“When I was a freshman, the International Ambassadors made me feel welcome at ND and gave me a vision of what my four years could look like. I wanted to be able to pass on the torch to others by becoming an IA. Through the experience, I have not only felt a deeper connection to the international community on campus but also developed my teamwork, mentoring and organizing skills.” - CJ (Caleb) Pine, Valedictorian, Class of 2017, Arabic and Peace Studies
International Ambassadors (IAs) are a select group of University of Notre Dame students, both international and American, undergraduate and graduate, who serve as ISSA's student leadership team.
IAs serve as peer mentors by assisting new international students with their academic, cultural and social adjustment to the United States and Notre Dame.
IAs represent Notre Dame International by assisting with International Student Orientation and international programming. And provide invaluable feedback and guidance on issues related to international students.
Other activities include: assist with other ISSA events, like Family Friendship Program Kick-off dinner, new IA interviews, discussions with NDI Senior Leadership and welcoming international visitors to campus.
For the average incoming freshman, leaving friends and family to go to college for the first time is often an overwhelming experience. But for international students, these nerves and uncertainties are amplified, as they must travel longer distances and face an entirely new culture and language.
That’s where the Notre Dame International Ambassadors step in.
The largest gathering of alumni, parents, students, and friends of Notre Dame in Asia came together this weekend in Beijing. Centered around Notre Dame International’s seventh Greater China Scholars Weekend, an annual event celebrating the top twenty high school applicants to Notre Dame from the greater China region, the Notre Dame community proved it is flourishing and excited about the future.