International Peer Mentor Program


The International Peer Mentor (IPM) program assists new international undergraduate students in making a successful academic and personal transition to Boston University, and helps them acquire cultural knowledge, make new friendships, and understand the campus resources available to them.

The program matches new students (“mentees”) with trained current students (“mentors”) based on background, common interests, academics, and professional goals.

New international students who sign up for an IPM choose the style and frequency of communication. Mentees will engage with their mentors in one-on-one as well as in group settings by attending events and programs offered during orientation and throughout their first semester.


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  • Facilitate the academic and social integration of incoming international first year undergraduate students to Boston University.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with assigned mentees via social media, email, and/or text prior to their arrival at Boston University once matched, as well as throughout their mentees first semester.
  • Attend training session in April and other required program events.


  • Must be a current freshman, sophomore, or junior in good academic, disciplinary, and financial standing with the University.
  • Have the ability to relate to a diverse group of people and demonstrate a commitment to promoting intercultural understanding and global engagement.
  • Possess knowledge regarding campus and community resources to share with mentees.


This is a volunteer position.

What Mentors Have to Say About the Program

Bridgette Lang (mentor 2020)

Kreiver Zhou (mentee 2019, mentor 2020)