DCI Mentorship Program

What is the DCI Mentorship Program?

Formerly known as the Strong Start Mentorship Program, the Douglas College International (DCI) Mentorship Program helps to welcome and orient new international students to Douglas College. New international students will have the opportunity to be matched and connected with returning senior students called Student Mentors. Student Mentors will help guide mentees by sharing experiences, providing social connection and important student life information. 

Mentors assist new students by answering questions about Douglas College or re-directing them to contact essential Douglas College services, including medical insurance, how to navigate the website, how to find textbooks and tips on preparing to study at Douglas.


Create early connections from mentor to mentee and provide new international students the support and guidance they need to transition to Canada, BC, and Douglas College.

  • Help orient students to Douglas College services.
  • Support a peer-to-peer network between new students.
  • Reduce the feelings of loneliness and isolation among new students.
  • Increase intercultural communication skills and competency for all participants.

Meet one of our mentorships, here to explain more about the program:

If you have questions about the program, please contact us here

Applications are CLOSED for Summer 2023

Important Dates for the Summer 2023 Program: 

* Dates are tentative

April 17

Registration opens for volunteer mentors and mentees

May 8

First day of the program; matching begins. Winter Semester begins

May 19

Last day to sign up for the program

May 19

Last day of matching

May 26

Mandatory training for (Student Leaders Only).


Skill Development Session 


Final celebration (All participants)

August 9

Last day of the program.