Each spring break, FMU sponsors an exciting opportunity for Honors members. Four students (one senior, one junior, one sophomore, one “at large” student, who may be a freshman) are selected to represent FMU at one of our exchange partners in Europe!

Honors Ambassadors are responsible for recruiting interested students to FMU for a semester or year, but also for touring and seeing the wider world for themselves. FMU covers most of the travel expenses, including air and train fares, hotels, and a per diem for daily dining. Travelers will be responsible for additional costs, including – if necessary –a passport fee).

Who is eligible to apply?

  • All applicants must be full-time, degree-seeking, FMU Honors members.
  • All applicants must be capable – individually, or with reasonable accommodation – of handing their own luggage, stairs, and walking tours.
  • Sophomores must have completed between 22 and 53 credit hours, at least 6 of which must be Honors.
  • Juniors must have completed between 54 and 86 credit hours, at least 12 of which must be Honors.
  • The required number of Honors credit listed above can include Honors courses during the fall semester that applications are made.
  • Ambassadors are chosen by the Honors Committee. If there are no suitable applicants in one category, the Committee may select two applicants from another.

How can I apply?

  • There is a formal, but simple, application circulated each fall by the Honors Director. In addition to the usual information – name, contact information, and so on – it requires a faculty reference attesting to your maturity and capacity, as well as a formal statement expressing your interest in being an Honors Ambassador. Your statement should clearly and convincingly explain why you want to go and why you feel you would be a good representative for FMU.
  • Applications are due to the Honors Director on November 1 of each year.
  • Finalists may be invited to an interview with the selection committee.
  • All Ambassador selections are subject to final approval by the Provost.
  • All applicants will be notified by November 15.

What responsibilities will the Honors Ambassadors have?

  • To attend scheduled pre-trip orientations and to complete all appropriate liability, health, conduct and other forms in a timely fashion.
  • To familiarize themselves with the regions and universities to be visted.
  • To comport themselves at all times with dignity and courtesy and to make themselves an asset to the delegation.
  • To meet and interact with students and faculty during the visit, and to represent FMU accurately and positively.
  • Upon return, to complete appropriate REAL surveys and travel journals.