International Student Mentor Collective

What is the Mentor Collective at Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences?

  • Tufts is one of many schools to partner with Mentor Collective (MC), a service that provides community support to new international students through mentorship.
  • MC matches incoming Tufts graduate students with a trained mentor based on common interests, background and academics.
  • Mentors are highly qualified Tufts graduate students and graduate alumni.
  • MC mentorships involve meeting at least once per month, usually via video chat.

What kinds of questions do mentors and mentees talk about?

  • “What are people like at Tufts?”
  • “Where are good places to eat and buy things I need?”
  • “Where is the best place to live? How do I find a roommate?”
  • “How can I balance the demands of grad school with family relationships?”
  • “How can I set myself up for academic and career success?”

What are other MC mentees saying about the experience?

  • Information on life at Tufts before you even arrive: “It felt good to talk to someone and get to know the place that'll be your home for the next few years!” - Aradhya
  • Real-life examples of how to be successful at school: “[My mentor] is the type of person that is easy to talk to. He answered all my questions with examples of his friends, which was a bonus for me.” - Bruno
  • An expert friend who helps you achieve your goals: “We talked quite a bit about who we are and what we hope to accomplish with our lives.” - Victoria

How can students get matched with a mentor and get started?

  • Once you submit your deposit you will receive information from Tufts about several important next steps, including directions to register for the mentor program