International Student Ambassadors

International Student Ambassadors are a group of dedicated students who generously volunteer their time to welcome new international students and help them transition to living in Memphis and campus life at the UofM. 


  • Volunteer 5-10 hours a week with the program. Tasks may include but are not limited to:
    • Assist with International New Student Orientation
    • Assist with airport pick-up for international students
    • Serve as an available resource for international students
    • Respond to email or WhatsApp inquiries
    • Assist with programming for international students
    • Provide information about campus life and answer student questions
    • Welcome international visitors to campus
    • Identify opportunities to advocate for the international student community


  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must have no holds on record
  • Must have good communication and friendly attitude
  • Must be able to work independently and as a team member
  • Must collaborate with CIES staff & ISA executive team
  • Must be available to attend training & meetings
  • Must commit to the position for a full semester


  • $2,500 scholarship per semester
  • Develop public speaking, teamwork and problem-solving skills
  • Network with University staff and fellow Ambassadors
  • Receive a certificate of participation and letter of reference from International Programs


  • Ambassadors are expected to hold this role for one academic year with the opportunity to re-apply for subsequent terms provided that all the qualifications and expectations have been successfully met by the student
  • Attend ISA meetings
  • Participate in the Ambassador training prior to International Student Orientation
  • Engage with new international students during Orientation and throughout the academic year

Apply to be an Ambassador

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Meet Our Ambassadors

Samuel Kiran Kurela
Academic Level/Major : Master’s in Data Science 
Hometown : Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India 
Languages : English, Hindi, Telugu 
Fun fact about me : I loving cooking 
Favorite thing about UofM : It feels like home 

 Alaika Sahni
Academic Level: Sophomore
Academic Major: B.S. Commercial Aviation 
Hometown: Chandigarh, India 
Fun fact: I am vegetarian & a foodie
Favorite thing about UofM: One of my favorite things about UofM is the experience and in-depth knowledge of the faculty.

Ashmita Nauhria 
Academic level:  Freshman (1st year)
Academic major: Biology (pre-med track)
Hometown: Moga, Punjab, India 
Fun fact about me: I enjoy writing songs!
Favorite thing about UofM: There are many student organizations for anyone to find a crowd they feel the most comfortable with and explore their interests! I also love all of my professors!