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Designed to make connections between domestic and international students, the PEEPS program runs each Fall and Winter International Student Orientation. Current students sign up as PEEPS to volunteer as friendly faces during the new international students' first few days on campus. While participating in the scheduled social activities organized by the ISS Team, the PEEPS and new international students come together and promote cross-cultural growth and a happier, more welcoming GVSU!

Click here to join Winter 2023 PEEPS!

This career-focused program is tailored to our International Students, helping them to create essential tools for their job hunts or academic applications through online modules and providing students with the opportunity to learn from GVSU staff, students and industry professionals at networking sessions.

Register for Fall 2021-Winter 2022 iWORK

Lakers Without Borders


We greatly appreciate students' dedication to creating a welcoming, engaging, and inclusive environment at GVSU. As a gesture of our gratitude, we are awarding Lakers for the time they have put into helping out with programs by ISS and its daughter student organization, Bringing Together the World

Lakers Without Borders Recipients

Students who volunteer 10 hours or more in an academic year can be certified as Lakers Without Borders. Lakers are to log their hours by submitting the online form linked below. Students can submit this form multiple times and the total hours will be considered for certification each semester within an academic year. Certificates are given at the end of each Fall and Winter semester. 

Click to log your hours!


Fit the Mitt

Whether you're in Michigan temporarily or it's your childhood hang-out, we want you to feel at home while at GVSU.

Fit the Mitt is a mentoring program designed to make sure this happens through promoting intercultural awareness and creating a welcoming community among GVSU Faculty & Staff and International Students. Pairings are done each fall semester with mentors (Faculty & Staff) and mentees (new International Students) opting into the program by filling out the respective applications found on this site.

Current mentors and mentees should check out the High Five Rewards designed to recognize your commitment to hospitality!

Click here to get involved!


Pineapple Awards

The Pineapple Awards recognize Grand Valley faculty, staff, community members, and students who advocate for international students and enrich their experience while they are in West Michigan. See previous Pineapple Winners via the button below. Nominations for the 2021-2022 academic year have closed. A link for nominations for the upcoming academic year will be made available in Winter 2023. 

Pineapple Award Winners

Page last modified November 16, 2022