Global Siblings

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)


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!

Program Outcomes:

  • Participants will make new friendships to make UCLA feel more like home.
  • Participants will develop cultural awareness to help them feel more confident communicating with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Participants will get to know UCLA and Los Angeles by attending program outings and events.


Applications for Global Siblings for the 2020 – 2021 academic year will be open Monday, May 18th - Sunday, October 11th. 

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 either remotely or in-person for the full academic year in which you apply (fall, winter, and spring quarters). Your commitment is for the full academic year, after which you can reapply for the following year.
  • Attend the mandatory All Family Orientation for all Global Siblings from 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 17th, 2020 (remote adjustments will be made). (*Note: Only participants who are accepted and successfully paired in the program should attend the All Family Orientation. You will be notified of your status by the end of week 2 of fall quarter.)
  • Meet with your Sibling a minimum of twice a month (remote adjustments will be made). 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!
  • Notify your Global Siblings Coordinators or Dashew staff immediately if your Sibling is unresponsive, not meeting program expectations, or you have any other concerns. There is generally a waitlist of applicants and you may have the option to be re-paired with a new Sibling.
  • 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 (remote adjustments will be made). (*Note: Attending All Family Orientation is a program requirement and does not count toward the two event/quarter attendance requirement for the fall quarter.)
  • You are responsible for getting yourself to and from the event departure point. Most events originate or take place on UCLA's campus.

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

How do I apply?

Applications to become a Global Sibling for the 2020 – 2021 academic year are open Monday, May 18th and close Sunday, October 11th at 11:59 p.m. Please ensure you complete the correct application below by clicking the hyperlink.

Note: International and domestic student pairings will be given priority. However, due to the large international student applicant pool, international students will also be given the option to be paired with another international student of a different cultural background.

Undergraduate International Student Application

Undergraduate Domestic Student Application

Graduate International Student Application

Graduate Domestic Student Application

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


We have an excellent group of Global Siblings Coordinators lined up this year! These student leaders are volunteering their time to plan events to help you connect with your Global Siblings family, UCLA, and Los Angeles!

Undergrad Coordinators

Alexa - I'm a Psychology and Sociology double major also working on a minor in Global Studies. I am from the Bay Area, CA. I love exploring different parts of the Bay or anywhere! I enjoy traveling and learning about new cultures, foods, and new activities to experience. I've been to Peru and the Dominican Republic on volunteer trips and I hope to see more of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. I am a huge Disney fan and in my free time, you'll catch me practicing Yoga, working out, drawing, journaling, or watching old Disney movies! I'm a pretty balanced person overall so you can catch me being super talkative and fun, but very observant and thoughtful too!

Angela - As a Linguistics & Psychology major, foreign languages and cultures fascinate me -- I speak Mandarin, have studied (beginning) French, am currently studying (intermediate) Korean, and aspire to learn many more languages in the future. I am an avid fan of books, board games, biking, and Broadway (alliteration is also pretty cool). I am very fortunate and excited to be a coordinator this year, and hope to provide a welcoming space for friendships to blossom, cultures to be explored, and memories to be made!



Angelina - I am a senior majoring in Art History. I am from Kazakhstan so I speak Russian, and I learned French while I was living 4 years in Switzerland. I love to travel and explore new surroundings, so I can’t wait to explore Los Angeles with all of you! In my free time I like to play the piano, go to the beach, try new food, and go out to the city to visit museums and food festivals. I am very excited to join the Global Siblings family and make new unforgettable memories together!



Ethan - I’m a second-year tentatively majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Geography. I love traveling and exploring new places, especially secret restaurants in big cities. In fact, it’s sometimes difficult to avoid the foods that I’m allergic to, like mangoes and bananas. Besides the food, some of my travel goals are to visit every baseball stadium in America and eventually go to Antarctica. When I’m at home, I try to exercise and write blog posts, but I also relax, watch sports and Chicago PD on TV, and plan for the next trip. I’m super excited to meet everyone and explore LA next year!



Lucy - I'm a third-year in Biochemistry major. I was born and raised in Shanghai, China but have been living in LA for the past 8 years! Some of my hobbies are dancing, painting, going to the beach, and learning bodycombat! I also love eating all kinds of food and want to travel all over the world! My favorite place right now is Hawaii, but I have yet to explore my way through Europe! I am so excited to join this large family and look forward to meeting everyone! (P.S. feel free to come on a road trip with me!)


Mariah - I'm a third year majoring in Political Science and minoring in global studies. I was born and raised in California and have only been to 2 other states so i'm hoping to travel later in life. I love learning languages but I can only speak English and some Spanish and Italian. I also love painting, drawing, going to the beach and eating good food. On my free time I usually just lay down and watch Netflix or dance (even though I am horrible). I am so excited to be a coordinator this year for Global Siblings and I can't wait to meet you all!!!


Pri - I am a third year Psychobiology Major. I'm from Houston Texas. I love my family and my dog (he's an English Cream Golden retriever for those who were wondering). My hobbies include working out, watching TV/Movies, reading, traveling, baking/cooking, and trying new foods. I love exploring L.A. and can't wait to share all of the cool places I have explored with my Global Siblings Family and help make the program a fun experience for everyone!

Shuoyi - I am majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics and minoring in Biomedical Research. I am an international student from China. I was born in Zhengzhou and raised in Shenzhen. I can speak Mandarin and a little German. I enjoy hiking, baking, taking photos, playing the piano, and listening to music. I love traveling the world, through which I can explore new environments and confront different cultures. I am always passionate to try new things and make friends with people who have diverse backgrounds. I can't wait to meet you and explore LA with you!


Grad Coordinators

Erick - This is my third year at UCLA and I just recently graduated with a Master degree in Project Management, and I am planning to be a PhD Student candidate at UCLA for the next year. In the meantime, I am taking an intensive year program in digital marketing at UCLA Continuing Education to enhance my digital skills in this new digital world. I am an international student and I am so proud to be a latino and represent my country from El Salvador in Central America. I speak Spanish, English, Japanese, and some Hindi (basic) too. I am extremely grateful to be a Coordinator this year again, I strongly believe being a part of the Global Sibling family is a unique and special opportunity to build new friendships and develop new skills such as planning skills, leadership skills, problem solving, and exploring amazing places, and enjoy from delicious places to eat around Los Angeles. Looking forward to meeting you all and build some great experiences together!

Tamara - I am a second-year graduate student majoring in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Transportation Policy and Planning. I am originally from Indonesia, so I speak Indonesian and English. Last year was my first time in the U.S.! I love traveling and experiencing different cultures, food, and scenery. My favorite countries I have visited are Slovakia and Japan. My next goal will be exploring the U.S. and countries in South America. In my free time, you can find me dancing at one of the many excellent dance studios in LA. If not, I might be somewhere rollerskating, trying LA diverse food, or just watching Netflix at home. I'm really excited to meet you all and explore LA with you!

Program Assistants





Chris - I am a third-year double majoring in Sociology and Psychology. I was born and raised in Beijing, China but now live in the Bay! I'm fluent in Mandarin and am starting to learn Korean. Whenever I have the chance, I like to cook for my friends or find new restaurants to try out. I'm excited to meet more people from all around the world and learn about new cultures. I look forward to meeting all of you!



Program Advisor

Catherine - I love guiding the Global Siblings Coordinators in developing their leadership skills and more importantly, I love learning from the Coordinators, Siblings, and Program Assistants in the program! Culturally, I'm influenced by my childhood in Oklahoma and Texas, attending undergrad in Missouri, and studying and working in Chicago. I've also spent what adds up to a few years living, teaching, and studying abroad in Ecuador, South Korea, and Spain. I majored in International Studies & Linguistics in undergrad and have a master's in Applied Linguistics/TESOL. I love talking all things language and culture!

Coordinator Position

Global Siblings Coordinators are student leaders who are selected based on their application as well as an interview process. They are not only Global Siblings themselves, but also help coordinate the meetings and activities of Global Sibling pairs assigned to them.

How do I apply: Applications for Global Siblings Coordinators for the 2020-2021 academic year are open Monday, March 9th - Sunday, May 3rd, 2020. Please ensure you are able to meet all Global Siblings Coordinator Expectations below before applying. 

Global Sibling Coordinator Application Open House: Come learn about the position at our open house on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 from 7:30-8:30 PM (PST). Visit our event page to register and learn more.

Note: Everyone is welcome to apply! You do not need to have been a prior program participant to apply.

Who are we looking for?

  • Students interested in international awareness and cultural appreciation
  • Students looking for a leadership position involving event planning, program management, and exploring new parts of LA and campus life
  • A year-long commitment (fall, winter, and spring quarters)
  • A welcoming and positive attitude

Global Sibling Coordinator Expectations:

  • Attend the online New Coordinator Meeting: Meet your fellow Coordinators while hearing from outgoing Coordinators at the New Coordinator Meeting on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 (7:00 - 9:00 PM PST).
  • Attend the Coordinator Orientation: Mandatory training session for all Global Siblings Coordinators during the upcoming fall 2020 quarter on September 26th & 27th, 2020. (Times: TBD, but remote adjustments will be made)
  • Plan and Attend the Family Orientation: Mandatory All Family Orientation for Global Siblings Saturday, October 17th, 2020 (8:00 AM - 3:30 PM, remote adjustments will be made).
  • Attend Coordinator Meetings: Report on group activities every other week throughout the academic year (remote adjustments will be made).
  • Recruitment: Participate in program marketing efforts throughout the year (flyering, department outreach, Res Hall outreach, tabling, etc.) as needed. Be available to table at Dashew Welcome Event on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 (12:00 - 2:00 PM, remote adjustments will be made), Freshman Bruin Day 2021, and Transfer Bruin Day 2021.
  • Work Hours: Work with your Co-Coordinator for an average of 5-10 hours per week (e.g. meetings, communication 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 fall, 3 Family Events in winter, and 3 Family Events in spring, remote adjustments will be made). 
  • All Family Socials: Plan and attend social events for all program participants during the fall, winter, and spring quarters (remote adjustments will be made)
  • 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. 
  • Attend Coordinator Development Day: Saturday, January 9, 2021 (Time: TBD) 
How do I apply: Applications for Global Siblings Coordinators for the 2020-2021 academic year are open Monday, March 9th - Sunday, May 3rd, 2020. Please ensure you are able to meet all Global Siblings Coordinator Expectations above before applying.