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Peer Learning Partnership Program

The Center for International Student Access (CISA), in partnership with the university Honors College, offers a Peer Learning Partnership (PLP) Program, which connects Mason students with international freshmen in the ACCESS Program to help develop specific research skills and strategies. This includes how to use library resources, find and evaluate sources, and present research findings in both oral and visual formats.

Responsibilities include:

  • Facilitating  student meetings and learning activities
  • Attending at least one 75-minute recitation of PROV 106: Introduction to Research Methods each week and
  • Attending bi-weekly meetings

The PLP Program aims to connect students who are familiar with the expectations of student performance at a U.S. university with international students who are still acquiring that experience and to facilitate intercultural communication at Mason more broadly.

Benefits of being a PLP

Peer Learning Partners earn a stipend of $200 during the spring semester.  PLPs also have the option of earning one college credit for the experience. (Please note: Course loads over 16 credits will be charged a course overload fee). Participants can also earn points toward the university Global Proficiency Certificate for participating. Additionally, this intercultural experience looks great on your resume and may make you eligible for other employment opportunities with with CISA.

Selection Criteria & Process

If you are interested in applying, you should submit a completed application to SUB I, Room 1510. The deadline for the application is typically in October. Please submit your letter of recommendation at the same time as your application.

PROV 106 instructors select participants from those who have taken or are currently taking HNRS 110 or another research-designated course. Preference is given to those who also meet the following criteria:

  • At least one year of study in a foreign language (at the high school and/or college level)
  • Evidence of experience/interest in cross-cultural learning experiences

PLP selections are made by PROV 106 instructors. Once all of the applications are reviewed, notifications of decisions are made before Thanksgiving Break.