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Office of Pluralism and Leadership
Carson Hall, Suite 125
HB 6217, Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone:  (603) 646-0987
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Email: Pluralism.and.Leadership.Office@Dartmouth.edu

International Student Mentor Program

Information for all New International Undergraduates, Including '17s, Transfers, and Exchange Students

Would you like to:

  • Have a better beginning through summer correspondence with Dartmouth upper-class students?
  • Be met at Boston's Logan International Airport on August 27th and 28th, 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 an upper-class 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 upper-class students?

Then participate in the International Student Mentor Program!

Why participate in the International Student Mentor Program?

The International Student Mentor Program provides immediate support and assistance to Dartmouth'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 international and U.S. upper-class Dartmouth students were 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 27th and 28th, and at the bus stop in Hanover, and by helping new internationals get settled when they first arrive on campus.  ISMs continue to help new students get off to a good start at Dartmouth during Orientation.  The formal work of advising new international undergraduates 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?

"Right off the Dartmouth Coach I felt welcomed as a member of the Dartmouth community because of the warm welcome I received from the International Mentors. They made the international orientation enlightening and exciting.  This program definitely enriched my freshman experience."  - Akwugo Nnama, Class of 2012, from Nigeria

"I stepped off the bus and was heartily welcomed to Dartmouth by an exuberant group of students.  I was home.  The International Student Mentor Program helped ease my transition to college by introducing me to the international community, and by providing me with able mentors at a most disorienting time."  - Javed Jaghai, Class of 2012, from Jamaica

"Having a mentor who has been through the whole process of adaptation to Dartmouth life was very helpful for me as a freshman.  My anticipated doubts and questions were answered almost instantly the minute I got on campus!  The mentors, who are well trained and prepared, made Dartmouth even more welcoming to us!"  - Si Jie Loo, Class of 2012, from Malaysia

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

Getting involved in the International Student Mentor Program is as easy as completing the International Student Mentor Request Form.  Click on the link below to complete the form. You will then be on your way to being paired with a mentor and reaping the benefits of this enjoyable and helpful program.  If you are unable to access or complete and return the International Student Mentor Request Form through this website, please contact Faizan Kanji '15, this year's International Student Mentor Program Coordinator, at Faizan.N.Kanji.15@dartmouth.edu. You may also contact Faizan Kanji, or Steve Silver, the Director of International Student Programs - OPAL, through the International Student Mentor e-mail (blitz) account at International.Student.Mentor@dartmouth.edu.

International Student Mentor Request Form

Last Updated: 4/14/14