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Polar Pals Mentorship Program

Polar Pals is a peer-pairing program designed to help new international students with the transition to ONU and U.S. life. New international students who apply for the program are paired with an experienced domestic or international student for the first semester of school. They meet up at least 1 hour a week to hang out, practice English, learn more about each others' cultures, etc. The possibilities are endless!

The goal is for mentors to serve as a friend and resource to the new students and to be their go-to person, TEACHING the new student not only how to survive at ONU, but how to thrive. In return, mentors will undoubtedly expand their cultural awareness and sensitivity and open the door for new friendships and international connections.



  • Gain an immediate friend and connection to other potential friends at ONU
  • Positive impact on social adjustment and enhanced interpersonal skills
  • Increased knowledge of campus resources 
  • Practice English and learn nuances of American culture


  • Increased cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Established friendships and international connections
  • Opportunities for future work, travel, or study abroad
  • Cross-cultural experience which may assist in career choices at home
  • Opportunity to develop a spirit of generosity and service in the global community


  • Polar Pals Reveal Night
  • Cultural excursions off campus
  • Cultural exposure events 
  • Polar Pals Thanksgiving Dinner


Applications are open until September 8, 2017.  Turn in your completed application to International Services on the 2nd floor of the Multicultural Center.


PDF icon Little Bear Application213.79 KB
PDF icon Big Bear Application1.61 MB