International student and scholar programs

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 Fridays, Conversation Circles will move to an online format for the winter semester of 2021. 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.

All sessions this fall will take place online. Please check back soon for a complete schedule and access information! 

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

Review the winter 2021 Circles calendar, below, and join us whenever you are able! 

Winter 2021 Conversation Circles Schedule

Date Circle Theme Circle Leader
January 29 Winter Activities During the Pandemic  Hosted by the Entire Conversation Circles Team! 
February 5 Sports! Including the Superbowl (American Football) Scott Riggs, Director of Global Engagement 
February 12 Valentine's Day & Dating Rituals   Sophia McFadden-Keesling, Assistant Librarian, Mardigian Library  
February 19 Career Services & Internships Anthony DeLaRosa, Engineering Experiential Learning, Assistant Director (CECS) 
Rita Agius, Internship Program Manager (COB) 
February 26 No Session N/A
March 5  Self Care and Well-being Charlie Starkman, CAPS
March 12 COVID-19  Raya Samet, Associate Librarian, Mardigian Library 
March 19 Coffee and Tea 

Daniel Davis, Professor of Linguistics

March 26 A Virtual Tour of France  Jerilyn Mannion, Coordinator of Beginning French 

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

Room 108
The Union at Dearborn
Back to top of page