The Network

What is The Network?
The Network is a brand new mentor program to help incoming international students get to know their way around UCSB. The Network hopes to establish at least one personal point of contact for incoming international students. UCSB can be a large, confusing institution. Having an experienced peer to help guide the way can make all the difference!

Who can be a Network Mentor?
Network Mentors can be international or U.S. students (undergraduate or graduate) or UCSB staff with at least a year of experience at UCSB. Mentors should be familiar with the resources available at UCSB and able to help guide incoming students through their first year. Mentors should be interested in understanding other cultural perspectives and willing to learn about the differences between the U.S. educational system and other systems. Mentors are expected to show patience and friendship to students managing acculturation stress. When possible, Mentors are paired with Mentees in the same or related academic programs. Mentors may have more than one Mentee.

Who can be a Network Mentee?

Network Mentees are incoming international students. This is a pilot program, and the number of participants may be limited based on response.

While some international students have traveled extensively, and many have even lived in the U.S., other international students may be experiencing a new culture for the first time. The Network can help facilitate the transition and experience at UCSB according to each students' needs. In exchange, mentor students gain the benefits of learning about a new culture and different perspectives.

The Network will have a variety of activities throughout the academic year, such as hikes, picnics, or movie nights. You can attend as many of these events as your choose, as long as you attend at least two each academic quarter.

As a part of The Network, you are expected to:

  1. Connect with your mentor/mentee over the summer. Establishing a connection before arriving at UCSB helps ease the transition. Sometimes this is the time advice can be most helpful.
  2. Meet with your mentor/mentee five times during each academic quarter. This is an equal relationship; both of you will need to make an effort to consistently meet with one another. Meeting more often is highly encouraged! If a mentor has more than one mentee, you may meet with more than one mentee at the same time.
  3. Attend a minimum of two of The Network events per quarter.
Important: There are no financial obligations. You do not have to spend money, though you will have the option to participate in programs that may have a cost (such as tickets for an amusement park). You will not be required to participate in any event with an associated cost. Mentor Meetings can be as simple as a walk to Campus Point.

Interested in helping supporting incoming international students? Apply to join The Network and become a mentor here!

Are you a new international student interested in having finding a mentor? Apply to join The Network and find a mentor here!