International Student Welcome volunteers

Each semester, hundreds of new international students arrive at MU. They participate in International Student Welcome the week before classes begin to learn all about life at Mizzou and in Columbia.

Volunteers are needed to help run the events during International Student Welcome. They help serve meals, lead small group sessions and assist with the shopping trip. Everyone is welcome to help — U.S. and international students, MU faculty and staff, and community members. Just bring yourself and a friendly attitude. Small group leaders should be a welcoming face for new students to answer questions about campus or Columbia and be able to lead a discussion and keep students actively engaged.

Volunteer applications open a couple of months before the start of each semester.

Apply to be an ISW volunteer

International sponsored student ambassadors

International sponsored students receive primary educational funding through a third-party source, such as a government (U.S. or foreign), foundation, nonprofit organization and more. They come to Mizzou from nearly 50 different countries and study a variety of majors. Sponsored student ambassadors welcome these new students to campus and assist them with settling in and building friendships.

Ambassadors should be available to communicate with new students at the beginning of the semester and demonstrate interest in getting involved with the international student community. Ambassadors are welcome to organize their own activities and spend time with sponsored students as their schedules allow.

Apply to be a sponsored student ambassador

Exchange student cultural ambassadors

Exchange students are international students studying at MU as part of a short-term reciprocal exchange program for one semester or academic year. Cultural ambassadors help to provide a smooth transition for new exchange students as they settle into their life at Mizzou.

Ambassadors arrive on campus the week before classes start each semester to assist with Welcome Week and the arrival of exchange students. They will engage with the exchange students throughout their stay in Columbia. All applicants should either have already completed a study abroad experience or have a large amount of international experience.

Cultural ambassador applications for 2022/23 are due April 22, 2022.

Apply to be a cultural ambassador