Global Ambassador Program

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, Mexico, Norway, the UK, and other countries.

Who should apply to be a Global Ambassador?

IISP looks for applicants who are considering a study abroad program, those who have studied or lived abroad, and anyone who is interested in learning about other cultures and languages. 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 are expected to:

  • Assist with pre-NSOP workshop at the start of each fall semester, and with the Visiting International Student Program (VISP) Orientation each January;
  • Attend a training workshop to prepare for activities and events during the fall and spring semesters;
  • Communicate with new international students before they arrive at Barnard via email;
  • Plan and organize activities and events with the IISP graduate assistant;
  • Complete a survey and submit a reflection essay.

What benefits do Global Ambassadors get?

A dedicated Global Ambassador will:

  • Gain skills in cross-cultural communication and event planning;
  • Organize and participate in cultural exchanges
  • Develop global connections and lasting friendships;
  • Learn or improve a foreign language, if you participate in the Language Partner Program;
  • Prepare to study abroad, if part of your academic plans;
  • Receive a Global Ambassador t-shirt and tote.

How do I apply?

Fill out an online application by November 30, 2016.

I have some more questions – who do I contact?

Email our IISP graduate assistant at

Feedback from Previous Global 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 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."

"I learned how to appreciate New York again!"