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

What is Thinking Globally?

A dedicated group of international students who educate American students ages 7-19 about their home cultures and countries. 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.

Why should I get involved?

To improve your public speaking and/or English skills, to make friends, and to learn more about your own country, the United States, and other countries.

What is the level of commitment?

The minimum number of presentations is 1 per month. This usually equals around 3 presentations per semester but the level of involvement is really up to you!

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.  You can also contact the Thinking Globally program manager, Julie Medlin, at We look forward to hearing from you!

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