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 who can help make the transition to UNSW easier.

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
New students can even apply to be matched with a Cultural Mentor prior to their arrival in Australia. 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.

I am a new student, why should I become a Mentee?

"Having to take my first term online and abroad, it was great to still have someone I could talk to regardless. It helped me feel a little more connected to the rest of the community." Zhiwei Chan(he/him)Bachelor of Computer Science, Malaysia

By becoming a Cultural Mentee, you will have 

  • 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 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.  

“The Cultural Mentor Program provides me a platform to meet new friends who are not only from different faculties, but also across the globe. We help each other out through university’s study and life. Being able to connect with others and understand different cultures despite studying virtually, this is a fantastic and memorable experience!” Xiaoxuan Pan (she/her), Bachelor of Commerce, China

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

Stay tuned! Mentee applications for T1 2023 commencing students will be re-open in Jan 2023.

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.

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