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

Daniela RicoDaniela Rico

Degree: Bachelors

Major: International Business & Marketing

Home Country: United States, Florida

Hobbies: Listening to music, going to the gym, pool or beach.

Goals: “I want to give the students the best experience here in Miami while bettering myself for my future.”

Ivonne DiazIvonne Diaz

Degree: Bachelors

Major: International Business

Home Country: Mexico

Hobbies: Traveling, playing volleyball, going to the beach

Goals: “I want to create a wide array of educational and fun programs for students, creating a friendly and open atmosphere of positivity for everyone.”

Lingny Ruiz FortunatoLingny Ruiz Fortunato

Degree: Bachelors

Major: Business Administration

Home Country: Dominican Republic

Hobbies: Dancing, Reading, and Baking.

Goals: “I’ll make it my mission to get the largest amount of people from my Dominican Cohort to attend our activities and join different clubs.”

Lupe EscobarLupe Escobar

Degree: Bachelors

Major: International Business and Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Home Country: Ecuador

Hobbies: Traveling, Going to Music Festivals, playing with my dog

Goals: “I want to guide new students towards achieving their goals and fulfilling their college experience.”

Mariana FarinhaMariana Farinha

Degree: Bachelors

Major: International Business & Finance

Home Country: Brazil

Hobbies: Cooking, Reading, Volunteering, Watching Netflix

Goals: “I want to create memorable activities through the ISA program that will facilitate student immersion into the FIU culture.”

Sergio De VivoSergio De Vivo

Degree: Masters

Major: International Business

Home Country: Colombia

Hobbies: Playing the guitar & piano, playing video games, and playing soccer

Goals: “My goals through the ISA program are to meet amazing new people that, like me, are new to town and need a little bit more help in becoming part of the FIU community.”

Utsav SachdevUtsav Sachdev

Degree: Bachelors

Major: International Business

Home Country: India

Hobbies: Traveling, learning new languages, and adventure sports

Goals: “Help [our students] find resources and guidance in order to achieve my assigned student’s professional goals.”

Victoria KennedyVictoria Kennedy

Degree: Bachelors

Major: International Business

Home Country: United States

Hobbies: Traveling, going to the beach, soccer

Goals: “I want to strengthen my leadership skills, meet new people, and help new students adapt and enjoy their time at FIU!”

Zhen YanZhen Yan

Degree: Bachelors

Major: Psychology

Home Country: China

Hobbies: Swimming, Traveling, Cooking, and Yoga

Goals: “Create a community where students are able to help out each other.”

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