GLOBAL Gator guides
What's a Global Gator Guide?
Global Gator Guides are members of an award-winning program within the Global Business Society. The main focus of the program is to match a UF student with an incoming exchange student to help the
student transition to life on campus.
We encourage our gator guides to reach
out to their student and connect them to resources, communities, and events within the Heavener School of Business & our local Gainesville community. The goal of the program is to create lasting connections with international business students while they learn and grow here at UF.
The Global Gator Guide program provides students with a global experience without leaving Gainesville.
Ideally, the guides have an interest in foreign cultures or have studied abroad themselves. We hope to pair the guides with an exchange student has similar interests.
GBS Gator Guides welcome incoming international students to the University of Florida and connect them to resources, communities, and events within the Heavener School of Business and local Gainesville community. The goal of the program is to create lasting connections with international business students studying at UF.
Assist incoming international students in their arrival to campus and help them get settled in
Offer international students engagement opportunities on campus twice per month for the duration of the semester
Plan and attend fun social and service events showcasing UF and Gainesville culture
Stay up to date with your points! Below the current exchange student points are attached.
BECOMING A GLOBAL GATOR GUIDE
1. APPLY TO THE PROGRAM
Apply around February for Fall semester and October for Spring semester.
3. ATTEND THE INTERVIEW
Attend the time that you selected and make sure to arrive around 10 minutes early. Remember to bring your resume, and business professional attire is required.
2. CHECK YOUR EMAIL
Check for an email letting you know if you made it past the first round and then set up an interview time for us to get to know you better.
4. PARTICIPATE IN ORIENTATION
If chosen as a guide, you'll be invited to orientation at the end of the semester. At this point you are in our program for the following semester, so this will serve as an introduction to our academic advisor, the executive board, and the other students who will be guides with you.
WHY BE A GUIDE?
"I’m Russell Liao and I am a first-year accounting major from Shenzhen, China. My fun fact is I have traveled to 15 countries around the world! Being a gator guide is meaningful for me because I had experiences as an exchange student before and I know how they feel in a different environment. I want to help them adapt to new lives better. Also, it is just a great way to meet new friends!" - Russell Liao
"Hi everyone, my name is Mia Garcia. I am a senior in the school of business and this my last semester at UF. I have been a gator guide for two years and the impact this club has made on me is life changing. From never really meeting anyone from the outside of the United States, to making such good friendships with exchange students and visiting them in their home countries, this club has really made my UF experience and I am so grateful for that." - Mia Garcia