Mentors Program

What is the International Mentor Program?

Using an intercultural leadership development approach, this program seeks to provide a welcoming environment and supportive foundation to assist degree-seeking international students in a successful personal and academic transition into their first year at Augsburg.

There are 15 mentor positions available for each academic year. Each international mentor must make a commitment to the program and to helping new international students. A mentor can expect to give 40-50 hours a semester to the program. This commitment will at times require availability and can be long and involved. All mentors must maintain the highest standards of ethical behavior and professionalism regarding this work.

Applicants must apply and be selected yearly, and can serve a maximum of two years. If selected, mentors are eligible to the total amount of $1,000 International Student Mentor Scholarships. These awards will be disbursed in two halves. In the beginning of each semester, a $500 International Student Mentor Scholarship will be applied to a mentor’s financial aid. Failure to meet the mentor obligations or adhere to professional conduct in one’s capacity as a mentor will result in the non-renewal of the mentor’s position for the next semester and/or immediate termination of the International Mentor Scholarship.

What type of training may be provided?

  • Intercultural Competence:  A Developmental Approach
  • Augsburg Campus and Resources Information
  • Cultural Adjustment in the First Year – In and Out of the Classroom
  • Assisting Your Mentee in Achieving Academic Success
  • Relationship Boundaries and Other Ethical Dilemmas:  “What if I/we…..?”
  • Successful Mentoring and Intercultural Leadership Development

What will students gain from being an international student mentor?

  • Satisfaction of assisting with the personal and academic adjustment of other international students.
  • Intercultural leadership development.
  • Enhanced networking abilities and communication skills.
  • International Mentor Scholarship.

The Minimum Qualifications

  • Be positive, enthusiastic, supportive, and capable of learning about and engaging difference on many levels.
  • Be a current F-1 degree-seeking international student at Augsburg College with a minimum of one academic year experience at Augsburg.
  • Have a 2.50 overall cumulative grade point average (without being rounded) at the time of application and throughout your duration as an International Mentor.
  • Submit your application (attached to the end) by email to Jie He (he@augsburg.edu ).