What is Ametrica?

Ametrica started in 2010 with a purpose to promote dialogue, intercultural sensitivity, and friendship between first year domestic and international students. It is a program of Macalester’s International Student Programs (ISP) and is facilitated by a small, diverse group of returning students. The format changes every year, but always includes weekly conversations and activities in the Twin Cities and beyond!

In 2016, all domestic Ametrica participants will arrive on Monday, August 23 for Pre-Orientation for International Students (PO4IS), meaning that they will take part in Ametrica and other activities alongside their international peers until all student orientation begins. Weekly sessions take place every Thursday afternoon (4:30-6:30 pm) during the first 7 weeks of the Fall semester. The central component is dialogue in groups of 5-8 students about a range of themes pertinent to students from around the world, allowing them to examine topics through different lenses. Previous topics have included family, peace, current events, law and order, economics, health, race and love. 

In the place of or in addition to the weekly sessions, Ametrica participants also venture to off-campus locations a few times during the program. Previous activities have included a scavenger hunt, dinner at Macalester Staff/Faculty/Alumni homes, and a trip to Chicago over Fall Break.

Both domestic and international Ametrica participants are assigned ISP peer mentors, as an additional link to the Macalester and ISP community (check the Mentor Program link for details). 


Actively engage in all planned activities, including Thursday sessions (which means you cannot have classes on Tuesday/Thursdays from 4:45-5:45) and other activities.

Value of the experience

On top of intriguing weekly dialogues and engaging activities, many previous participants have said that Ametrica was a critical stepping-stone of their Macalester experience and beyond.  Most alumni of Ametrica state that their favorite aspect was that they came away from the program having built valuable friendships, often lasting the rest of their Macalester years.

2015 Events


Monday, August 24 Domestic Ametrica Participants arrive to Macalester. (Please complete the domestic student arrival form regardless of your method of transportation and date/time of your arrival)

  • Check-in (keys, photos, student IDs, help moving into room)
  • Welcome session with ISP mentors

Tuesday, August 25 International Ametrica Participants arrive to Macalester. 

  • Check-in (keys, photos, student IDs, help moving into room)

Wednesday, August 26 All students welcome session 

FALL 2015

Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm until Fall Break: Weekly Meetings (Mandatory)

This, along with periodic outings and activities, is where the cross-cultural magic happens!  When finalizing your course and extra-curricular schedules, be mindful that you commit to meet at this time every week for Ametrica.  At a later date, you will also commit to dates for other activities.

Thursday, August 27 4:30-6:30 PM First Ametrica Meeting: Introduction to Ametrica

Wednesday, September 2 6:00-7:30 Ice Cream Social for all new International Students and Ametricans (Optional)

Thursday, September 10 4:30-6:30 PM Second Ametrica Meeting: Relationships and Love

Thursday, September 17 4:30-6:30 PM Third Ametrica Meeting: Cultural Showcase

Thursday, September 24 4:30-6:30 PM Fourth Ametrica Meeting: Contemporary Issues

Thursday, October 1 4:30-6:30 PM Fifth Ametrica Meeting: Privilege and Identity

Friday, October 2 5:00-6:00pm: Internships, Resumes, and Work Experiences Forum (Optional)

Thursday, October 8 Macalester International Roundtable

Thursday, October 15 4:30-6:30 PM Sixth (and final) Ametrica Meeting: Perceptions and Stereotypes

October 22-25 Fall Break Chicago Trip (Optional, usually capped at about 20 active Ametrica participants)

Saturday, October 31 End of Mentor Program Celebration + Seniors BBQ + Winter Clothes Fashion Show

Most Fridays in November and December 2:30-4:30pm: Talk and Tea in the ISP Lair


Saturday, February 27, 2016 International Kidsfest! Ametrica participants design booths and activities to teach kids about different countries.

Most Fridays 2:30-4:30pm: Talk and Tea in the ISP Lair


Apply for Ametrica 2016 now!

Deadline: June 23, 2016, 5:00 pm Standard Central Time, GMT-6

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