Peer Ambassadors help incoming International students get acclimated to the campus and get comfortable in their new environments. Ambassadors are assigned to an exchange student or new international student with whom they are in contact with prior to their arrival at URI and throughout their first week on campus.
What exactly do will I do?
- Introduce yourself to your assigned student via e-mail (before they leave their home country) and answer questions they may have about the URI, Rhode Island and the U.S.
- When the student you are assisting arrives, give them a personal tour of campus, help them move in, and answer questions they may have about classes and life on campus.
- Assist your student with the transition to the URI/U.S. campus environment. Students may be overwhelmed, confused, tired, jet-lagged, and may be refreshing/practicing their English.
- Attend the Welcome Week events to help our office welcome international student.
- Coffee Hours
- Shopping Trips
How do I become an Ambassador?
- Fill out the application, and join our facebook group.
- Then we'll contact you about your assigned incoming URI student!
Peer Ambassador Guidelines
- Do not get involved in students’ financial dilemmas! Do not lend or give them money (or any of your personal belongings) for any reason. Do not pay for students out of your own pocket.
- Do not feel that you are obligated to provide transportation for your students. You are not responsible for picking them up at the airport.
- Do let the OIE/NSE know if there is a conflict between you and a member of your group.
- Groups can be reassigned if necessary.
- Do maintain contact with your students prior to their arrival at URI and throughout their first week on campus and remind them that you are available if they have questions or concerns.
- Do inform students of clubs, organizations, unions, performances, and other events in which they may be interested in being involved or attending. Remind students of activities and trips set up by the OIE/OISS as well.
- If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us
- Be mindful of the cultural differences of your students and how these factors may compound or alter their interpretations of persons and/or events in their surroundings. Take these factors into account when interacting with the students.
The Cultural Connections Club, CCC, is open to the entire URI community, and welcomes everybody to the many programs and events throughout the year. The CCC is run by students and supported by the International Center’s staff. It is a great opportunity for students from all over the world to get involved with an organization that serves the greater URI campus.
The CCC, serving both international and domestic students, aims to unite students from all backgrounds and provide them with opportunities to socialize and network, while bridging the barriers of all cultures.
The motto for the CCC is “Combining Vision and Culture.”
Attend our meetings and become part of the club.