Request a Peer Mentor

I would like to request a Peer Mentor. 

Click the link above to apply to the program online. OR, download an application and send to

Are you an international student new to UCSC?

Do you want an insider's guide to life here at UCSC? Are you looking for ways to make new friends and be involved in fun activities and events?

Our International Mentorship Program was designed for new international students like you!

What is the International Mentorship Program?

The Mentorship Program supports new international students during their first year at UCSC. We help new international students become involved and engaged in the Mentorship Program community, the UCSC campus community, and the larger Santa Cruz community. We do this by pairing Mentees (new international students) with trained Mentors, who are experienced UCSC students. Each Mentor is responsible for a group of 3-4 Mentees, forming a small Mentor Family. Each Mentor Family is part of the larger Program community--your support system! We connect Mentees to campus resources, do fun activities, and also go on day trips to help you get to know Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas!

What are the benefits of joining the International Mentorship Program?

  • Make new friends from America and around the world!

  • Get an “insider guide” to campus life. Mentors will connect you to campus resources and share their experiences with you.

  • Participate in fun monthly activities such as movie night, exploring downtown Santa Cruz, or trips to local beaches and parks.

  • Attend quarterly events like our big Welcome Kick Off event in the fall.

  • Gain FREE admission to program-sponsored day trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium (spring quarter).

  • Most of all, you will be a part of a community that understands what it’s like being an international student. We are here to support you and help you as you transition to life here at UCSC.

Who are the Peer Mentors?

Our Mentors are knowledgeable and trained leaders who want to be your friend and guide during your first year at UCSC! Many of our Mentors are international students and understand what it is like coming to a different country. Others are American students who have studied overseas and also understand the challenges of living abroad. You can meet our 2017-18 peer mentors here.

Who can request a Peer Mentor?

Degree-seeking (meaning you plan on graduating from UCSC) undergraduate international students (first year or transfer) who are new to UCSC. 

How do I sign up?

It's easy! Just fill out the online application. We will match you with a Peer Mentor who has a similar major, similar interests, and/or shares the same college as you. 


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