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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:

  • Emailing the assigned buddies once a week before their arrival
  • Contact the assigned buddies via email, to provide information about campus life at the University of Minnesota
  • Meet the assigned buddies and give them individual help
  • Participate in IBP activities


  • 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.

We are now accepting mentor applications for Fall 2019!
Returning students can apply now!

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