The Global Ambassador Program

Please join the team of over 70 Global Ambassadors who volunteer every summer with the Summer Institute and iSPEED programs. GAPs 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., have coffee/lunch, go shopping, meet up to chat, sightseeing)
  • Share stories and photos on social media during the Global Ambassador experience

For information on the Summer Institute program, please 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
  • A current Georgia State student in good academic standing
  • Available to participate in a half day Global Ambassador Program Orientation on Thursday, June 14
  • Willing to serve 15 hours between Friday, June 29 and Tuesday, 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
  • Gain an inside look into Georgia State’s international reach through partner universities and global networks
  • Learn about student assistant opportunities in Georgia State’s Office of International Initiatives


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

  • Thursday, May 10
    • 12 – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 16
    • 10 – 10:30am
  • Monday, May 21
    • 3 – 3:30pm

If you have any questions prior to these dates or cannot attend, please contact:

Telephone: 404-413-2530
In person: Dahlberg Hall, International Center, 3rd floor (30 Courtland Street SE, Suite 300, Atlanta, Georgia 30303)

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 with questions or concerns. Thank you!

Click here to apply to the Global Ambassador Program.


  • Deadline to submit application: Friday, May 25
    • Applications submitted BEFORE Friday, May 11 will be notified of acceptance into the program on Friday, May 18. Applications submitted afterwards will be notified in June. 
  • Global Ambassador Program Orientation: Thursday, June 14, 9am – noon (required)
  • Meet Your Buddies Social:  Tuesday, July 3, 1 – 4pm (required) 
  • Welcome Reception:  Thursday, July 5, 4 – 5pm (required)
  • Closing Reception:  Friday, July 27, 4 – 6pm (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 with questions or concerns. Thank you!

Click here to apply to the Global Ambassador Program.

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