International Speakers Bureau

The purpose of the Speakers Bureau program is to benefit and educate the local community on issues related to international culture and experiences abroad. This is accomplished through student presentations given to local community organizations, area schools, classrooms on campus, or through programs given at the International Student Center. These presentations may include lectures, multi-media programs, panel discussions, demonstrations and/or performances that are given by students enrolled at Kansas State.

Educating others about your culture or sharing your international experiences helps to build and promote an understanding of the world beyond our borders. The rewards of educating and influencing others are immeasurable and conducting these presentations will give you the opportunity to increase your professional development, gain valuable public speaking experience, and they are also a great way to improve your conversational English skills.

Want to Request a Speaker?

If you are interested in requesting a student presentation, you can complete the Speaker Request Form and email to Once submitted, you should receive a confirmation email within 48 business hours. Then, we will do our best to match a speaker with the request. We ask that you please submit requests at least 2 weeks in advance of the presentation date in order to allow time for us to find a student presenter.

Please contact Sara Thurston, Ph.D., Director, International Student and Scholar Services at (785) 532-6448 or by email at if you have questions about the Speakers Bureau program, about becoming a presenter or about requesting a presentation.

Are you a student who would like to GIVE a presentation?

All K-State international students are encouraged to share their cultures when opportunities present themselves. As ISSS receives requests we will reach out to students to check availability and interest. If you are very interested in this program, please let ISSS director know at

Benefits for students who participate in International Speakers Bureau Program:

  • Build and promote an understanding of the world beyond our borders
  • Increase your professional development
  • Enhance public speaking/presentation skills
  • Develop leadership skills, self-confidence and personal growth
  • Resume builder (volunteer activities show initiative when applying for future jobs)