International Peer Study Support Program

The International Peer Study Support (IPSS) program is designed to provide personalised support for commencing International students who are studying overseas. 

Senior International students will act as Mentors, and provide support whenever it suits you. Commencing students who are studying overseas can match with Mentors from the same Faculty who will share advice and support that helped them transition to The University of Adelaide.

How do I join the program?

If you are a commencing undergraduate or postgraduate coursework student and you are overseas you will be automatically registered for the IPSS program and enrolled in the English Assist course. Follow the link in the course to match with a Mentor and organise a time to meet. 

In this program, you will:

  • receive timely information and handy hints to get a great head start on your studies
  • develop a network of supportive peers from your program or discipline area
  • get help finding the right student support services
  • stay motivated and build confidence

Frequently asked questions

  • Why am I part of this program?

    We understand how challenging it can be to studying overseas, even if you are studying from the comfort of your home. So we invite you to a program that we think will help get the best start at the University of Adelaide. You will get a chance to meet other students, discuss key concepts of your study, and get help as you start your program to give you the best chance of success with your studies.

  • Who is my mentor?

    IPSS mentors are senior international students studying the same or similar program to you within your faculty. They are highly successful students and will give you the best advice as you start your program. You will choose a mentor, and organise a time to discuss things about your study with them. You will have the option to talk to them about your challenges and how they were able to overcome them.

  • What happens during the mentor sessions?

    You can match with a mentor and reach out to them to set up a convenient time for both of you to discuss your studies. You can advise them beforehand the topics that you want discussed. The mentor sessions are usually 1/2 hour long. 

    • Before your session, it is important to send the mentor the topics you would like to discuss in preparation.
    • Mentoring sessions are booked and completed on Vygo and are usually 30 minutes in duration. 
    • All sessions take place using the online Vygo video room so you can join in wherever you are in the world.


  • I'm studying overseas this semester, can I still do the program?


    This program is exclusive to overseas students!

    We can't wait to see you in Adelaide, but in the meantime this is a great way to stay connected to people in your program and the help that you will receive is tailored for overseas students. The sessions will be via Vygo so you can attend from anywhere in the world.

  • How do I join the program as a Mentor?

    If you are currently enrolled in second year or above at the University of Adelaide and you can demonstrate the following:

    • have a GPA of at least 5.0
    • show effective listening, communication and interpersonal skills
    • encourage open communication
    • engage with a positive attitude
    • demonstrate tolerance and an understanding of cultural diversity
    • show detailed knowledge of university facilities and services
    • demonstrate an understanding of the challenges faced by commencing international students
    • respect confidentiality at all times

    Then you are eligible to join the program as a peer mentor! Successful applicants will receive training prior to program commencement.

    If you want to apply to be a mentor, you can register your interest.