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Global Ambassador Program (Formerly the PI Program)

About the UA Global Ambassador Program

The UA Global Ambassador Program (formerly the Peer Integrator or PI program) is an internship program for UA students who are interested in bridging cultures between American students and international students and serving as ambassadors for the international/global community.

UA Global Ambassadors serve as leaders of the Fall and Spring International Orientation Program and the Buddy Program.

Undergraduate Global Ambassadors will earn 3 internship units of Educational Leadership 393 and Graduate Global Ambassadors will earn 3 units of Educational Leadership 693 for participating in this program (2 units for the Fall semester, 1 unit for the Spring semester). For international students, these credits must be above and beyond the minimum units for immigration purposes.

Commitment and Responsibility

Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as an International Orientation leader for the Fall and Spring International Orientations
    • Assisting with preparation of Orientation materials
    • Assisting with International Wildcat Airport Pick-Up
    • Answering new student questions
    • Assisting with session set-up and flow
    • Helping new students navigate around campus
  • Leadership of the UA Buddy Program
    • Pairing American and international students together
    • Organizing, planning, and regularly attending Buddy Program events
  • Participating in the Study Abroad fair in September and Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation in December/May
  • Participating and leading the International Student Talent Show in November
  • Attending staff meetings and workshops (2-3/semester)
  • Completing required readings, internship reflection forms, and evaluation forms

Preferred Qualifications

  • Organizational skills
  • Dependability
  • Ability to multitask
  • Punctuality
  • Experience communicating with individuals of diverse backgrounds
  • Public speaking skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Creativity
  • Flexibility
  • Hard work ethic
  • Open-mindedness

Required time commitment:

  • Must be able to commit for full academic year (May 2015-May 2016)
  • Must be available for the following training days:

    May 9, 2015
    August 6-10, 2015
    December 10, 2015 (reading day-no class)
    January 4, 2015

  • Must be available for Fall and Spring International Orientation and Late Arrival Assistance:

    August 11-23, 2015
    January 5-12, 2016

  • Due to the schedule above, applicants CANNOT be enrolled for in-person course during Summer Session 2 or Winter Session.

Benefits include:

  • 3 internship units -EDL 393 (undergrad) or EDL 693 (grad)
  • Program development/event planning experience
  • Leadership, team-work, and cross-cultural skills
  • Creating a more global campus
  • Cultural exchange and exploration
  • International experience and skills to strengthen your resume
  • Making new friends
  • Stipend: Each semester, upon meeting the requirements listed above, a $250 stipend will be posted to your Bursar’s account for a total of $500 for the required full year commitment.

How to apply:

Submit the online application by Monday, February 23rd, 2015.

As part of the application, you will be required to submit your resume. If you are selected for an interview, interviews will take place March 5-13. Applicants will be notified by March 30th if they have been selected for the Global Ambassador team.

International Friends

International Friends, Inc. is a volunteer organization composed of Tucson community members interested in meeting, assisting, and entertaining international students. The program provides opportunities for international students and community members to make acquaintances and learn about each other's culture. Activities and programs coordinated by International Friends, Inc. provide students with a personal connection to the Tucson community. The International Friends , Inc. program is not a "live-in" hosting program. Many community members often invite their assigned international students to visit them for special holidays or traditional American celebrations.

To learn more about this organization or sign up to be a member, please visit the International Friends, Inc. website, or send an email to with your mailing address and an application will be mailed to you.

International Student Association
International Student Association (ISA) is a University of Arizona student-run organization committed to bringing together students from around the world and facilitating cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.

** OUR SLOGAN ** Meet the World!

- To foster cultural diversity by building awareness of the international cultures represented in the University of Arizona community.
- To promote the celebration of diverse traditions through various social events and activities.
- To encourage exploration of local/regional culture and customs.
- To model respect for differences and the desire to learn from each other in this community.

Membership is open to ALL students (both international and domestic, undergraduate and graduate) at the University of Arizona.
There is no membership due for Fall 2013 semester.


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