Programs & Spaces

International Student Mentorship Program

The International Student Mentorship Program pairs new UM-Dearborn international students with current students, staff, and faculty that serve as International Ambassadors and Mentors.

International Ambassadors connect with newly admitted international students ahead of their arrival. Ambassadors provide an initial, tangible connection to campus for new international students, answering questions and providing advice via email, phone, and social media.

Mentors assist new international students in discovering community, on- and off campus! International Mentors are volunteer students, faculty, and staff who connect with new international students once they have arrived on campus and throughout their first year at UM-Dearborn. They help new students form friendships while learning about the university and the region. As a result, new students are connected with resources to support their transition to university life in the USA.

For 2020/21 academic year, the International Mentorship Program has transitioned to an online format. 

You are encouraged to contact Francisco Javier López, Director of International Affairs, with any questions:

Conversation Circles

Come practice English (and other languages) at Conversation Circles!

Hosted on Wednesdays from 4-5pm, Conversation Circles will follow a hybrid schedule for the winter semester of 2022 alternating between in-person meetings and online sessions. The in-person meetings will take place at the Mardigian Library.

The program provides international students with the opportunity to practice conversational English in an informal, supportive environment. At the same time, the program also provides language students with the opportunity to practice their language of study with native speakers from abroad. Therefore, international students and students of foreign languages alike are encouraged to join! 

Conversation Circles sessions are made up of small groups of current students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Each week, the Conversation Circle will focus on a new theme and be hosted by a new Session Leader.

You are encouraged to contact Francisco Javier López, Director of International Affairs, with any questions:

Review the winter 2022 Circles schedule, below, and join us whenever you are able! 

Winter 2022 Conversation Circles Schedule

Date Format Circle Theme Circle Leader
January 26 In-person Winter Hike 
Join us for an outdoor walk through UM-Dearborn's beautiful grounds. Dress appropriately!   
Scott Riggs, Global Engagement 
February 2 Virtual Lunar New Year Francisco Lopez, International Affairs
February 9 In-person  The Super Bowl  (CANCELED)  TBD
February 16 Virtual Internships and Career Development  Career Services
February 23  In-person  TBD TBD
March 9 Virtual  Coffee and Tea TBD
March 16 In-person Stress and Self-care Charlie Starkman, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
March 23 Virtual Traveling in Michigan


March 30 In-person Ramadan TBD

Joining Conversation Circles
All current UM-Dearborn students, faculty, and staff are invited (an encouraged!) to join. There is no commitment, and participants are welcome to join as many Circles as they like, whenever they are able.

To connect, via Zoom, participants must use their UM-Dearborn sign-in credentials for authentication: 

Office of International Affairs

108 - The Union at Dearborn
780 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
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Phone: 313-583-6600
Fax: 313-583-6725