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Global Ambassador Program

By sharing your stories throughout your education abroad experience and encouraging others to study abroad, you play an important role in helping to internationalize the UT campus.

You can choose to be featured as a guest blogger or vlogger on the UT Education Abroad blog or to take over Texas Global social media channels. Global Ambassadors who complete program requirements will receive a Certificate of Global Engagement.

What Can You Do as a Global Ambassador?

As a Global Ambassador, you'll produce about five pieces of content throughout your international experience, with deadlines about once a month. What are some of the creative pieces you can share with Longhorn Nation about your time abroad?

  • Take over Texas Global Education Abroad's Instagram Stories! Show us what your day looks like, from classes to dinner to exploring the sights. Check out Bailey's Instagram Stories takeover for inspiration.
  • Write a blog post for the Education Abroad Blog. Describe your first impressions of your new home, any culture shock you experience, what your classes are like or the latest adventure you went on with your classmates. Read Afiya's blog post for more on her experience in Austria.
  • Share a photo essay with pictures of your new campus, scenes from your walk to your internship, weekend trips to new cities, cultural landmarks, etc. 
  • Produce a video describing your experience, academics, concerns for the semester, etc. View Carleigh's vlog from Querétaro, Mexico about why she chose to study abroad.

Why be a Global Ambassador?

Inspire Other Longhorns to Take the World by the Horns

  • Foster communication between students thinking of studying abroad and students currently studying abroad.
  • Provide a forum for students to share their academic and intercultural experiences with staff and faculty in their departments, as well as friends, family, and prospective Longhorns.
  • Better illustrate to study abroad candidates what to expect during their time abroad.
  • Encourage reflection on the nature of study abroad.

Personal and Professional Benefits 

  • A reflective tool to document your time abroad.
  • An effective way to keep friends and family back home informed of your thoughts and adventures
  • Great training for the many times you will need to write a case statement, essay, etc.
  • Resume builder for job interviews or graduate school.

Meet the Fall 2021 Global Ambassadors

Nelida

Nelida Downie

Major:
English, College of Liberal Arts

Hey, y’all! My name is Nelida, but I go by Nellie. I’m a rising junior English major from Mount Pleasant, Texas. I am so excited to be studying abroad in Scotland this semester, as Edinburgh was my grandfather’s hometown. Reconnecting with the city where my family lived for hundreds of years before they immigrated to the U.S. was the driving force behind me applying, but my excitement doesn’t end there. I’m practically beside myself with impatience to soak up all of that history, art, and culture (especially where literature is involved). Above all, I’m looking forward to sucking the marrow out of life in Edinburgh and sharing my experiences with the UT community back home. Sláinte!


Uriel

Uriel Gavito

Major:
Radio, Television and Film, Moody College of Communication

Hey! My name’s Uriel Gavito and I’m an RTF major with a big passion for writing and filmmaking. I’m from Brownsville, Texas but my family’s heritage comes from Spain! So, I am very excited to be studying abroad in Madrid as it is something I have been dreaming about since I was little. A new adventure will soon be unfolding, and I am as excited to be writing about the ups and downs as I am to be living it!


Mahija

Mahija Ginjupalli

Major:
Neuroscience, College of Natural Sciences

My name is Mahija, and I am entering my final year at UT where I study Neuroscience and Anthropology with hopes of attaining an MD/MPH in the future. My current involvement in global health initiatives inspired me to study abroad to gain experience learning and working with a diverse set of peers throughout my college career. I'm excited to visit the UK for the first time this fall semester and join the University of Edinburgh where I'll be taking courses at the Edinburgh Medical School!


Brooklyn

Brooklyn Johnson

Major:
International Relations & Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Hi, my name is Brooklyn Johnson! I grew up in Round Rock, Texas, just north of Austin. I am studying International Relations and Business. UT has given me the opportunity to take my studies abroad to Barcelona, Spain for the Fall 2021 semester. I was attracted to the program in Barcelona because of the abundance of courses that I could take that would expand my understanding of international markets and economies. I could not be more excited to study abroad in Spain!


Makayla

Makayla Vasek

Major:
English, College of Liberal Arts
Public Relations, Moody College of Communication

Hi, I'm a senior English and Public Relations double major originally from Cypress, Texas. Three years of planning and two semesters of canceled programs have led me to this fall semester, and I am more excited than ever to be spending it at Universidad Veritas in San Jose, Costa Rica. While there were limitless destinations to choose from, I chose Costa Rica because I want to improve my Spanish fluency while learning from the country's dedication to conversation and education. I can't wait to immerse myself in the Pura Vida lifestyle.

Some Words of Wisdom

As a Global Ambassador, you represent Texas Global, UT Austin, Texas and the U.S. Therefore, you should avoid content that may be illegal, obscene, defamatory, threatening, infringing of intellectual property rights, invasive of privacy or otherwise injurious or objectionable. In addition, do not use the Texas Global brand to endorse or promote any product, opinion, cause or political candidate. You must also adhere to the University Code of Conduct and the Student Honor Code.

Finally, blogging and posting to social media are very public activities. Anything posted on the internet stays there--forever. Deleting a post simply removes it from the platform, but copies of the post may exist scattered all over the internet. As such, never link to something you haven’t read; when you link to something, you should make sure it is something you really want to be associated with, and always keep in mind that you are acting as an ambassador for study abroad at UT Austin. If you are unsure about posting something, ask! You shouldn’t post anything you wouldn't be comfortable with anyone viewing, from your parents to potential employers. Think before you post!

Check out the Education Abroad Blog to see what's new.

Tips for Recording Video

Videos are a great way to document and share your time abroad as a Global Ambassador. Here are some tips and tricks to recording high-quality videos.

Contact Us

Email globalambassadors@austin.utexas.edu for more information.