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UVM Community Member Involvement

UVM's international students currently represent 54 countries. The Office of International Education welcomes involvement in a number of ways.

Catamount Cultural Connections - International Buddy and Mentorship Program

Want to know more about another culture? Like the idea of helping a new student get to know UVM and Burlington? Consider joining the Catamount Cutural Connections program! Through the Catamount Cutural Connections program, American students or faculty/staff are matched with international students.

International Mentorship Program
Faculty and staff are matched with a group of 2-3 international undergraduate or graduate students who are seeking connections outside of the student community. Mentors can request to co-mentor the group with another faculty or staff member. Mentor/mentee groups are expected to meet four times over the course of the semester (1-2 hours per month). The Office of International Education will provide a kick-off event and occasional (optional) events. Other meetings are at the participants’ discretion but could include dinner, a walk, or just grabbing coffee on campus. Interested? Email to sign up.

International Buddy Program
These student-to-student pairs make their own arrangements to meet with an expectation of you meeting at least once or twice per month. It's a great way to learn about another culture, especially if you are thinking about studying abroad or are looking to continue the intercultural experiences that you had while studying abroad. Interested in participating?

  • US Domestic Students sign up with the online application here
  • International Students should visit the OIE to meet with an advisor about the program

Be an Emergency Language Translator

Negotiating a personal crisis or emergency can be difficult for any student. Add to that stress unfamiliarity with U.S. culture and communicating in a second language, and a difficult situation may become overwhelming. On behalf of a student whose native language is not English, the Dean of Students Office, Campus Victim's Advocate or Police Services might call for help with translation. Interested? Please complete an application form (PDF Version)

Other Ways to Connect with Us

If you would like to stay connected to what is happening in the international community at UVM, we encourage you to check out our blog at for photos and stories of the experiences of our international students.

Each fall semester we will make available here our international community annual report to provide demographics and other information on our international population at UVM.

You can also consider following the UVM International Student Community group on Facebook for other updates.

Last modified January 07 2015 12:27 PM

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