International Student Mentorship Program

The International Student Mentorship Program connects new international students (known as “mentees”) with current UCalgary students volunteers (known as “mentors”).

Mentorship Program

The objectives of the International Student Mentorship Program include:

  • To welcome new international students to the University of Calgary community
  • To provide peer-advice about adapting to studying at the University of Calgary (remotely or in-person) and adapting to life in Calgary
  • To build connections among new international students starting their studies (online or in-person) and current UCalgary students

Once mentors are matched with a new international student (mentee), they will correspond by email prior to the students' arrival in Calgary (or start of remote studies). At the start of the term, students will attend a social “Meet and Greet” where they will meet each other if they haven't already. For Fall 2020, this event will be remote. Students are encouraged to continue to check-in with each other on a monthly basis remotely via email throughout the semester.

Important Dates: Fall Semester

  • Deadline for mentors to apply: May 31, 2020
  • Information Session for New International Students (remote): View the August 6 session here.
  • Date for Mentorship Welcome Reception: Late August & Early September (exact dates to be confirmed) This will be a remote event for fall 2020. 
  • Monthly events: throughout  the term, dates to be updated

Requests for mentors leading into Fall 2020 are now open below! All new UCalgary international students (whether starting their studies remotely or in Calgary) are welcome to request a mentor. 

Mentors are current students (any returning Canadian, international, undergraduate, or graduate students) who volunteer to support incoming international students, by answering questions about campus and Canadian life, sharing relevant experiences, and attending events with their mentees.

Mentors must submit an application and register for a Mentor Information Session. The Mentor Information Sessions provide instruction on how to respond to common questions (for example, related to campus housing, using the UCalgary student portal, buying textbooks, or getting around Calgary). After completing training, mentors will be intentionally matched with an incoming student in a similar area and level of study. 

Mentor Participation

  • Submit an application & register for a Mentor Information Session
  • Correspond with mentee via email at least once a month (roughly July-Dec for fall; Dec-Apr for winter)
  • Attend Mentorship Welcome Reception (date to be confirmed) with your mentee; note: for Fall 2020 this event will take place remotely
  • Encouraged to also remotely attend events with mentee throughout term
  • Submit monthly surveys and one Experience Report at end of term in order to receive recognition on Co-Curricular Record (more information provided during training)

Contact imentor@ucalgary.ca with any questions.

Sign-Up as a Mentor: Closes May 31

Mentees are incoming international students (undergraduate, graduate, or exchange) who are new to life at the university, Calgary, and Canada! Mentees are interested in enhancing their student experience by:

  • Connecting with an upper year student studying in the same program or faculty
  • Getting advice about getting settled & living in Calgary
  • Learning about social things to do (remotely or around campus/Calgary)
  • Meeting new acquaintances and building social network
  • Learning about UCalgary resources (remote/in-person)
  • Feeling connected to a community (even if that connection is remote)

Mentee Participation

Participating as a mentee is an important and strongly recommended step of the New International Student Checklist.

Before you arrive in Calgary:

  • Request a mentor (through button below)
  • Regularly check your email for messages from mentor

Once you start your studies this fall (whether in Calgary or remotely):

  • Attend Mentorship Welcome Reception in late August/early September with your mentor (will be a remote event for Fall 2020)
  • Encouraged to attend remote events with mentor throughout term
  • Submit end-of-term feedback survey