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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.

Global Ambassador Applications

We'll update this page in late spring when applications for summer (including Maymester and other summer faculty-led programs) and fall 2021 Global Ambassadors open. 

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 2020 Global Ambassadors

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Aliya Boisselle

Major:
Neuroscience, College of Natural Sciences

International Experience:
Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden

I am a neuroscience major from Dallas, Texas. I am excited to challenge myself with new experiences and meet people with new perspectives while abroad. I chose to spend my time abroad at Uppsala University because I am interested in the research going on at the university, and many of my classes provide me with the opportunity to spend time in the lab gaining hands-on experience. I applied for the global ambassador program because I hope that documenting my own experiences will help otherpeople studying abroad in the future. 

Read Aliya's blog posts on the UT Education Abroad blog.
 

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Bailey Cho

Major:
Advertising, Moody College of Communications

International Experience:
Paris Institute of Political Studies in Paris, France

Growing up in a small town in East Texas, I always dreamt of connecting to more people with diverse viewpoints. I selected the Sciences Po exchange program because it allows me to step out of my comfort zone and advance my professional goals. In the future, I hope to work for clients with a global presence, and the most effective way to understand a new culture is to immerse yourself in it entirely — living among locals, exploring their favorite spots and discovering what they value as a society. I applied for the Global Ambassador program to document my experience and encourage other students to study abroad. Traveling itself is an exciting privilege, but there is no other chance to experience a new culture than as a student! 

Read Bailey's blog post on the UT Education Abroad blog and view her Instagram Stories takeover.

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Cindy Diep

Major:
Human Biology, College of Natural Sciences

International Experience:
Korea University in Seoul, South Korea

My name is Cindy Diep and I am a Human Biology major in the College of Natural Sciences. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I was drawn to this program because not only is it a top-ranked university, it is located in Seoul, a vibrant city rich with tradition, history and popular culture. I am excited to immerse myself in a new cultural setting, participate in a unique educational experience and experience personal growth. As a Global Ambassador, I hope to share my experiences to encourage others like me, a minority, low-income and first-generation college student, to partake in studying abroad to achieve their own set of goals.

View Cindy's Instagram Stories takeover.
 

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Seth Little

Major:
Undeclared, McCombs School of Business

International Experience:
Yonsei University in Vallendar, Germany

I am a sophomore business student from Texas. I am excited to study abroad in Germany at WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management. I chose to study abroad to experience new cultures. I applied to be a global ambassador to pursue my interest in journalism.

Read Seth's blog posts on the UT Education Abroad blog and view his Instagram Stories takeover.

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Afiya Maknojia

Major:
Finance, McCombs School of Business

International Experience:
University College London in Vienna, Austria 

Hi there, I’m Afiya Maknojia! Here’s a quick bit about me: Finance major and MIS minor, born in India, but raised entirely in Houston, Texas. I can’t tell you how excited I am to study abroad this semester and take advantage of the scenes Austria has to offer. Vienna, in particular, is a destination I applied for my first year in college and now that I’m finally being able to go as a junior means a lot to me. As an explorer and photographer, taking photos and making memories is one of my biggest priorities in life! Applying for the Global Ambassador program meant just that: holding onto those memories through my photos and blog posts.

Read Afiya's blog posts on the UT Education Abroad blog. 

  

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Sanjana Reddy

Major:
Marketing, McCombs School of Business

International Experience:
Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary 

My name is Sanj and I am a sophomore Marketing major from Dallas, Texas. I am so excited to be studying abroad this semester in the dynamic city of Budapest, Hungary! I was attracted to this program because of Budapest’s unique mix of cultural and historical influences making it one of the jewels of Eastern Europe. I hope that sharing my experiences as a Global Ambassador will encourage students at UT to step outside their comfort zone and apply for this life-changing opportunity!

Read Sanjana's blog post on the UT Education Abroad blog and view her Instagram Stories takeover.

  

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Jinnan Ren

Major:
Sociology and Economics, College of Liberal Arts

International Experience:
Fudan University in Shanghai, China

Hi, everyone, this is Jinnan Ren from China, and I am double majoring in sociology and economics. I am excited to be studying abroad because I want to experience Chinese teaching and enjoy life at a Chinese university. Fudan University is one of the best universities in China, which has great humanities taught. That’s why this program attracts me deeply. I want to let more people know about China; therefore, I applied for the Global Ambassador program. I hope I can bring you a different study abroad experience!

Read Jinnan's blog posts on the UT Education Abroad blog.

  

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Sofia Ricord

Major:
International Business, McCombs School of Business

International Experience:
Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea 

My name is Sofia Ricord and I am a third year International Business major focused in studying the Korean language. I am excited to go abroad to experience the rich and vast culture that South Korea has to offer! I applied to the UT Global Ambassador program in hopes that sharing my experiences abroad will convince other students to consider going abroad while at UT!

View Sofia's Instagram Stories takeover.

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.