Student Connect International Peer Mentoring Program

Mentor Group Photo

International Peer Mentors - Who Are They?

Our Mentors are current Mohawk College students who understand the struggle of being a new student and many of them are International students themselves. They are ready to help you with your process of becoming a Mohawk student and coming to Canada. After you arrive, Mentors continue to make your transition smooth and welcoming, as you connect to Mohawk programs and activities as well as to become familiar with the city of Hamilton.

How Does It Work?

This is a free service offered to all new international students. This unique opportunity will help new students connect with senior students at Mohawk, before and after they arrive in Canada. This will help make their transition to Canada and Mohawk College as smooth as possible. Our mentors have experienced similar situations and know the challenges of deciding to study overseas, working through the application process, and finding their way in a new education system and culture.

Once you request a mentor, you will be matched with an international peer mentor who will then connect with you within five business days via e-mail.

Our mentors are trained to help you, as a new international student, to navigate through your journey, access college services, and also to provide guidance for easy integration into your new life at Mohawk College.

We can’t wait for you to join our Student Connect team. Don’t think twice; be one step closer to success and request a mentor!

International Students in the Collaboratory

Why Choose The Student Connect Program? Why Request A Mentor?

It's Free and You Can Get Answers to Tricky Questions About:

  • Accommodation, traveling, banking, shopping, restaurants, transportation
  • Life at a Canadian college, Canadian culture
  • Services at Mohawk College, awards and bursaries, insurance, work permits and much more!

Get Information on How to be Successful and have the Best Study Abroad Experience:

  • Make your learning experience fun and active by joining clubs, activities and sports.
  • Learn more about Canada and the City of Hamilton
  • Make connections with the college community before you arrive in Canada
  • Continue your mentor support even after your arrival, for as long as you need it!
  • Once you have completed a semester at Mohawk College and become comfortable, learn how to become a peer mentor yourself and help future international students with their journey.

Why Request a Mentor?

How Can I Request a Mentor?

This service is free for all new international students applying to Mohawk College.

By completing the request form, the Student Connect Program Coordinator will contact you and match you with a peer mentor within 5 business days. Once you have been contacted by the Coordinator with your peer mentor match, you can communicate with your peer mentor directly via email.

Request a Mentor

Become a Mentor. Fill out your Application and Profile

We are looking for students with a willingness to listen, someone who can offer encouragement and share what you’ve learned about life at Mohawk College and Hamilton.

  • Improve Leadership and Communication skills
  • Make a valuable contribution to the Mohawk Family
  • Enhance your resumé
  • Access fun International events
  • Obtain Certificate of Volunteerism
  • Add this experience to your Co-Curricular record
  • Most of all, HAVE FUN!!!

As a mentor your role is to help and provide information as needed to new international students, making their transition into Mohawk College and Canada as enjoyable as possible.

The Student Connect Program Coordinator will contact you and match you with a mentee (new international student) within 5 business days. Once you have been matched with a mentee, you will start communicating with your mentee directly via email.

All applicants will be interviewed and receive training before being able to mentor new students at the beginning of each semester.

If you are a second semester student at Mohawk College, willing and able to help new international students, click on the link below to Join Our Team of Trained Peer Mentors or visit International Student Services at International Square (Room J137) Monday-Friday between 8:30am - 4:30pm to speak to an advisor.

Become a Mentor


“I believe that for every successful person to achieve their goals they need a mentor.  A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and to believe it can be obtained. This will definitely be a learning process for me, but one that I will embrace, as I am willing to use my experience to help others avoid the pitfalls I experienced along the way. I am an ear to listen and a push in the right direction.” - Renee Richards (Mentor)

“I'm a Networking Engineer and Security Analyst student who previously lived in Korea for 10 years. I was helped a lot over these years and I am eager to repay some of that kindness”.- Jarrett Butcher (Mentor)

“Mohawk is a place of tolerance, respect and diversity. It seems that everybody is waiting to help you here, both from an academic and emotional point of view. And the teachers are always available and open for the students” - Sargon Yousefian Dezag Tekkie (Mentor)

“My mentor was from my country and spoke the same language. She gave me timely guidance and was a constant source of support right throughout”. – Mentee (anonymous)

“My mentor has been helping me since I was in India last month and when I arrived in Hamilton, it was great to know that she was my neighbor. Being from an Indian background, now I consider her as an older sister and she considers me as her cute little brother. There has never been a time that she hasn't helped me and moreover there were some issues with my timetable for which she played a critical role in getting me through. Overall it has been an excellent experience with her and I would surely give her an 11 out of 10 for all that she has done for me”. - Mentee (anonymous)

“The mentor assigned to me has been impressive to be frank. He has successfully given me guidelines on how to settle down in school, how to get an affordable accommodation and how to get about my other activities upon my arrival. I will personally give him a 5-star rating. He is awesome” - Mentee (anonymous)

Meet our Mentors

Adaku Isilebo

Name: Adaku Isilebo

Program: Practical Nursing

Country: Nigeria

Adekunle Ifabiyi

Name: AdeKunle Ifabiyi

Program: Social Service Worker

Country: Nigeria

Aksah Arora

Name: Akash Arora

Program: Business General

Country:  India

Amanjyotsingh Suri

Name:  Amanjyot Singh Suri

Program: Computer Systems Technology - Network Engineering & Security Analyst

Country: India

Anaji Shah

Name: Anjali Shah

Program: Architectural Technician

Country: India

Arpanleen Kaur Dhillon

Name: Arpanleen Dhillon

Program: Biotechnology

Country: India

Augustine John

Name: Augustine John

Program: Business Financial Services

Country: India

Bhumika Patel

Name: Bhumika Patel

Program: Health, Wellness and Fitness

Country: India

Bianca Tonolo

Name: Bianca Tonolo

Program: Graphic Design

Country: Canada

Damian Holder

Name:  Damian Holder

Program: Social Service Worker

Country: Canada

Deborah Illori

Name: Deborah Ilori

Program: Practical Nursing

Country: Nigeria

Dishank Vyas

Name: Dishank Vyas

Program: Electrical Engineering Technician - Power

Country: India

Hyungho Kim

Name:  Hyungho Kim

Program: Manufacturing Engineering Technician – Automation

Country: Korea

Jarrett Butcher

Name: Jarrett Butcher

Program: Computer Systems Technology - Network Engineering & Security Analyst

Country: Canada

Jaspreet Parhar

Name: Jaspreet Kaur Parhar

Program: Electrical Engineering Technician - Power

Country: India

Joanathan Cardoso

Name: Jonathan Cardoso

Program: International Business Management

Country: Brazil

Kalia Chanchal

Name: Chanchal Kalia

Program: Canadian Healthcare

Country: India

Ngoc Duc-Tran

Name: Ngoc Duc Tran (Danny)

Program: Electrical Engineering Technology - Control

Country: Vietnam

Pradhjeet Kaur Chatha

Name: Prabhjeet Kaur Chatha

Program: Architectural Technology

Country: India

Qin Xi

Name: Xin Qui (Shane)

Program: Business Financial Services

Country: China

Renee Richards

Name: Renee Richards

Program: Office Administration-Medical

Country: Jamaica

Rupinder Singh

Name:  Rupinder Singh

Program: Business Accounting

Country: India

Sanoop Santosh

Name: Sanoop Santosh

Program: Insurance

Country: India

Victoria Olusola

Name: Victoria Olusola

Program: Business Accounting

Country: Nigeria

Sargon Yousefian Dezag Tekkie

Name: Sargon Yousefian Dezag Tekkie

Program: Biotechnology

Country: Italy