International Student Counselor Program

The International Student Counselor Program supports international student success at St. Olaf College through personal interaction in an atmosphere of growth and mutual respect.  

Transitioning from one country to another is often a complicated journey. This program is designed to smooth that transition and to support new international students during their first year at St. Olaf.  Throughout the year, International Student Counselors (ISC) serve as a cultural bridge, social support, and as a resource to new international students.

By sharing experiences and insights, ISC’s can ease the transition process of new international students by making deeper connections that enhance the quality of the new international student experience.

Meet the 2019-2020 International Student Counselors here

International Student Counselor Program’s Mission

The International Student Counselor Program connects committed student counselors with incoming international students to enhance their learning experience, social competence and facilitate a successful transition into college life.

Becoming an International Student Counselor

Applications for 2020-2021 International Student Counselor are now closed.   

For more information regarding requirements and responsibilities read below. If you would like additional information or have any questions, please contact Megan Carmes, Assistant Director for International Engagement at or 507-786-3073.


  • Serve as an International Student Counselor for the entire academic year.
  • Be present at all training sessions, International Student Orientation programs, International Student Counselor Events and other required programs.
  • Attend weekly meetings with the Assistant Director.
  • Minimum of 2.25 cumulative GPA.
  • Basic understanding and knowledge of St. Olaf campus resources.
  • Reliable, responsible, flexible, positive, willingness to help, and strong communication skills.


  • Communicate with incoming international students over the summer, prior to their arrival at St. Olaf.
  • Support and encourage all new international students throughout their transition to campus and acquaint them with U.S culture, campus resources, and other activities and opportunities.
  • Serve as a leader and role model to all international students.
  • Establish and maintain open communication with the Assistant Director.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of international student focused programs and events.
  • Communicate effectively with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Required Dates (2020-2021) 

  • Spring Training (April and May 2020)
  • International Student Orientation Training (August 28 – 31, 2020)
  • International Student Orientation Program (September 1-4, 2020)
  • New Student Orientation Check-in (September 9, 2020)
  • Continuing International Student Orientation (Fall 2020)
  • Mid-Year Check-In (January, 2021)
  • Monthly International Student Event (dates TBD)