Ambassador Club

The Ambassador Club organizes new international students, or ambassadees, into groups with other ambassadees and returning students who volunteer as ambassadors. Ambassadors welcome new international students to campus, introducing them to various aspects of campus and U.S. life.

Each group meets at least once per month, doing activities such as eating a meal in the dining hall, attending UR sports events or the International Film Series, or visiting historical and cultural sites in Richmond and around Virginia. Ambassador Club members are encouraged to attend the monthly events and trips organized by the Ambassador Coordinator each semester.


The Office of International Education will reimburse ambassadors up to $25 per academic year for a meal or activity to which they have treated their ambassadee.

We are hiring for Ambassador Coordinators for 2019-20!

Do you have trip planning and event organizing skills that you want to use to help new international students get to know Richmond better?

Apply to be an Ambassador Coordinator for the Ambassador Program, which pairs new international students with returning UR students in a social “buddy” program.

If interested, please email a cover letter and resume to Krittika Onsanit at Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by email. The position is open until filled.

Meet the Ambassador Coordinators

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  • Nicole Schönander, WC ’20

    Nicole Schonander, ambassador coordinatorMy name is Nicole Schönander and I am studying Political Science and French. I grew up in the suburbs of New York to a Swedish-American father and a Venezuelan-Italian mother. Growing up, my parents placed a lot of emphasis on the value of experiencing different cultures and embracing our multicultural background. As a result of my mother’s efforts to expose me to our shared Latin heritage I became fluent in Spanish and developed a curiosity for languages which has led me to pursue a major in French. I think that my fascination with French developed because of my interest in fashion. My passion for the arts and languages has also taken me around the world. Last fall, I studied abroad in Paris and took advantage of all the museums and galleries that the city has to offer. This experience was formative for me because it was the culmination of 8 years of French studies and obsession with French culture and fashion.

  • Siwanta Thapa, RC ’21

    Siwanta Thapa, ambassador coordinatorMy name is Siwanta and I am a junior from a beautiful country in Asia called Nepal. My experiences at UR have shaped me into a much better person than I was before I came in here. Other than ISAB, I am involved in clubs and organization such as the I-club, New Spiders

    Orientation, and Peer Advisors and Mentees Program. I love to meet new people and make new friends. You can either catch me in the library or hear my laugh echo in dhall (Heilman Dining Center). I am really excited to be working with ISAB and my door is always open if you guys ever need help with anything.