UA Global Ambassadors

The UA Global Ambassador Program is a leadership program for UA students who are interested in bridging cultures between international and domestic students and serving as ambassadors for the global community on campus. Global Ambassadors serve as leaders of the fall and spring International Orientation Program, coordinators of the Buddy Program and advocates of study abroad.

Good candidates include students who...

  • Have prior experience living, traveling, or working abroad
  • Are motivated by intercultural challenges and a desire to develop cultural self-awareness
  • Are interested in connecting with the global community and engaging in globally relevant conversations

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Commitment and Responsibility

Responsibilities include:

  • Leadership of the Buddy Program
    • Organizing and planning Buddy Program events
    • Regularly attending events and communicating with assigned buddy group
    • Marketing the benefits of the Buddy Program during orientation and other campus fairs
  • 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
  • Study Abroad Outreach
    • Lead classroom presentations on the value of study abroad
    • Write blog posts about personal travel experience
    • Lead cultural coffee chats for study abroad alumni and prospective students
  • Participating in UA Global events
    • These may include: International Student Talent Show, International Education Week events, Study Abroad Fair, Study Abroad Photo Contest, etc.
    • Other projects as assigned 
  • Attending bi-weekly staff meetings and trainings (~8 total/semester)
  • Completing required readings, reflections, and final projects

Required time commitment:

  • Must be able to commit for full academic year (May 2018-May 2019)
  • Must be able to attend bi-weekly staff meetings on Fridays from 7:30AM - 9AM
  • Must be available for the following training and orientation days:
    • May 11, 2018 (First Training Day)
    • August 2 - 6, 2018 (Orientation Training)
    • August 7 - 17, 2018 (Orientation Commitment)
    • December 6, 2018 (Reading Day - Training)
    • January 2-8, 2019 (Orientation Commitment)

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


What are the benefits of getting involved?

  • Stipend: $700/year (Sponsored students must speak to their program sponsor about receiving payment)
  • Engagement notation (undergraduates) on transcript
  • Global leadership training, cultural exchange and exploration
  • Event planning, marketing and public speaking experience
  • Creating a more global campus
  • Making new friends from all over the world

How to Apply

Applications for the 2018-2019 Global Ambassador Program are now CLOSED!

Students with international and/or intercultural experience are strongly encouraged to apply. The Global Ambassador Program is open to both international and domestic students as well as undergraduate and graduate students.

For further information, please contact Noelle Sallaz at or Katie Van Wyk at

Global Ambassador Application

Applications for the Global Ambassador program are now CLOSED. 



"Making new friends has been one of the biggest privileges of being involved in this program, some of the international students I have met have become some of my best friends.  Spending time with these students I hope that they feel like they know at least one person to talk to or be friends with here at the U of A." - Nicole Grisamore, Global Ambassador 2015-2016  

"I really appreciate the Global Ambassador Program because my interpersonal communication skill is enhanced significantly. In particular, I got a better understanding of different cultures, how to start a conversation with some not easy-going people. Additionally, I am even more confident to speak in front of public after one year's growth." - Joy Fan, Global Ambassador 2015-2016

"I myself, as an evolutionary biologist, always hold the belief that the greatness in mankind lies in that we are able to open to differences and make use of the difference to collaborate. Difference is the driving force to improve, embrace without judging is hard, however, will enable the fun revealing process of variations." - Monica Ge, Global Ambassador 2015-2016