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International Buddy Program
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International Buddy Program: Mentor Information

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IBP mentors are current UMN student volunteers that assist new international students with their transition to the University of Minnesota.

Why Become a Mentor?

  • Be a cultural ambassador to new international students
  • Gain insight on different cultural values and world views
  • Join our global community
  • Attend our events and make global friendships

Mentor Responsibilities

You will:

  • Email the assigned buddies once a week before their arrival
  • Provide buddies information about campus life at the University of Minnesota
  • Meet your assigned buddies and give them individual help (meetings will occur at least one a week during the first month of the semester)
  • Participate in IBP activities
  • Complete required mentor mid-semester in person check-in


  • Current UMN undergraduate student.
  • Complete required mentor trainings.


  • Effective communication skills
  • Sincere interest in helping people.
  • Respect to religious, political, sexual orientation issues and cultural differences.
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Thank you for your interest in the International Buddy Program. Applications are now closed.

Please review the Mentor Guide before applying so you can understand our responsibilities.

Questions: Please contact us through the International Buddy Program email at or visit our IBP Facebook Page.