Welcome Mentors

Moving to a new country to study can bring many uncertainties. That's why the Welcome Mentors program pairs new international students with experienced UM students, allowing both to develop skills and meaningful relationships.

  • In the Welcome Mentors program, mentors provide one-on-one intercultural, personal and academic support to their mentees for one academic term. Mentors complete training to support mentees during their transition to university. Mentors benefit from the program as well, by developing leadership skills and gaining recognition on their Co-Curricular record.

    All domestic and international students are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact international@umanitoba.ca

  • An international graduate student chats with a mentor in a UM hallway.
Signing up to be a welcome mentor is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had throughout my education at the University of Manitoba.
Naomi ArmahMaster’s student, College of Nursing

Notice Regarding Collection, Use, and Disclosure of Personal Information by the University 

Your personal information is being collected under the authority of The University of Manitoba Act. The information you provide will be used by the University for the purpose of contacting you about Welcome Mentors Program orientation sessions, matching you with a mentee, monitoring the program and asking for your feedback. Your personal information will not be used or disclosed for other purposes, unless permitted by The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information, contact the Access and Privacy Office (tel. 204-474-9462),233 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB, R3T 2N2. 

Intercultural Leaders

This free program aims to help students enhance their cultural awareness and develop intercultural skills for a variety of settings, both in and out of the classroom.

  • Available to all UM students, the Intercultural Leaders program enhances students’ public speaking, leadership, cultural awareness and communication skills during eight interactive group sessions and workshops.

    All students are encouraged to apply. Co-Curricular Recognition is provided to participants who complete and meet all of the requirements of the program. For more information, contact international@umanitoba.ca  

  • Three international students in parkas chat outside in winter.
As a student, I have benefited enormously from the opportunity to learn in detail about different cultures and leadership styles.
Victoria Nwabuisistudent

Language Exchange

Learning a language can be intimidating, but a good conversation partner can make it much less daunting!

  • The Language Exchange program connects pairs of students who speak different languages but share similar interests. The partners then meet each week to practice each other’s languages and learn about each other’s cultures in a friendly, relaxed environment.

    Co-Curricular Recognition (CCR) is provided to participants who complete and meet all of the requirements of the program. For more information, contact international@umanitoba.ca

  • Two international students sit at a table, chatting and reviewing printed material.
We talked to each other with no pressure—it’s easier to learn the language that way. We were able to spend time together while learning at the same time.
Cesar Gabriel Marzoa MontalvoInternational graduate student

This personal information is being collected under the authority of The University of Manitoba Act. It will be used to contact you about orientation sessions, to match you with a volunteer Conversation Partner, and to ask for your feedback through evaluation surveys. It will not be used or disclosed for other purposes, unless permitted by The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information, contact the Access and Privacy Office (tel. 204-474-9462), 233 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB, R3T 2N2. 

Contact us for more information
To participate in the Intercultural Leaders, Welcome Mentors, or Language Exchange programs, email the International Centre.