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International On Campus

Peer Mentors

The peer mentor program helps new international students acclimate to Washington State University and the United States during their first semester.

International and domestic students alike are invited to be peer mentors. No international travel or experience is necessary. All you need is a desire to help and willingness to learn.

The goal of the program is to assist international students in their personal, academic, social, and cultural adjustment to studying and living in the United States and at WSU.

Peer mentors are trained to offer personal assistance, information on campus and community resources, and general guidance their international student mentees.

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How Peer Mentoring Works

The program will connect you with a group of new international students each term.

Your job—your opportunity—is to learn about their culture, help them feel comfortable with American student culture, and provide general friendship and support throughout the semester.

A brief summary of what you will do:

  • Meet your international mentees at New Student Orientation and guide them through parts of the orientation program.
  • Help them find resources on campus and in the community.
  • Plan and attend social activities (e.g., athletic events, intramurals, community and campus events, student clubs) with your mentees throughout the semester.

Program Requirements

Peer mentors must fulfill the following requirements (in addition to the activities listed above):

  • Attend peer mentor training
  • Maintain regular communication and contact with mentees during the semester
  • Attend regular mentor meetings during the semester


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