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​​​​​​We wish to provide new international students coming to study at the University of Chester with a welcoming and supportive environment into a new culture and new life in the UK.

Our team of international student ambassadors are a team of current students, selected to represent the University and assist in supporting new international students throughout the academic year.

Whether you are a current undergraduate or postgraduate student at the University, the scheme is a great opportunity to meet new people and staff members, as well as developing skills such as communication, team work and office experience which will increase your employability.

For 2020/1 this is an ongoing role, which will require you to be available for a minimum number of hours per week throughout the academic year. Part of the role will be in providing weekly peer support online, to new students during their 14-day isolation period.

What is an International Student Ambassador ?

As an International Student Ambassador (ISA) you will be working alongside the International Student Arrivals and Induction Team as well as the International Student Recruitment and Marketing Team for one, full academic year. You are a current student at the University of Chester, studying at one of the Chester campuses, Warrington Campus, or at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS). This role can be extended if you are studying at the University for more than one year.

The duties of an International Student Ambassador

International Student Ambassadors are required to assist in a number of activities, including:

  • Provide general peer support for new international students
  • Campus and city tours for international applicants, university partners, new and prospective students
  • Represent the International Centre at campus-based events
  • Provide an International Student Ambassador profile for our marketing and recruitment team
  • Live Chats with prospective and new students online and in person
  • Administrative duties (database entry, online student profiles, conversion activities)
  • Innovative social media project work, including creating blog(s) and providing content for posts on social media pages
  • Assist and join us at Webinars and at Education Fairs in the UK and worldwide
  • Provide peer support on a weekly basis to new students during their two week quarantine.

All duties will adhere to any social distancing measures in place.

What we provide to you

The International Centre will provide you with the following:

  • Full online training to become an ISA – for students studying at Chester, Warrington and University Centre Shrewsbury campuses (campus specific training provided)
  • The International Centre will support and assist you with your ISA work throughout the year
  • You will be given the opportunity to work with key departments and partnering companies that the University works with
  • An enjoyable experience meeting new people and developing useful employable skills
  • A ISA T-Shirt and Sweater (you must return the sweater before you leave for the summer)
  • A chance to build social networks, improve your communication skills and help you to enhance your confidence
  • In some instances gift vouchers or paid employment is offered
  • Gain points towards the Chester Difference Award.

What we expect from you as an ambassador

International Student Ambassadors are all selected based on them meeting the below requirements. Ambassadors should have an understanding of departments and courses currently offered (or be willing to learn), including the University’s facilities and services available.

  • Attend one of the online training sessions provided by the International Arrivals Team
  • Provide a fair and accurate representation of the University from a student perspective
  • Committed to working for the University and to undertake work for us throughout the year
  • We will work around your studies, however, you will be required to provide a professional service for the University
  • Ability to take initiative and be proactive about tasks given
  • Comfortable discussing all aspects of student life with prospective and new students, including agents, parents and other family members clearly
  • Be approachable, enthusiastic, reliable and with good organisation skills.

Events can take place on weekdays, evenings, weekends, as well as during and outside of University term times.

Register your interest (details on how to apply for the scheme)

If you would like to register to become an International Student Ambassador, please email international.arrivals@chester.ac.uk with the following details:

  • Full name
  • Known as
  • Student ID number
  • Email address
  • Mobile number
  • Languages spoken
  • Accommodation (University or private sector).

Recruitment is now open for the 2020/1 academic year! Applications are open to current students at the University who will be continuing their studies beyond September 2020.

For further information, please email international.arrivals@chester.ac.uk.
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