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UIW International AmbassadorS are exceptional current students, recent alumn, staff or faculty members who have a passion for helping new students adjust to the U.S.  They each have a love for learning about new cultures and teaching others about their culture.   Ambassadors are responsible for 

Ambassadors help new students adjust during: 

Int'l Arrival Week on Aug 14 -Aug 19




Int'l Orientation Week on Aug 20- Aug 24

Ambassadors are also responsible for assisting with programming and events throughout the term to internationalize the UIW campus and student body.


Meet the Spring 2018 Ambassadors:



Tina from San Antonio, Texas, USA

Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, Class of 2019

I love traveling and learning new cultures and cuisines. I also like to sing in my free time because I find it to be a good de-stressor. In the past, I have volunteered at animal shelters, charities, school events, and the hospital. Being able to be a part of these events allowed me to grow in my leadership and communication skills.

My favorite experience at UIW: So far, it was around Christmas time because Incarnate Word’s “Light the Way” event was absolutely stunning and beautiful.

My advice to new students:  Don’t be afraid to explore the campus because it’s normal to get lost. The people are really nice so don’t be afraid to ask if ever you are lost.

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value” – Albert Einstein


Vivian from San Antonio, Texas, USA

Bachelors of Science in Biology, Class of 2018

What I love about UIW is the vast diversity on campus and how nice everyone is. It’s really easy to make friends.

My favorite experience at UIW: Participating in a meet the mission volunteering event where I got to work with other students, teachers and schools to help different communities.

My advice to new students: My advice to new students: Put yourself out there by joining clubs and doing extracurricular activities because there are a lot of opportunities to make new friends and do career networking. 

 “Make your dream devour your life so that life does not devour your dream.”  -Antoine de Saint- Exupery


Michelle from Mexico City, Mexico

Bachelors in Psychology & Govenment, Class of 2018

What I love about UIW is the amazing people i have met at the school.

My favorite experience at UIW:   Alamo Heights night where I had fun with my friends and the amazing live music that was playing

My advice to new students:  It’s okay to be nervous and yes you will make several mistakes on your first week, but you will have friends or classmates that will help you out.   

“You never know what can happen today or tomorrow, so love, be kind, and be humble to what you have right now.”


Ale from Monterrey, Mexico

Bachelors in Graphic Design, Class of 2020

Design is my passion. I love traveling and taking photos.

My favorite experience at UIW: Meeting new people all over the world. 

My advice to new students: Don't be afraid of trying something new. It helps you to know more about yourself. 


 Lorena  from San Antonio,Texas

Bachelors of Arts in International Business, Class of 2017

One of my favorite things about UIW is how international the campus is. I enjoy being able to learn about other peoples culture and what they want do with their degree. Every time I walk on campus it always blows me away to think that I am walking amongst future business owners, doctors, teachers, nurses and so many other future leaders of the world.

My favorite experience at UIW:  Light the way is my favorite time of the year. All the campus trees on campus are decorated with christmas lights which makes the school feel magical. 

My advice to new students: The education UIW has to offer is unique from any other school because most teachers have a vast experience in the real world for the classes they teach.So always pay attention and make get to know your teachers. You never know if they can be a reference for you in the future or get you a job.Also make sure to have get to know do  different fun stuff in San Anonio on your free time.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the Life you have imagined”-Henry David Thoreu


Aziz from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Bachelors of Business Administration, Class of 2018

What’s up y ’all! My name is Aziz and I am a junior Business Administration Major with a minor in Accounting. Recently I’ve also discovered my passion for Arts, by the way, there is a pretty neat arts gallery a few miles away from UIW campus. When I am not glued to the computer, I love to swim and play soccer in my spare time.

My favorite experience at UIW: One of my good experiences is visiting Hindi, Jewish and Buddhists’ temples when I took religions course.

My advice to new students: Test your limits, manage your time properly, and never pass the due date for submitting your projects and assignments! Do not forget to meet new people. Take advantage of various events and clubs offered by the campus. Again, learn, learn, and learn!


Purva from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Masters of Business Administration, Class of 18

I am fond of listening music and meeting new people. I like to travel in my free time, as I find it to be peaceful and relaxing. In the past, I volunteered for college cultural fest, Old age home and blind people charity events. Being able to be a part of these events helps me to enhance my communication skills.

My favorite experience at UIW: Holi was one of the most beautiful event of UIW. I love playing with colors, it makes world delightful.

My Advice to New Student: Change is only constant in this world. Love the change and roll with them, life will become easy and World will become divine.

“Winners never quit and quitters never win” - Vince Lombardi


 Mahesh from Mumbai, India

Masters of Business Administration, Finance, Class 2018

As an international student myself, i understand the challenges people face while adjusting to a new culture. However, do not worry this experience is fun as we meet people from various backgrounds we tend to share different experiences.

 My advice to new students "Don't fear change and explore as much as possible". You will be surprised how meeting new people can change your whole experience.

“God places the best things in life on the other side of fear”


Amy from San Antonio, Texas, USA

Bachelors of Science in Biology, Class of 2020

Reading and writing are my favorite things to do along with playing cello! I also love traveling and exploring new cultures (specifically learning new languages and trying new foods). Before attending UIW, I worked at an Elementary School with third graders and attended internships at other universities and Medical Schools. These things helped me work with, communicate, and understand people from all over the world.

My favorite experience at UIW: During philosophy class, our Professor decided to take us outside to the small stone “auditorium”. He divided the class in half, assigned each group a different perspective on a philosophical topic, and we spent the rest of the class communicating with our group, and debating and discussing with the other side. It was so refreshing and so great being able to agree to disagree and find a middle ground to some strong and very harsh arguments. Communication solves almost everything! 

My advice to new students:  Always do your homework and other assignments ahead of time! Not only will it help you become more organized, structured, and prepared but also it will free up your schedule and you will be able to attend more events and socialize! It is a win-win!

 “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” - Pele


Srikanth from Vijayawada, India

PhD in Interanational Education & Entrepreneurship, Class of 2021

As an International Student, i will suggest to everyone to be open minded when traveling to new places so there will be no disappointment and you will not feel difficult to adjust in any kind of situation, culture and country. This is how i learned to cope up with different environments after been to five different countries over the period.

My favorite experience at UIW:  Everyone I met at UIW are so supportive, friendly, and helpful.  On the fun side there is NFL, Basketball, baseball and “light the Way” event held in the campus was absolutely stunning and beautiful.

My advice to new students:  Always try doing what you Love and learn to Love what you do

“If You Can Imagine It You Can Achieve It, If You Can Dream It You Can Become It” – William Arthur Ward


Teresa from San Antonio, Texas, USA

Bachelors of Science in Biology/Pre-Med, Class of 2021

Since an early age, I have always had a fond for reading and writing poetry. Listening to spoken word poetry performances has been one of my favorite pastimes. Recently, I’ve discovered that baking is one of my hidden talents that has actually helped unwind myself from stress. One of my biggest passions is reaching out to my community, especially to those who are underrepresented. I have volunteered in elementary bilingual summer classes, assisted in physical education classes for children with special needs, became a certified nurse aide, and am currently a volunteer for the San Antonio Youth Literacy Program.

My favorite experience at UIW: During fall break, I had the privilege to travel to the McAllen/Brownsville area with the Honors program to work with non-profit organizations that benefit underserved communities. After meeting and listening to many refugees’ stories, I learned that their hopeful smiles and tears could tell more than what the media ever will about a controversial topic such as immigration. 

My advice to new students: Always carry a planner and a pen, be bold and be yourself. With this, you will end up meeting new places and people! Never forget to challenge yourself because it is personal growth that feeds one’s self-satisfaction.

“You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.”- Pablo Neruda


Ziyi (Ben) from Kunming, Yunan, China

Bachelors of Arts in Spanish, Class of 2022

I am a fan of food, I like trying different cuisines in the world, and I am not a meticulous person on food. I also like overseas traveling, to explore something i have never learned and never saw. I have participated several events held by the international affair as volunteer in UIW. Involving those events help me the improvement of communication skill and making friends from corners in the world.

My favorite experience at UIW:  Light the Way is my favorite event in UIW so far. As the largest event in UIW, Light the Way is celebrating Christmas, the fireworks definitely the most beautiful part in the event.

My advice to new students: Do not be afraid to make friends in UIW, people in UIW are chill and kind.

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi







Kristina from Columbia, South Carolina

Masters of Science in Nutrition, Class of 2019

Hi, I'm Kristina and I have returned to school as a graduate student after being in the workforce for 3 years, and I must say I have missed being a student! Like most people at the International Office, I enjoy traveling, trying new cuisines and experiencing other cultures. In the future I aspire to become a Registered Dietitian and live abroad. I also have plans to adopt a child one day.

My favorite experience at UIW: The lights from Light the Way were beautiful!

My advice to new students: You regret the things you didn't do more than the things you did do, so don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and talk to people, try new things, and experience life.

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." -Milton Berle

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