Welcome to the International Cultural Engagement Program
The ICE (International Cultural Engagement) Program is about welcoming international students to USC and assisting them with all aspects of their social transition.
The ICE Program begins with an international student welcome lunch to coincide with the Chinese New Year. ‘Ice Breakers’ (student mentors) are then assigned to all intensive English students to help them adjust to the social culture of USC.
Then it's off to experience what the local environment can offer:
- ‘To the West’ - Participation in Surf Life Saving activities to promote Aussie sun and beach safety
- ‘To the South’ - Overnight excursion to (via Strathalbyn) Port Elliot, Goolwa and Victor Harbor
- ‘To the East’ - Visit to Cleland national park to introduce Australian animals
- ‘To the North’ - Day excursion to the Port Adelaide Precinct (inclusive of Museums and Boat Cruise)
ICE Breaker Program
The Ice Breaker program is a student to student peer mentor program to socially assist international students entering USC in a 20 week Intensive English course and to provide leadership and cross-cultural communication skills to USC Year 12 and Year 11 students volunteering as mentors.
- Objectives of Program
- Assist IE students in forming friendships with mainstream USC students.
- Promote the development of confidence and communication in forming an expanded friendship group.
- Familiarise IE students with USC classroom culture and conduct.
- Engender an understanding of student-student and student-teacher interaction behaviours at USC.
- Enhance the International student experience within the USC community.
Under this program, all new Intensive English students will receive a Year 12 ‘Ice Breaker’ (student mentor). ‘Ice Breakers’ will work in pairs and be assigned to up to four Intensive English students. ‘Ice Breakers’ will work with their assigned students in a six to eight week period.
- Recruitment of ‘Ice Breakers’
In the first instant, Year 12 students will be contacted by email and invited to register. Potential ‘Ice Breakers’ must be available to begin immediately and must be able to demonstrate the following:
- consistent academic performance
- outgoing personality
- good organisational skills
- ‘Ice Breaker’ Training
Registered ‘Ice Breakers’ will be invited to attend a workshop covering the following areas:
- Introduction to the program
- Getting to know each other
- Leadership skills
- Communication techniques
- Safety and welfare
- Benefits of the Program
New Students will
- Have a ‘buddy’ for advice or questions
- Be able to practise speaking and listening to English
- Gain an understanding of USC school culture
- See appropriate behaviour modelled
- Have opportunities to make friends
‘Ice Breakers’ will
- Receive a certificate for participation in leadership and cultural communications workshop for CV
- Receive a certificate for being an Intensive English ‘Ice Breaker’ for CV
- Get to go on excursions and events
- (May) be able to use the experience towards research project
- Can use the experience and certification when applying for University leadership and ambassador programs
- Experience the outcomes of the program
- Build effective working relationships with ‘Ice Breakers’
- Have a raised awareness of student issues, needs and wants