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International Peer Leaders

We are current international students who have successfully settled into life and studies in Tasmania. We have experienced the challenges of studying abroad so we want to share our experience to help you achieve a positive transition to life and study in Tasmania. Our role is to help new international students establish a sense of belonging at the University of Tasmania through forming close connections with peers and cultural integration activities.

You can talk to us if:

  • you need help getting started at University
  • you feel homesick, anxious or unhappy
  • you need information on settling into Tasmania
  • you have a question and don’t know who to ask

The 2020 International Peer Leader program is funded by Medibank.

Our International Peer Leaders

Hobart

International Student Drop In

11am to 3pm Monday to Friday on Level 2 of Morris Miller Library (entry level) from O' Week to Week 10 (Feb 17 - May 8, 2020)

Launceston

International Student Drop In

11am to 2pm Monday to Wednesday in Student Centre (Building Y)

11am to 2pm Wednesday in the Library

Available O’ Week to Week 10 (Feb 17 - May 8, 2020)

Become an International Peer Leader

The International Peer Leader positions provide you with a platform to use your experience, knowledge and creativity to help other students with their transition into a new social and academic environment. You will play a pivotal role in supporting international students throughout their journey to academic success through workshops and face-to-face activities. Through this role, there are abundant opportunities for training and career development as you build and apply your professional skills. You will be working closely with a team of IPLs and International Student Advisers.

To be eligible to become an International Peer Leader, students should:

  • Have current status as a UTAS student in at least your second year of university studies (in 2 year fast track courses if you are in your first year and can demonstrate you understand the key elements of the student experience on your campus you will be considered)
  • Have a knowledge of the issues facing international students in their transition into University
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to show initiative and work both independently and as a part of a group
  • Have excellent organisational skills including the ability to manage time efficiently
  • Have the ability to work with culturally diverse students both one-on-on and in groups
  • Have an understanding of how to establish relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including academics, UTAS support services, student societies and other community groups that are able to assist new international students

And have the following attributes:  

  • Be an international student or a domestic student with experience studying abroad
  • Have confidence in delivering information to a range of audiences
  • Have the ability to reflect on own practice
  • Have established connections with academics and UTAS support services

Improve your communication, teamwork and leadership skills, meet new people, inspire and help others while developing lasting friendships and networks.

As the International Peer Leader positions attract a great deal of interest we strongly encourage applicants to visit the Career Peers prior to applying for assistance with their resume, addressing the selection criteria and developing strong interview skills.