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International Orientation Leaders (IOL)

International Orientation Leaders (IOL)

We are so excited you’re interested in learning more about serving as an International Orientation Leader (IOL) for the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)!

Check back in October 2021 for Spring 2022 application information!

What does being an IOL mean?

It means being passionate about engaging with incoming international students! UMD welcomes around 1,500 international students each year. Many of our students arrive at UMD for the fall semester. As an IOL, we ask that you guide and support these students as they become acclimated to our campus and the College Park community. Orientation marks the beginning of a transition for all students. As an IOL you can make a difference in supporting incoming international students feel welcome as they start their studies at UMD!

Hear from your Peers about Being an IOL

  • All IOLs would recommend volunteering as an IOL to a friend.
  • All IOLs felt that they developed intercultural communication skills.
  • The majority reported that this experience broadened their leadership, teamwork and facilitation skills.

When asked their favorite part about being an IOL, student leaders said:

  • “I love to meet and talk with new students and introduce how great UMD is. Also, I made new friends. Especially in the online environment, it's hard to find a chance to meet with other students.”
  • “I became friends with several other IOLs, and because we all live near campus we actually got to meet up in person (socially distanced), which was so fun.”
  • “Chatting with students and learn about their background and culture”
  • “My favorite part is to talk with more new friends since we cannot see them face-to-face.”
  • “Making the deliverable and knowing it was helpful.”
  • “I really enjoyed meeting other IOLs.”
  • “Collaborating with other students.”

What did IOLs gain from this experience?

  • “The IOL program helped me improve my leadership and gave more confidence to show myself.”
  • “I'm confident I improved my leadership skills by learning how to empower people and lead them by my example.”

Click here to see our new International Orlentation leaders!