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International Student Services facilitates internationalization across the campus and community through the Thinking Globally program. Thinking Globally enables international students and scholars to broaden the global perspective of both their peers and younger K-12 students through the sharing of their cultures. Thinking Globally student ambassadors go through a training program that assures their flexibility and preparedness in the classroom. Introducing a disparate perspective to your classroom can intrigue and motivate your students to seek understanding. If you want your students to Think Globally, contact us today!

Planning a Thinking Globally Presentation


I am a University 101 instructor and I want to schedule a Campus Partner Presentation.

We look forward to working with you! There are two formats that tend to work best for University 101 classes. Both formats also involve a short update on the international population at USC and the various international events happening around campus. Sign for a Thinking Globally presentation using the University 101 Presentation Scheduler.

  1. Traditional Presentation:  2 ambassadors per class. Each ambassador presents for approximately 20 minutes on his or her country. If your class prefers a more structured format, this is the type of presentation for your students. They still get a change to ask questions and converse with the ambassadors, but they ambassadors direct the classroom. The presentation is unique to each ambassador, but some popular topics include:

      • Food
      • Pop Culture
      • Music
      • Politics
      • Language
      • Education
      • Hobbies
      • Living Styles
      • Family Life
      • Fashion
      • Perceptions
      • Sports
      • The list goes on!
  2. Small Group Interview: 3 ambassadors per class. Class is divided into 3 groups and each group has time with all 3 ambassadors to converse and discuss the ambassadors' cultures and perspectives. At the end of the discussion, the class reconvenes to discuss what they learned.  No formal presentation in this format. If your class tends to be chatty or prefers less structure, this format is ideal for your students.

I am a teacher in the Columbia community and I want to learn more about how I can incorporate Thinking Globally into my classroom.

Thinking Globally Ambassadors visit schools throughout the Columbia community in order to facilitate cultural presentations. Here at ISS, we have found that developing students into global citizens requires their exposure to first-hand perspectives from other cultures. Thinking Globally has a structured classroom plan that you can utilize with little planning on your part. However, we can also work with you to tailor Thinking Globally presentations to fit your specific subject material, teaching style, and so on. 

How do I get more information about scheduling a Thinking Globally experience for my students?

Please contact Justin Mellish, Thinking Globally Coordinator, to get started with the planning process. Alternatively, you can call 803-777-5664. We look forward to hearing from you!

Example Schedules

Flexibility to match your needs

Oftentimes, Thinking Globally Ambassadors and an ISS representative will work with a single teacher and come to one or more of her classes throughout the day. However there are other options. The examples below have been utilized for special events such as Foreign Language Week and an international conference at a local high school.

Multiple Classroom Visits Example


Tuesday, February 17

(A Day)



Block 3




Group 1   19 students

H 205 Ms. ---

1. Cedric (Hong Kong)

2. Aaron (Australia)

3. Naveed (Pakistan)

Group 2   20 students

H 206 Ms. ---

Group 3   21 students

H 207 Mr. ---

Overall Idea: Each ambassador spends about 20 minutes in each classroom and then rotates to the next group. Each class was able to have 3 different presentations during their block 3 in the example demonstrated above. We can coordinate with you to figure out how long you would like the presentations to be and the number of classrooms you would like for us to visit.


Auditorium Presentation Example

Wednesday, March 4






8:30AM- 9:30AM




Group 1   

Ms. ---

1. Alvaro (Spain)

2. Tien (Vietnam)

3. Ruby (China)


Group 2   

Ms. ---

Group 3  

Ms. ---

Group 4   

Mr. ---

Group 5

Ms. ---

Group 6

Mr. ---

Overall Idea: In previous auditorium visits we have briefly discussed the value of learning another language or experiencing a new culture. Each ambassador spends about 15-20 minutes presenting to the group. We can coordinate with you to figure out how long you would like the presentations to be and the number of ambassadors you would like to present.


Which topics are typically covered in a Thinking Globally presentation?

Oftentimes, the presentations are tailored to match your subject area. For instance, Spanish-speaking ambassadors visit Spanish classes to discuss their home countries and cultures, sometimes even in Spanish. Or a Ukranian ambassador may visit a World Geography class to discuss the political situation in her country. Maybe you teach History, and you would like a British ambassador to come speak about what it's like to live in the midst of medieval streets and buildings. 

If we have the country or language represented in the ambassador group, we will work with you to meet your classroom needs. If you aren't sure of what you need, we can move forward with the general presentation format, which is sure to entertain and enlighten your students. Ambassadors strive to balance their presentations between educational and fun. Popular topics include:

  • History/ Tradition (including holidays, family life, famous landmarks, etc.)
  • Pop Culture (including popular musicians, tv shows, fashion, perceptions of the U.S., etc.)
  • Lifestyles (including food, dress, common perspectives, etc.)
  • Education
  • Government/Politics
  • Language


Which countries are currently represented in this year's cohort of Thinking Globally ambassadors?

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Australia
  • Aruba
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Tunisia

*list subject to change

What feedback have you received from students and teachers who have experienced Thinking Globally?

We're so glad you asked! Take a look at our latest infographic with feedback from USC students as well as our K-12 infographic.