Global Ambassadors are Syracuse Abroad alumni who have a deep appreciation for their cross-cultural experiences and who would like to encourage others to go abroad. Your anecdotes, advice, and experiences are our best resource for prospective students. If you have exhausted your friends and families with study abroad stories and think that there’s no one else out there who wants to hear them, think again!
No matter how much information we try to provide students, what they really need is to hear what you have to say! If you are interested in becoming a Syracuse Abroad Global Ambassador, please feel free to email Jenn Horvath or Lucile Matthews.
If you’re selected to be a global ambassador, you’ll be required to attend a training session with Syracuse Abroad staff, who will help you get comfortable with answering common questions and introducing you to your new responsibilities.
What do Global Ambassadors do?
Some of the responsibilities of Global Ambassadors may include:
Many students planning to study abroad want to speak with students like yourself who have actually had the experience of going through the process and have lived and studied in a different country. Global Ambassadors respond to emails and provide information and recommendations where sought.
Each semester, Syracuse Abroad will hold pre-departure meetings in various cities as well as on campus in Syracuse for accepted students and their parents. You’ll meet with the admissions counselor in charge of the meeting beforehand to discuss topics and talking points. Your perspective and input as an alum is extremely helpful; students and parents alike will want to know about your Syracuse Abroad experience. These meetings are a great venue for Global Ambassadors to share their personal, academic, and cultural trials and triumphs while abroad.
For Syracuse University students
Throughout the academic year, Syracuse Abroad hosts events across campus for prospective students. These might include classroom presentations, information sessions, or the Study Abroad Day open house. Global ambassadors attend alongside Syracuse Abroad staff members to talk about their experience abroad, show pictures, and answer questions from interested students and their parents.
- Center-specific events: Our office will host events just for students interested in Beijing, or Strasbourg, etc. Having global ambassadors from that center there to talk to prospective students is always a big help to our recruiting efforts.
- Freshman forums: Global ambassadors are invited to present to classrooms of freshmen in the College of Arts & Sciences. Syracuse Abroad staff will provide you with training and a PowerPoint template, you’ll add in your own photos and experiences before giving a 5-10 minute presentation to a Freshman Forum.
- Host your own events: If you belong to a fraternity or sorority, a student group, a club sport – give your own study abroad presentation! Syracuse Abroad can provide materials, logistics for reserving a room, and some money for food!
For visiting students
Throughout the academic year, Syracuse Abroad staff members travel to various institutions to talk to students about our programs, and your contribution is extremely important. As a Global Ambassador on your home campus, you are a key figure in promoting Syracuse Abroad and piquing your peers’ interest.
Optional: Exclusive Conference Opportunities
Syracuse Abroad can pay for you to travel to and attend a national study abroad conference! If you’re interested in pursuing some kind of international career and networking with other members of the international education community, you may want to apply to attend a study abroad conference. This is an experience only available to global ambassadors.