Want to share your study abroad experience with Cal Students?
Apply for the Ambassador Program!
Ambassador Program Overview
The Berkeley Study Abroad Ambassador Program is an opportunity to share your global perspectives and study abroad stories, raise awareness and interest in study abroad programs, and inspire your peers and prospective Cal students to engage in diverse and inclusive cross-cultural learning experiences worldwide.
By serving as a Study Abroad Ambassador, you will reflect on your time abroad in a meaningful way while developing concrete skills to articulate the value of your global experience in your personal, professional, and academic endeavors. As an Ambassador, you will also strengthen your leadership skills and expand your networks.
• 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 BSA. The student ambassadors will 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 Citizenship - Promote active global citizenship. BSA supports the academic and public mission of the University of California to prepare our students to be productive and engaged citizens at home and abroad. To advance this educational mission, BSA strives to inspire students to think creatively and globally and to challenge themselves intellectually and personally. Contribute to the community through meaningful service projects that apply the knowledge students gained abroad to helping others and creating change in local communities.
• Post-Grad/Career Development - Build skills for future post-grad/career work in conjunction with BSA reentry programming to promote international career exploration and develop concrete skills to articulate the value of study abroad for professional endeavors. Strengthening leadership skills and expanding networks.
• Ability to holistically reflect upon and articulate a variety of topics from term(s) abroad.
• 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.
• Create a strong career portfolio that demonstrates their professional marketability in a wide variety of fields.
• Letter of recommendation from program coordinator written on LinkedIn (if student meets expectations)
• Based on student interaction, program coordinator may serve as a reference in the future
• Career development workshops
• Student appreciation brunch
• Certificate of participation
• BSA T-shirt
Ambassador responsibilities can include (but are not limited to):
• Representing BSA at campus-wide events [i.e. Study Abroad Fair (September/October), Summer Opportunities Fair (February), International Education Week events (November) and CalDay Events (April)]
• Representing BSA during events related to specific programs throughout the semester (i.e. information sessions, pre-departure meetings, and college/school-specific events) Please keep in mind that if you participated on a summer study abroad program, it’s likely your pre-departure meeting will be in the spring term only; consider this when working towards your three events per term.
• Promoting study abroad events via word-of-mouth, social media, on-campus outreach efforts, and other marketing initiatives
• Submitting a Bears Abroad profile to be shared on the BSA website.
• Creating and/or curating content on social media to promote specific abroad programs. This includes posting to the Study Abroad Facebook group.
• Responding to prospective student inquiries and copying in the study abroad advisor for that specific program.
• Participating in other projects, depending on your interest and expertise.
Ambassador eligibility criteria:
• UC Berkeley student
• Ability to commit one hour per month for a meeting, primarily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. M/Tu/W/Th/F for both Fall and Spring Semester
• Successful participation in a BSA or independent study abroad program.
• Maintaining a professional demeanor and positive attitude regarding international experiences while representing BSA.
• Possessing strong multifaceted communication skills (writing, speaking).
• Passion for and involvement in the BSA community through co-curricular and academic organizations.
• Reliability and accountability for overall responsibilities and timely correspondence with staff members.
• Academic year (early-September to mid-May) commitment required.
• Ambassadors must participate in at least three outreach events per term, including the Study Abroad Fair, Summer Opportunities Fair, and CalDay.
• Ambassadors must attend a mandatory training and monthly meetings throughout the term.
• Completion of a Capstone Project approved by the program coordinator
• The more time and effort you put into the program, the more you will get out of it; a strong level of engagement and participation is still expected.
How to Apply
The applications for the 2019-20 academic year have closed.
Please note that there is a separate ambassador program for Global Edge alumni. If you are a Global Edge alum, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the GE ambassador program.
For more information or questions, email email@example.com.