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F-1 International Student Ambassadors

Are you an aspiring leader on your HCC campus or in the community? Would you like to help first-year and transfer F-1 international students adjust to life at HCC and in Houston? If so, please consider applying to become an F-1 International Student Ambassador (ISA)!

This is a very enriching volunteer opportunity. As an ISA, you would play a crucial role in introducing other international students to campus life and the services that are available to them while studying at HCC. You would also gain valuable leadership experience while taking part in some very fun activities throughout the academic year!

For more information on how to become an ISA, please review the applicant requirements below and the list of responsibilities. The next application period is now open please complete your application.

We look forward to having you eventually join us as an F-1 International Student Ambassador!

Applicant Requirements

  • Must be an F-1 international student in good standing at HCC
  • Had to have attended HCC for at least one year at the time of application
  • Must maintain a grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.5
  • Plans to attend HCC for the semester in which you are applying to be an International Student Ambassador


  • If chosen as an International Student Ambassador, you must attend a mandatory training session and that semester's International Student Orientation
  • Help first-year and transfer international students to make adjustments to life at HCC and in Houston
  • Help introduce incoming students to campus life and services available to them through the Office of Internation Student Services and other HCC departments.
  • Serve as an ambassador for HCC while traveling back home and elsewhere abroad
  • Volunteer to attend outreach events (community events, festivals, etc.) as a student ambassador
  • May be asked to assist students/families at various HCC events for students and the community, such as orientations, open house, career workshops, transfer fairs, job fairs, etc.
  • Speak with incoming international students about your experiences at HCC and how studying here has helped you achieve your goals
  • Be a part of an International Student Leader council that meets a few times each semester to discuss ways to improve the international student experience here at HCC
  • May be featured/interviewed in HCC videos about student success stories

Student Ambassador Application


Student Events Calendar

The Office of International Student Services & Study Abroad (OISS&SA) hosts events throughout the year to help F-1 students adjust to life at HCC and to achieve their career aspirations. From international student transfer fairs to career workshops to open houses, there are events that prove beneficial for every F-1 student.

To see what events are coming up and how you can participate, please visit the OISS&SA Events page.


Meet your International Student Ambassador

Want to talk to a current Houston Community College student?

International Student Ambassadors (ISAs) are current international students ready to share their experiences, answer your questions, and help other international students throughout their journey. Please contact us and we will try to connect you with a student from your region.


Ada Njoku

Country: Nigeria

Major: Nursing

This is my fifth semester in HCC. I came to HCC because of the diversity of staff and students in the school. I needed a school where I will meet people from different countries and feel at home. HCC affords me that opportunity.  It has been a fulfilling and worthwhile experience. Attending HCC has expanded my horizon of opportunities. I have gained more confidence, become more focused and eager to achieve greatness in whatever career I get into as the future unfolds. 

David Ilunga

Country: Luzaka, Zambia

Major: Computer Science

I chose Houston Community College for a few reasons the first one being its affordable, as an International student school in the US is expensive so I didn’t want to go directly to a four-year university which would cost about three times the price of HCC. The second reason was its diversity amongst its different campuses, I wanted to make friends and learn about different cultures. I have been in Houston for two years, and I have already made countless memories with people here and I'm excited to see what's in store for me in the future. Feel free to e-mail me with any question. I will try my best to answer any questions or connect you with other helpful resources.

 Emmanuel Joshua

Country: Nigeria

Major: Computer Science & Information Tech

Growing up in Africa at a very young age I began to face the consequences of my parents not attending college as there were opportunities they were not qualified for and they had limited options. Despite all of these, my parents made a commitment to do everything they can for all their children and to make us love learning, the dividends of hard work, dedication and perseverance. The only reward they required of us was for us to work hard and have good results. Now I have an opportunity to attend college. Coming to the United States to study was a big priority for me. While looking for a school, I decided to apply to HCC mainly because of its affordable tuition. However, I can stand and say that was not the reason I stayed. One of the reason was been accepted with open hands.

Jael Mendoza

Country: Belize

Major: Business Administration

I am currently pursuing an associate’s degree in Business Administration at Houston community college. I’ve been at Houston community college for a year and a half, so far it has truly been a great experience studying abroad and adapting to a new society. I chose to come to Houston community college to gain more knowledge and to attain more substantial opportunities.

Krishauna Burnett

Country: Jamaica

Major: Liberal Arts & Humanities

I came to the United States as a visitor immediately after graduating high school. While here I started to think on what career path should I embark on. After doing research, I then decided to apply to Houston Community College and without any delay I was accepted. HCC has a wide range of career choices and is one of the most diverse/ multicultural college in all of Texas, I found it amazing to join such a noble institution. Moreover, from the time I have been here I know I have definitely made the right choice  joining the   Houston Community College family.

Olukemi Ekundayo

Country: Nigeria

Major: Nursing

"I came to HCC to seek quality education at an affordable rate and it is located in one of the most diverse cities in the world. It has been a rewarding experience so far."

Saad Ajmal 

Country: Pakistan 

Major: Mechanical Engineering

My major played an important role in my decision to choose Houston Community College. My Major is mechanical engineer and Houston is large Hub for engineers because of the large energy sector present here. In adittion, Houston Community College gives me firstly the freedom to attend classes at several campus around Houston. Secondly, the classes are small, so it is easy to communicate with the teacher. Moreover, HCC has contracts with almost all the universities in Texas and all the credits taken here transfer to almost all the Universities in Texas. Furthermore, HCC is one of the best college in Texas. All these things played an important part in my decision to choose HCC. 

Silvia Comsa

Country: Romania

Major: Petroleum Engineering Technology

HCC has such a variety of programs available that other schools don’t offer and I was very happy to find out all the opportunities for joining clubs, applying for scholarships, and meeting people from every kind of background. 

Talhatou Diallo (Tadia)

Country: Guinea

Major: Liberal Arts & Humanities

I moved to the U.S few years ago to pursue my education. I was looking for a diverse school, with affordable tuition yet quality education and opportunities for students. HCC became my first option. Studying at HCC was the best choice I could have made. HCC has provided me with tools to not only excel at school, but also develop my leadership skills and be ready for the next step 

Uchenna Oramulu

Country: Nigeria

Major: Cybersecurity

I have over 10 years’ experience in the IT field, Coming to HCC was not pre-planned, but pursuing a career in Cyber-Security has be a long-held ambition. Couple of years back, I came to visit with family and one of the days my brother were touring the city of Houston, I spotted Houston Community College 12 story building downtown, and decided to stop by and see what the institution has got to offer, today the rest is history.