PSWmentoring-International Students

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 Uni life. The mentors (current PSW students) will provide support and advice to mentees and they understand the cultural challenges as new comers to Australia.

The Program

  • The program is a 9-week long program with the last week being the evaluation week.
  • Mentees (new international students) can opt in to the program by clicking on the tab below.
  • Mentors and mentees are expected to commit to a maximum of 2 hours per week which may include some sessions with guest speakers. The fortnightly sessions with guest speakers will take place on Friday of the particular study week  
  • Further details about the program can be found 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 DCSI clearance (we can assist you to obtain one if needed).

Who can apply?

Any current students in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy who:

  • have 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
  • commit 2 hr per week for the entire length of the program
  • understand the challenges of being a new student in the School of PSW
  • understands & respects cultural differences


  • Increase and enhance employability skills
  • Opportunity to meet new people and make new friends
  • Opportunity to be a Senior mentor (subject to selection) in next iteration 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
  • Recognition am under the Leadership and Enterprise pillar of 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 international student in School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy who has opted in to 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
  • Opportunity to meet new people and make new friends
  • Increased cultural awareness and communication skills
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Developed networks
  • Better understanding of your courses, degree and the University as a whole
  • Opportunity to meet with representatives from various agencies to better prepare you for your placement.
  • Develop a sense of a professional identity
  • Assistance in understanding the general academic issues from the senior PSW students, however, do not expect course content or assessment specific advice from them.
  • Opportunity to learn from guest speakers on different important aspects of University life. To know more details, please find the full program schedule here

Click on the appropriate tab below if you want to join the program.

Become a mentor


Register as a Mentee

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