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. Contact information for each opportunity is below. If you have questions about any program listed below, please contact ipc-programs@uncg.edu.


UNC Greensboro’s Global Leadership Program (GLP) 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 UNCG, 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 UNCG’s ongoing commitment to internationalization and the cultivation of knowledge, skills, and dispositions that attend to global citizenship.


International Ambassadors

The International Ambassadors (iAmbassadors) program is intended for international degree-seeking students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. iAmbassadors work to represent IPC and serve as ambassadors of their own countries and cultures at UNCG 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 IPC and UNCG as a whole.

The bios and contact information for 2021 iAmbassadors is available here. If you’re interested in becoming an iAmbassador, contact ipc-programs@uncg.edu.


International Friendship Program (new Fall 2021)

UNCG’s International Friendship Program aims to promote intercultural connections and establish a network of support for incoming international students (both degree-seeking and exchange students). Current and incoming international students can register to be matched with a current faculty or staff member of UNCG who serves as a representative for the campus and surrounding community. While students will not live with their local matches, the matched pairs will connect on a regular basis throughout one academic year to share perspectives and experiences and establish lifelong friendships.

IPC will pilot this program on a limited scale for the 2021-2022 academic year. If you are interested in participating in this program as a local friend (UNCG Staff or Faculty) or an international friend (degree-seeking or exchange international student), please contact ipc-programs@uncg.edu to request the application.


I-House

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.


International Coffee Hours

In conjunction with the International Students Association and the iAmbassadors, IPC hosts international coffee hours throughout the semester to offer space for intercultural connections and community building for international students, visiting scholars, and anyone interested in learning more about all things global at UNCG! Some coffee hours will feature presentations by iAmbassadors or other UNCG students, staff, or faculty about a specific country or culture, while other sessions are open for general discussion and networking. Visit the IPC events calendar to view upcoming topics for international coffee hours each semester.

Have questions or need more information? Contact ipc-programs@uncg.edu!


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.