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What are some of the themes of our monthly meeting? What will we do in those meetings?

General themes may include intercultural communication styless, intercultrual conflict styles, religious identity, race, gender, language, ethnic heritage, sexual orientation among others. In the meetings we will discuss common themes and issues and conduct activities around self-awareness and intercultural understanding. Themes will try to coincide with heritage and history months.

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Is this a mentorship program? I am a senior and am looking for an opportunity to mentor younger students and make new friends. How is this program different from the Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI)?

We hope to include both upperclass students and first-years in each ambassador group, because our fundamental goal is to connect people from different backgrounds, and this includes age and class year! However, we at GAP hope that this is a learning and sharing expereince for all members of the group  - the premise of your ambassador group is an equal rather than mentor-mentee relationship.

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Is this a language exchange program? I am learning a foreign language now and would like to meet someone to practice the language.

This is not exclusively a language exchange program. However you can state that you would like to be partnered with someone who speaks the language on your application and you are free to practice a foreign language with your paired ambassador! GAP offers not only language exchange opportunities but also cultural exchange opportunities. 

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What is the commitment like if I were to be selected?

Ambassadors are expected to participate in the GAP kick-off event and complete the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (takes 10-15 minutes). After that, one mandatory group meeting every month. These meetings will typically last for about 90 minutes, and dinner will be served. In regards to meetings with your ambassador group, the time commitment can vary and is really dependent on you and members of your ambassador group. Ambassador group members can meet over lunch or plan an excursion in the city.

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When will I know whether I am accepted?

You will be notified whether you are accepted to GAP and, if accepted, information about your ambassador group by October 3, 2016.

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I am not an international student. Can I apply?

Yes! GAP is open to all CC and SEAS undergraduate students. You do not have to be an international student to apply to be a part of the program.

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I am a visiting student. Can I apply?

The commitment to the program is one academic year (September 2016 to April 2017). If you will be around for a year, you are welcome to apply!

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When is the application deadline?

The Fall 2016 application will be open on September 9 at 10 am. The application will remain open until 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 25. 

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What is the Global Ambassador Program?

The Global Ambassador Program (GAP) is a international friendship program that aims to foster intercultural dialogues among Columbia's diverse student body, as well as connect students from different social identities, cultural backgrounds, and class years. It provides a safe(r) space for discussing topics such as culture shock, communication styles, intercultural conflict styles, social perceptions, and social (dis)comfort. GAP hosts monthly themed intercultural events. Members of ambassador groups will also meet up informally to engage in intercultural activities and discussions.

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