a Second Language' students can opt in to the program by registering below. We recommended that all new International students register as a mentee
- Mentors and mentees are expected to commit to a maximum of 3 hours per week which may include some informative sessions delivered by guest speakers. These sessions will take place on Fridays during the study period
- Further details about the program are available in the Mentoring Handbook.
Who is a Mentor?
The mentors will draw on their experience and knowledge as current UniSA-PSW students to provide social support and assistance to their designated mentees. The mentors are required to complete training before they commence their role as a mentor. A mentor may need to obtain a current DHS (Department of Human Services) clearance (we can assist you to obtain one if needed).
Who Can be a Mentor?
Any current student in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy (PSW) who:
- has successfully completed 1 year of study
- can demonstrate good communication skills, empathy and are keen to support fellow students in having the best experience at the university
- can commit 3 hr per week for the entire length of the program
- understand the challenges of being a new student in PSW
- understands & respects cultural differences
- Increase and enhance employability skillsMeet new people and make new friends
- Opportunity to be a Senior Mentor (subject to selection) in next iteration of the project and take substantial responsibility in managing the program
- Recommendation on LinkedIn profile upon request
- Certificate in recognition of successful completion of the training and participation in the program
- Contribution towards the UniSA+ Program
- Personal satisfaction of knowing you have helped a new student
- Opportunity to share knowledge and experience with fellow students
Who is a Mentee?
A mentee is a newly enrolled EAL students in The School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy (PSW) who has register for the program. A mentee can be either a Bachelor or Masters level student. It is highly recommended that all the new International PSW students register for the program and take the opportunity to have the best possible start in their degrees.
- Opportunity to get your queries answered promptly by your mentor
- Meet new people and make new friends
- Increased cultural awareness and communication skills
- Increased self-awareness
- Develop networks
- Better understand your courses, degree and the University as a whole
- Opportunity to meet with representatives from various human service agencies to help prepare you for your placement course
- Develop a sense of a professional identity
- Assistance in understanding general academic issues - provided by experienced senior PSW students (though mentees should not expect course content or assessment specific advice)
- Opportunity to learn from guest speakers on different important aspects of University life. The previous progam schedule provides insight into the types of activities run and can be viewed here.
Click on the appropriate tab below if you want to join the program.
Areas of study and research
- UniSA Cancer Research Institute
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre
- Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Development
- Creative People, Places and Products Research Concentration
- Design Research for Health & Wellbeing
- Digital Transformations Research Group
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Research for Educational and Social Inclusion
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College