What is it?

UMSL Mosaic Ambassadors is UMSL’s international student buddy program designed to provide all new international students with the opportunity to be paired with an internationally minded current UMSL student. New students are called “buddies” and current students are called “ambassadors.” This program is affiliated with the St. Louis Mosaic Project.

Who can join?

Buddy: This program is for new international students and current UMSL students. All new international students can apply to be a buddy.

Ambassador: Both current and recently graduated UMSL students are welcome to apply to be ambassadors. You do not need to have previous international experience, but should have an open-mind and interest in other cultures.


In addition to meeting new, fun international and current UMSL students, you will also gain:

“I got to meet international friends who I still keep in touch with today. Along with new friendships, leading as an ambassador of an international studies program was just a little something extra to add to a résumé, and aided in my immediate hire post- graduation as a Maritz Travel Director.” – Rachel LeGrand

"I have had the opportunity to build a lasting friendship that would never had happened, thanks to the MOSAIC ambassador program. Bonding with my 'buddy' has been an experience that could only happen once in a lifetime. The MOSIAC ambassador program has given me the chance to connect with multiple individuals from around the world. I have been seasoned with cultured friendships that have molded me into a more well-rounded person." – Ashlee Carlstrom

How do I apply?

The sooner you apply, the sooner you can be matched with a buddy or ambassador.

As an UMSL buddy, what are my responsibilities?

Be open to meeting new people and make the effort to ask questions and get to know your ambassador. Feel free to reach out to your ambassador as well as to accept invitations they make.

As an UMSL ambassador, what are my responsibilities?

Your main role is that of a mentor for assigned incoming international students, providing them with firsthand knowledge of university life, and student life in Missouri/the USA. As their mentor, you will help new students become more acclimated and involved on campus and help them make the most of their experience at UMSL! By pairing you with incoming students prior to their arrival, this can be up to a four month commitment (up to two months prior to arrival, and two months into the semester).

Specific ambassador responsibilities include:

For more information and to submit your Ambassador Application, please contact Rebecca Kehe, keher@umsl.edu, (314) 516-5229