Welcome to the Cultural Mentor Program

The Cultural Mentor Program offers new students a supportive and encouraging space to kick start their journey studying at UNSW. It introduces new international students to a senior student 'buddy' called a Cultural Mentor. Cultural Mentors are experienced and friendly local and international student volunteers who are available to answer questions about learning at UNSW or living in Sydney and can help make the transition to UNSW easier. New students can apply to be matched with a Cultural Mentor prior to their arrival in Australia or anytime during the term. 

All Cultural Mentors have been through a selection process and have been trained to provide commencing students guidance on everything they need to thrive during their time studying at UNSW, including support services available at UNSW, information about living in Sydney, development opportunities available, and the chance to meet new friends from around the world. 

Here you can find information about the UNSW Cultural Mentoring Program for new international students.

When does this program run?

Mentee applications are open throughout the year. New students can request to be matched with a Cultural Mentor anytime.

Senior students can apply to be a Cultural Mentor at the end of T2 for the T3 intake, and at the end of T3 for the T1&T2 intake.

I am a new student, what do I get out of being a Mentee?

  • An easier transition to University with an experienced student Mentor as your guide, 

  • All the information you need to kick start your journey studying at UNSW and living in Sydney, 

  • Opportunities to practice your oral English through regular casual gatherings or 1:1 time with your Mentor, 

  • A warm and welcoming space to meet and connect with other international students, either from the same or different countries, through social meetings online and on campus. 

How can I request to be matched with a Cultural Mentor?

The process is easy, you just have to fill in this simple Registration Form.

I am a senior student, how can I become a Cultural Mentor?

For details, please visit Apply to Become a Cultural Mentor.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.