MILSA

Mentoring program autumn semester 2017/2018

1. Before leaving: Introduction session

The introduction session will acquaint interested students with the mentoring program. Please write to the project coordinator if you would like to come. 

This event will take place on April 19, 2017 and April 26, 2017, 12.30 to 13.30 (room 212, Main Building, Hochschulstrasse 4, 3012 Bern).

2. Before leaving: Workshop - First steps in intercultural learning

The mentoring program MILSA will continue with an intercultural learning workshop with a group of 15 University of Bern students who are going to study abroad in the 2017/2018 autumn semester. MILSA Participants will form peer groups (with local University of Bern students) of three to four people. This session aims to acquaint students with the topic of intercultural learning and study abroad. The workshop, which is organised in cooperation with the Welcome Center, is also open to local and international students interested in the topic of intercultural learning. 

The intercultural learning workshop (pre-departure session) will take place on June 15, 2017, 09.30 to 14.00 (room B-105, UniS, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, 3012 Bern) 

3. When away: During study abroad

During their stay abroad, the mentees (the participants) stay in contact with their peer groups and with the mentor by communicating via the ILIAS learning platform “MILSA 2017/2018”. The mentees will talk to the mentor at least once per semester, contribute actively to a shared blog, and work on an intercultural communication project with their peers (University of Bern students who are also abroad). This period of the mentoring program is dedicated to supporting students during their stay abroad with the possibility reading, writing, sharing and contributing experiences with the help on the online platform and in conversation with the mentor. 

4. Coming home: Post-sojourn session

In March 2018 (date tba), we will meet for a post-sojourn session to discuss coming back home and the return to routine here. Importantly, mentees and mentor will dedicate time to elaborating how the study abroad experience is relevant in terms of both personal as well as future professional life. Coming home is just as important as leaving in terms of study abroad, and supporting students in this is central to their study abroad experience.

5. Online survey

In June 2018, mentees will be asked to fill in an online survey about their study abroad and their experiences. 

6. Confirmation of Participation and Certificate of Completion

Once mentees have filled in the online survey, they will receive a certificate that they have completed the program. In additon, their also receive a more detailed letter that confirms their participation and lists the intercultural skills that they have practised and developed during their study abroad. Mentees will find these documents useful for their professional portfolio once they start looking for internships and long-term emplyoment after they have completed their studies. 

Please note that your peers are University of Bern students, not students from your host university.