International Students

The University of Adelaide Writing Centre welcomes all international students - we look forward to meeting you! We are here to help you further develop your skills in academic language and learning.  

  • One-on-one learning advisor appointments

    Our Learning Advisors are friendly, highly trained, professional and are here to help you build your academic writing skills!

    30-minute, one-on-one appointments are available for coursework students on Monday to Friday between 10.00am and 4:00pm. Please see the links below to find a service that best meets your needs.

    First-time Appointments

    First-time seeing us? Make a priority first-time user booking! you can an appointment to see a Learning Advisor in-person at the Writing Centre (Level 3 Hub Central) or online (Zoom) to develop your academic skills and improve your writing. 

    Please note: a Zoom link will still be sent for face-to-face appointments – this works as a back-up. If you are sick or symptomatic, then the appointment will still be able to take place online without the need to re-schedule.

    First-time Appointment (Face-to-face) First-time Appointment (Online)

    Face-to-face Appointments

    To attend the Writing Centre for a face-to-face consultation (Level 3 Hub Central), please use the booking link below.

    Please note: a Zoom link will still be sent for face-to-face appointments – this works as a back-up. If you are sick or symptomatic, then the appointment will still be able to take place online without the need to re-schedule.

    Face-to-face Appointment

    Online Appointments

    To attend an online Writing Centre consultation via Zoom, please use the booking link below.

    Online Appointment

    Out-of-hours Appointments

    Busy during working hours? For those who are unable to make an appointment during our regular opening hours of 10am-4pm (for example, due to work commitments, caring responsibilities, or timezone differences), then we have limited out-of-hours appointments available. These appointments are online-only and run via Zoom. 

    Out-of-hours appointments will resume in Semester 2.

    Out-of-hours Appointment

    Please continue to check availability regularly, as new appointments will open on a rolling basis. 

    You may make one booking per day and a maximum of two bookings per week.

  • Online writing resources

    There are interactive essay writing modules and a number of writing guides for you to access - these are great for developing your academic writing skills.

    If you have any questions about the information in these resources, consider making an appointment to ask a Learning Advisor in the Writing Centre to help you develop your skills in these areas. 

    We also have a range of recorded videos/seminars available. For example, it takes organisation and commitment to study several courses in English when it is not your first language. The recorded seminar below talks about strategies you can use to manage this process and to continually improve your English. It also shows several self-access resources you can use to keep learning.

    Presented by Dr Jillian Schedneck and Jayee Teh.

  • English Assist Program

    The University of Adelaide recognises that ongoing academic language development and social engagement are key to student success.  The English Assist Program is here to support you.

    The English Assist Program is exclusive to international students studying an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree in their first semester of study. There is no obligation to complete the program, it is not counted towards your academic transcript, and your activity is not graded or tracked; we like to think of it as a useful resource for non-English speaking background students that will assist your conversational, reading, and writing skills for university study, if you need it.

    The Program offers two streams of support for international students studying an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree in their first semester of study. One stream provides opportunities to develop your Speaking and Listening skills and focuses on conversation skills for university study and social engagement; the other stream will develop your skills in Reading and Writing in English for academic study.

    English Assist: Speaking and Listening for University

    This series of 6 free 'Converse & Connect' workshops, delivered online via Zoom will develop your speaking and listening communication skills, help you make new friends and build your confidence to fully engage in your University of Adelaide studies.

    • These practical and interactive workshops will assist you with the spoken language needed to fully participate in key study activities such as tutorials, seminars, group projects, as well as more social conversations.
    • The workshops for semester 1 will run with weekly sessions of 1.5 hours.
    • No preparation or out of class work is required for these workshops.
    • The workshops are run by specialist language tutors. Classes will have a maximum of 15 students, providing the opportunity for you to get to know your fellow class mates and to receive tips, strategies and feedback from your tutor.

    For more information on Converse & Connect workshops, click here

    English Assist: Reading and Writing for University

    This self-guided course will provide a combination of weekly lectures, modules and mentoring appointments to assist you in:

    • Building your skills and confidence in writing and reading in English.
    • Building your understanding of academic writing expectations at University.
    • Developing your ability to understand and use academic texts in English.
    • Expanding your English vocabulary.
    • Building your understanding of the themes, content, styles and structures of different texts in English.
    • Practising your skills with opportunities to ask questions and seek guidance from TESOL trained mentors.
    • Working on communication skills which will help you in your professional life.
  • Volunteer program for conversation development (ESL students)

    An internationally recognised volunteer program is also available to provide language support for students from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds (NESB) who have an additional need to improve their oral communication.

    For more information visit International Student Support's talking with Aussies page.

  • External language support

    The State Library of SA provides an English Language Learning Improvement Service (ELLIS)  as a free service for people who are learning English as a foreign language and want to improve their language skills.

    ELLIS supplements other English language and literacy programs within South Australia by providing self-help materials and opportunities to improve conversation.