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The Office of International Services wouldn’t be able to successfully welcome international students without the important help of our international ambassadors, host families, academic advisors and employers.

International Ambassador

An International Ambassador is a First-Year Experience leadership position supervised by the Office of International Services. International Ambassadors can be American students or international students, as long as you are excited about helping new students feel welcome on campus.

International Ambassadors help to facilitate a successful international student orientation experience for international students during the spring, summer and fall semesters by assisting with picking students up from the airport, moving international students into their on-campus residence halls and leading orientation activities. International Ambassadors continue to build relationships with international students throughout the year by executing of the Cultural Taste Series, Host Family Program events, and serving as conversation partners to English language learners, all while supporting cross-cultural initiatives on campus.

Applicant Requirements

The ideal candidate should have a passion for other cultures, working with diverse populations and be committed to supporting international students learning and development as they integrate into the SLU community. Additionally, they should demonstrate:

  • Cross-cultural competency
  • Initiative, a positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills
  • Patience with English language learners
  • Comprehensive knowledge about SLU’s campus and services
  • The Jesuit mission living as "men and women for others"

International Ambassadors will be expected to participate in:

  • Spring International Ambassador training
  • Fall and spring meetings
  • International Student Orientation (fall or spring)
  • Orientation training sessions (fall or spring)
  • Monthly IA team meetings (fall or spring)
  • Service to international students at multi-cultural events (5 hours per semester)

International Ambassador Position Description

To apply to be an International Ambassador you will complete an application through the First-Year Experience leadership selection process. Please review the application and interview dates below.  

Selection timeline for International Ambassador applicants:

Nov. 9, 2018 — FYE Application available online

Nov. 26, 2018 — Study abroad applications due by 5 p.m.

Dec. 3-4, 2018 — Study abroad individual interviews

Jan. 18, 2019 — Online application due by 5 p.m.

Jan. 25, 2019 — FYE group interview day*

Jan. 31, 2019 — Notified of individual interviews

Feb. 4-10, 2019 — U101 individual interviews

Feb. 14, 2019 — Notification of final selection

Feb. 20, 2019 — Position acceptance forms due

International Ambassador Leadership Positions

IA Team Leaders

IA Team Leaders are yearlong service leadership positions which coordinates a small group of International Ambassadors for fall and spring International Student Orientation while also leading their team throughout the semester as they support multi-cultural events. Team Leaders serve as a mentor and resource to their assigned IA Team through effective communication and maintaining accountability, professionalism and timeliness. Team Leaders must have served as an International Ambassador for at least one full semester prior to completing their application. IA Team Leaders must be available to support International Student Orientation fall 2019 and spring 2020. 

IA Coordinator

The IA Coordinator position is paid student worker position in the Office of International Services. This position will assist in the planning and execution of IA training sessions, meetings, communication and will oversea the IA Team Leaders. In addition to their coordination of the International Ambassador program, the IA Coordinator will help to manage the front desk of the International Services Office. This position requires 15-20 hours/week summer 2019 through spring semester 2020. The IA Coordinator must have served as an International Ambassador for at least one full year prior to applying. 

Application window for new International Ambassador Coordinator and Team Leaders:  Jan. 21, 2019, through March 1, 2019. Application will be available here beginning Jan. 21, 2019. Interviews for all leadership positions will take place March 26-29, 2019.

Application window for new International Ambassador Coordinator and Team Leader Application:  Jan. 21, 2019 through March 1, 2019. Application will be available online in January 2019. Interviews to take place March 26-29, 2019.

Email Karissa Rusu at karissa.rusu@slu.edu with any other questions about the International Ambassador program. 

Host Family Program

SLU students, faculty, staff or alumni can all volunteer to be a host family through the Office of International Services. The requirements are simple: meet with your international student once each month and support his or her adjustment to life at SLU.

Learn More about the Host Family Program

Academic Advisors and Employers

There are many benefits to working closely with people from another culture. Your diligence and patience with our international population enhances their experience at SLU. The Office of International Services supports faculty and staff who work closely with international students; this section has tips on academic advising, employment and bringing a scholar to campus.

More Resources for Academic Advisors and Employers