How to Find the Right Mentor for International Studies

by | Sep 6, 2022 | Mentorship

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You’d like to study abroad. Luckily, there’s plenty of information online on selecting universities, majors, and applying for student visas. However, all that information can be pretty overwhelming. Where, exactly, should you start? This is where a mentor for international studies comes in!

Ideally, a study abroad is someone who has also gone through the process – whether they’re enrolled students or have already graduated from a university abroad. A study abroad mentor will provide valuable information that’s based on first-hand experience. They can help you navigate the process of applying for college abroad and offer guidance as you begin your study abroad experience.

However, finding such mentors can be difficult. Other than paying a study abroad consultant, most aspiring international students have little access to step-by-step guidance from someone who has also gone through the process.

Here are some tips to help you find a great mentor for international studies.

1- Let 8B Connect You with a Mentor

At 8B, we understand the challenges of studying abroad for African students. That’s why we provide a wide range of support for African students in international universities – including connecting them with the right mentors.

Our mentors include currently enrolled African students in global universities and alumni. When you sign up to find a mentor on the 8B platform, we’ll match you with the best mentor based on your interests and educational and professional career stage.

2- Join the University’s Mentorship Program

Most international universities have set up mentorship programs, which you can use to find a mentor for your studies and professional career.

In addition, many student organizations also have mentorship programs for their members. For instance, the international student organization in your university might be able to connect with upperclassmen and alumni who can provide you with mentorship.

You can ask your school advisor or the international students’ office for more information about available mentor programs. Once you have the information, register to be connected with mentors for your freshman year.

3- Seek Out International Upperclassmen

Imagine how much experience and information you’ll have about your university in three years. You’ll know every corner of the campus, understand which organizations African students should join, and have general tips on the study abroad experience.

This is invaluable information that an upperclassman can provide to you as a new international student. Use various avenues to seek out international upperclassmen and ask them for guidance.

If you find an area of mutual interest, don’t hesitate to keep in touch with these individuals so you can build a mutually beneficial relationship. 

4- Pay a Study Abroad Consultant

Study abroad consultants have acquired knowledge about the study abroad process – which makes them an invaluable resource for aspiring international students.

Study abroad advisors understand how things work in the foreign countries they specialize in and the universities in those countries. They also understand the procedures and documentation required for foreign students, the kinds of scholarships you’re eligible for, and the visa process.

Research the best study abroad consultants near you and reach out to them. You can ask for a few quotations regarding their services to decide which one best suits your budget.

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