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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

International Student Success

Mission Statement

Collaboratively guide international undergraduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs to graduate successfully and be prepared for the world’s employment market or graduate school.

Outcomes for International Students

  1. Successfully transition into A&S | Maxwell.
  2. Have the ability to analyze college’s academic requirements and expectations.
  3. Be able to utilize resources and opportunities provided by A&S | Maxwell and the University.
  4. Obtain internship/employment opportunities during their undergraduate career.
  5. Be accepted to a graduate program prior to graduation.

First-Year International Students

  • Log in https://blackboard.syracuse.edu with your SU NetID and password.
  • Under “My Organizations Plus,” please select “Pre-Arrival Program-International Freshmen in College and Maxwell.”
  • Click “Content” on the left column and you will see the following folders and files:
    • SU Facts,
    • To-Do List for New International Students,
    • Tutorial Videos,
    • Online Q&A Meetings with Academic Professionals via Zoom,
    • Q&A Parking Lot – Ask any question here.
  • Please watch all tutorial videos and review all documents.
  • Post any questions at “Q&A Parking Lot.” You will receive a response within 24 hours. You can also see other students’ questions and responses there.

Peer Mentor Program

The A&S | Maxwell Advising Center sponsors the International Student Success Peer Mentor program to help incoming first-year and transfer international students successfully transition to Syracuse University. The unit of International Student Success within the Advising Center matches current and incoming students to create a supportive community.

About the Peer Mentoring Program

The Advising Center’s International Student Success Peer Mentor program aims to assist new international students to make a successful academic adjustment to Syracuse University, and increase the engagement and academic achievement of international students.

The unit of International Student Success selects peer mentors through an application and interview process based on a list of selection criteria in March. The selected peer mentors will then be paired with incoming students (approximately six new international students per mentor) in May or as soon as soon as the new international students make a commitment to attend Syracuse University. The unit of International Student Success provides comprehensive training to the selected peer mentors before they reach out to new students. During the summer, peer mentors start to contact new students via virtual tools. In the fall semester, the mentorship group will start to work together and participate in a variety of activities.

This International Student Success Peer Mentor Program serves as a valuable opportunity not only to new students, but to mentors who seek to develop leadership skills and grow professionally.

Mission

To help new international students attending the College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs successfully transit into Syracuse University.

Strategies

  1. Demonstrate to new students how to utilize academic resources and opportunities.
  2. Help new students analyze the college’s academic requirements and expectations.
  3. Develop the leadership skills and professionalism of peer mentors.

Request a Mentor

Application for 2021-22 will be available in April 2021.

If you are a first-year or transfer international student who will begin attending Syracuse University and would like to have a current SU student to direct you to campus resources, answer your questions, and be ready to help you succeed at SU, the International Student Success Peer Mentor program is for you. As a mentee, you are responsible for:

  • Commit to meet your mentor once a month.
  • Attend activities your mentor recommends.
  • Maintain regular contact with your mentor.
  • Write a monthly journal of your experiences with your mentor (one to two pages per entry) and submit via Blackboard.
  • Attend the new international student welcome event in August.
  • Actively participate in international student success programs.

Be a Mentor

Applications for 2021-22 will be available in February 2021.

Mentor Responsibilities

It is estimated that each mentor may devote two to three hours per week to the mentoring program.

  • Communicate with your mentees via preferred channels for at least one hour per week regarding academic transition and adjustment, starting in June. Specific subjects will be covered in mentor training.
  • Respond to mentee email/phone/text within 24 hours of receiving them.
  • Attend at least one on-campus and one off-campus event with mentees per semester.
  • Encourage mentees to get involved in co-curricular activities.
  • Meet mentees in person at least one hour each month.
  • Attend the new international student welcome event in August.
  • Write a monthly journal of your experiences with your mentees (one to two pages per entry) and submit via Blackboard.
  • Attend mentor training in April and monthly mentor meeting during the fall and spring semester.
  • Actively participate in international student success programs.

Mentor Selection Criteria

  • Be a full-time undergraduate degree-seeking student in high academic standing (rising sophomore, junior or senior).
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.2
  • Be able to commit to a one-year appointment (May 2020 to May 2021).
  • Have great interpersonal and intercultural skills.
  • Have the ability to empower others.
  • Have knowledge of campus and community.
  • Meet all program time commitments.

Benefits of Being a Peer Mentor

  • Peer mentors who successfully complete all required tasks will receive one CAS 270 credit in fall 2020 (as long as the maximum of your credits is within 19 credits).
  • Develop leadership and team-building skills that can be applied to future career and educational endeavors.
  • Engage in intercultural experiences and strengthen cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Contribute to internationalizing and diversifying our campus and community.
  • Developing long-lasting friendships with peers from all around the world.
  • Build up your resume with community engagement and mentoring experience.
  • Have an opportunity to receive a letter of reference/recommendation.
  • Receive a certificate recognizing efforts.
  • Top peer mentors will be given awards.

Contact Us

For more information, contact casinternational@syr.edu.