Mentor’s programme

Isn’t it true that when making big decisions, like deciding to study in a foreign country, a time comes when everyone needs help from a mentor? Someone who will always be there to advise, assist, and care for you – a mentor.

Welcome to the International Students Mentors Programme at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU)! This program aims to facilitate the integration of incoming international students into the VMU community by providing them with dedicated local mentors . Established with the goal of fostering cross-cultural understanding and friendship, the programme offers valuable support and guidance to both incoming and local students.

Back in 2003, the International Cooperation Department of Vytautas Magnus University launched the VMU Mentor’s programme which until today has helped hundreds of incoming international students to overcome the challenges of settling in a new country and university.

VMU Mentors (Lithuanian and full-time foreign students) spend time with incoming students in one-on-one meetings, social activities in the university and around the city, and in such a way they help students from abroad to adapt to the new social and cultural environment and get to know the academic community.

What is the International Students Mentors Programme?

The International Students Mentors Programme pairs incoming international students with experienced local mentors who assist them in navigating their new academic and social environment at VMU. Mentors, selected from among VMU’s student body, provide practical advice, cultural insights, and friendship to help international students settle into their new life in Lithuania.

We invite you to join us in this enriching journey of cultural exchange, friendship, and personal growth through the International Students Mentors Programme at Vytautas Magnus University!

For more information about the programme and how to get involved, please contact VMU Mentor’s programme coordinator Monika Lisauskaitė via email

What Does the Programme Offer?

For Incoming International Students:

  • Personalized support and assistance from a dedicated local mentor.
  • Guidance on academic matters, campus resources, and administrative procedures.
  • Cultural orientation and tips for adapting to life in Lithuania.
  • Opportunities to connect with fellow students and engage in social activities.
  • A chance to build cross-cultural friendships and expand one’s global network.

For Local Students (Mentors):

  • Leadership and mentoring experience.
  • Cross-cultural communication skills development.
  • A platform to share knowledge and learn from diverse perspectives.
  • Networking opportunities with international peers.
  • Fulfillment through helping others and contributing to a welcoming campus community.

Programme History

The International Students Mentors Programme was launched at Vytautas Magnus University in 2003, with the vision of creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for international students. Over the years, the programme has grown significantly, welcoming an increasing number of participants and making a positive impact on the VMU community. Through the dedication and enthusiasm of both mentors and mentees, the programme continues to thrive as a cornerstone of VMU’s commitment to internationalization and student well-being.