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International Mentor 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.

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. 

Lead Mentor

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