At this time, we anticipate the Global Siblings program will run during the 2020-2021 academic year and encourage you to apply to be a Global Sibling. However, the structure of Global Siblings could change significantly throughout the next year based on COVID guidance from UCLA, how Global Siblings applications are affected by current events, and predicted student participation. Regardless of future changes to the program, we are committed to ensuring a positive and robust experience while we stay true to the purpose of the program, which is to provide UCLA students with an opportunity for cross-cultural connections. We will communicate any updates to the program structure to those affected by changes as information becomes available.
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 for the Global Siblings application and the 'Leadership' tab for the Coordinator application below.
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)