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Student support services

Student support services

At SIBT we know that learning is more than just a qualification – it’s about the balance between knowledge and experience that gets your career off to a great start, giving you the best chance for success in life.

With small class sizes, student mentors and easy access to lecturers, SIBT goes further to prepare its students for academic study.

SIBT also has a team of Student Learning Advisors who have a variety of specialised pathway skills, and focus on welfare and language enhancement to provide that additional support and guidance to make sure its students stay on track to making their university dream a reality!

Read below to find out about SIBT’s support services that help our students on their journey to becoming an independent learner.

Peer mentoring support

This program helps students adapt to their new learning environment and the Australian culture. Sharing their passion and experience, senior SIBT students, who are trained as mentors, are available to make each new comer feel welcome and provide information about academic and campus life. This ongoing support and guidance continues during the students first few weeks at SIBT.

Personalised learning approach

Being in a more personal learning environment means that the academic performance of every student is closely monitored. For students who do not meet the required academic standards, SIBT runs additional one-on-one sessions and support programs to help them to improve their results. This enables students to focus efforts on their core development areas to ensure gaps are addressed immediately, giving each student the best chance of turning their university dream into reality.

Pre-university support programs

SIBT believes it’s essential that focused support programs are embedded into individual units of study to prepare students for university success. These cover subject matters such as literacy, time management skills, self-directed learning skills, assignment preparation and stress management…which all help to improve academic performance.

SIBT offers a Tertiary Orientation Preparation Program (TOPP) to all diploma students. The program is designed to equip students with the academic, technological and personal skills needed to succeed while completing their diploma studies. It is compulsory and will assist students in understanding academic conventions, expectations around academic delivery and the requirements for developing an assessment, as well as give opportunities for engaging directly with lecturers and other students.

SIBT social activities

SIBT has a calendar of social events to help students integrate with their fellow peers, make new friends, try new activities and visit places in Sydney. This includes fun and exciting activities such as rock climbing, pizza parties, social dinners and sightseeing tours.

The SIBT social media channels are also great platforms for sharing information and ideas, and to keep up to date with all that’s going on at SIBT and to connect with fellow students.

Visit us at any of the following social media sites:

Student representation

SIBT students play an important part in decision-making in the following ways:

  • Formally, through participating on our Academic Board or as part of our Student Representative Council. Students who would like to participate in the Student Representative Council or Academic Board should submit an Expression of Interest to the Student Services Team at 
  • Through feedback in our student surveys
  • Informally, by making comments and suggestions to the SIBT team

Skills for part-time job opportunities

Studying and living in Australia can be quite costly, so sometimes getting a part-time job is essential. SIBT is here to help. Look out for notices across SIBT’s social media channels or around the campus, and register for a barista course, Responsible Service of Alcohol course or something similar! These are great opportunities for students to gain additional qualifications and be empowered with the skills to start earning that extra pocket money as soon as possible.

Welfare support and counselling

Student counsellors are available to help students with any concerns or difficulties they may have, whether they are having trouble studying, learning a new language or getting settled in Australia. They can also offer advice and support for any other personal matters, including disability support and student advocacy. They can advise on where to seek assistance on legal advice, health and medical services, childcare services, mental health services, sexual assault or harassment services, LGBTIQ support and safety and security on online.

Disability support

SIBT is committed to providing equal opportunities for students with disabilities, and promotes a flexible teaching and learning environment to meet the needs of a diverse range of students. We encourage students to provide information (including medical or other professional advice) regarding the nature of their disability and special needs during the application and enrolment process, so that we can ensure that they are able to succeed in their chosen program of study.

SIBT is also dedicated to maintaining a learning environment that promotes dignity, acknowledges students' privacy and confidentiality, and promotes an awareness of students' needs and rights. All SIBT classrooms are fitted with hearing loops for the hearing impaired, and accommodations are made to support students with disabilities throughout their studies, ensuring that they have equal access to the teaching and learning environment.