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Intercultural Ambassador program

Intercultural Ambassador Program

SDSU International Students:

  • Have you ever wanted to share your experiences and insights with Americans about your country and culture?
  • Do you enjoy working with children?

The Intercultural Ambassador Program may be an excellent opportunity for you. This program helps you develop unique skills by promoting intercultural understanding in San Diego's public schools.

How it works

Each Spring semester, 10 to 15 SDSU international students are selected and trained to serve as intercultural ambassadors in San Diego elementary schools.

  • Financial compensation for the hours devoted to training, to preparing and giving 6 presentations is in the form of a $425 stipend. Participants will also be reimbursed for the cost of gas to and from the school site.
  • In the past 25 years of this program, more than 400 international students from 95 countries have visited more than 500 classrooms and personally enriched the lives of more than 130 teachers and 30,000 San Diego children!


To be eligible to apply to become an Intercultural Ambassador, you must:

  • Be a currently enrolled international student at SDSU during both the fall and spring semesters
  • Have previous living experience in the U.S.
  • Hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa
  • Have an overall G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher

Selection process

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements listed above will be selected based upon:

  • Ability to communicate effectively to groups, especially children
  • Ability to view international events and issues from a global perspective
  • Ability to gather information about one’s own country and culture
  • Previous experience with intercultural programs and activities

Program details

  • During Fall and Spring semesters, participants will receive 7 hours of training in public speaking, intercultural communications, and leadership development.
  • During Spring 2018, participants will prepare and make 3 presentations in each of 2 public school classes (a total of 6 presentations) on topics related to their respective countries and cultures.
  • After training, the time commitment during Spring 2018 semester will be approximately 16-18 hours. This includes the time necessary to prepare and give 6 presentations, including travel time to schools.
  • Financial compensation for the hours devoted to training, to preparing and giving 6 presentations is in the form of a $425 stipend ($200 for each class). Participants will be reimbursed for the cost of gas.
  • Ambassadors also have lots of fun and learn about San Diego’s children and their schools!

How to apply - Applications will be released in September 2017

If you are interested in becoming a 2017-18 Intercultural Ambassador, complete and return this application form to Roselyn Enwemeka at the International Student Center Programs Office (drop off in person or e-mail to by 4:00 pm Friday, November 3, 2017. Applications and essays will be screened by the selection committee and interviews will be arranged for the finalists.

Please download application form here 

A collaborative program

The Intercultural Ambassador Program is an annual scholarship program and a collaborative effort of the SDSU International Student Center and the International Studies Education Project of San Diego (ISTEP). It is a combined student leadership development/community outreach initiative designed to promote greater intercultural awareness and international goodwill in the San Diego public schools.

Meet This Year’s Ambassadors

Click here to meet last year’s group of International Ambassadors.

More Information

Find more information and answers to frequently asked questions (PDF).

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