Mentoring program spring semester 2017
1. Before leaving: Introduction session
2. Before leaving: Pre-departure session
The second trial of the mentoring program MILSA will continue with a pre-departure session with a group of 15 University of Bern students who are going to study abroad in the 2017 spring semester. 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 pre-departure session will take place on November 18, 2016, 9.00-12.00, in room A017, 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”. 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 September 2017 , 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.
There will be two post-sojourn sessions. They will take place on August 30, 2017, 09.30-14.00, in room A-124 and on September 20, 2017, 09.30-14.00, in room A-119, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, 3012 Bern.
5. Online survey
In October 2017, mentees will be asked to fill in an online survey about their study abroad and their experiences.
Please note that your peers are University of Bern students, not students from your host university.