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International Student Mentor Program

Information for all New International Undergraduates, Including '21s, Transfers, and Exchange Students

Participation in the International Student Mentor Program will help you to:

  • Have a better beginning through summer correspondence with returning Dartmouth students
  • Be met at Boston's Logan International Airport on August 26 or 27, and/or be met in Hanover by Dartmouth students when you arrive
  • Begin both International Student Orientation and the New Student Orientation with greater confidence and self-assurance
  • Know that you are not alone in dealing with the "newness" and "strangeness" of the U.S., the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont, and Dartmouth's unique culture
  • Have the benefit of a returning Dartmouth student to answer your questions and address your concerns throughout the fall and winter terms of your first year
  • Learn from and befriend Dartmouth returning students

All incoming international students are matched with a returning student as part of the International Student Mentor Program! (Students who do not wish to participate may opt-out by contacting the Assistant Dean and Advisor to International Students) 

What are the benefits of the International Student Mentor Program?

The International Student Mentor Program provides immediate support and assistance to Dartmouth College's newest international undergraduates through correspondence that begins before new students arrive on campus.  This program of support and friendship continues formally throughout orientation and is ongoing during the first two terms of a student's life at Dartmouth.

What is the International Student Mentor Program?

Ten, returning international and U.S.-based Dartmouth students are selected to be International Student Mentors (ISMs) in a highly competitive selection process.  Each mentor is assigned a group of approximately eight to twelve new international undergraduates.  ISMs assist and befriend Dartmouth's newest international undergraduates through pre-arrival correspondence, meeting new international students at Logan International Airport on August 26 and 27, and at the bus stop in Hanover, and by helping new international students get settled when they first arrive on campus.  ISMs continue to help new students get off to a good start at Dartmouth during International Student Pre-Orientation.  The formal programming and informal work of advising new international students continues throughout the fall and winter terms as needed (and friendship continues well beyond that).

How will the International Student Mentor Program improve your Dartmouth experience?

"Culture shock" is a real phenomenon experienced by many international students as they adjust to a new environment, climate, diet, culture, country, and institutional rules and regulations.  The International Student Mentor program cannot claim that new internationals will never suffer a bout of culture shock if they participate in the ISM program.  However, International Student Mentors help to make the academic, personal, and social adjustment of many of our new students easier with the care and attention they bestow upon them.  The experience that mentors have to offer as upper-class students is invaluable.

What has the International Student Mentor Program meant to its previous participants?

"Flying in from the opposite side of the world, I naturally had a lot of questions - both logistical and personal - regarding my academic career at Dartmouth. The International Student Orientation and Mentorship Program did a great job of addressing these queries for me. I continue to maintain a good relationship with my Intl. Student mentor and I'm grateful these programs were available at the beginning of my freshman year." - Arunav Jain, Class of 2020, From India

"I found my place here through the International Student Mentor Program. To this day, many of my best friends are the ones I met during International Orientation. ISM gave me the sense of community and family that is Dartmouth and was and still is an instrumental part of my love for the College." -Orkan Sezer, Class of 2020, from Turkey

"The International Mentor Program instantly made me feel like I was at home. The second I stepped off the bus and arrived at International Orientation, I was accepted into a community - a community that definitely eased my transition into freshman year. My mentor to this day remains one of the strongest points of support in my life." - Josh Renaud, Class of 2017, from Canada

"The ISM program was my first sense of community at Dartmouth, and allowed me to meet my best friends here! I can't imagine how different my entire first year would have been if not for ISM and what it did during pre-O!" - Reem Chamseddine, Class of 2017, from Lebanon

"International Student Orientation has been one of the best weeks of my time at Dartmouth. Right off the bat, the international student mentors were warm, welcoming and very enthusiastic about making the transition to college - and to another country - a smooth and extremely fun one." - Maieda N. Janjua, Class of 2017, from Pakistan

"My International Student Mentor made me feel right at home at Dartmouth. She was the person I called to figure out anything from laundry to meal swipes to the activity fair. It's always nice to have a friend right off the bus!" - Regan Plekenpol, Class of 2017, from China

How can you become involved in the International Student Mentor Program?

All incoming students will be matched with a returning student as part of the International Student Mentor Program! (Students who do not wish to participate may opt-out by contacting the Assistant Dean and Advisor to International Students) If you have questions or need more information about the program please contact

Faith C. Rotich '18, this year's International Student Mentor Program Coordinator, at Faith.C.Rotich.18@Dartmouth.edu. You may also contact Danielle M. Hussey, Assistant Dean and Advisor to International Students, through the International Student Mentor e-mail (blitz) account at International.Student.Advising@Dartmouth.edu.

 

Last Updated: 6/13/17