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Office of Pluralism and Leadership
Carson Hall, Suite 125
HB 6217, Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone:  (603) 646-0987
Fax:  (603) 646-9168

ISM Program


...for First Year, Exchange and Transfer International Students Entering in September of 2014

Mentoring Model:

At the heart of the mentorship model, the mentors collaborate to build their knowledge of international student issues and different cultures, and to develop their mentoring skills. This will enable mentors to be aware of different cultural contexts, and therefore, be able to best guide new international students, and to encourage their protégés to share their concerns, and to ask relevant questions.

Spring 2014:

April 16th

  • applications due

April 21th – 25th

  • group interviews (approximately one hour)

April 28th, 29th

  • notifications

Late April

  • introductory meeting skyping in those not on for S14 (one hour)

Late May

  • brainstorming session skyping in those not on for S14 (one hour)

Summer 2014:

Each Mentor will create their personal profile that will be used to match their experiences and interests with those of incoming international undergraduates. Each mentor will be matched to eight to twelve incoming international students based on shared academic and extracurricular interests. Mentors will establish a relationship with their "mentees" over e-mail, and will assist them with any concerns they might have prior to arrival on campus.

Orientation schedule:

August 24th

  • Mentors MUST arrive on campus

August 25th, 26th

  • Mentor Training

August 27th, 28th

  • Incoming international students fly into Boston and arrive on campus for DOC Trips "E" & "F;" two Mentors greet new students at Logan International Airport; Mentors and international student volunteers greet students at the Hanover bus stop when they arrive

September 2nd, 3rd

  • International students return from DOC Trips E and F

September 2nd

  • Arrival of international students who don't take DOC Trips

September 3rd – September 8th ISO with joint FYSEP programming 9/8

September 4th

  • OVIS check-in

September 9th

  • New Student Orientation officially begins with Move-In Day

September 15th

  • Classes begin

Orientation activities:

Mentors will welcome incoming international students to Dartmouth College and help them settle into their residence hall rooms.

Mentors will assist the International Student Programs Office-OPAL in the planning and delivery of International Orientation, and will serve as leaders and facilitators for some sessions organized for international students, and meals organized for internationals.

Fall and Winter Terms 2014 -2015:

Mentors will continue to meet with their protégés on a weekly basis when possible.

Mentors will pair up, and each pair will conduct one of five programs for the fall or winter terms.

Each mentor will write up brief reports on the progress of his/her mentees, one report each at the end of fall and winter terms.


Mentors are volunteers, but will receive a stipend to help defray the expense of meals due to the early arrival of the group.


Last Updated: 4/14/14