Melbourne Peer Mentoring Program

Receive assistance to help you transition into life at
the University of Melbourne.

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What is the Melbourne Peer Mentoring Program?

The Peer Mentoring program matches you and other first-semester students with a Peer Mentor from the Faculty of Science. Your Mentor will know all that the university offers whether it’s clubs, university services or where to find the best coffee in Melbourne!

Your mentoring sessions are via Zoom and you can message your Mentor using the Chatter function of the my.uniLife app.

Who is eligible?

All first-year first-semester students from across the University of Melbourne participate in this program. It is unique to UniMelb!

How do I apply?

There is no need to apply, as a first-year first-semester student at the University of Melbourne you are automatically part of the program.

Where can I find my sessions?

All your sessions are visible on the my.uniLife app.

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Who are your Peer Mentors?

"My Peer Mentoring experience has been an enjoyable one! It has given me the opportunity to speak with new incoming students and hear about their journey and goals as they engage in uni. I have enjoyed being able to share my thoughts, opinions and advice with them and to see it benefit them in their experiences!" - Joyee Koay (Peer Mentor)

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"Being a part of this program promotes meaningful connections with your mentees, as well as provides valuable leadership and communication skills through regular workshops made specifically for peer mentors." - Sarah O’brien (Peer Mentor)

Who can be Peer Mentors?

Not a first-year student? You can still be involved in the program as a Mentor!

To become a peer mentor, you will need to be:

  • A current University of Melbourne student
  • Studying for at least two more academic semesters
  • In good academic standing (not at risk)
  • A student with no history of academic misconduct
  • Able to attend compulsory training and orientation
  • Able to commit to at least 20 hours of volunteering throughout the year.


  • Experience as a mentor
  • Experience as a mentee
  • Participation in extra-curricular activities
  • Membership in clubs and societies
  • Note: Students beginning their third year of study will be prioritised. Priority will also be given to students who have completed a relevant undergraduate degree from the University of Melbourne.

Apply to be a Peer Mentor

It was great to have regular sessions throughout my first semester where any problems we were having could be talked about in a relaxed environment. It was also helpful to meet with other students who were also starting their first semester and it’s a good time to just have a chat and check in with how everyone is going.

- Sam Smith, mentee Semester 1 2020.