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. Domestic and international students are able to share their own unique cultural backgrounds and experiences with their sibling and their family. Global Siblings is a great resource for international students at any stage in their transition to life at UCLA, and for any domestic student hoping to learn about new cultures and global perspectives.

Global Siblings Family

In addition to gaining a sibling, all participants are divided into families (half international and half domestic). Each family will have a designated theme that encompasses one shared interest of all family members (e.g. Arts and Culture). Under the guidance of Global Siblings Coordinators, families participate in various 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 Adventures (Hiking & Camping)
  • Cooking/Foodie
  • Arts/Culture (Dance & Music)
  • Arts/Culture (Film & Theater)
  • Sports


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 to become a Global Sibling for the 2018 – 2019 academic year are currently being accepted! 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 very competitive, so make sure to draft thoughtful and complete answers on the application. Please note that only students who will be attending UCLA for a full academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters) are eligible to participate in the program.

Global Siblings are Expected to:

  • Attend a mandatory orientation session at the beginning of the fall quarter on Saturday, October 27th from 9AM – 3:30PM.
  • 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 a minimum of two Global Sibling events per quarter, which will be organized by your Global Siblings coordinator.
  • Attend UCLA for the full academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters) in which they apply.

Important: There are no financial obligations required of this position.

How do I apply?

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 -2019 academic year. The deadline to submit a Global Siblings Application is Sunday, October 7, 2018, although we will give preference to those who apply earlier. Please follow the link below to complete the application. Make sure to select the correct application (domestic or international).

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


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Grad Coordinators



Program Advisor 



We are no longer accepting Global Siblings Coordinator applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please check back in the Spring Quarter for information on how to apply to be a coordinator for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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 gain management experience (both people and budgetary), programming skills, and international exposure.

Global Sibling Coordinators are expected to:

  • Coordinator Training: Attend a mandatory orientation session for all Global Siblings Coordinators during the upcoming Fall 2018 Quarter (September 22 & 23, 2018).
  • Family Orientation: Plan and attend a mandatory family orientation session all day on Saturday, October 27th.
  • Coordinator Meetings: Attend and participate in Global Siblings Coordinator meetings and report on group activities every other week during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.
  • Work Hours: Work an average of 10 hours per week (e.g. meetings, emails to siblings, event planning, etc.). This will fluctuation depending on the time of year. 
  • Plan a minimum of three events per quarter for your Global Siblings family, and help plan one large All Family event per quarter. (*Fall Quarter - plan a minimum of two events in addition to the All Family Event.)
  • Communicate consistently with sibling pairs to ensure they are engaged in the program and are meeting with their sibling. 
  • Manage a programming budget.
  • Attend one Global Siblings Coordinator development day in Winter quarter.
  • Attend check-in meetings with the Program Advisor once a quarter.
  • Perform the duties expected of a Global Sibling in addition to your Coordinator responsibilities.

How do I apply?

We are no longer accepting Global Siblings Coordinator applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please check back in the Spring Quarter for information on how to apply to be a Coordinator for the 2019-2020 academic year