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Language and Cultural Engagement Program

The Language & Cultural Engagement (LCE) is a free program open to all University of Adelaide students with opportunities for social interaction through language and cultural networking.

The LCE program has two distinct streams of engagement:

Language partnerships - are available for local and international students who may be studying a foreign language and wish to practice their language skills and fluency through a pair or group 'match'. The language partnerships stream is a fun and rewarding way to practice learning and speaking a language of your choice, develop friendships and improve your intercultural communication.

Social events on campus - aim to celebrate the multiculturalism that exists on campus and are run entirely by university students. Registering for and attending the LCE social events is a great way to make new friends, learn about different cultures while participating in activities, presentations and games. The regular, themed social events held throughout semester are designed to showcase particular cultures and include a sharing of regional cuisine.

  • How the Program Works
    Students in the LCE program

    You may register for one or both streams of the LCE program using the online application forms available from this website. It is completely up to you to decide if you wish to register for the language partnerships or social events on campus or both streams of the LCE program.

    An application form must be submitted for each stream of the LCE program that you wish to participate in.

    By participating in the language partnerships and also joining the social events on campus you can enhance your global connections and intercultural competence and thereby enrich your whole-of-university experience.

    Language Partnerships

    If you wish to develop your foreign language skills and choose to register for the language partnerships stream of the LCE program, you will be matched with a language partner or group. This usually involves an international and local student match. Sometimes, international and/or local students can also be matched with each other if language preferences are complimentary and a suitable international and local match cannot be found. Either way, you will receive an email with your language partner's contact details. While we try our best to meet your language preferences, please understand that not all first preferences can be met in all circumstances. The more flexible you are in providing details in your application, the easier it is to be matched. Language partners can meet as little or as much as they like - the time and place is up to you and your partner to agree and decide upon.

    Social Events on Campus

    If you do not speak a second language, you can take advantage of the LCE program by simply registering for the social events on campus. Once you have registered, you will receive an email confirmation welcoming you to the LCE program. You can then expect to receive regular email invitations by Event Managers (Student Leaders) to social events throughout the semester where you can meet with fellow students from different parts of the world and build your global connections. The social events are a great way to engage with other University of Adelaide students and even form your own language 'practice' partners.

  • Benefits

    There are many benefits of participating in the LCE program. These include:

    • practicing and learning the language of your choice
    • developing global networks and friendships
    • improving your intercultural communication competence and confidence
    • preparing for a study exchange overseas, work overseas or holiday
    • expanding your appreciation of customs, cultures, and issues in the global community
    • increasing your competitiveness and employability in Australia and abroad.
  • Activities for Language Partnerships
    Students eating dumplings together

    Suggested Discussion Topics & Activities

    Initial Meeting

    A good way to break the ice when you first meet your language partner is to share a little about yourself and your expectations.

    For example you could talk about:

    • the course you are studying
    • how long you have lived in Adelaide
    • why you chose to participate in the LCE program
    • your reasons for learning another language
    • what your current language level is (e.g. 'I have been studying Mandarin for a year')
    • what aspects of the language you would like to focus on (e.g. basic comprehension, grammar, formal conversation, etc)
    • how to write and pronounce your name

    At your first point of contact it is also important to discuss how often you would like to meet and what days/times you are available. Remember, this is a 'partnership' so it is important to consider the needs of your language partner as well as your own.

    Students in the LCE program

    Beyond Initial Meeting

    Below is a list of potential topics for discussion:

    • various aspects of your culture (e.g. family structure, food, how are meals organised, what people talk about when they first meet, how do people develop friendships...etc.)
    • education system (e.g. what is the university entrance exam like in your country? how are degree programs structured? what is the relationship like between students and lecturers? what is expected of students?)
    • learning style
    • countries/places that you have visited
    • your hobbies and interests
    • popular culture in your country (e.g. music, movies, arts, crafts and fashion...etc)
    • popular sporting activities in your country.

    Besides catching up on campus over a coffee, below is a list of activities that you may wish to explore with your language partner(s), to make your cultural engagement experience more rewarding:

    • go to a sporting event (e.g. footy, netball, soccer...etc)
    • watch a film/movie (you may even wish to watch a film in the language that you are learning)
    • visit galleries and museums around Adelaide
    • check out various annual local events and festivals in Adelaide
    • explore food from different countries.

    We hope you enjoy your experiences in the LCE program.

  • Testimonials
    I'm from Chile and this was my first semester in the University of Adelaide. For me, I can say the university experience was great because of LCE program. In this program I made many and really good friends, I met some local friends as well who are really nice and give the opportunity to know more about Australia and their wonderful people. I am really happy with this experience, so it is highly recommended and definitely I wish to participate next semester. Jose, from Chile

    I find that LCE is a great program which give opportunities for both new and current students to get to know each other. I also get to experience and learn about various cultures which I find to be very useful in the future where I have to work with people from diverse backgrounds... For an exchange student like me, I definitely say that, my exchange program at Adelaide University would not be completed without joining LCE program. Thanks for organizing such a wonderful program which I and other students enjoy-totally love the LCE program. Soraya, from Thailand

    Even though this university has thousands of students from all over the world, we seem to spend our whole time studying and rarely meet, let alone socialize with all these wonderful people. The LCE is an opportunity to meet and network with people from different countries and cultures, and enriches the whole university experience. Shane, from Australia

    LCE - So far the best and most interactive program that I found on University campus for International Students. Firstly, the introduction to so many different cuisines out there amazed a foodie like me... Next, the diverse group of students that I would meet every single time was one of the most exciting features of the program... I would recommend every new student that joins the University of Adelaide to find out and put their name down for the LCE program. There is no other program out there that offers so much flexibility and fun as the LCE! Aushim, from Thailand
  • Terms & Conditions

    Please see the terms & conditions of the LCE.

  • How to Apply

    NOTE: Registrations for Language Partnerships in Semester 1 have now closed and will open again for Semester 2 on Monday 17th July 2017. We encourage you to apply and look forward to your participation in the program

    Apply for Social Events on Campus

    NOTE: Generally, we expect participants of LCE to be over 18 years of age. If you are under 18 years and are interested in participating in the program, please contact International Student Support on 8313 4828 or email for further information.

  • Feedback

    If you wish to discuss this program, you are more than welcome to contact staff at International Student Support via email or in person.


International Student Support (Kenneth Wills Building)

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Opening Hours: Monday 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Friday 9am-5pm
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