Global Ambassador Program (GAP)


Ambassadors host VISP students from six different countries for dinner in their suite.

What are Global Ambassadors?
GAs are Barnard students that help to welcome and integrate Barnard’s international student population.

Where are the international students from?
Our international students come from 35 different countries, including Barnard’s partner schools in Denmark, Italy, China, South Korea, Spain, Australia, France, Ireland, Norway, the UK, and other countries.

Who should apply to be a Global Ambassador?
OIISP is always looking for applicants interested in learning about other cultures and languages, those who love to travel or have studied or lived abroad.  Applicants should be prepared to make new friends from across the globe, and be proud to show our international students around Barnard and New York City.

What do Global Ambassadors do?
Global Ambassadors assist with International New Student Orientation (INSOP) at the start of each fall semester, and with the Visiting International Student Program (VISP) Orientation each Janaury.  GA's will meet approximately once each month as a group to plan for the arrival of our international students, to participate in the planning and organization of International Education Week, which takes place each November. GA's are expected to communicate with VISP students before they arrive at Barnard via Facebook, email, or postcards, and will make time to meet with their VISP students once they ahve arrived on campus.  GA's are alsoexpected to participate in events arranged by the International and Intercultural Student Programs Office (approx. 1 event each month), including as cultural nights on Barnard's campus or activities in the city. GA's are expected to plan their own smaller events, be it a study break, a trip to explore a city neighborhood, or seeing a movie downtown. 

What benefits do Global Ambassadors get?
A dedicated Global Ambassador will gain skills in cross-cultural communication and social event planning. You may also gain international friends, knowledge of a new culture or language, and most importantly, the satisfaction of making an international student’s experience memorable! Additioanlly, Global Ambassadors may be entitled to reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenditures and the possibility of moving-in early.

How do I apply?
Fill out an online application by November 4, 2015.

I have some more questions – who do I contact?
Email our Global Ambassador Coordinator at

Ambassadors host an American Culture and Slang Night, complete with root beer floats, PB&J, and other American "delicacies."

Feedback from Ambassadors

"I learned the importance of getting to know people of all different ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, etc. It is a lesson I have learned before but not in such an integrated context."

"I've met so many people and learned about their lives and cultures. I've also learned a lot about the study abroad adjustment process."

"I learned how to appreciate New York again!"

"I learned that you can make connections with people from totally different cultures as long as you keep an open mind."

"It was a unique experience and I'm glad I got to share my own culture and traditions with them as well."

"I have made life-long friends from taking part in the program."