ACE Mentoring

The Academic, Cultural and Emotional Support Mentoring (ACE Mentoring) program is a peer mentoring program that helps UniSA's first year international students who are enrolled in Psychology and Social Work programs to settle into living in Adelaide, and university life. The mentors will provide support and advice to mentees as they understand the cultural challenges as newcomers to Australia.

The Program

  • The program is a six-week long program.
  • New English as a Second Language (EAL) students can opt in to the program by registering below. We recommended that all new international students register as a mentee.
  • Mentors and mentees are expected to commit to a maximum of two hours per week, which may include some informative sessions delivered by guest speakers. These sessions will take place on Fridays during the study period.
  • Further details about the program are available in the Mentoring Handbook.

International student with mentor

Who is a Mentor?

The mentors will draw on their experience and knowledge as current UniSA students to provide social support and assistance to their designated mentees. The mentors are required to complete training before they commence their role as a mentor. A mentor may need to obtain a current DHS (Department of Human Services) clearance (we can assist you to obtain one if needed).

Who can be a Mentor?

Any current Psychology and Social Work student who:

  • has successfully completed one year of study  
  • can demonstrate good communication skills, empathy and are keen to support fellow students in having a great university experience.
  • can commit three hours per week for the entire length of the program
  • understands the challenges of being a new student
  • understands and respects cultural differences.


  • Increase and enhance employability skills
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Opportunity to be a Senior Mentor (subject to selection) in the next iteration of the project and take substantial responsibility in managing the program
  • Recommendation on LinkedIn profile upon request
  • Certificate in recognition of successful completion of the training and participation in the program
  • Contribution towards the UniSA+ Program
  • Personal satisfaction of knowing you have helped a new student
  • Opportunity to share knowledge and experience with fellow students

Become a mentor


Who is a Mentee?

A mentee is a newly enrolled Psychology and Social Work EAL student who has registered for the program. A mentee can be either a Bachelor or Masters level student. It is highly recommended that all the new international Psychology and Social Work students register for the program and take the opportunity to have the best possible start to their degrees.

Contact Sophie Diamandi for further information or if unsure of your eligibility for the program.


  • Opportunity to have your queries answered promptly by your mentor
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Increased cultural awareness and communication skills
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Develop networks
  • Better understand your courses, degree and the University as a whole
  • Opportunity to meet with representatives from various human service agencies to help prepare you for your placement course
  • Develop a sense of a professional identity
  • Assistance in understanding general academic issues - provided by experienced students (though mentees should not expect course content or assessment specific advice)
  • Opportunity to learn from guest speakers on different important aspects of university life. The previous program schedule provides insight into the types of activities run and can be viewed here.

Register as a mentee