What is the International Student 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.
How does the International Student Mentor Program Work?
Applicants must apply and be selected yearly, and are eligible to serve a maximum of two years. For each academic year a limited number of Mentor Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded for those selected as mentors. These awards will be disbursed in two halves. In the beginning of each semester, a $500 International Mentor Scholarship credit will be added 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 immediate termination of the International Mentor Scholarship.
Applicants to become mentors must meet the following qualifications:
- Be a current F-1 degree-seeking international student at Augsburg University 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.
- Be positive, enthusiastic, supportive, and capable of learning about and engaging difference on many levels.
- Submit your application by the deadline (usually in early April).
Responsibilities of an International Student Mentor
An international student mentor must commit to supporting his/her mentees throughout the first year in achieving a successful personal and academic adjustment to college life. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Attending all mentor training sessions and mandatory large group gatherings with mentors and mentees
- Participating with one’s mentees in the annual Fall Student Leadership Retreat and ISO’s 1st general meeting at the beginning of each semester
- Keeping in touch with one’s mentees on a weekly basis
- Demonstrating a commitment to continue one’s own intercultural competence development and to improving mentoring skills
- Becoming more knowledgeable about Augsburg University
- Explaining how systems, policies and procedures work at the University
- Introducing mentees to resources on campus that will support their needs by following the task checklist upon the first 1:1 meeting on campus.
- Engaging in frequent reflection about assistance outcomes with one’s mentees.
What else should applicants know about being an International Mentor?
- There are currently 15 positions available for new mentors in each academic year
- A mentor can expect to participate in 2-3 times of mandatory trainings and group gatherings per semester and devote ongoing efforts to attend to the paired mentees’ cultural and academic transitional needs. This commitment will at times require availability and can be long and involved at some point
- You must maintain the highest standards of ethical behavior and professionalism regarding this work
- Applicants should be positive, enthusiastic, supportive, and capable of learning about and engaging difference on many levels
- Upon request, you should submit International Student Mentor Program Evaluation at a timely manner.
What will Students gain from being an International Mentor?
- Satisfaction from assisting with the personal and academic adjustment of other international students
- Intercultural leadership development
- Enhanced networking abilities and communication skills
- International Mentor Scholarship