DCI Mentorship Program

What is the DCI Mentorship Program?

Formerly known as the 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 online.


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

Important Dates for the Fall 2021 Program: 

* Dates are tentative

August 20th

Registration opens for volunteer mentors and mentees.

September 1st

First day of the program; matching begins.

September 7th

Fall Semester begins.

September 23rd

Welcome Event (All participants).

October 8th

DCI Leadership Training Day (Student Leaders Only)
Session #1

October 8th

Last day to sign up for the Fall program.

October 14th

DCI Leadership Training Day (Student Leaders Only)
Session #2

October 29th*

Team building and networking event.

November 15th*

Skill-building event and program check-in (Student Leaders only).

December 3rd

Final celebration (All participants)*.

December 18th

Last day of the program.