Peer Mentor Program

The International Peer Mentor Program is an award-winning program that has been running for over a decade.

This program allows participants to develop leadership skills and form long-term friendships, and it is often described as one of the most memorable highlights of student life by our current and past mentors. Both international and domestic students can be peer mentors.

  • What is an International Peer Mentor?

    An International Peer Mentor (IPM) is a current student who volunteers their time to help new international students settle into life in Adelaide and the University of Adelaide. Both international and domestic students can be IPMs.

    All new students have to make adjustments to be successful at university. IPMs provide peer support and a student’s perspective of University life by sharing their experiences, challenges and insights.

    IPM position description

  • Meet the Mentors

    Read profiles of our current International Peer Mentors.

    Meet the Mentors

  • Volunteer role requirements

    The selection of mentors will be based on merit, availability, and via an online application submission.


    • Must be enrolled in at least 2 course in each study period at the University of Adelaide
    • Must have completed at least 1 study period and achieved a 5.0 GPA (credit average)
    • Must have at least 2 study terms remaining in their degree, in order to sign a 1 year volunteer contract as an IPM
    • Can be onshore or offshore


    • Willing to volunteer 2-3 full days during each International Student Welcome period (Semester 1 and Semester 2)
    • Willing to volunteer at 7 out of 10 CommuniTeas Friday morning 10.30-11.30am plus set up and clean up each semester
    • Willing to volunteer at 2 out of 3 LCE Friday afternoon/evening events each semester
    • Willing to volunteer at a minimum of 1 holiday social program event during each holiday period
    • Keen to take part in student panels during Orientation events
    • Open to take part in University committees, Communities of Practice and consultation sessions for student voice and feedback about specific issues and trends.

    IPM position description

  • Key skills & core values you bring 

    • Inclusion & Diversity: Creates/supports an inclusive environment that values/celebrates differences  
    • Integrity/Honesty: Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner
    • Student participant Experience: Enjoys working and connecting with, understanding, and helping other students 
    • Personal Responsibility: Accepts responsibility/accountability for actions; is dependable
    • Self-Awareness: Is aware of how words or actions may be perceived by or affect others 
    • Collaboration and Teamwork: Works productively with others to achieve goals; seeks diverse perspectives
    • Enthusiasm: Is enthusiastic about one’s own role; looks for ways to make volunteer shifts fun and engaging

    IPM position description

  • How to apply

    Applications for 2023 International Peer Mentors will open in late August 2022. Please check this page later. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the IPM program, please contact International Student Support.