International Student Mentorship Program

Using an intercultural leadership development approach, this program seeks to provide a welcoming environment and supportive foundation to assist degree-seeking international students in a successful personal and academic transition into their first year at Florida A&M University.


About the Mentorship Program

All participants are encouraged to commit to five (5) meetings and workshops during the academic year.

In this dynamic program, mentors and mentees spend time together in virtual or in-person meetings, group gatherings, and social activities around the city.
In this dynamic program, mentors and mentees spend time together in virtual or in-person meetings, group gatherings, and social activities around the city.

Mentorship Program Details


How does the International Mentorship Program Work?

Applicants must apply and be selected yearly and are eligible to serve a maximum of two years.

Applicants to become mentors must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a current F-1 degree-seeking international student at Florida A&M University with a minimum of one academic year experience at FAMU or at least have study abroad experience.
  • Have a 3.0 overall cumulative grade point average (without being rounded) at the time of application and throughout your duration as an International Mentor.
  • Be positive, enthusiastic, supportive, and capable of learning about and engaging different topics/issues on many levels.

What are the responsibilities of a mentor?

An international student mentor must commit to supporting their mentees throughout the first year in achieving a successful personal and academic adjustment to college life. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist your incoming Mentees as they adjust to life at FAMU and in Tallahassee, FL (e.g. offering advice on cultural adjustment, academics, campus resources, and the wider city). 
  • Attend and assist with Fall and Spring International Student Orientation Sessions.
  • Serve as student ambassadors for the School of Graduate Studies and Research during the following events:

    - Attending all five (5) meetings, and workshops during the semester.
    - New Graduate Student Orientation (Fall and Spring)
    - Graduate Student Appreciation Week
    - Dean’s Fireside Chat Sessions
    - Facilitating and coordinating meetings with your mentees at least once a month.
    - Keeping in touch with one’s mentees on a weekly basis either via phone, email, or social media.
    - Meeting with a designated program coordinator at least once during the semester to check-in.
    - Participating in the social activities organized by the International Education Office.
    - Demonstrating a commitment to continue one’s own intercultural competence development and improving mentoring skills.
    - Becoming more knowledgeable about Florida A&M University.
    - Explaining how systems, policies, and procedures work at the University.
    - Introducing mentees to resources on campus that will support their needs
    - Engaging in frequent reflection about assistance outcomes with one’s mentees.
    - Submitting the International Student Mentor Program Evaluation at the end of the semester.
    - Attending the FAMU International Education Week in September 2021.

What will Students gain from being an International Mentor?

  • A letter of accommodation and certificate from the Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Education and the Director of the Office of International Education and Development.
  • The opportunity to engage with Faculty and Staff.
  • Satisfaction from assisting with the personal and academic adjustment of other international students.
  • Intercultural leadership development.
  • Enhanced networking abilities and communication skills.

As a Mentee, you are responsible for:

  • Committing to meeting with your mentor at least once a month.
  • Attending all monthly big-group meetings.
  • Maintaining regular contact with your mentor.



Are you interested in becoming a Mentee?

Contact us today.

Name Title
Phone Email
Ms. Paula Sofia Gomez, M.B.A. International Admissions Coordinator
Office of International Education and Development
Dr. Reginald K. Ellis Assistant Dean for the School of Graduate Studies and Research
& Associate Professor of History and African American Studies