International Peer Orientation Leader (iPOL)

International Peer Orientation Leaders (iPOLs) are undergraduate or graduate students who assist ISSS with welcoming new international students to Miami University. iPOLs play an integral role in shaping a positive orientation experience for new international students and preparing them to achieve success at Miami University.


  • Attend and participate in required iPOL training (in March and April), as well as the entire international student orientation (held during August) each year.
  • Serve as a resource in answering questions about Miami University, the Oxford community, and life in the U.S.
  • Connect new international students with university resources and introduce them to university policies
  • Facilitate small group discussions about cultural adjustment
  • Plan and facilitate orientation activities (cultural and/or recreational)
  • Assist with airport pick-up transportation and helping students move into the residence halls with their luggage
  • Assist with document check, TB tests, and orientation sessions
  • Live on campus for the first week of orientation with new students and monitor social activities
  • Respond promptly to emails regarding your schedule and work responsibilities

Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled full-time at Miami University as an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Completed at least one semester at Miami University at the time of application
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the time of application
  • Have no other obligations during your employment as an iPOL
  • Effective cross-cultural communication skills and cross-cultural sensitivity in working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to direct students to appropriate campus units or resources, and answer questions
  • Punctual, reliable, flexible and enthusiastic
  • Ability to proactively solve problems and take initiative to assist ISSS staff to improve the quality of orientation
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and listening skills
  • Ability to plan and lead recreational activities


  • Stipend
  • On-campus housing during the first week of orientation
  • iPOL t-shirt

Important Dates

  • If you are selected after interview, you MUST be able to attend the training to be able to work during orientation.
  • Written Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • Group Interview Dates: Monday, March 5, (4:30 pm – 6:00 pm) or Tuesday, March 6, (4:30 pm – 6:00 pm)
  • Individual Interview may be required in the week of March 12
  • Mandatory iPOL Training: April 6 (5:30-8 pm), April 13 (5:30 - 8:00pm), and April 28 (12:00-3:00pm)
  • International Student Orientation: August 13 through August 26, 2018

Two Steps to Complete iPOL Application Process

Submit iPOL Application

Submit iPOL Reference Form

If you were previously an iPOL and would like to apply again this year, please contact Jing Luo by February 12th, 2018

Application Deadline Extended: 

Monday, February 26 at 12 p.m.