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International Student Mentorship Program

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

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International Student Mentorship Program overview

The objectives of the international student mentorship program (ISMP) include:

  • To welcome new international students to the UCalgary community
  • To provide peer-advice about adapting to studying at UCalgary (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 correspond by email prior to the students' arrival in Calgary (or start of remote studies).

ISMP mentors will be matched with new international students (mentees) at a similar level and area of study leading into the upcoming term. Mentors and mentees can attend different types of events and maintain contact throughout the term. 

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ISMP participants will:


At the start of the term, students attend an online welcome reception where they'll virtually meet each other (if they haven't already met). 


Students are encouraged to continue to maintain contact with their match throughout the term. Mentors will contact their mentee one or two times per month. Mentees can contact their mentor with questions that come up along the way.


Program participants attend events together and submit an exit survey to share their expertise, and experiences.

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Winter 2023 registration dates

Mentor and mentee applications for Winter 2023 are now open!

Scroll below for the application links.

Want to learn more about mentorship experiences our past mentors and mentees had? The article below has great examples of conversations between pairs and supports a mentee will receive.

Read more about being a student mentor


Current UCalgary students
Mentors are current returning Canadian, international, undergraduate, or graduate students. They 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 attend a mentor training session. Training sessions provide instruction on how to respond to common questions about issues such as 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 includes all of the following:

  • Submitting an application
  • Registering and complete training
  • Connect with mentee via email/text/zoom and/or in-person at least once a month (roughly July to Dec. for fall and Dec. to April for winter)
  • Attend mentorship welcome reception events (date to be confirmed) with your mentee 
  • Attend at least two other social events organized by ISS and other campus units with mentee throughout term
  • Report and provide feedback when communicating with mentee(s) at least 1 to 2 times per month in order to receive recognition on co-curricular record (more information provided during training) 
  • Complete an exit survey

Contact imentor@ucalgary.ca with any questions.

Mentor applications for Winter 2023 are now open!

To register, (1) Complete the Volunteer Impact Application form on BetterImpact and (2) Create a mentor profile on Mentor Link.


Incoming new international students
Mentees are incoming international undergraduate, graduate, or exchange students 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 moving to, and living in, Calgary
  • Learning about social things to do
  • Meeting new acquaintances and building a social network
  • Learning about UCalgary resources
  • Feeling connected to a community 

Mentee participation

Participating as a mentee is important and a strongly recommended step of the new international student checklist.

Before you arrive in Calgary:

  • Request a mentor
  • Regularly check your email for messages from your mentor, and correspond with your mentor via email
  • Check in with your mentor at least once per month (roughly July to Dec. for the fall term, and Dec. to April for the winter term)

Once you start your studies this fall:

  • Attend the mentorship welcome reception (date to be confirmed) with your mentor 
  • Attend at least two social events with mentor throughout term
  • Submit the end-of-term feedback survey

Contact imentor@ucalgary.ca with any questions.

Mentee applications for Winter 2023 are now open!