'Transition' makes the transition easier for International students

12 May 2009

Mentor Rosie (left), with her mentee Alison Choo (right)
Mentor Rosie (left), with her mentee Alison Choo (right)

An International student mentorship project was established on Cumberland Campus in 2008. The project, appropriately named 'Transition', aims to match first year international students with experienced student ambassadors who can provide support and advice for those first few weeks of settling into university life at Health Sciences.

Four mentors and nine international student mentees participated in the first year. The project was so successful that the numbers more than doubled for 2009 with 14 student ambassadors mentoring 22 international students during the first 6 weeks of the new semester.

"The whole point of the program is great, it gives me an easy way to talk with other people and meet new friends at campus, " said new international student Qiwen.

On completion of a satisfaction survey all new students either agreed or strongly agreed that they enjoyed participating in the program, would recommend the program to new students and were able to ask their mentors for help and advice relevant to adjusting to studying and settling in Sydney.

The mentors also found the project rewarding. "It was really good chance to get to know people and help them around" said Tania, who mentored one international student during the session.

The end of the program for 2009 was celebrated with a BBQ luncheon on campus on Tuesday 21 April.

Contact: Karin Austin

Phone: 9351 9638