ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This program is only available for Boston campus students at this time.
The mission of the Office of Global Services’ Global Student Mentor Program is to support incoming international students as they transition to college life at Northeastern and to the culture of the United States, to foster engagement with the Northeastern community, and to improve resource utilization.
A peer mentor is a current student who spends time with new students to help them adjust to college life. Both international and domestic students can apply to be peer mentors. The students who receive mentorship are called “mentees.”
Participating new students will be matched with an OGS Global Student Mentor. The mentor will reach out first over email and introduce themselves and set up the first meeting. Throughout the semester, mentees will connect with their mentor in person through one-on-one meetings and group gatherings. These meetings take place in-person and at least once per month. Mentees can ask questions and receive advice from the perspective of an experienced Northeastern student. Your mentor will help you to set goals for your experience at Northeastern. Mentees might consider discussing with their mentors:
- How to access resources on campus
- How to join a club or get involved with the campus community
- Suggestions for developing college-level study skills
- How to use public transportation in Boston
- Questions about American culture
- Feelings of homesickness
It is important that mentees make the same level of commitment as their mentor. This includes being responsive to your mentor and making time in your schedule for regular meetings throughout the whole semester. If you would rather meet with a mentor one-time, please see “Mentor Office Hours” below.
Northeastern has many different mentorship programs, so please review other options to find which program best supports your interest and needs. The OGS program is dedicated to supporting international students in their cultural transition and academic success. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your mentor will be a student in your same academic program. If you are interested in peer support specific to your academic program, please consult with your academic advisor to see what may be available. Additionally, this program is not for the purpose of networking (though successful mentoring relationships may expand your professional network.)
REQUEST A MENTOR
Interested in participating? Before you sign up, check that you:
- Understand the program mission
- Want to commit to regular, in-person meetings throughout the semester
- Will be attending the Boston campus in the Spring 2020 semester/quarter
When you’re ready to sign up, click here to access our online mentorship platform, called Chronus. Please sign in with your Husky email credentials, create a profile, and publish it! Matches will be released on a rolling basis throughout December and January.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
BECOME A MENTOR
Applications for the Fall 2019 semester are now closed. Please consider applying during our next cycle for the Spring 2020 semester! If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org..
Expectations of a mentor include:
- Completing the brief training course before being matched with up to 10 mentees
- Meeting with assigned mentees at least once per month throughout the fall semester
- Adherence to the mentor code of ethics
Desired qualities include:
- High communication skills
- Cross-cultural sensitivity
- Excellence in customer service
- Professionalism, including punctuality and follow-through
- Interest in creating an inclusive community at Northeastern
Some benefits of becoming an International Peer Mentor include:
- Meeting students from around the world
- Practicing intercultural competence and citizen diplomacy
- Professional development and opportunity to demonstrate and grow in leadership capabilities
- Ability to help shape international student services by providing feedback on the experience of your mentees
- Letter of Reference and Certificate of Completion for those who complete all responsibilities
Mentors are not responsible for and should not provide any immigration or visa-related advice or information. Please direct student questions to email@example.com or to Walk-In hours at the Office of Global Services.
MENTOR OFFICE HOURS
For students that do not wish to commit to a full semester-long program but would still like to connect with a current student regarding adjusting to life at Northeastern, consider attending Mentor Office Hours!
Mentors will be available during the following times in Curry 101 to meet with students. Not available during this time? Send an email with your question or availability for an appointment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office Hours Schedule:
January 6 – January 31
Monday, Tuesday from 3:00-5:00pm & Fridays 11:00-12:00pm