Give back – Share experiences – Exchange culture

We’re looking for student volunteers to act as mentors to incoming international students. Mentors offer advice and friendship, and they are encouraged to become a part of the international student community at events throughout the semester.

Why become an international student mentor?

• When you studied abroad, did local students help you and show you around? Did they extend a hand of friendship? Pay it forward and do the same for UNCW’s international students.
• Did you feel adrift while abroad, and wish you had more help from local students? Make sure our own international students feel at home on our campus and have the best experience possible.
• Missing your time abroad? Wish you could extend your international experience? Or maybe you didn’t get to go abroad at all. Create your own international experience right here on campus.
• Want to practice a second language? We’ll try to pair you with a student who speaks it fluently so you can have a language exchange right here in Wilmington.

Complete this short online application to help us match you with an international student mentee!




[Mentors: Andrew Seibel; Alina Ramos; Ceyda Ozogul
Mentee testimonials: Whetu White (Alina’s mentee); ]


• Contact your mentee by email before they arrive in America.
• Communicate with your mentee once per week during the semester, whether in person or by text or email.
• Attend three ISSS events over the course of the semester. In the past, these have included everything from on-campus talks and pizza parties to off-campus outings to go kayaking or bowling, see a football game, go to the movies, or meet the mayor. Check out last year’s events here.

Application process:

• Complete this short online application to help us find the right mentee for you. We’ll take your preferences into consideration as we match you with your new international friend.

Questions? Contact Maria Elena Gaborov Jones at