We strive each day to educate and integrate different cultures so no matter where you are from, the Dome will be your home.
“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 and peer mentor team. International students uncertainties can be amplified, as they travel farther than domestic students; International Ambassadors bridge the gap of that experience and help students with their academic, cultural and social adjustments. IAs provide initial campus connections for students pre-arrival, and theirs are the first faces international students see when they arrive on campus. Throughout the year, International Ambassador voices help shape programming that encourages the building of relationships between international and domestic students and elevate the success of internationalization efforts on campus.
Yearly Activities with IA Participation and Leadership
This leadership position begins with an International Ambassador Banquet in April 2017 and continues through the following academic year. International Ambassadors:
- Participate in a three-day training retreat in August
- Welcome new students at the two day International Student Orientation in August
- Serve on one of three committees: International Taste of South Bend @ND (Fall), Global Café (6 times a year), Student Safety Summits and Returnee Retreats (Fall/Spring).
- Other activities include: monthly meetings, Family Friendship Program Kick-off dinner, new IA interviews, discussions with NDI Senior Leadership and welcoming international visitors to campus.
For more than 50 years, International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) at the University of Notre Dame has paired international students with members of the local community, allowing participants to learn more about different cultures, traditions, and languages.
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.