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Culture Connect

Culture Connect

Learning through sharing

Join Sheffield Hallam’s biggest peer mentoring scheme to connect with students from diverse backgrounds (including UK, European and international students) and make the most of your time in Sheffield.

This intercultural peer mentoring scheme helps new students settle into university life and meet friends from around the world by matching them with a returning student.

This is a great opportunity to:

  • get to know someone through a supportive mentoring relationship
  • develop your cultural awareness and learn about different traditions
  • attend networking activities and training with other members
  • reflect on your learning and monitor your own behaviour
  • prepare for work in diverse organisations and add to your CV
  • complete the Global Citizenship Portfolio, which will feature on your exit transcript if you are an undergraduate student. Postgraduates will receive a certificate
  • upon completion of the portfolio you’ll gain eligibility for the Gold Hallam Award, which is recognised by employers and announced at your graduation

The benefits

Did you know there are students from over 100 countries at Sheffield Hallam? Joining Culture Connect is the perfect way to make friends, improve your communication skills and learn about different perspectives. Get valuable volunteering experience for your CV and stand out to future employers. This will develop your intercultural skills and ability to work in diverse teams, which is important in today’s globalised workplace.

Who can join

All students (from any course, level of study, college and nationality) are welcome to apply for an appropriate role. To apply to become a mentor you will have completed at least one semester at Sheffield Hallam University. 


Need help settling into university life and Sheffield culture? Feeling homesick? Or simply want to find out about social activities to make friends and have fun? As a new international or European student, you'll be automatically signed up to the scheme.

We will match you with someone who’s been a new student and understands what it’s like to start at a new place. You can share your aspirations and concerns with your mentor. They'll be from a different country, which is an opportunity to discuss cultural differences and broaden your knowledge of the world.

Download the Mentee’s Quick Guide (PDF, 133.2KB)


Are you a returning student, who has adapted well to university life? Perhaps you have taken part in extracurricular activities alongside your studies? As a mentor you will help a new student feel at home by creating a friendly environment for them to discuss their hopes and worries. You will pass on your knowledge of university services and the local area, to help them integrate into the community.

Download the Mentor’s Quick Guide (PDF, 401.1KB)

Support for mentees/mentors:

You will be allocated a Super Mentor and a mentoring group, with whom you can discuss challenges and share advice during your time on the scheme. Your group will be made up of different nationalities which enables you to gain a wide range of perspectives.

Super Mentors

Have you taken part in Culture Connect before? We are looking for Super Mentors to support and monitor new members, organise social events for mentoring groups, and help with training.

How to apply

The scheme runs during October - April (semester one and two). 

Applications to become a mentor for October 2021 are open now. The deadline to apply as a mentor is Sunday 3 October. Once you apply, you’ll need to complete online training and attend an induction, in order to understand the scheme structure and your role. 

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