What is Cultural Ambassador Program (CAP)?

CAP is a semester-long program that pairs international students and U.S. students together based on mutual interests and hobbies. All international and domestic undergraduate, graduate students, and scholars in the ISU community are encourage to apply!

Why should you apply?

  • Learn about new cultures while building connections and friendships with your group members.
  • Improve your cross-cultural skills in a modern globalized world.
  • Get a Co-Curricular addition to your ISU transcript.
  • Make yourself more marketable to your future employers.

Expectations of Ambassadors?

  • Attend the Information Session (held at the beginning of the semester)
  • Attend a mix between ISSO-hosted events, and meet-ups with your own group throughout the semester.

How to apply?

Look out for an email from ISSO on information for Fall 2024! 


If you have any questions, please contact Jenna: jenweber@iastate.edu. 

Hear From Past CAP Participants!

"Before joining CAP, I mostly interacted with others from the same cultural backgrounds as my own, which hindered my knowledge of those around me. I loved meeting other people from different backgrounds! They were all so lovely, and it was a perfect setting to learn about others without feeling afraid." 

"I was able to meet and communicate with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Each week we participated in guided discussions and activities that helped our group get to know each other better and learn from each other's experiences." 

"CAP allowed me to meet people from different cultures and to learn about how their experiences and expectations differ from my own. I have a warm place in my heart for all that CAP has taught me."