A picture of downtown Astana, showing the presidential palace, baiterek tower and other high rise buildings


Application requirements

The application is in two parts.

  1. Applicants must complete the application form before submitting any supporting documentation and having recommendations sent via e-mail to the Office of International Projects in the International Division (
  2. Supplementary materials must be sent as a single PDF attachment (saved as lastname_firstname_homeinstitution.pdf) to: by 24 March 2017 (11:59 pm PST) with the applicant’s name in the e-mail subject line (Subject line: SAA: First Name Last Name (Home Institution)).
  3. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Semi-finalist selection will be complete by 7 April 2017, with acceptance notifications completed by 21 April 2017.

The single PDF should include:

Recommenders must send letters of recommendation directly to by 24 March 2017 (11:59 pm PST). It is suggested that one letter should be an academic reference (e.g., faculty member or advisor). The other letter should be a professional reference from a supervisor, volunteer coordinator, etc. or someone that could speak to the student’s character, maturity, work ethic, etc.

Eligibility Requirements

Students will represent their country to the people of Kazakhstan, Expo visitors, and high-level U.S. delegations and will be expected to be responsible and flexible while performing their duties. In total, approximately 40 Student Ambassadors (undergraduate, graduate students or even recent graduates from spring 2015), will be selected from United States colleges, universities and other academic, educational or diplomatic programs. US citizens or US permanent residents currently participating in an international education or diplomacy-related program abroad are eligible and strongly encouraged to apply.

Familiarity with Russian and/or Kazakh required. A minimum of three years of Russian OR two years of Kazakh at the college level or the equivalent is preferred; a working proficiency (ILR 2 /ACTFL Advanced) or higher in Russian or Kazakh is strongly preferred. An interest in the broader Eurasia region and those who could stay for the duration of the Expo (1 June to 12 September 2017) is required. Applicants must be US citizens or US permanent residents.

Application notes

  • Complete and submit the online application before forwarding any supporting documentation and having recommendations sent.
  • Recommendation letters should be addressed to the “USAP Student Ambassadors Selection Committee” and should be on official letterhead and signed. These should be saved as a PDF (saved as lastname_firstname_homeinstitution_referree_lastname_firstname.pdf) and sent as email attachments (Subject line: SAA: First Name Last Name (Referee: First Name Last Name)) directly from the applicant’s recommenders to
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to request letters of recommendation. We do not contact references except to confirm receipt or in cases of difficulty accessing the letter.
  • The study abroad portion of the program will be administered by the American Councils for International Education.
  • Note: Students should check with their home institution’s study abroad office regarding credit transfer possibilities. For UW-Madison students, please see the  Non-Affiliated Programs page

For more information

Questions about the Student Ambassadors program should be directed to Hrachya Topalyan ( Questions about the application process should be addressed to the UW-Madison Office of International Projects (

Application Deadline is passed – online application is now unavailable.