Building Cultural Connections On-Campus and in the Community
The International Programs Center offers many opportunities for students, staff, and faculty in the U.S. to connect with international students on campus and out in the Greensboro community. Continue reading to learn more about our Global Outreach program, international-themed residence hall (I-House), Friday Cultural Fests, PAL program, Conversation Partners program, and the Global Leadership program. In Fall 2018, I.P.C. launched a new program for international degree-seeking students, the iAmbassador program. Contact information for each opportunity is below.
U.N.C. Greensboro’s Global Leadership Program (G.L.P.) offers a transdisciplinary co-curriculum that promotes and recognizes international and global leadership, experience, and understanding. Open to all degree-seeking domestic and international undergraduate and graduate students at U.N.C.G., the Global Leadership Program is relevant to students from any discipline, whether they are in the humanities, arts, natural or social sciences, or in the professional schools. The Global Leadership Program complements U.N.C.G.’s ongoing commitment to internationalization and the cultivation of knowledge, skills, and dispositions that attend to global citizenship.
The International Ambassadors (iAmbassadors) program is intended for international degree-seeking students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. iAmbassadors work to represent I.P.C. and serve as ambassadors of their own countries and cultures at U.N.C.G. and in its surrounding communities. This program is designed to provide leadership and developmental opportunities for international students. iAmbassadors are key to providing a welcoming environment for other international students at orientation and throughout the academic year. iAmbassadors are expected to be exemplary representatives of not only their home cultures, but I.P.C. and U.N.C.G. as a whole.
If you’re interested in becoming an iAmbassador, contact Stephanie Guzman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer Advisor and Liaison (P.A.L.) mentor program
The Peer Advisor and Liaison (P.A.L.) mentor program is a unique volunteer opportunity open to U.N.C. Greensboro students to help exchange students transition into the American lifestyle and life at U.N.C.G. PALs are assigned to support incoming exchange students from arrival to departure. Many of the P.A.L.s get involved after having studied abroad themselves, or are interested in studying abroad in the future. The International Programs Center organizes an official meet-and-greet event for P.A.L.s and their exchange students during the first week of classes, but P.A.L.s are encouraged to make contact with their exchange student before the student’s arrival.
If you are interested in becoming a P.A.L, please fill out the PAL Application form (Note: once the form submission period has closed, you must wait until the next semester to apply for the PAL program).
Global Outreach Program
Developed in the Fall of 2013, the mission of the Global Outreach Program is to prepare U.N.C. Greensboro students to become International Programs Center Global Outreach Leaders and engage with the community through cultural learning exchanges. International students and returning study abroad students have an opportunity to speak about their experiences in some of the local elementary schools. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at email@example.com.
The International House—or I-House, as it is most commonly called—is home to students from all over the globe, including those from the U.S. I-House is located in the Tower Village Residence Hall. It is a residential community with an international twist! Built European-style (single rooms with shared common areas), I-House is open to all students (freshmen to graduate students) with a particular interest in learning from and living with people from other parts of the world.
For more information, please visit hrl.uncg.edu.
Friday Cultural Fest
On various Fridays during the academic year from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Faculty Center, the International Programs Center sponsors a get-together featuring a different country or culture. These gatherings involve food, music, dancing, presentations, and other entertainment, and are open to everyone. Interested students are welcome to host a Friday Fest featuring their culture or country of origin. Interested in presenting your country at Friday Fest this semester? Sign up here!
Questions or need more information? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
Interlink Conversation Partners
INTERLINK’s Conversation-Partners Program offers non-native English speakers a chance to learn outside of the classroom with English-speaking peers. The goals of this program include helping an INTERLINK student improve their English; learning about a new culture; building awareness of world views; and forming new friendships. To apply, visit this link.