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overseas partner colleges. Approximately one-third of the university’s international students are able to meet a buddy in their home country some two months before they come to the United States. “This has greatly eased our integration efforts,” Kuchins says. About 250–300 buddy pairings are made each fall and 150 in the spring. IEEC organizes 5 to 10 social events each week. “That way, Americans and internationals get together through common interests like rock climbing, music, or theater,” Kuchins says. “Ours is not rigid structure,” he continues. “Once we provide them with the resources, we let the students take the lead.” UWEC also has a student-run International Buddy Project. Last fall, 65 U.S. students were matched with 49 incoming international students, sometimes two to one. Buddies are encouraged to meet once a month; they watch football games and build snowmen (some have never seen snow before). Remi Roumezin, who heads this program, is an international student from France. He e-mails incoming international students to assess their interest and then e-mails university departments to round up mentors. “This is an opportunity for cultural exchange,” Roumezin says. “It’s mostly for social interaction and to make friends.” Memaj initially arrived in the United States from Albania as a high school exchange student. In 2008 he came to Kent State as a residence hall director. The next year he launched KSIM, with the help of Carrie Circosta, assistant director of alumni relations for student and recent graduate programs. “I thought of what I wanted and needed as an international student: friends, social activities, a sense of community,” he says. KSIM has 289 members and 136 partnerships; 125 are U.S. students. Although the guidelines suggest meeting once a week, they meet more or less, depending on schedules

Selecting Mentors
How a student becomes a peer mentor varies widely, from formal applications and interviews to checking off “yes” on an email. Many mentors are from the United

States, but some are also international students studying at U.S. universities. IUPUI maintains a waiting list for the overflow of applicants. Traditionally about half of its mentors are from the United States, many from diverse backgrounds, and half are international students. Mentors receive a $1,700 annual scholarship, which requires attending training sessions and helping with international programs. At UWEC resumes, essays, references, and interviews are required. And if students want to sign up to be a peer guide again, they have to go through another interview. “We want to make sure they grow and learn,” Simek says. “We set goals about what they want to do with their mentees. We put a lot of trust, responsibility, and time into the peer guides.” Some higher education institutions have less formal matching procedures. Kent State, which includes graduate students, asks a few questions “to make sure mentors are involved for the right reasons,” Memaj says. “We look at their preferences and hobbies. We don’t usually reject anyone unless there’s a concern.” Megan Ollendyke filled out a short questionnaire relating to age, year, and language spoken while at State University at New York-Albany, indicating she wanted a Frenchspeaking mentee to help prepare for her study abroad experience in France the following year. At SFSU mentors list their top three preferred countries on the application form. According to Kuchins, France is number one, with Japan, the UK, and Spanish-speaking countries in high demand. Canada and Australia are the hardest to find mentor for the program. In fall 2011 there were 270 U.S. and 264 international exchange mentors. E-mail is often used to recruit study abroad students. While in Copenhagen, Andre Durham received such a missive from the University of North Carolina’s Easing Abroad Student Entry (EASE) program, which includes business and law students in addition to undergrads. Durham helped three students from Denmark and one from Hong Kong get adjusted to their classes and “gave them reasonable expectations about how to interact with professors and classmates.”

what peer mentors for international Students Can do
Here are some tasks that peer mentors may perform to help international students adjust to campus life:
■■ Contact prospective international

students interested in coming to the college
■■ Send welcome notes to new

international students
■■ Attend the new international student

orientations and each new exchange student orientation lunch in August and January
■■ Attend the various social outings

planned for the incoming exchange students
■■ Assist with the college’s involvement

with cultural festivals
■■ Help plan and attend campus cultural

events
■■ Represent the college’s study abroad

and international programs at select off-campus international and cultural events
■■ Speak at information presentations to

students, parents, high schools, etc
■■ Plan peer mentor-led events for the

college’s on-campus international week
■■ Provide culture-related articles from

their exchange experience for the college’s exchange Web site and the international student organization’s online newsletter
■■ Help college international services

staff man tables at special college study abroad events (orientations, admissions events, family weekends, visitors to campus etc.)
■■ Provide additional ideas for

promoting and increasing student exchange awareness on campus
■■ Nominate future international student

peer mentors
■■ Provide ideas for additional functions

for the international student peer mentors
This list was provided by Hubert L. Prevost, Jr., director of the Office of Cooperative Education, National, and International Student Exchanges at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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Pathfinders
IUPUI—Choosing Partners Carefully for an Urban Research University
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
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