The Summer Institute’s 2018 Global Ambassador Program

Please join the team of over 70 Global Ambassadors who volunteer every summer with the Summer Institute. Have fun sharing experiences and culture with international students from around the world!

  • Participate in cultural events with Summer Institute students, such as the program’s Welcome and Closing Receptions
  • Attend local excursions with Summer Institute students (e.g., the Georgia Aquarium, Stone Mountain Park) with the cost of admission covered by the program
  • Facilitate fun and exciting small group outings with Summer Institute students (e.g., having coffee/lunch, going shopping, meeting up to chat, sightseeing)
  • Share stories and photos on social media during the Global Ambassador experience

(For information about the program, click here: Summer Institute )


Who is the ideal Global Ambassador?

You are perfect for this role if you are:

"I most liked the opportunity the program gives to show someone else your culture and to learn about theirs."

  • Friendly, enthusiastic, and welcoming with an appreciation for culture and people
  • Excited about the opportunity to strengthen your intercultural communication and leadership skills through interactions with Summer Institute students
  • Interested in enhancing or sharing your public relations and social media abilities by posting stories and photos during your Global Ambassador experience
  • Currently enrolled, in good academic standing, at Georgia State University
  • Available to participate in a half day Global Ambassador orientation on Thursday, June 15
  • Willing to serve 15 hours between July 3 and July 31 by participating in events and interacting with Summer Institute students

What are the benefits of being a Global Ambassador?

Former Global Ambassadors have identified numerous benefits:

  • Strengthen your intercultural communication skills
  • Learn more about cultures and languages
  • Enhance your leadership abilities
  • Enhance social media and public relations skills
  • Develop friendships with students from other countries and Georgia State University
  • Gain an inside look into GSU’s international reach through partner universities and global networks
  • Possibly get a part-time job in GSU’s Office of International Initiatives



Stop by the Office of International Initiatives for an in-depth info session with a former Global Ambassador during the following dates:

  • March 21: 2:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
  • March 29: 11:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M
  • April 4: 2:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
  • April 6: 10:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

If you have any questions prior to these dates or cannot attend, contact us any time.

E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 404-413-2530
In person: 30 Courtland Street SE,3rd floor


Applications are now closed for 2018

Due to high interest in the Global Ambassador Program, you might be added to a wait list. Please contact the Global Ambassador Program team leaders at [email protected] with questions or concerns. Thank you!



  • Deadline to submit application: Thursday, June 1
    • Applications submitted BEFORE Friday, May 12 will be notified of acceptance into the program on Thursday, May 18. Applications submitted afterwards will be notified in June. 
  • Global Ambassador Program Orientation: Thursday, June 15 (required)
  • Meet Your Buddies Social:  Monday, July 3 (required) 
  • Welcome Reception:  Wednesday, July 5 (required)
  • Closing Reception:  Thursday, July 27 (required)

*For IEF Scholarship Recipients, you can find detailed information on the fulfillment of IEF service requirements below after the page break.*

IEF SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: Please read everything below before applying to the Global Ambassador Program.

Question: I am a returning Study Abroad Program student who received the IEF scholarship. May I apply to join the Global Ambassador Program?
Answer: Yes, all IEF scholarship recipients are encouraged to apply!

Question: I heard that becoming a Global Ambassador may help me fulfill ALL of my required IEF service requirements (except for the survey requirement). Is that true, and if so, how?
Answer: It’s true. If you need to fulfill any of your IEF service requirements, then serving 15 hours as a Global Ambassador will count as ALL of your required service as an IEF scholarship recipient, except for the survey requirement. Please e-mail Emily Caskey in Study Abroad Programs about the survey requirement.

Question: What if I complete less than 15 service hours as a Global Ambassador?
Answer: As a Global Ambassador, you must serve 15 hours. If you serve less than 15 hours, you will receive zero credit towards your IEF service requirement.

Due to high interest in the Global Ambassador Program, you might be added to a wait list. Please contact the Global Ambassador Program team leaders at [email protected] with questions or concerns. Thank you!


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