International Student Mentoring Program
Cultural Partner Application
The primary goals of the International Student Mentoring Program (ISMP) are to help internationalize the UB campus, foster a global mindset in U.S. students and staff through meaningful interaction and shared experiences with international students, and reduce the isolation of newly arrived international students. To achieve these goals, we need dedicated UB students and staff to serve as Cultural Partners for newly arrived international students. We are looking for people who:
Have an interest in learning about other cultures
Have a strong desire to help others
Are interested in showing people around UB and Buffalo
Are interested in sharing U.S. culture
Are undergraduates (junior or senior year), graduate students, UB staff members, or retired UB staff members.
If you meet the qualifications above, please complete the application below. If you are chosen to participate, you will be informed via email 2-4 weeks prior to the start of the Fall or Spring semester. Additional program details are below:
Cultural Partners are paired with two newly arrived international students.
All participants must attend a half-day training program held on a Saturday morning. (More information will be provided if you are chosen to participate.)
Cultural Partner groups are asked to meet once every two weeks for a minimum of one hour. The commitment is for one semester.
Two optional group activities are planned.
An end of the semester party brings everyone together to celebrate their experience, receive certificates and give feedback on the program.