Santa Clara University


Primary Purpose

The International Ambassador Program is a volunteer peer advising program designed specifically for Santa Clara students who are currently or have recently returned from their international education experiences. Having studied abroad, the Ambassadors embody the benefits of the international experience and have unique, real-life stories to share with students who are just embarking on their educational endeavors. The International Ambassadors are a vital component in motivating other students to take advantage of the many international opportunities Santa Clara University has to offer.

Meet the I-Ambassadors

Read the profiles of the current International Ambassadors. >Read profiles

Training & Gatherings

Please mark your calendar for these International Ambassador gatherings and training programs.


RE-ENTRY DAY: Reconnect! Reflect! Relax!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM, Benson, California Mission Room (arrive early at 9:30 am for breakfast)

Returning study abroad students inevitably experience reverse culture shock upon their return to families, friends, and the U.S. We have designed this day for you to reconnect with other returning study abroad students to reflect through that process. The morning session is open to all returnees who RSVP by January 5, 2012.  The BBQ that follows the morning session is open ONLY to those who apply to become I-Ambassadors. All new International Ambassadors MUST attend the morning session (BBQ is optional).


TRAINING DAY 1: Preparing to Lead the Pre-Departure Orientation
Date: February 6, 2012, 6:00 - 7:00 PM (pizza served)
Room:  Benson, Parlors B &C
I-Ambassadors will be gathering to begin preparing for Pre-Departure Orientation in April for new study abroad students.

TRAINING DAY 2: Compiling Helpful Tips for the Location-specific Group Meetings
Date: March 7, 2012, 6:00 - 7:00 PM (pizza served)
Room: Lucas Hall 126
I-Ambassadors will be gathering to discuss the helpful tips to include in the location-specific meetings. Please take a moment to use the online form below to submit your helpful tips for the group meeting.


TRAINING DAY 3: Preparing for Orientation
Date: April 16, 2012, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Room: Benson, Parlors B &C
International Ambassadors will meet to make final preparation for the Pre-Departure Orientation and the Preview Weekend Outreach efforts for new prospective students and their parents.


Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Room: Locatelli Activity Center
8:30 AM - Ambassadors check-in for breakfast
9:00 AM - Ambassadors set up at Locatelli Center
9:30 AM - Students arrive & check-in
10:00 AM - General Session begins at Locatelli Center
11:15 AM - Group Meetings begin in pre-assigned rooms around campus
12:00 PM - Ambassadors picnic lunch at Locatelli Center
12:30 PM - Adjourned

The day will start with breakfast for all International Ambassadors, followed by the Pre-Departure Orientation activities.

Date: TBD
6:00 - 8:00 PM - 755 Franklin Street 

All International Ambassadors are invited to our BBQ in the backyard of the International Programs Office. We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Essential Duties

I-Ambassadors can volunteer to serve on any of the following leadership teams:

  • Study Abroad Bloggers: Study abroad students will be recruited to serve as on-site International Ambassadors particularly as bloggers and on-site contacts for prospective study abroad students. Participants will be trained in the Spring quarter prior to their departure for their Summer or Fall program.

  • Community Outreach Efforts: The International Programs Office participates in the University's efforts to outreach to prospective students and their parents. The I-Ambassadors help the Peer Advisors in answering questions about their own study abroad program experience at these events which includes the annual Open House, Yield Weekends, etc.
  • International Club Leadership Team: I-Ambassadors assist the Peer Advisors in planning, coordinating, and leading a wide variety of social and academic programs for the International Club at Santa Clara University.
  • Program Outreach Team: I-Ambassadors serve as contacts for their specific study abroad program either via email, panel discussions, or club meetings.
  • Workshop Series Team: I-Ambassadors help the Study Abroad Workshop Series Coordinators in visioning, planning, coordinating, and leading a series of events on campus for study abroad students covering a wide range of topics and goals.
  • Pre-Departure Orientation Team: I-Ambassadors help the Study Abroad Peer Advisors as panelists for specific pre-departure orientation sessions during the Pre-Departure Orientation Program in the Spring Quarter.
  • International Student Mentor Program: I-Ambassadors volunteer to mentor one incoming international exchange student. Responsibilities include email correspondence with an accepted exchange student before their arrival on campus, meeting the mentee at the airport, and helping the mentee adjust to academic and social life on campus, the surrounding areas, and the United States. The Peer Advisors will make every efforts to connect I-Ambassadors with incoming exchange students from the same language/country as their study abroad program location. 
  • Marketing Team: I-Ambassadors assist the Peer Advisor in charge of marketing efforts on campus. Specifically geared for marketing and communications majors, this creative team create marketing campaigns for study abroad throughout the academic year.

Who Can Apply / Qualifications:

Juniors and Seniors with study abroad experiences, in good academic and disciplinary standing, leadership experience or the desire to lead, ability to interact with diverse students, and the willingness to help other students.


Currently, the International Ambassadors are unpaid volunteers who are entitled to any of the following benefits:
  • Given first priority hiring review for paid positions as Study Abroad Peer Advisers
  • Participate in leadership development programs
  • Participate in the Study Abroad Photo Contest to win prizes and get your photos featured on the University website and marketing publications.
  • Ability to participate in International Ambassadors team building events
  • Get a free t-shirt for helping out during the Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Subsidized graduation sash (see top photo) representing the country where you studied.
  • Participate in social events, BBQs, and other re-entry workshops.

How to Apply

  • Click here to join the International Ambassadors. 
  • Click here to apply for a Peer Advisor job. Recruitment and interviews begin in April and the team starts in the Fall term.


More Information

For more information, please contact Vid ( or by calling 408.554.6940.

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Brigitte Clark

Brigitte studied abroad in India with IES. She is a Liberal Studies major.

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