The International Pre-Orientation Program (IPOP) is held each August, just prior to New Student Orientation (NSO).  New international (non-immigrant) students and language assistants are required to attend.  (US students who are living abroad are also invited.)   Fall 2015 participants arrive on Sunday, August 16, and may move into their fall housing assignment to attend IPOP on August 17 - 21.

IPOP helps prepare participants for a successful transition to life and learning at Grinnell.  Students learn about a variety of important regulatory issues that impact their stay, meet their IPOP Mentor, their FIS Community Host, get to know Grinnell staff and faculty, and have a great time with new classmates.  The program includes campus and community tours, shopping for items that don't 'pack well', and time to open a bank account.

Following IPOP, all new students (international and domestic) participate in NSO - which includes tutorial meetings, language placement tests, computer workshops, course registration, etc.  This is a great time to become acquainted with one's academic advisor, hall/roommate(s) and Residence Life Coordinator (RLC).

  • FIS Host Family Form (Coming soon, due June 1, 2015)
  • IPOP Confirmation Form (Coming soon, due August 1, 2015)

IPOP Mentor Selection (current Grinnellians can apply to be an IPOP Mentor)

Grinnell students are invited to apply to be an IPOP Mentor – to help plan the International Pre-Orientation Program (IPOP), and help welcome and befriend new amigos from around the globe!

Applications are due by 4:00pm, Friday, February 13, 2015

Based on your written application and reference, top candidates will be invited to participate in an individual interview with the selection committee.  Invitations will be extended by email.

IPOP Mentor Responsibilities

  • IPOP Mentors must attend group planning meetings on Thursday evenings in April;
  • Each Mentor is expected to establish a positive relationship with an assigned group of 8-10 Amigos (from among our incoming international student body) through pre-arrival email correspondence, activities during IPOP, and mentorship throughout the fall semester;
  • Mentors must return to campus on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, and are dedicated to IPOP through Saturday, August 22.  (*it is not possible to serve as an IPOP Mentor if you are a fall athlete, or if you hold another leadership position at that time, e.g. SA, NSO, PCPOP, or GSP leader.)
  • Mentors help plan and facilitate the International Pre-Orientation Program, by attending and/or assisting with all IPOP sessions and select NSO sessions;
  • They greet students upon arrival, help them get settled and acquainted with campus culture and academic expectations, and serve as a role model and friend as your Amigos transition to Grinnell.
  • In addition, IPOP Mentors participate in fall mentorship activities, including regular contact with your assigned Amigos, communication with the OISA staff, and participation in IPOP group gatherings.

Ideal IPOP Mentors exude maturity and balance as student leaders.  They are dependable, self-motivated, positive, and able to work independently.  They are sensitive to and able to communicate with peers of diverse backgrounds.  They are a good listener and trustworthy confidant, and are aware of how their own behavior affects and is perceived by others.

IPOP Mentors receive a modest stipend of $250, along with two t-shirts to wear throughout the program.  They are granted “essential student” status, which allows an early return to campus (including meals).  In addition, of course they have the joy and satisfaction of using their leadership skills to facilitate this valuable program!

Questions can be directed to Karen Edwards in the OISA.