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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.

 

Apply to be a global ambassador today!

 

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 Explore the World

  • 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 Summer 2022 Global Ambassadors

Abbie Bard

Abbie Bard

Major: Political Communication Studies, Moody College of Communication

Studying at: University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain (Learn About this Program)

I'm a junior political communications major with a minor in business and public policy. I am looking forward to spending my summer in Santander, Spain studying the Spanish language and culture (...and eating the food...and going to the beach...and exploring the country). I chose this program because I hope to ultimately become fluent in Spanish, and I believe the best way to do so is to fully immerse myself in the language and culture. I can't wait to share all my new experiences and endeavors!


Ally Garcia

Ally Garcia

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

Studying at: Absolute Internship in Barcelona, Spain (Learn About this Program)

As a student at UT Austin majoring in radio, television & film, with a minor in science communications, I hope to pursue a career path in media content production. Growing up, I was always finding ways to make art as a creative outlet. In college, I continued my creative endeavors by creating a few different student short films as a director of photography and head editor. Outside of class, I achieved an elected position in my sorority as the head recruitment entertainment chair, and later as director of marketing, producing my own promotional video content for social media. I have also worked as a freelance social media manager, website designer, and video editor for local businesses in Austin. My art and creative films are continuously inspired by the experiences I have had in my life, the places I go and the incredible people I have been so fortunate to meet.


Anjia Arsalan

Anjia Arsalan

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

Studying at: CIEE in Italy, Rome (Learn About this Program)

I’m an international relations and global studies junior from Houston, Texas, studying at UT Austin. I’m so excited to study abroad in Rome, Italy this summer to further my knowledge of politics and international relations in an international school surrounded by a different way of life! I was mainly attracted to this program because it would highlight my interest in understanding the governmental relations within another country and its culture and I hope to bring back a wider range of understanding about international studies to UT!


Anthony Paultanis

Anthony Paultanis

Major: History and Government, College of Liberal Arts

Studying at: University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain (Learn About this Program)

I’m from Houston, Texas. I’m a senior history and government double-major with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in security studies. I will be studying in northern Spain for the College of Liberal Arts Spanish Language and Culture program in the coastal town of Santander. This program is an excellent opportunity for me to complete my Spanish minor requirements and practice and develop my language proficiency in a localized environment. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to go live and learn in Spain and I hope to share my personal and academic lessons with you all!


Darby Duncan

Darby Duncan

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

Studying at: University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain (Learn About this Program)

I’m a senior majoring in international relations and global studies. I’m originally from Bronte, Texas, and am excited to be studying in Santander, Spain this summer. I chose this program in hopes of obtaining Spanish fluency as well as learning more about the culture, environment and politics of Spain. I’m greatly looking forward to sharing what this semester has to offer!


Emma Roseman

Emma Roseman

Major: Neuroscience, College of Natural Sciences

Studying at: Absolute Internship in Madrid, Spain (Learn About this Program)

I’m a neuroscience major at UT Austin with a certificate in children and society. I will be completing an internship abroad during the summer of 2022 in Madrid, Spain and I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity! I was attracted to my particular program because it will help me meet and travel with people from all over the country, pushing me to expand my network and get outside of my comfort zone. Additionally, it lets me complete an internship instead of classes. I’ll get the unique opportunity to completely integrate myself into a new community and will learn more about myself and my surroundings as I go!


Gillian Witten

Gillian Witten

Major: Neuroscience, College of Natural Sciences

Studying at: University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain (Learn About this Program)

I'm from Carrollton, Texas and I’m majoring in neuroscience on the pre-medical track, with a certificate in Spanish for the medical professions and an evidence and inquiry certificate within the polymathic scholars. I am focusing my study on language concordance and cultural competence in healthcare, as well as healthcare reform. I have only been to parts of Latin America so I am so excited to study in Santander, Spain this summer. I hope to accustom myself to the European Spanish dialect, familiarize myself with the country’s cultural complexities and also travel to see the incredible architecture and art that Spain has to offer!


Morgan Thompson

Morgan Thompson

Major: Public Relations, Moody College of Communications

Studying at: Casa Herrera in Antigua, Guatemala  (Learn About this Program)

I’m a fourth-year public relations major from Houston, Texas. I’ll be studying in Guatemala for the summer and am so excited to gain more knowledge of its rich culture and the Spanish language! My program is focused on teaching English to Mayan children and I look forward to seeing what I can learn from my students as well. I love fashion, hiking, exploring and eating and can’t wait to enjoy these hobbies while abroad. I hope to make lots of new friends that I can share these passions with as well!


Nichelle Haley

Nichelle Haley

Major: Marketing, McCombs School of Business

Studying at: Absolute Internship in Singapore, Singapore (Learn About this Program)

I’m a rising third-year McCombs student majoring in marketing. My hometown is Atlanta, Georgia and I will be interning in Singapore this summer. Thanks to UT Austin and Absolute Internship, I was able to find an internship with Splash Productions. I’m excited to practice marketing in a real word setting and also explore Singapore. Traveling has always been a passion of mine and any opportunity to combine travel and learning is always welcome.


Vivian Nguyen

Vivian Nguyen

Major: Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences

Studying at: Absolute Internship in Barcelona, Spain (Learn About this Program)

I’m a biochemistry major with a minor in health communications. I’m from Houston, Texas and this summer I'll be in Barcelona, Spain! This is my first time studying abroad, so I'm super excited to meet students from across the world, learn about the Catalonia culture and language and explore my interests from a global perspective. I was attracted to my current program because I’m interested in working with nonprofit organizations as an aspiring pediatrician. I hope to learn more about the behind-the-scenes action during my internship in Spain!

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.