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Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Ray Young


Colby-Sawyer College is home to about 20 international students from various countries who are now living in the small town of New London, New Hampshire. This paper proposes the International Student Mentorship Program (ISMP), which pairs new international students with trained domestic mentors to help them transition to their new home. Concepts such as training, student identity, cultural sharing, intercultural communication and awareness are all part of the ISMP’s design to not only aid international students transition to American life, but also provide cultural learning opportunities for US students. This paper will examine literature and theories that support the ISMP, conduct needs assessment on existing programs, followed by an analysis of survey results given to the current Colby-Sawyer College student body. Lastly, all findings will be used to create the ISMP proposal for Colby-Sawyer College.


Higher Education