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The International Peer Assistant (IPA) Program consists of a team of volunteers who offer peer support and informational assistance to international students who are new to the United States and GPC. International Peer Assistants are returning students who understand the challenges international students encounter adapting to a new culture. IPA's, because of their first hand experiences and knowledge of how things work at GPC, play a key role in welcoming new students and helping them to get oriented to their surroundings. The IPA Program also helps plan cultural programs that address the needs and interests of International students and college-wide events that promote understanding and unity among GPC's culturally diverse student population. The International Student Admissions and Advising staff provides training and supervision for this volunteer program.
New International Peer Assistants are recruited every year in the spring and serve for one academic year starting in August and ending in May. Click here for more information about the International Peer Assistant Program or to obtain an application.