The University of Mississippi - Exchange

Student Activities

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» Global Ambassadors

The purpose of this program is to pair visiting international exchange and intensive English students
with American students at the University of Mississippi in order to foster understanding and more open
communication between these two groups.

Global Ambassadors are representatives of the University of Mississippi who help international
exchange or intensive English students acclimate to life in Oxford by inviting them to social events
and campus activities and introducing them to Ole Miss college traditions such as Groving, pep rallies,
Greek life, and local arts. Each Global Ambassador will assist a group of two or three exchange
students and will be paired with the group based on common interests and majors. International
exchange and intensive English students come from universities across the globe: China, France,
Ireland, South Korea, Argentina, Germany, and Ecuador…just to name a few.

If you are a current University of Mississippi student who is interested in getting to know people from
across the world and would like to learn about other cultures while helping visiting international students
integrate into the Oxford and Ole Miss Community throughout the semester, then this program is right
for you!

Program Requirements/Responsibilities:

  • Global Ambassadors must have a GPA of 2.5
  • A letter of recommendation is required for new applicants to apply
  • Attend an interview if application is accepted
  • Once accepted attend the Global Ambassadors Orientation with the Study Abroad Office
  • Assist new international students with move in and acclimating to campus life during Welcome Week (the week before classes start)
  • Initiate and maintain personal contact with your partners throughout the semester, personal contact with your partners each week is preferred
  • Invite students to join you in campus and community activities throughout the semester
  • Maintain contact with the Study Abroad Office throughout the semester and help the Office with social events for the international students
  • Attend monthly Global Ambassador meetings
  • Complete the Global Ambassador Checklist throughout the semester

We are now taking applications for Summer and Fall 2015 Global Ambassadors. The application deadline is Thursday April 2, 2015. You will then be invited to attend an informal interview. Final decisions will be announced in mid April 2015.

For any questions or more information about this program, please email or call the Study Abroad Office at 915-3766. We are located in 318 Martindale.

If you're a current UM student who would like to volunteer as a Global Ambassador, please click here to download an application.

Please click here to apply online.

» On Campus

» Event Calendar

We are currently updating our new website and do know that this current website is outdated. Thank you for your patience! Information will be sent directly to you if you have applied for the fall.



Fall 2013 Welcome Week and Social Events

Date(s) Event(s)

Tuesday August 20

Official Arrival Day

When you arrive at the airport please gather your bags and make your way to BAGGAGE CLAIM B. A University of Mississippi representative will be waiting at Baggage Claim B to meet you and will be holding a red sign that says "University of Mississippi" on it.

Because we have many students arriving on the same day, we will break you into shuttle groups. You will receive an e-mail at least one week prior to arrival letting you know what the shuttle time is for your group. If you are arriving in advance of this time please check in with the UM representative first and then you may get food or freshen up while you wait for the shuttle to arrive.

If your flight is delayed and you miss your original shuttle time, please still make your way to Baggage Claim B when you land. Should you have difficulty connecting with your shuttle please call the Study Abroad Office at 662-915-3800 and someone will assist you.

Wednesday August 21

Orientation Day 1


8:00 am - 9:00 am — Ride the OUT Bus from University Trails to the EF Yerby Conference Center for Orientation

9:00 am – 12:00 pm —Orientation with the Study Abroad Office at the Yerby Auditorium, breakfast provided

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm — Lunch, provided by the Study Abroad Office

1:00 pm – 3:45 pm — Orientation with the Office of International Programs at the Meek School of Journalism in Farley Auditorium

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm — Office hours at the Study Abroad Office to address any questions or concerns, 318 Martindale

August 22

Orientation Day 2


9:00 am – 10:00 am —Ride the OUT Bus from University Trails to the EF Yerby Conference Center to meet Global Ambassadors to complete Orientation Checklist

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm — Lunch on your own

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm — Continued Orientation Rotation with Global Ambassadors

Friday August 23

Student Activity Day

Use this day to complete any orientation or registration steps that were not completed on previous day

9:00 am – 11:00 am — Students taking 3 or more IEP classes must take an English Placement test

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm — Shuttles from the Yerby Conference Center to Health Department for students needing an MMR vaccine


August 25

Floor meetings with your Community Assistants at University Trails

Please see your email for times and meeting places.



August 26

Classes begin!


5:45 pm - 6:15 pm — Shuttles fro University Trails to the Powerhouse

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm — Welcome Dinner at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center

7:45 pm - 8:15 pm — Shuttles from the Powerhouse to University Trails



August 31

Memphis, Tennessee Trip

Deadline to sign up: Wednesday, August 28 by 4:00 pm

8:30 am Departure from University Trails Club House

We'll visit Graceland and shop at Wolfchase Galleria mall. On the way home we'll stop at Winchester Farmer's Market.

Bring money for meals, shopping, and souvenirs.




September 7

Grove Tent - 2:00 pm (free)

Join us in the Grove to participate in a time-honored Ole Miss tradition. We'll have food and drinks at our tent in front of the Union near the Walk of Champions. Hang out with other international students and Global Ambassadors before visiting other tents and then walking to the UM v. SEMO home opener in Rebel Football.



September 10

Study Abroad Fair, 10:00 - 2:00

Deadline to sign up: Tuesday, September 3 at 4:00 pm

Represent your home university and/or country at our bi-annual Study Abroad Fair in the Student Union.


Friday, September 20 - Sunday, September 22


New Orleans, Louisiana Trip ($350)

Deadline to sign up: Wednesday, August 28 by 4:00 pm

Depart after classes on Friday and return to Oxford around 10:00 pm on Sunday. Trip includes round-trip transportation to New Orleans and hotel for two nights in New Orleans.



October 31


Halloween Costume Party - 6:00 pm (free)

Deadline to sign up: Monday, October 28 by 4:00 pm

Create a costume for our annual Halloween Party at The Depot. There will be prizes for various costume categories, spooky snacks, and trick or treat stations.



November 1


Beale Street Music and Memphis Grizzlies NBA Game ($50)

Deadline to sign up: Wednesday, October 16 by 4:00 pm

Take a walk down famous Beale Street, get a close-up view of the MIssissippi River from Tom Lee Park, and take in some professional basketball action when the Memphis Grizzlies battle the Detroit Pistons at the FedEx Forum.


Saturday, November 23 - Sunday, December 1


Thanksgiving Break - no classes

University offices closed Wednesday - Sunday


Saturday, November 23 - Wednesday, November 27


Las Vegas, Nevada Trip ($650)

Deadlne to sign up: Wednesday, September 25 by 4:00 pm

Depart on Saturday morning and return Wednesday night. Trip includes round-trip airfare, airport shuttles, and hotel for four nights in Las Vegas.



December 6


Farewell Dinner at 6:00 pm in the EF Yerby Conference Center

Join us to say goodbye to new friends. We'll have pizza and a photobooth so you can take home some final pictures of all your new friends and roommates.


Monday, December 9 - Friday, December 13


Final Exams

Exam Schedule is located here or on your syllabus.



December 14


Official Departure Day

Check your email for information on what to do prior to departure and when to be ready for your shuttle to the airport.

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