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Mentor Program


The International Student Mentor program is designed to assist incoming international students to better adapt to a new environment and academic system. International student mentors provide friendly support as new international students become acquainted with UMD and Duluth. The program is intended to bring U.S. students, returning international students and new international students closer together in order to increase cross-cultural experiences on both sides.


As a new international student, you will be assigned a mentor. This is a free service that is provided to you by UMD. Once you confirm your enrollment in UMD and you email us or fill out a Mentee Application, you and your mentor will be given each other's contact information so you can e-mail one another before you even arrive in Duluth.

Mentee Application


As a mentor to an international student, you will be assigned a new international student to contact before they arrive. You will also meet with your mentee as soon as possible after they arrive in the United States.

Mentor Application

There are many benefits to being a mentor to a new international student including:

  • Gaining insight on different cultural values and world views
  • Acquiring knowledge on cultural adjustment, communication styles and personal leadership
  • Building your resume with international experiences
  • Mentor volunteer hours can be documented and used toward obtaining the Kirby Leadership Certificate which is designed to help students develop strategies and skills for success.
  • Moving into campus housing early (Fall Semester)
  • Having Fun!

Examples of Mentor Duties include:

  • Help with getting a UCard and setting up their UMD account
  • Help with setting up a bank account
  • Tours of the UMD campus and Duluth, buying textbooks
  • Using the DTA bus system
  • Being a friendly resource for support and socializing
Mentor Program students on Duluth beach Students skating at UMD practice rink Group of kayakers Students in front of Bentleyville in Duluth Bayfront Park
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