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International Student and Scholar Support

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Do you want to serve the USC campus and community by sharing your culture with other students? Do you want to represent your country in the American classroom while improving your public speaking and facilitation skills? If so, Thinking Globally is perfect for you.

What is Thinking Globally?

 Thinking Globally is a program created specifically to connect international student speakers with USC and community classrooms. Volunteer ambassadors present to first year USC students in University 101, academic classes, and community classrooms throughout Columbia. This special group of international students educate American students ages 7-19 about their home cultures and countries.

Why should I get involved?

Ambassadors have the opportunity to build confidence and skills in public speaking, and will receive regular feedback from ISSS staff on their presentations. Thinking Globally also provides an opportunity to make friends, and to learn more about the United States and other countries.

What is the level of commitment?

Ambassadors attend a short training to learn the basics of scheduling presentations and powerpoint creation. After that ambassadors are asked to present two times during the semester. Ambassadors are invited to participate in other events, but the level of involvement is up to the ambassador for these optional offerings. 

How do I sign up?

Complete this short application. After you apply, you will need to attend a Thinking Globally training, held at the beginning of each semester. Training is required to become a Thinking Globally Ambassador. After training, you will be able to sign up for presentations. You will have the option to speak to college classes as well as students in primary and secondary schools.

I have more questions. Who should I contact?

Please feel free to contact the Thinking Globally Graduate Coordinator by emailing or calling 803-777-7461. We look forward to hearing from you!

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