International Students

International Students

International Student Peer Mentoring

The International Student Peer Mentor Program is organized to help international students adjust to cultural and academic differences with the help of their domestic student peers. This relationship allows international students and domestic students to engage in educational opportunities outside of the classroom as well as develop a foundation for effective, intercultural communication.

Goals and Objectives

  • Facilitate international students' academic and cultural transitions
  • Encourage mentee participation in non-classroom education and social opportunities, such as intramurals, student organizations, and community events
  • Assist mentees in developing relationships with Canisius College, their peers, the faculty and staff, and the community
  • Provide mentors with opportunities for leadership and enhanced role model responsibilities
  • Engage mentors in ideas, concepts, and current issues of intercultural communication and globalization

Peer Mentor Q&As

What is peer mentoring?

Peer mentoring involves matching experienced students with those who are inexperienced in a certain culture, field, or environment. Programs are usually designed to meet the specific needs of a particular student. Peer mentors are available to give advice and provide information to their mentees.

Who can be a peer mentor?

Mentors in the program through the ISP office are typically American students who have attended Canisius for at least one year and who have volunteered to help integrate international students into the Canisius culture. The program is targeted to students who have just returned from studying abroad; however, other students who are interested in getting to know a different culture are still encouraged to apply.

Who can be a mentee?

A mentee can be any international student who wishes to learn more about the American culture. Even if the student is an exchange student at Canisius for one semester, he or she can still apply to be paired with a mentor.

How does the program work?

After applications have been submitted at the start of the semester, mentors go through an interview process and a training session to begin developing their mentoring skills. Mentees  are then paired with their mentors. Throughout the semester, mentors meet weekly to discuss cultural obstacles, global issues, and other topics concerning their mentees. Social events will be planned by the mentors for mentor/mentee pairs to socialize with other pairs. Mentors are encouraged to communicate with their mentees at least once a week. The time and efforts put in, outside of that communication, is entirely up to the mentor and mentee.

How do I apply to be a mentee?

If you are an international student who is interested in becoming a mentee in the program, please contact the program coordinator. You are welcome to apply at any time, even if it is in the middle of the semester. To sign up during the 2012-2013 academic year, please email Caitlin Daley.

How do I apply to be a mentor?

Mentor applications are accepted through the second week of undergraduate classes. If you are interested in becoming a mentor for the next semester, please contact the program coordinator to learn more information. To sign up during the 2012-2013 academic year, please email Caitlin Daley.