International Student Mentoring Program

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Leaving behind family and friends to come to another country is a life-changing experience. The International Student Mentoring Program assists international students in overcoming these challenges.

About the Program

ISMP provided social support for newly arrived international students in an effort to reduce their isolation. It also provided an avenue for international students to socialize with individuals outside their cultural group and to learn from students and community members who have experience adapting to the U.S. and UB.

Thank you for your interest in our office's International Student Mentor program (ISMP). At this time, ISS has decided to continue the postponement of the ISMP program, until further notice.

We are thankful for all of those who have taken part in this program in the past, and all of those who find themselves on this page because of a current interest. Whether you are a new/current student or a member of the UB community, we want you to know that our office still places a large value on fostering relationships between students, staff and the Western New York community, and helping new students adjust to life away from home. Our plan is to offer other programming opportunities to meet these goals for the time being.

During this time of postponement, we would love to hear from you. If you previously took part in this program (as a mentor or mentee), and have a story or experience to share, or, if you are someone who is interested in the idea of being a mentor or mentee, please send an email to:, with the subject: "ISMP feedback". Your feedback, experiences, stories and/or desires will help as ISS looks toward future programming opportunities.