Program Requirements


  • Students will be selected for the duration of two semesters (fall and spring semesters in the same academic year). You have to be on campus for the full duration of the program. Students may apply after their first two semesters on campus, but some preference will be given to students who will be a Global Ambassador in their third or fourth year at the College. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.
  • For consideration for the program, students should submit:
    • a resume;
    • a personal statement describing their interest in the program and goals for participation (1-2 pages). Make sure to include in your cover letter the following:
      • why do you want to join the program?
      • what do you want to get out of the program and what are your goals for participating?
      • what internationally-oriented experience have you had and which internationally-oriented courses have you taken?
    • 2 references from CofC faculty.
    • Unofficial transcript. Students must have at minimum an overall GPA of 3.25.
    • Student Application Form (this form is submitted by students)

    • Faculty Reference Form (this form is submitted by faculty members)


  • Fall semester – each Tuesday, 4:30pm-5:30pm. Regular meetings during the first semester of the program. We will learn about foreign service, the work done by foreign service officers. We will have discussion sessions about global challenges and learn how to present information in a concise and systematic way. We will also interact with guest speakers – current and former foreign service officers and international leaders. Students will enroll in an independent study in International Studies for 1 credit hour (INTL 400).
  • Spring semester. We will continue having weekly meetings and discussions about global challenges. Students will enroll with the approval of the Director in an independent study in International Studies for 2 credit hours (INTL 400)
  • During Spring Break students will travel with the Director to Washington DC where they will participate in special programming, such as visits to embassies, think-tanks, NGOs, international organizations, and State Department.  This trip will be paid for by the program, provided satisfactory performance in the program.
  • Throughout the year, Global Ambassadors will be responsible for attending lectures and events organized by the the Mroz Institute, such as Mroz Institute World Affairs Colloquium Series, seminars, and small-group discussions with guest speakers.
  • Global Ambassadors will also be able to attend monthly meetings organized by the World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC). See the list of previous programs organized by the WACC:


The application process for the 2024-25 academic year is now open. The application deadline is March 15, 2024.


Dr. Kovalov, Instructor of International Studies,
Bennett Director of the Mroz Global Leadership Institute