The Office of International Education established the International Assistant (IA) program in 2006 in response to the needs of incoming international students.
The IA program matches new international students with returning R-MC students. Some of these IAs were once new international students themselves, while others are US American students, many of whom studied abroad and know what it is like to be a foreigner in another country. These IAs assist the new international students in their adjustment to life at the college and to US culture in general.
The Roles of an International Assistant
A friend and support – International assistants are perhaps the very first friends of some international students when they first come to Randolph-Macon. They are good sources to provide help and support, since feeling homesick and overwhelmed by the change of environment may occur from time to time for some international students who live far away from their home country.
A resource person – International assistants are also an excellent source to guide international students to useful resources and services available on campus, as well as the activities held off campus.
A culture sharer – The International Assistant Program is designed to increase international awareness at Randolph-Macon College in which both International Assistants and international students share their cultural differences.
Why become an IA?
Make new friends from all over the world
Polish intercultural communication skills
Create a bond with other IAs who are also your fellow classmates
Build your resume
Free meals and an OIE T-shirt
What is the Commitment? Fun Stuff!
Write postcards and letters to your designated international students during the summer.
Participate fully in the International Assistant training session, International Students’ arrival day, and International Student Orientation at the end of August (please see below).
Make daily contact with your international student during the first few weeks of school and maintain contact with him/her through social activities throughout the year.
For more information about the International Assistant Program, please contact the Office of International Education.
View more photos from the past IA Program.