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.
How does the International Mentor Program Work?
Applicants must apply and be selected yearly and are eligible to serve a maximum of two years (mentors for the third year will be considered but will be expected to take on additional leadership roles). For each academic year, a limited number of Mentor Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded for those selected as mentors. At the beginning of each semester, a $750 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; and
- Submit your APPLICATION by March 15, 2022, and complete an interview on March 24-26, 2022. Schedule your interview here.
If you are applying to be a Lead Mentor, make sure you have all the qualifications listed above PLUS:
- Have 2 years of experience as an ISSS Mentor.
Responsibilities of an International 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 activities with the International Student Organization and other activities on campus
- 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
- Engaging in frequent reflection about assistance outcomes with one’s mentees
- Communicate with Program Director & Program Assistant how students are doing
- Submit International Student Mentor Program Evaluation in a timely manner
- Attend the Oyaté Retreat with the International Student Organization
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