AIESEC students on a retreat near Columbus, Ga.
Gil McBride, UGA AIESEC president with certificate representing the International Student Life award.
Gil McBride, UGA AIESEC president with certificate representing the International Student Life award.

The University of Georgia’s AIESEC chapter, which belongs to the world’s largest youth-led network, has won the International Student Life’s “Organization of the Year Award” for 2015-16.

International Student Life is an umbrella organization for the 20 international student organizations on campus. The award was presented to AIESEC president Gil McBride during a ceremony held in Tate Grand Hall at the end of the university’s spring semester in May.

The UGA chapter is a member of the AIESEC organization that includes chapters in 126 countries and territories. The global organization runs an exchange program through which students have the opportunity to participate in exchange programs enabling students to go abroad on international work and volunteer experiences.

Jeff Jeffries, director of the Office of International Student Life, a department within the university’s Division of Student Affairs, presented the award, the first time that the chapter has received it.

AIESEC spokesperson Natalie Wickstrom told Global Atlanta that the UGA chapter has from 45-50 members and has grown in the past year with a wide variety of programs and chapter retreats.

AIESEC's new members for 2016-17.
AIESEC’s new members for 2016-17.

Members of International Student Life in addition to the AIESEC chapter include the African Student Union, Amnesty International, Athens for Justice in Palestine, Brazilian Student Association, Caribbean Student Association, Chinese Language Society, Chinese Student Association, Filipino Student Association, India Student Association,

Korean Undergraduate Student Association, Muslim Student Association, Pakistani Student Association, Persian Student Union, Student for Latino Empowerment, Taiwanese Student Association, Thai Student Association, Turkish Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association and World Ambassadors.

To learn more about AIESEC activities, click here,  or contact Natalie Wickstrom at