Are you interested in exploring diverse cultures? Do you want to better understand global problems? Do you wish to prepare yourself to live and work in an increasingly interdependent world?
If so, then the Global Ambassador Program may be right for you!
"The Global Ambassador program and the support of the Center for Global Citizenship at Drake truly makes the university rank among the very best in terms of international education. Through the assistance of a grant from the CGC, I was able to participate in the Japan-American Student Conference, the oldest student-run exchange program in the U.S. This experience, along with many others I was fortunate to have as a Global Ambassador at Drake, helped to raise my awareness of what being a global citizen truly means and how important it is in today’s world."
- Brenna Gannon, Drake graduate, 2006
Investment Product Associate, Principal Global Investors – Des Moines, IA
"Enough cannot be said for the value of a study abroad experience through Drake. Yet a semester in Jordan and a semester with a three-week course trip to South Africa and Mozambique were merely the culmination of the highest quality international relations education I could have imagined. The IR curriculum, Global Ambassador program, Center for Global Citizenship, and Arabic language training... have each prepared me to be an actively engaged, global citizen working toward a career in international reproductive health."
- Brittany Buchholz, Drake graduate, 2006
Fulbright Scholar, Jordan
Global Ambassadors also engage in campus activities as a group - screening and discussing short films on international topics together; meeting visiting speakers over lunch or dinner; inviting local professionals with interesting international backgrounds for informal discussion, etc.
The Global Ambassadors Certificate Program is designed to complement a student's central program of academic study, Undergraduate students from any school or college are eligible to apply. The purposes of the Global Ambassadors Program are to:
1. provide students with a combination of concentrated study, personal experience and reflection that will inform their understanding of global issues and perspectives,
2. provide students with the intercultural skills that will allow them to make the most of future international opportunities in business, the professions or public service.
To accomplish these goals, students will meet a set of requirements combining academic and co-curricular experiences. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate that recognizes their achievement and lists the activities in which they engaged. A notation acknowledging their successful completion of the program will also appear on the student's academic transcript.
To qualify for a Global Ambassador certificate, a student must complete the following requirements:
Students must apply for the Global Ambassadors Program. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The number of students accepted will vary depending upon the availability of staff and instructional resources.
Applications may be downloaded (see above) and submitted via e-mail to CGC Director David Skidmore (firstname.lastname@example.org) or as a hard copy to Professor Skidmore's mailbox in Meredith Hall, Room 227.