ACU students enrolled in a Bachelor Degree program work with new International English Language (ELICOS) students to assist them with adjusting to ACU and Sydney. ACU Students help ELICOS Students to feel more integrated and help them to build a social network with local students already in their future degree programs.

ACU Students also assist our ELICOS teachers with Special Interest Group workshops, classroom activities and attend student social events and excursions, orientations and graduations.

Possibility to also participate in a journal exchange program with ELICOS students to share in their experiences and build trust and rapport.

Objectives of the Program:

  • Help ELICOS students to better adjust to the ACU environment.
  • Help ELICOS students to build their confidence with their spoken English and pronunciation through socialization, meet ups, clubs and societies.
  • Introduce ELICOS students to Sydney life: transport system, opening a bank account, finding accommodation etc.
  • Help ELICOS students to feel welcome, make friends and feel supported both at ACU and in the Sydney community.

Position Description

We are looking for volunteers that are keen to work with International students, who are patient, friendly and welcoming. Students who are interested in learning about other cultures and have a good understanding about ACU and Sydney (culture, activities, events, systems etc.) so to be able to share this knowledge with new arrivals both to ACU and Sydney

Students attending the Special Interest Group provide additional support in a classroom setting while ELICOS students work on speaking, reading, writing and listening tasks.

Students attending International Orientations provide campus tours and information to new students.

ACU Students attending special events and excursions accompany ELICOS Students and continue to provide social support and interaction with local communities.

Student Requirements

  • Apply before 30 July 2018 via email to or
  • An interview will take place before the induction workshop, and attendance is required at an induction session in the week before the commencement.
  • Students studying Health Science courses or Business courses are preferred mentors but we will also welcome students in other courses.

Dates and times

  • Interviews and induction will occur in the week starting 6 August.
  • Placement hours will commence on 15 August.
  • Operating dates and times will be flexible.
  • Special Interest Group: 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Monday to Thursday.
  • Excursions: Various.


ACU North Sydney and ACU Strathfield


Svetlana Lukovic, ACU Centre for Languages, English Language Programs
(02) 9739 2047


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