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International Peer Mentors

Two students pointing to a map About the program

The International Peer Mentors program matches new international students with University of Waterloo student volunteers who are familiar with the university campus, services, and local community. A volunteer mentor will help you become more familiar with a new culture and a new academic and social setting. Mentors can offer friendship and guidance and help you through the period of adjustment during your first term at university.

Having an International Peer Mentor is a great way to meet other international and Canadian students, and get involved in the campus and community.

What to expect when you're matched 

When you apply to be matched with an International Peer Mentor, you will be matched with a volunteer and up to two other international students who share similar interests. Before the start of term, the Program Coordinator will send you an email with information about your match. Your mentor will then email to invite you (and your fellow mentees, if any) to meet on campus to get to know one another.

You and your mentor will maintain weekly contact via phone or email, and also make plans to meet in person at least two times each month. A mentor can help by showing you:

  • how to register for courses
  • how to make an appointment with Health Services
  • where to buy winter clothing or shop for groceries
  • how to open a bank account
  • how to use public transit

You can also connect with other students at the International Peer Mentors Meet and Greet event at the beginning of term.

Application information

The International Peer Mentor program is full for the Spring 2015 term.

Applications for Fall 2015 programs will open on LEADS in August.

Contact information

Please email with any questions or concerns.

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Later Hours Tuesday & Thursday with International Advisors