International English Language Student Peer Support Program

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.

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 Sydney

ACU Centre for Languages, English Language Program

The role

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

ACU student volunteers will attend ELICOS Orientation Sessions and 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.


  • Apply by 10 August via email to
  • An interview will take place before the induction workshop, and attendance is required at an induction session in the week before the commencement.
  • We will welcome students from all degrees, who have an interest in providing support to international students.
  • Please note that your community engagement placement hours will be compelted over a longer period (usually 10 weeks).

When and where

ACU Centre for Languages, Level 4 , 213 Miller St , North Sydney

Interviews and induction will occur in August.

Operating dates and times are flexible.

Special Interest Group: 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Monday to Thursday

Excursions: Various


Please email your expression of interest to

In your email please indicate:

  • your student number;
  • your community engagement unit;
  • your availability to participate in this program; and
  • the number of placement hours you would like to complete in this program.

ACU Policy & Procedure

ACU Policies and Procedures aim to keep both you and the communities you interact with legally, physically and ethically safe. It is a requirement of all community engagement placements that you read and familiarise yourself with ACU policies and procedures prior to commencement.

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Your community engagement questions answered

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