Global InitiativesInternational Student Ambassador Program

This elite leadership program provides FIU Business students the opportunity to develop their leadership and professional development skills while providing support and mentoring services to new incoming international dual degree and exchange business students.

One of the goals of the ISA program is to help new students transition from life in their home countries to life at FIU, ensuring a full and enriching educational and social experience.

  • Must be an international dual degree, transfer, exchange or returned outbound study
         abroad student within the College of Business
  • Must have and maintain a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0
  • Must be in good F-1 status (if on an F-1 student visa) and overall good university standing
  • Able to serve at least one academic semester as an ISA
  • Able to attend a mandatory training before the semester starts
  • Professional Development
    • Sponsorship to a leadership conference *Most Outstanding ISA*
    • Opportunities to attend professional networking workshops
    • Mentorship from an FIU Business alumni through the College of Business alumni mentor program
  • Skill Development
    • Opportunities to improve leadership skills
    • Opportunities to improve public speaking skills
    • Opportunities to improve intercultural and interpersonal skills
    • Opportunities to improve organization and event planning skills
  • Job Searching Perks
    • Provides leadership experience for your resume
    • Receive letter of recommendation from program supervisor
    • Receive professional reference from the Office of Global Initiatives
  • Brand Ambassador
    • Recognition and feature on our website and social media pages
    • Represent Office of Global Initiatives at promotional events and fairs
    • Participate in Office of Global Initiatives marketing campaigns


Meet the ISAs

Allan McClainAllan McClain

Degree: Bachelors

Program: International Business

Home Country: The Bahamas

Fun Fact: Allan used to go fishing/diving for lobster and conch while in the Bahamas. He lived and studied in London for a year and he has seen the Mona Lisa twice in Paris.

Hobbies: Reading and working out.

Goals: "I want to give a fellow international student the best possible experience that they can have while they attend FIU".

Matteo VaghiMatteo Vaghi

Degree: Masters

Program: International Business

Home Country: Italy

Fun Fact: Matteo studied in four continents (Europe, Asia, Oceania and America). He’s been an alpine ski racer since the age of 4.

Hobbies: Skiing, swimming, playing the guitar and cooking.

Goals: "I want to learn as much as possible from students with different backgrounds from mine and assist with everything they need in order to have a positive university experience at FIU".

Michael SmithMichael Smith

Degree: Bachelors

Program: International Business & Marketing

Home Country: United States, Colorado

Fun Fact: He sang the national anthem at a professional baseball game.

Hobbies: Traveling, playing basketball, managing his fantasy football league and listening to Kenny G.

Goals: "I hope to create fun, helpful and impactful events that ultimately leads to a more enjoyable experience for international students at FIU".

Paula ContrerasPaula Contreras

Degree: Bachelors

Program: International Business

Home Country: Peru

Fun Fact: Paula has been a volunteer firefighter in Peru since she was 17 years old.

Hobbies: Spending time with her family, traveling, dancing, learning about new cultures, experiencing new adventures and going to the movies.

Goals: "My goal as an International Student Ambassador is to create life long bonds between students. I hope to work as a team with people of different cultures, help the students with everything I can and encourage them to be successful. Also, I want to be the link between students and the International Office. I want students to have an amazing and unforgettable experience from the beginning until the end at FIU".

Swarnima RadhakrishnanSwarnima Radhakrishnan

Degree: Bachelors

Program: Finance & International Business

Home Country: India

Fun Fact: Swarnima speaks four languages and has traveled to 15 countries.

Hobbies: Traveling, swimming, reading and eating.

Goals: "I hope to positively impact my fellow students, engage with people of all cultures and backgrounds, and make attending FIU a memorable and enriching experience for all".

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