Apply to Be a Mentor

Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) is seeking mentors to assist international students to integrate into the UC Davis campus and U.S. culture. This is a valuable opportunity to learn intercultural leadership skills and understand your role in a global community. SISS’ goal is to have a group of mentors who are both from the U.S. and from countries all over the world. International students and U.S. students from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply! There are no citizenship or permanent residency requirements. Selected ambassadors will take an Intercultural Leadership Class in spring quarter and participate in an internship fall quarter, which includes a transcript notation.

The application period happens during Winter Quarter in January. Applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified by the end of January.

You can check our Facebook page in early January for more information about how to apply and our information sessions. 

2017-2018 Applications are now closed

Applications for the 2018-2019 year will open next January.

Email the SISS International Programs team with your questions at or at

Program Overview

During the program, mentors serve as a:

• Pen pal and social connection during the summer before students arrive in the U.S.
• Cultural interpreter to ease new international students into U.S. culture and life in Davis
• Resource to explain and introduce new students to UC Davis services and resources

Minimum Criteria for Global Ambassador Mentors:

• Satisfactory academic progress (2.50). If you had particular circumstances that lowered your GPA, please explain on the application or through email.
• Completion of one full university level academic year (3 quarters) by July 2018
• Ability to serve a minimum of a two-quarter internship commitment, 40 hours per quarter. (Fall 2018 and Winter 2019)
• Dedication to service
• Experience working, living or studying in a culture that is different from your own OR a genuine willingness to learn about different culture


1. One year commitment: Spring Quarter 2018 to the end of Winter Quarter 2019
2. Intercultural Leadership Class during Spring 2018
You must be able to attend a 2-unit P/NP class on Mondays, 9:00am - 9:50am, and Wednesdays, 8:00am - 9:50am,
beginning on Monday, April 3rd during Spring quarter 2017.
3. Team-building Activity (Date TBD)
4. Internship Duties: Include assisting with fall orientation prior to Fall quarter, serving as a mentor during Fall and Winter quarters, serving on one or more Global Ambassador committees to plan and promote events and foster the international community at UC Davis.
5. Contact with your mentees will begin during mid-Summer before they arrive in Davis.

You must be available the following dates and times:
  • Half-Day Mini Retreats Fall and Winter Quarter (Dates TBD)
  • International Student Orientations for four half-day shifts, between 7:00AM – 9:00PM
  • Weekly GA staff meetings, both Fall and Winter Quarters
Upon successful completion of the program, qualified candidates will be able to have a transcript notation, a $250 stipend at the end of the Fall Quarter 2018, and another $250 stipend at the end of the Winter Quarter 2019.

global ambassador event photos