Cultural Mentors are students who provide valuable support and advice to commencing international students. Cultural Mentors are provided with training and the opportunity to develop communication, organisation, and interpersonal skills.

Being a Cultural Mentor is a rewarding opportunity to make new friends, get involved in fun social events, and contribute to the successful transition of new students at UNSW. This opportunity is approved by UNSW Advantage as being eligible to appear on your AHEGS.

Deadline for T1 2022 applications has been extended!

Applications Open: Monday 1 November 2021

Applications Close: Monday 13 December 2021

Assessment Centre: Beginning of January 2022 (TBC)

Compulsory Training: Middle of January 2022 (TBC)

Who can become a Cultural Mentor?

The Cultural Mentor Program is open for all students who are NOT in their first term of study. We welcome domestic and international students from all disciplines and levels of study to join our team. No matter you are onshore or offshore, as long as you have an interest in supporting and connecting with international students, you can apply to become a Cultural Mentor!

Why become a Cultural Mentor?

  • A rewarding experience to help new international students grow and thrive under your guidance and mentorship,  

  • A chance to learn about different cultures through interacting with diverse international students and facilitating workshops, 

  • An opportunity to facilitate a supportive environment for all individuals and creating deeper connections with the UNSW community, 

  • A strong support network with other like-minded Cultural Mentors who are committed to fostering an inclusive community for all students,  

  • An opportunity to improve your interpersonal skills, such as communication and leadership, and have your work recognised on your AHEGs. 

What are some of the roles and responsibilities?

Curious about the tasks and responsibilities of a Cultural Mentor? Here is a list of the roles you would undertake within the program:

  • Become the first point of contact for incoming international students, ensuring they feel welcomed and supported within the UNSW community.  

  • Lead weekly mentoring sessions with your mentee(s) and share with them your experience studying at UNSW and living in Sydney. 

  • Collaborate with UNSW to support events designed for students from diverse backgrounds 

  • Organise and facilitate social activities among other Cultural Mentors and mentees. 

How do I apply?

Mentor applications for T1 2022 are now open!

In the application form, you will be asked some of the following questions:

  • How would you describe yourself as a person?
  • What would being a Cultural Mentor mean to you? What would you like to achieve through this program?
  • What do you think is the biggest challenge(s) for international students starting onshore and offshore? How would you help them to overcome these challenge(s)?
  • Have you been involved in any mentoring or volunteering programs before? If so, please tell us a bit about the program and your role within that program.
  • Please write an introductory email to a new UNSW student, imagining that you have been matched as this student’s Cultural Mentor.

Apply Now

Hear from our past Mentors


“As a cultural mentor, I have the fulfilling opportunity to give incoming students the guidance I wished I received in my first year. It brings me great joy to see them adjust and flourish into a new, exciting chapter of their lives.”  

- Wi Kiat Ng, Bachelor of Commerce & Law, Malaysia

"Being a Cultural Mentor provided me a platform to practice leadership, to feel a part of UNSW and introduced me to friends that I cherish so much! It made the transition from high school to university much easier through giving me a sense of identity and belonging.” 

- Sonia Sharma, Bachelor of Economics and Science, Australia


"The program has helped me find a home away from home. Being able to have people I can trust, confide in, learn from, and be inspired by - this is one of the best experiences I have had since my move to Australia from Oman.” 

- Nayonika Bhattacharya, Bachelor of Arts & Law, India

“Being a cultural mentor is about connecting with students across the world and disciplines. Even though the majority of events were held online this year, I feel connected with the community which makes this journey more unique and memorable.”  

- Fei Chan, Bachelor of Economics and Science, China


Do you have any questions? Contact us.

For more information, please contact [email protected] 

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