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International Essay Contest Winners!

International Education Week 2014
Personal Essay Contest

PURPOSE: Describe a moment while traveling or living abroad in which you felt uncomfortable in an unfamiliar situation and how that moment has influenced your academic career.

This year we opened up the contest to two categories: International and Domestic student essays.

The domestic winner is Rose Mustoe, La Plaza Angel.

"A bench sits at the edge of Madrid's La Plaza Angel, a little off to the side, abandoned. It does not have much to offer any eager tourist who is in search of something quintessestially Spanish. . . " Click here to continue

The international winner is Suwanitcha Somjit, The Journey of an "Asian Muggle"

"I stared intently at my reflection, analyzing myself, making sure that I was dressed modestly in a clean shirt and a pair of jeans. I did not know if what I was wearing was appropriate; this was the first day that I was going to class without a uniform. I had just moved from Thailand . . ." Click here to continue

International Ambassador Program

The International Ambassador Program focuses on creating a mutual learning opportunity between Americans and international students. Ambassadors help international students' adjustment to living in the United States by providing both support and friendship through correspondence that begins even before international students arrive on campus. In return, international students have the opportunity to share their unique cultures, experiences and perspectives with their domestic mentors. Through this collaboration, both mentors and international students enhance their intercultural communication, leadership, and global awareness skills.

The initial commitment is one year with the option to extend for multiple semesters.

  • Undergraduate Ambassadors are required to: 1) connect with their mentee at least two times per semester, 2) attend at least two events arranged by the International Ambassador Program and the Center for International Education per semester. Schedule of events will be available in the beginning of every new semester), and 3) attend monthly member meetings.
  • Graduate Ambassadors are required to: 1) connect with their mentee at least two times per semester and 2) attend at least one event arranged by the International Ambassador Program and the Center for International Education per semester.
  • Faculty/Staff Ambassadors are required to connect with their mentee at least two times per semester.

International Ambassador Form

Friendship Family Program

This is a cultural exchange between International students at the UNC and local families who are interested in developing international friendships and furthering their cross-cultural awareness.

Friendship families do not provide living accommodations. Instead, families get together with student for different activities such as dinners, movies, sporting events, sightseeing etc. Friendship families provide a family environment for students away from home.

Friendship Family Form

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