Join a community of peers dedicated to your success.
Oregon State University’s Office of International Services is committed to enriching students’ experiences by offering various levels of support on each individual’s educational journey. Upon arriving to OSU in Corvallis, OR, international students may experience many cultural and social adjustment issues that can impact their success. Making friends, getting used to the food, social structure, academic system, and way of life can be difficult in a new place. To help students navigate these challenges, we created the International Peer Mentoring Program (IPMP) in September 2014. With the IPMP, students have a chance to meet with their peers to talk about their experiences while studying at Oregon State University.
Our mission is to create a community of globally-minded peers who will foster connection and a sense of belonging for new international students. The International Peer Mentoring Program empowers all individuals to engage in cultural, social, and academic growth through involvement with the OSU and Corvallis communities. We aim to prepare OSU’s students to be responsible and engaged leaders for a global society by placing students at the center of responsibility for their experience and education.
After participating in IPMP, students will be able to:
This program is structured to offer various forms of mentoring based on the needs of new students. Mentors have the opportunity to engage with new international students in 1:1 relationships as well as in group settings.
New international students who sign up for a mentor choose the style and frequency of communication they prefer. New students may also get to know mentors in an informal setting by attending group events and programs offered during orientation and throughout their first year.