Study Abroad Student Ambassador Program

The application for the Fall 2018 Study Abroad Ambassador Cohort is open now! Click here to apply!

Leadership. Citizenship. Service. Support.

The Study Abroad Student Ambassador Program prepares returned study abroad students to be active global citizens. The Study Abroad Student Ambassadors serve as liaisons to the KU campus, support the outreach goals of the Office of Study Abroad, develop and implement projects that serve the needs of the community, and raise awareness of global issues. Made up of a group of carefully selected volunteers, the ambassadors are advocates for study abroad, social and environmental justice, and cross-cultural understanding.

Ambassadors commit to serving for one semester and should be prepared to participate in the following events and activities:

  • Attend Study Abroad Ambassador training session at the beginning of the semester. 
  • Attend a monthly meeting, may be held at an off-campus restaurant over lunch or dinner
  • Take part in the Study Abroad Fair and Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Speak at 1 Study Abroad Alumni Panel
  • Participate in 1 community service project
  • Attend 1 professional development event

Student Abroad Student Leader Program Eligibility
Ambassadors must have studied abroad on an approved program through the KU Office of Study Abroad, maintain a 2.25 GPA, and be in good standing at the university.  All ambassadors are required to go through a formal training session. 

The program has four objectives, which are outlined below:

Outreach & Recruitment: Increase study abroad participation by reaching out to diverse campus populations to encourage study abroad participation, promoting study abroad on campus, and recruiting students to study abroad through meaningful conversations. Participate in events and other activities to promote study abroad. For example, ambassadors assist with the study abroad fair, tabling, panels and outreach to student organizations.

Student Support: Support students before, during, and after their study abroad experience. Assist current and prospective study abroad students by answering questions, offering advice, helping with complications, and keeping them connected to the OSA. The student ambassadors will serve on panels and serve as representatives for their study abroad program. Ambassador's bios will be present on the on the office of study abroad website to assist prospective students.

Global Responsibility: Contribute to the community through meaningful service projects that apply the knowledge students gained abroad to helping others and creating change in local communities. For example, the group will do work to support an environmental cause or assisting the homeless in the community.

Global Citizenship: Promote active global citizenship. Educate the KU community about global issues. Inform KU study abroad participants about global issues and news so that they are aware of what is happening when they are abroad. Promote art, culture, and language at KU. This might include educating the KU campus about international immigration issues or learning more about the political issues in Kansas, the U.S., and abroad.

Structure and Commitment
The Study Abroad Student Leadership Program consists of up to 20 returned study abroad student volunteers.  Students must commit to being active ambassadors and attend events, including group activities, team meetings, service projects, outreach activities, and career workshops. The Ambassador program is for the duration of one semester. 

Recognition
This program aims to provide all students with an understanding of leadership, global citizenship, and project management. The program should enrich and further the knowledge and skills students gain while studying abroad. In addition, the Office of Study Abroad will recognize the ambassadors’ voluntary work and contributions through:

  • Letter of Recommendation from Outreach Coordinator written on LinkedIn  (if student meets expectations)
  • Career Development Workshop

For more information, please contact Melody Stratton at melodystratton@ku.edu


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Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu
 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

 

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9th among public universities in the country for high quality, low cost study abroad programs — U.S. News & World Report
Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
18th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
28.1% of KU undergraduate students study abroad prior to graduation.
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 160 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
The Office of Study Abroad and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
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