Education Abroad

 APPLY FOR THE SPRING 2020 COHORT HERE!

The University of North Alabama is offering students who have recently participated in an education abroad program an opportunity to use their abroad experience and become an Education Abroad Student Ambassador (EASA). The Office of International Affairs (OIA) wants EASAs to be peer advisors for future program participants by assisting with outreach, publicity, and advising for the various global opportunities that are available at UNA! We are looking for dedicated EASAs who can commit to working 5 – 10 hours per week. Your weekly schedule will be set around your availability and interests, it should be understood that the majority of scheduled hours will take place Monday-Friday between 9am-4pm (although some work activities may occur outside of these hours). Most hours will take place outside the office (e.g. 5-7 hours per week doing outreach in some capacity: class announcements, holding advising hours in other offices/parts of campus, presentations at residence halls, special outreach projects, etc.) and some hours will take place in the OIA office (e.g. 2 - 3 hours per week of walk-in advising, administrative duties, staff meetings, etc.).

                 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Advise prospective students interested in opportunities abroad
  • Organize and execute presentations to classes, library sessions, residence halls, faculty, prospective students, and student groups
  • Create and distribute outreach materials (e.g. social media, flyers, posters, videos, etc.)
  • Promote study abroad at campus events
  • Assist students in understanding the application, course preapproval, and pre-departure processes
  • Assist with pre-departure and re-entry orientations
  • General office support (e.g. filing, making copies, etc.)

           

Qualifications:

  • Previous experience abroad - study, work, internship, volunteer, research and/or teaching
  • Demonstrated passion for education abroad
  • Ability to articulate why you believe study abroad is valuable and important
  • Strong public speaking skills (50% of job)
  • Ability to learn and communicate complex information and processes
  • Ability to retain and disseminate a varied body of information and employ independent decision-making skills
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities
  • Ability to effectively interact and communicate effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community

             

The Student Ambassador Program is a great way to:

  • Gain leadership and career experience in international education
  • Promote Education Abroad through classroom presentations, events, and publications
  • Advise students on program selection, application procedures, and funding
  • Reflect on your own experience in order to improve future study abroad programs
  • Befriend and assist international students who study abroad at UNA
          

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall - August 15th 
  • Spring - January 15th