Global Siblings

The Global Siblings program pairs one international student with one domestic student for the academic year. Sibling pairs are then grouped into themed families, where they can further foster cross-cultural friendships with UCLA students from around the world. While not a mentoring program, Global Siblings is designed so that domestic and international students can share their unique backgrounds and experiences with each other and their Global Siblings family through participation in organized social activities. Global Siblings is a great resource for both domestic and international students to make new friends at any stage in their transition to life at UCLA.

Check out the 'Apply' tab below for the Global Siblings application.

Global Siblings Family

In addition to gaining a sibling, all participants are divided into families (half international and half domestic). Each family has a designated theme that encompasses one shared interest of all family members (e.g. Arts & Culture). Under the guidance of Global Siblings Coordinators, families participate in various social activities each quarter. Global Siblings families provide members a great opportunity to connect with others who hold similar interests, build a support system, and learn about various cultures from around the world!

Potential Family Interest Groups Include: 

  • Outdoor Adventure/Sports (e.g. hiking, camping, water sports, UCLA athletic events)
  • Arts & Culture (e.g. concerts, karaoke, museum visits, movie premieres)
  • Cooking/Foodie (e.g. cooking classes, food festivals)


What roles do Siblings play?

Friendship: Building friendship is the main goal of Global Siblings. Domestic and international siblings each have much to share about the world, and are both looking to build friendships with new people. Lending your support to your sibling can go a long way towards making UCLA feel more like home.

Culture Sharing: One of the most important characteristics of a Global Sibling is the ability to be culturally sensitive. Your sibling may have customs and values that are different from your own. As a sibling pair, you each have the opportunity to help one another develop global awareness.

What are some of the things that Global Siblings do?

The ideas are endless. You can be as creative or as relaxed as you and your sibling want, as long as you have fun! Here are some activities you can do as a Global Sibling.

  • Introduce your sibling to your friends.
  • Hang out together on weekends by catching movies, going out to eat, or going shopping.
  • Grab coffee or study together on a week night.
  • Check out the awesome events at UCLA!
  • Invite other sibling pairs out and explore Los Angeles!


Applications for Global Siblings for the 2019 – 2020 academic year open Monday, May 13th. The deadline to apply has been extended to Tuesday, October 8th at 8:00am due to technical issues. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but it is to your advantage to apply early. The number of siblings that we can select is limited and the selection process is competitive, so make sure to draft thoughtful and complete answers on the application. 

Global Siblings Expectations:

  • Attend UCLA for the full academic year in which you apply (Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters).
  • Attend the mandatory All Family Orientation for all Global Siblings from 9:30am-2:30pm on Sunday, October 20th, 2019.
  • Meet with your sibling a minimum of twice a month. This is an equal relationship; both siblings need to make an effort to consistently meet with one another. You must meet with your sibling a minimum of twice a month, but more often is highly encouraged!
  • Attend at least two Global Siblings events per quarter (any combination of family events and all family socials), which will be organized by your Global Siblings Coordinators.

*Note: Attending the All Family Orientation is a program requirement and does not count toward the two event/quarter attendance requirement for the Fall Quarter.

Important: There are no financial obligations required of this program. However, attending some family events will require a small fee.

How do I apply?

Applications to become a Global Sibling for the 2019 – 2020 academic year open Monday, May 13th and close Tuesday, October 8th at 8:00am. Please choose the appropriate application below.

Domestic Application Form:

International Application Form:

To apply to be a Coordinator, view the Leadership tab!



Undergrad Coordinators



The Global Siblings Coordinator is a leadership position within the Global Siblings program. Selected based on their application as well as an interview process, coordinators are not only Global Siblings themselves, but also help coordinate the meetings and activities of Global Sibling pairs assigned to them. This position presents an excellent opportunity to develop skills in event management, budget and personnel management, and intercultural communication. 

Global Sibling Coordinator Expectations:

  • Attend the New Coordinator Social: Meet your fellow Coordinators while hearing from outgoing Coordinators at the New Coordinator Social on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 (New Coordinators: 7:30-9pm).
  • Attend the Coordinator Retreat: Mandatory training session for all Global Siblings Coordinators during the upcoming Fall 2019 Quarter on September 21st & 22nd, 2019. (Times: TBD)
  • Plan and Attend the Family Orientation: Mandatory All Family Orientation for Global Siblings from 8am - 3pm on Sunday, October 20th, 2019.
  • Attend Coordinator Meetings: Attend coordinator meetings and report on group activities every other week throughout the academic year.
  • Work Hours: Work in conjunction with your Co-Coordinator for the length of the program for an average of 5-10 hours per week (e.g. meetings, emails to siblings, event planning, etc.).
  • Family Events: Plan, submit proposals, attend, and submit post-event documents for your Family Events each quarter (2 Family Events in the Fall, 3 Family Events each during Winter and Spring). 
  • All Family Socials: Plan and attend social events for all program participants during the Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters. 
  • Communication: Communicate consistently with sibling pairs to ensure they are engaged in the program and are meeting with their sibling. Maintain communication with Dashew Center staff throughout the year. 
  • Manage a programming budget.
  • Attend one Global Siblings Coordinator development day in Winter Quarter.
  • Perform the duties expected of a Global Sibling in addition to your Coordinator responsibilities.

How do I apply?

Applications for Global Siblings Coordinators for the 2019-2020 academic year have closed. Please check back during Spring Quarter 2020 to apply to be a Global Siblings Coordinator for the 2020-2021 academic year.