Become a Global Lounge Ambassador

Applications for the 2024/25 academic year will open from 4 – 17 March 2024.

Please check back here at 10 am on 4 March to apply.

There are many other ways you can get involved with the Global Lounge – find out how to become a volunteer.


Global Lounge Ambassadors are a team of current students who have been selected to support the Global Lounge’s mission of celebrating all cultures, building communities and inspiring social exchange between home and international students. They assist in welcoming new international students to Bristol and the university community during arrivals periods, and also help to run Global Lounge cultural events throughout the year – as well as weekly events like Language Café.

Ambassadors are not just representatives of the Global Lounge, but of the University of Bristol; in addition to Global Lounge events, they assist the International Office in supporting recruitment activities such as visits and campus tours for prospective students and visitors. Some of your other tasks might involve supporting the Front of House (our reception/Welcome Hub), where you will be greeting our visitors, looking after the kitchenette area and making sure the Global Lounge is tidy, welcoming and offers friendly customer service.

Global Lounge Ambassadors are selected based on their:

  • intercultural awareness
  • enthusiasm
  • team-work skills
  • showing initiative
  • commitment to engaging with other students and visitors
  • ability to assist international students during arrivals periods
  • willingness to promote and represent the University of Bristol during recruitment events.

Some of the activities that Global Lounge Ambassadors participate in are helping to run the Global Lounge’s cultural events programmes, which run during the academic year in the autumn and spring, welcoming and assisting new students during the Autumn and Winter Welcome periods, and supporting the University in other events, including facilitating campus tours and other recruitment activities for prospective students, their parents and visitors.

Some of your other tasks might involve supporting Front of House (our reception/Welcome Hub), where you will be greeting visitors, looking after the kitchenette area and making sure the Global Lounge is tidy, welcoming and offers friendly customer service.

To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be studying at the University of Bristol in the next academic year (September 2024 to June 2025). If you are graduating before summer 2024, you will not be able to apply. If you are taking a Study Abroad year in 23/24 you can still apply, and will be able to work with us when you come back. We welcome applications from all eligible, current students – home and international.


Hear from our ambassador alumni – Rodger, Emelyn and Utsa – about their personal experiences of being an ambassador and how it’s helped them to pursue roles at the University.

Rodger Nyioh, Student Inclusion Graduate Intern

This role not only develops your teamwork and organisational skills at the highest level, it allows you to frequently interact with a broad spectrum of opinions and cultures, which encourages an openness to putting yourself in the spotlight and discussing new topics with others. The role drove me to become a more natural team player who is open to collaboration, allowing me stand out from a pool of candidates and to seamlessly transition into any team, despite our respective backgrounds.’

Emelyn Tan, Bristol PLUS Awards Officer

‘Being a Global Lounge Ambassador made me a great communicator. I had the opportunity to engage with a range of students from different cultural backgrounds and nationalities, which boosted my interpersonal skills (and helped me to meet lots of new friends)! The role was a turning point in my confidence and pushed me to apply to internships and jobs. After graduating, my experience with the Global Lounge inspired me to apply for an internship at the University, and I now work in the Careers Service!’

Utsa Mukherjee, International Scholarship Assistant

‘Joining the Global Lounge team as an ambassador not only allowed me to develop transferable skills such as adaptability and time management, it also allowed me to experience the University at its most diverse – meeting and networking with a wide variety of people. All of these things combined have helped me to perform well in my current job in the University’s Global Engagement Division.’