One of the most significant differences between USC and any other year 11 and 12 school is the powerful combination of focused academic preparation with student care and support. We believe that academic support and personal care are essential to enable students to reach their maximum potential.
USC student support services include:
The International Dean is responsible for all aspects of the International Student Program and is the first point of contact for parents. The International Dean ensures that the needs of international students are met at every decision making level in the College. The International Dean coordinates the academic program, liaises with mentors and teachers and meets with the counsellor to monitor student progress.
Students can get help with personal issues such as transition, adjusting to a new culture, homesickness, making friends and gaining confidence in their new environment.
Students are linked to a particular member of the USC academic staff for special pastoral care and attention. Mentors are responsible for helping students to review academic progress, assist with the development of good study skills and provide guidance in subject choice and career pathways.
USC has an experienced and highly qualified staff, who specialize in preparing students for university entry. Students are encouraged to work closely with teachers, who are available for individual tuition and support for the students in their care. USC teachers have developed the reputation amongst students for being not only great teachers, but great people too.
A career advisor is available to help students with all aspects of the tertiary application process and any other enquiry regarding university courses
A cultural orientation program is provided to familiarise students with their new environment and to provide the relevant information about living and studying in Adelaide. Students are assisted with banking and telephone systems, provided with a tax file number and a health care card to access health services. USC students receive an e-mail address and a student identification card offering transport and service discounts. Students will also be provided with a guide to public transport, a city and metropolitan map and 24-hour emergency telephone numbers.
A homestay coordinator will arrange for students to live with a homestay family. Homestay families are rigorously screened for suitability, with each person over the age of 18 years undergoing police security checks. Students are required to live in homestay for the duration of their study at USC.