International Peer Mentorship Program

Moving to a new country to study can bring many uncertainties. The International Peer Mentorship Program pairs new international students with experienced NorQuest College students, allowing both to develop skills and enriching, meaningful relationships.

How does the program work?

New international students, interested in participating in the program, will be matched with a peer mentor. We will coordinate the process of finding mentors for new international students based on their program and mutual interests.

Throughout each term peer mentors offer social support, assistance, and guidance through virtual and in-person one-on-one meetings, and social activities. They share personal experiences with new international students (peer mentees) to help with their transition to college.

What are the benefits?

A peer mentor can help facilitate a mentee’s integration into a new community, and contribute to their academic performance by removing socio-cultural barriers arising in their learning process.

Peer mentorship helps mentors reflect on their past experiences, develop their interpersonal skills (which contributes to career advancement), and lead from where they are.

Peer mentorship allows mentors and mentees to build on life skills and develop friendships.

I want to have a mentor. How can I join?

We encourage new international students in their first term of college to join the program as mentees. Fill out this form to be part of the program.

I want to become a mentor. How do I apply?

Fill out this form to apply to become a peer mentor.

Academic workshops

Learn how to be successful in a new academic and cultural environment. All international students are welcome! The Jumpstart Program runs at the beginning of fall and winter term. If you attend four out of the six sessions, you will be eligible for the International Student Integrity Award. See more program information.

Student activities

Weekly live chat

Join us at our weekly Friday live chat to meet with exceptional professionals and leaders from inside and outside NorQuest to discuss a variety of exciting and inspirational topics. All participants are entered into a draw to win a $20 gift card!

Time: Fridays at noon. Join now

Virtual check-in

Stay connected, focused and motivated! It’s not easy, but we can do it together! Join us to stay on track, connect with others, and keep going forward with your goals.

Time: Mondays from 12:00 - 12:30 pm. Join now

English Speaking Club

Do you want to practise and improve your English? Are you looking to learn about Canada and other cultures? Our Speaking Club is a great way to build confidence by having conversations with others. Discuss ideas, share cultures, make friends, and practice your English in a safe and friendly environment! Students and staff are welcome.

Time: Wednesdays from 2:00 - 3:00 pm.
Location: CELT 3-239

Do you want to volunteer as a Speaking Club facilitator? Help others gain the confidence to speak a new language and adapt to a new culture! Check out our volunteer package.

Volunteer as a Speaking Club facilitator