Are you a Student Diplomat, or do you know one?


The Connecting Our World community, powered by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, has joined forces with STA Travel, a NAFSA Global Partner, to bring you the 2011 Student Diplomat Contest.

Video submissions should tell a compelling story about how students can become "student diplomats" while studying abroad, by making a difference in the lives of others, connecting in a meaningful way with people and cultures in other countries, and building long-lasting friendships and mutual understanding.

The contest is open to undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents who have studied abroad through an accredited college or university program sometime in the past three years (no earlier than spring 2008) or are currently studying abroad. Videos can be no longer than three minutes in length. The deadline for all submissions is Monday, November 7, 2011.

After a slate of finalists is chosen by an expert judging panel, the winning and runner-up videos will be selected through open voting on the Connecting Our World Web site. The winner will receive a $1,000 international travel voucher from STA Travel and the title of "2011 Student Diplomat." The runner-up will receive a hand-held flip camera from NAFSA and Connecting Our World.

If you think you or someone you know is a Student Diplomat, visit to learn more about this exciting contest.

We can’t wait to see the videos!