Cardinals Beyond Borders

About the Program

The Cardinals Beyond Borders (CBB) program was started in Fall of 2016. The primary goal of the program is to encourage and promote cross-cultural friendships between domestic and international students. Around 50 students participate in the program every semester. 

The program is around 6-8 weeks long beginning at the start of the Fall and Spring semesters. We usually meet once a week on Tuesdays around 5:30 pm and there are occasional weekend activities on Saturdays (usually only twice a semester). The exact day of the week the program runs on will be announced before the start of the semester. If a student is unable to attend the majority of the events due to prior engagements or class, you are encouraged to join us the following semester. Students in the program must be able to commit to coming a majority of the events.

Types of Events

  • Welcome Night
  • Homecoming Parade/Booth with Pizza
  • Local Cuisine and International Food Night
  • Bowling
  • Game Night
  • And more!


For all off-campus events, transportation from the Lamar University campus is provided. Details regarding the pick-ups will be available to students before the events.

Participation Fee

A small $10 fee is charged to student participants to help cover the costs of the program. Food and beverages are provided for almost all of the events.

How to Join

To participate in the program please make sure you meet the following requirements. 


  • Must have an interest in meeting other students from a variety of countries, cultures, and backgrounds
  • Have a willing and open attitude
  • No previous international experience required

To Apply:

  1. Fill out the student application online. It can be found on the top right of this page during the period applications are accepted.
  2. Fill out the waiver form which is available through the link at the top right of this page, in the Office of Study Abroad, located in the John Gray Center, Herman Iles Building, Room 108A, or during the first event.
  3. Pay your $10 participation fee. The online application will send you directly to the payment area.


If you have any further questions, please contact:
Ashli Gonzales
John Gray Center, Herman Iles, Room 108A