Become a UNCW student mentor

Become an international student mentee


Student Mentors

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. Apply now!

Why become an international student mentor?

Pay it forwardFour students at Global Cafe

When you studied abroad, did local students help you and show you around? Did they extend a hand of friendship? You can do the same for UNCW’s international students.

Make UNCW a welcoming place for new 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.

Have an international experience without leaving Wilmington

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.

Improve your foreign language skills

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.


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• 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.


• Make friends from around the world!global cafe

• Become a leader within the international community at UNCW

• Develop strong intercultural communication skills and gain a better understanding of people from different cultures

• Contribute to the university community by sharing your time, ideas, talent, and expertise

• Develop a support network with students and staff

• Strengthen your resume

• Expand your problem-solving skills


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“When I studied abroad, I didn’t have a mentor, and therefore dealt with the anxiety of not knowing anyone was there. That is why, when I came back, I wanted to help international students dealing with the uncertainty of studying in another country. I also enjoy learning about other cultures, and there is no better way to do this than by becoming a mentor. My favorite part of being a mentor has been seeing my mentees really grow as people while being in another country.”

--Alina Ramos, Business Administration major and two-time international student mentor

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"I love being a mentor because I can learn different languages and about different cultures. There is so much to learn. Plus if I ever wanted to visit my mentee's country, I’d have a place to stay. "

--Ceyda Ozogul, Psychology major and three-time international student mentor

"Having lived overseas my whole life and as a student coming in from an international country, I knew exactly what I needed to do. The cultures and values you learn as a mentor provide a world view like none other, and provide you with long lasting relationships that cross borders. I have been privileged to serve as a mentor for over ten amazing individuals who have given me amazing experiences I could not have gained otherwise, including trips to other cities, states, and even countries! The best part about being a mentor is that you are there to make a difference and an impact on their life--but in the end, you realize how much of a bigger difference they made on yours. I encourage anyone who is considering being a mentor, as it is not simply a job, but an unforgettable journey."

--Andrew Seibel, Business Administraton major and ten-time international student mentor

Application process:

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










International Student Mentees

Share experiences – Exchange culture – Get support on campus

Sign up to be paired with an American student mentor at UNCW! Mentors offer advice and friendship, and we'll help you and your mentor to connect with events throughout 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.

Why become an international student mentee?

Connect with your new campus and fellow students

It can be hard to settle into a new place, but a mentor has volunteered to show you around and welcome you to UNCW. They're here to answer any questions you may have, from how to use library resources to finding the best beach spots. 

Learn about American and North Carolinian cultureStudents at bowling alley

The best way to learn about a new culture is through friendship! Our student mentors want to teach you about what it's like to live here, and they want to learn about your home, too. 

Improve your English language skills

Studying in English helps, but having casual conversations with friends is one of the best ways to become fluent. (And learn the most important slang.)

Start a friendship that could last a lifetime

Many of our mentor-mentee pairs become fast friends, and stay in touch long after the semester ends!



Group of students at night“My experience with my mentor was amazing. Andrew had several mentees, and he understood the needs of each one. He made himself very special because he was constantly there for us regardless of the time, and he was always up to doing stuff with us. Andrew arranged travels with his mentees, and this helped us all become closer, and we became really good friends!”

--Haythem Abidi, international student from Tunisia

Sign-up process:

Email Maria Elena Gaborov Jones for more information. You'll fill out a short survey to help us pair you with the best mentor for you.