Global minded

We know that in today’s fast-paced, socially connected world, having global awareness is essential. And what better way to find that awareness than making international connections on campus? Tippie makes it easy to find out what kind of cultures interest you without even leaving PBB.

Tippie Buddies

Experience a new culture at Tippie while sharing your culture with someone new. International Buddies at Tippie pairs international and American students based on mutual interests for a semester-long partnership.

Throughout the semester, you'll regularly meet up with your buddy for dinner, coffee, studying, or anything that you both enjoy doing (that's why we pair you by mutual interests). To make sure that meeting with your buddy doesn't break the bank, we've got a whole list of great downtown discounts that you can get with your Tippie Buddy membership card. We also host buddy events throughout the semester and a grand prize for a contest to see who is the ultimate buddy pair. Check out #TippieBuddies to see the contest in action.

Interested in finding your buddy? We are now accepting applications for spring 2017. Apply by Friday, January 27.

Apply to Tippie Buddies

Global Engagement Student Advisory Board

Global Engagement Student Advisory Board (GESAB) serves to promote a culture of inclusivity and global awareness both in and out of the Tippie classroom. We reflect the diversity of the undergraduate student body. Our members agree to serve for at least a one-year term on the board, meeting both as a large group and in small subcommittee planning groups.

Application process

Any student in good standing admitted to Tippie is eligible to apply. The selection process is competitive, and successful applicants usually share these characteristics:

  • Enthusiasm for programming, planning, and brainstorming new ideas for the college
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good academic performance (typically 2.8 GPA and above) 
  • Commitment to global awareness demonstrated through study abroad, student organization memberships, volunteer work, and other activities that foster cross-cultural connections.  

An application will be posted here in the spring.

Student organizations

We are all about our student orgs that promote international connections on campus. Check out some of these cultural groups that will help you experience the world while you're in the middle of Iowa City.