ACU students enrolled in a Bachelor Degree program can work with new International English Language (ELICOS) students to assist them in 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 in classroom activities or in Special Interest Group workshops, and attend student social events and excursions, orientation days 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, meetups, clubs and societies;
  • Introduce ELICOS students to Sydney life: transport system, opening a bank account and finding accommodation;
  • Help ELICOS students to feel welcome, make friends and feel supported both at ACU and in Sydney. 

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.

ACU student volunteers will:

  • attend ELICOS Orientation Sessions and provide campus tours and information to new students.
  • help teachers in communicative class activities.
  • accompany ELICOS students on special events and excursions and help provide social support while interacting with local communities.


  • You must be enrolled at the North Sydney Campus.
  • Apply by 6 March via email to
  • Interviews will take place the following week.
  • On completion of a successful interview, candidates will attend a 2-hour induction/training workshop. Attendance is required before commencing engagement activities. Training hours will be included in your total community engagement hours.
  • We welcome students from all degrees, who have an interest in providing support to international students.
  • Please note that the Centre can, on average, provide between 30 to 35 community engagement hours, usually over a 10-week period.

When and where

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

When  Activity  Max. Hours 
 March 9-13  Interview  1
 March 16-20  Training  2
 March 23  Orientation Day (8:30am - 1:30pm)  5
 March 24 - June 5  In class support for 2-4 hours per day (lessons are from Monday to Friday)  20-40
 May 4  Orientation Day (8:30am - 1:30pm)  5
   Total  33-53

Applications are currently closed

If you would like to apply for this opportunity, but do not feel as though you can complete all your placement hours in this program, please ask your lecturer about whether you may split your placement hours between more than one organisation.

Before applying for this opportunity please ensure:

In the 'Message' section of your application please note:

  • Whether you are available to attend the ELICOS Orientation sessions for international students on 23 March and 4 May.

By applying to ACU Engagement for this opportunity, you acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential.


What you need to know

What is community engagement? Why do we do it and how do you get started? ACU Engagement answer your frequently asked questions and help you get the most out of your community engagement experience.


Policy and procedure

ACU's 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 these policies prior to commencement.

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Before you begin

Before you undertake your community engagement experience there are often a number of pre-requisites that need to be completed. Make sure you are ready to go with our handy checklist.

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