iBuddy Mentoring program

CGPS knows that good advice from friends and support from peers during a transition makes a big difference. The iBuddy program pairs incoming international students with trained and experienced UD mentors who connect them with the knowledge and resources to navigate life in the U.S. and at UD.

iBuddy Mentees

Frequently Asked Questions

Any incoming student who wants help transitioning to UD and the U.S. will benefit from having a mentor. 

As an iBuddy Mentee you will: 

  • Have someone to communicate with about your pre-arrival preparations.

  • Have someone to check in with once you're on campus and settling into life in the U.S. -or- if you are not coming to campus, a fellow student to help you feel connected.

  • Feel supported and confident about your options.

  • Attend fun events.

  • Meet other new international students like you!

The application for getting a mentor is now closed. If you have any questions, email ibuddymentor@udel.edu.

iBuddy Mentors

We are always looking for current students, international and domestic, to serve as mentors to the incoming class of international Blue Hens! We need your help to make them feel welcome and included in our community. Mentors receive training and support from CGPS and the iBuddy council.


The ideal mentor should be sensitive to the needs of the international population, with a willingness to assist students in their transition to their new academic, cultural and social settings. iBuddy mentors must also demonstrate compassion across cultures when connecting and networking with mentees during their adjustment to life in the U.S. Applicants must be in good academic standing (3.0 or above) and demonstrate effective communication skills and intercultural awareness.

As an iBuddy Mentor, you will: 

  • Establish email communication with the assigned mentees two weeks prior to the start of the semester. Address any questions about campus life and provide general support prior their arrival to the U.S.

  • Assist during the International Student Orientation week. Encourage new students to participate in all orientation week activities. Co-lead campus tours and connect students with other campus resources and programs.

  • Provide year-long peer mentoring (from August – April), stay connected with mentees and send weekly updates on upcoming events and activities.

  • Support the formation of an iBuddy student organization.

As an iBuddy Mentor, you will: 

  • Improve your cross cultural communications skills.

  • Become a cultural ambassador to new international students.

  • Build a global network of friends.

  • Attend trainings on leadership and intercultural communication.

  • Build your resume and receive public recognition for your service.

  • Gain references for your future job opportunities.

  • Exemplary iBuddy mentors will have the opportunity to take on leadership roles within the International Student Advisory Committee (ISAC).

The application for 2022-23 iBuddy mentors has closed. For questions, please contact ibuddymentor@udel.edu.

iBuddy Council Members

2021-2022 iBuddy Mentors


Asmaa  Abo Alouk

Wilder Acuna

Mansour Al Rajhi

Christos Aloupis

Danah Alrashed

Mohammad Baksh

Intuon Chatratin

Stella  Chen

Vidhika Damani

Cornelia Dewi Soelaiman

Basel Elkhapery


Nadya Ellerhorst

Maryam Golbazi

Carolyn Gray

Xinrui (Ivy) Guo

Suraj Gurung

Rithu Latha Rajendran

Yanda Li

Zhimo LI

Muyi Liu

Elisa Macera

Safiyah Mansoori


Addison McNair

Piyush Mehta

Omkar Mhatre

Md Mozaharul Mottalib

Tasnim Kamal Mouri

Shaymaa Obayes

Gbenga Obikoya

Shubh Pahwa

Sai Patkar

Pengcheng (Gabe) Qian



Huma Rasheed

Tulaja Shrestha

Rachel Spruill

Annanya Venkataraman

Adriana Verdezoto Alvarado

Khushboo Verma

Kyle Wang

Xingzhao Xiong


Xiaotian Zhong




Past iBuddy Events

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