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International Programs

Contact Study Abroad Ambassadors

The Study Abroad Ambassadors is a select group of students who previously studied abroad who are dedicated to promoting interest, cultural immersion, assisting in preparation, offering support, and providing a platform for communication regarding the study abroad experience.

Please feel free to contact the Study Abroad Ambassadors with any questions about the study abroad experience! All ambassadors are happy to answer any program-specific or general study abroad questions that you might have!

Australia
Maggie Rabenberg, Senior
Melbourne, Australia Fall 2015 (also Montpellier summer program 2015)
Major: History, Minor: Sociology
“Everyone says going abroad is a life changing experience, and they’re not wrong; learning about myself and the world around me while adventuring in an entirely new country shaped me into the best version of myself."
marabenberg@loyola.edu
 
Belgium
Samantha Connolly, Senior
Leuven, Belgium 2015-16
Major: Psychology
"Going abroad for a year was one of the best decisions I've ever made- it was such a unique opportunity to completely immerse myself in Belgian culture for a long period of time. I wouldn't change that experience for the world."
sgconnolly@loyola.edu


 
 Chile
Maria Valbona, Senior
Santiago, Chile Spring 2016
Major: Global Studies
Minor(s): Spanish and Latin American Latino Studies
Studying abroad made me realize what I want I want to do with the rest of my life. It has given me a sense of independence that I am forever grateful for. It is truly a life changing experience.
mavalbona@loyola.edu
 
Denmark
 Allyson Conway, Senior
Copenhagen, Denmark Fall 2015
Major: Political Science, Minor: French
“Studying abroad in Denmark was a life-changing experience and has opened up my eyes to what the world has to offer. I fell in love with Copenhagen in a mere 4 months and I would go back and do it all over again the exact same way!” 
aconway@loyola.edu
 
 Jamie Reinah, Senior
Copenhagen, Denmark, Fall 2015
Major: Economics; Minor(s): Political Science, Business
"Studying abroad in Copenhagen was a life-changing experience! Not only did I learn a lot about European culture, but I formed long-lasting relationships along the way. I am beyond grateful for having had the opportunity to study in Europe and I hope other people take advantage of it!"
jnreinah@loyola.edu

 

 Veronica Collazo, Senior
Copenhagen, Denmark Spring 2017
Major: Global Studies; Minors: Spanish, Gender Studies
"Studying abroad in Copenhagen was an adventure I cannot put a price tag on! I was able to garner new and exciting experiences, and develop unique perspectives on international relations. I was given the opportunities to take classes that I never even dreamed of taking, and I came back from it as a stronger and smarter global citizen!”
vkcollazo@loyola.edu

 

 

 
 Vanessa Rijo, Junior
Copenhagen, Denmark Fall 2016
Major: Political Science Minor: Public Relations
“I can honestly say that choosing to study abroad in Copenhagen was the best decision that I could have made for myself. I have seen first hand how much four months in a different country can change a person, and it is a feeling that words cannot fully describe. One can only truly understand once they embark on that journey themselves.  Copenhagen will always have a piece of my heart, and I can’t wait to go back one day!”
vgrijo@loyola.edu
 
 France   
Samantha Crawley, Junior
Paris, France Fall 2016
Major: Biology/Psychology Interdisciplinary
"Learning how to truly live alone in an entirely new country and culture allowed me to gain so much personal independence and respect for diversity. I stepped outside of my comfort zone in an entirely new and exciting way, and I’m so grateful that I have had this opportunity."
sacrawley@loyola.edu
 
Anna Verrichia, Junior
Lyon, France, Fall 2016 and Prague Summer 2015
Major: Marketing, Minor: Information Systems
“Studying abroad not once but twice has opened my eyes to enjoy each and every moment you have when exploring the world. I would not have changed a thing and I would do it all again in a heartbeat"
anverrichia@loyola.edu
 

Drake Wilson, Senior
Berlin, Germany Spring 2016
Major: International Business 
“I am so grateful that studying abroad has been a significant component of my academic career and personal life. I believe that by gaining international experience and by overcoming cross-cultural obstacles, studying abroad provides students with the confidence in overcoming any challenges they may face in life.” dkwilson@loyola.edu

Monica Malouf, Junior
Berlin, Germany Fall 2016
Major: English; Minor: History
"Abroad provided a time of immense learning and personal growth.  Living on my own in Berlin was the opportunity of a lifetime, and I will always look back at my adventures fondly.  Studying in another country and strengthening my independence was a priceless experience, and I recommend it to all that can!"
mjmalouf@loyola.edu
Greece

Sarah Muccilli, Senior
Athens, Greece Fall 2015
Major: Business Administration- Management
"Studying abroad has taught me to live in the moment and to take advantage of every opportunity because time is precious!"
samuccilli@loyola.edu

 

 Rachel Siegalbaum, Senior
Athens, Greece Fall 2015
Major: Elementary Education
"Having the opportunity to study abroad in Greece was an amazing way to gain a love for a new culture and country." 
rasiegelbaum@loyola.edu


 
 Bailey DeMaso, Junior
Athens, Greece Fall 2016
Major: Marketing
"Life is about taking chances and finding yourself, and abroad is the best way to accomplish both. Studying abroad in Athens was the most eye-opening experience of my life. Living immersed in Greek culture gave me the experience I needed to mature, grow, and learn and there is no other way I would have rather spent my semester. "
bedemaso@loyola.edu
 
Ireland
Jim Kelly, Senior
Cork, Ireland Fall 2015
Major: History, Political Science
“My favorite part about studying abroad was getting to understand a different culture and meet people with entirely different life experiences.”
jjkelly@loyola.edu
 
 Mikaela Lyons, Senior
Cork, Ireland Spring 2016
Major: Marketing
"Studying and living abroad is an invaluable experience that teaches you not only what the rest of the world is like but more importantly who you are and who you want to be. I loved living in Ireland, experiencing new cultures, and growing as an individual."
malyons@loyola.edu
 
 Ned Taylor, Senior
Cork, Spring 2016
Major: Computer Science, Minor: Mathematics
"Traveling is the only way to simultaneously shrink the world and also show how truly massive it actually is."
tstaylordambrosio@loyola.edu
 
 

Kaila Zaharis, Senior
Cork, Ireland Fall 2015
Major: English, Minor: Marketing/Spanish
“I owe so much of who I am today to my time in Ireland. I’ll never find the words to explain it well enough but I grew among those enchanted mountains and plains. I experienced so much that was new to me, sights and sounds and people. Everyone says their time abroad was life changing, and they’re right. Part of me will always be in Ireland.”
Kmzaharis@loyola.edu

 Marla Clendenin, Senior
Cork, Ireland Fall 2015
Major: Advertising/Public Relations
"Cheers! Traveling to Cork was actually the first time I ever left the United States, but as soon as I arrived it immediately felt like home. There was always something new in town to explore and having the ability to travel Europe was fantastic. I was able to visit six countries along with my Loyola group, who are still my closest friends to this day.”
mrclendenin@loyola.edu
 
Charlotte Little, Junior
Cork, Ireland Fall 2016
(Double) Major: Psychology and English
"Studying abroad taught me how to live. I didn’t know how much growing I had to do until I got to Cork, but I’m thankful every day for how much it made me realize about myself. My experiences were incredible, I gained new friends that feel like family, and I learned so much about so many different cultures. I finally understand why everybody says that studying abroad changed their lives. Ireland will always feel like home to me.” 
calittle@loyola.edu
 

 Marysa Mazanek, Junior
Major: Communications, Minor: Marketing
Cork, Ireland
"Studying abroad in Ireland meant so much to me as I had the opportunity to challenge myself everyday, travel to beautiful countries, and learn so many wonderful things about the world."
mamazanek@loyola.edu 

 
Italy
Rebeccah Swerdlow, Senior
Rome, Italy Spring 2016
Major: History, Art History, Minor: Classical Civilization
"The best thing I did while abroad was submitting to the culture completely. Accepting all of the cultural differences and forgetting about the American norms that I'm accustomed to opened me up to a whole new appreciation for the global community."
rzswerdlow@loyola.edu

 JR Mucciolo, Junior
Rome, Italy Fall 2016
Major: Political Science; Minors: Communications, Italian Studies
"Having the chance to study abroad in Rome was a dream come true. Despite being in a foreign country, it didn’t take long for the city to feel like home, and it’s a connection that I’ll carry with me for a lifetime. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my next chance to go back!"
jrmucciolo@loyola.edu

 
Rachel Hanuschak, Junior
Florence, Italy Fall 2016
Major: Finance Minor: Mathematics 
“Studying abroad in Florence gave me the once in a life time opportunity to travel the world and helped me grow immensely as a person.
rchanuschak@loyola.edu


 
New Zealand
 

Julia D'Agostino, Senior
Auckland, New Zealand 2015
Major: Communications and Photography
"Before abroad I was fixated on destinations and what at the end of the path will bring me. But, I quickly realized that it's the journey along the way is what matters most. I'll never forget the views I was rewarded with while hiking for hours with blisters on my heels in the South Island."
jdagostino@loyola.edu

 
Conor Dooley, Senior
Auckland, New Zealand 2015
Major Political Science, Minor: History
"Study Abroad was a great experience and helped me grow as a student and as a global citizen."
cjdooley@loyola.edu

 
Spain
 

Jessica Mattera, Senior
Madrid, Spain Fall 2015
Major: Speech-Language Pathology, Minor: Spanish
"Choosing to study abroad through an exchange program was a daunting experience but proved to be the most rewarding. I was fully immersed in Spanish culture by living directly in the heart of Madrid with other international students and had the experience of a life time traveling around Europe."
jmmattera@loyola.edu

 
Megan McCusker, Senior
Alcala de Henares, Spain Fall 2015
Major: Spanish and History
"Studying in Spain opened my eyes to the beauty of the langauge. It has encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone academically, socially, and physically. I am so grateful to have had the chance to experience and expand my world in such an immersive way.
mamccusker@loyola.edu
 
Christine Phillips, Junior
Granada, Spain Summer 2015
Majors: Speech-Language-Hearing Science & Spanish
“Studying abroad in Granada confirmed my love for Hispanic culture and helped me decide to double major.”
cephillips@loyola.edu
 C Phillips
Evan Litchfield, Senior
Madrid, Spain Spring 2016
Major: Political Science, Minor: Business Administration
"Studying abroad in Madrid has made me become the man I am today.  Today I consider myself a well-rounded, open minded, and mature individual that has experienced so much diversity from traveling and conversing with people from around the world.  I can honestly say that going abroad has changed my whole perspective on life for the better."
ealitchfield@loyola.edu
 
Nadir Jackson, Senior
Madrid, Spain 2016 Spring
Major: Marketing, Minor: Spanish
“As a result of my study abroad experience, I have broadened my view and concerns of using my services in the world. My baseline for empathy and tolerance of others has expanded. I have a true understanding of just how big, yet small, the world really is and how connected we all really are”.
najackson@loyola.edu
 
Olivia Hobson, Junior
Alcalá de Henares, Spain Fall 2016
Major: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences & Spanish
"I was so nervous about selecting the Alcalá language immersion program, but it was the most eye-opening and amazing experience. I had the opportunity to really improve my Spanish and make real connections within the community while still being able to travel Europe. It was the best 4 months of my life."
oahobson@loyola.edu
 
 Alli Gavin, Junior
Alcalá de Henares, Spain Fall 2016
Major: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences & Spanish
I'm so glad I decided to study abroad in Spain because it helped develop my Spanish skills and opened my eyes to a different way of life. While it was definitely nerve-wracking leaving America and going somewhere where they don't speak English, I am incredibly grateful that I took the chance. Study Abroad taught me so much about myself and about the world. 
amgavin@loyola.edu
 
Emily Burdick, Junior
Madrid, Spain Fall 2016
Major: Political Science
"Deciding to study abroad in Madrid was one of the best choices I have made at Loyola. I am so grateful for this exchange program because it made me incredibly independent. I now feel so much more confident to tackle whatever the future brings."
ebburdick@loyola.edu
 
South Africa  
Ciana Creighton, Senior
Cape Town, South Africa Fall 2015
Major: Psychology, Minor: Political Science
"Studying abroad in Cape Town surpassed my wildest dreams. It's the type of place that will have an impact on any person. The energy of the city is magnetic and draws you in. From breathtaking views, incredible people, a rich history, amazing food, and culture,  it's a city that when you leave you'll automatically be looking for ways to go back."
cgcreighton@loyola.edu

 
Caitlin Cress, Senior
Cape Town, South Africa  Spring 2016
Major: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Minor: Special Education
"Studying abroad in Cape Town was everything I needed it to be and so much more. Everyday was full of amazing new adventures and cultural experiences with people I never knew I needed, but now couldn't imagine the experience without."
cecress@loyola.edu
 
Eleni Lazarides, Senior
Cape Town, South Africa Spring 2017
Major: Psychology, Minor: Forensic Studies
You look up at the mountains and life seems eternal, filled with endless possibility. Your life should feel as endless as the mountains because there's so much we still don't know, and yet, so much left to be discovered. My time both beneath and atop Table Mountain and all through the city of Cape Town has brought about this sensation, that whatever I set out to do, I can accomplish. There is so much to do and see in this world, and study abroad is an incredible way of getting to experience this.
emlazarides@loyola.edu
 

Kristen Wigand, Junior
Cape Town, South Africa Fall 2016
Major: Psychology, Minor: Sociology
"Cape Town is beautiful in so many ways. It provided opportunities for adventure, personal growth, and a deeper cultural understanding. For me, the most rewarding part of studying abroad was stepping out of my comfort zone. I consider Cape Town to be one of the best chapters of my life."
kawigand@loyola.edu

 
Thailand
Teresa Campbell, Senior
Bangkok, Thailand 2015
Major: Business Management, Minor: Information Systems
"Studying abroad in Bangkok, Thailand was everything I could have ever wished for and more. Every single day was a new adventure and I could not be more thankful for the opportunities I had while immersing in the different cultures of South East Asia."
tmcampbell@loyola.edu

 

Emily Lima, Junior 
Bangkok, Thailand Fall 2016
Major; Biopsychology
"Studying abroad in Bangkok, Thailand opened my eyes to new cultures and experiences while giving me a sense of confidence and independence that has changed the way I see the world. I am truly grateful for this experience which allowed me to better live in the present and enjoy every aspect of what life has to offer."
ejcyr@loyola.edu

 
United Kingdom
 David Arakelian, Junior

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England Fall 2016
Major: Finance
“Why England? Throughout my life I’ve listened to my British grandparents tell stories of how great England is. Always encouraging me to visit one day, I was dedicated to study where my grandparents grew up. Newcastle allowed me the opportunity to live, study, and immerse myself in British culture. Living in Europe, and traveling to different countries helped me gain a sense of independence, and greater outlook on the world.”

dparakelian@loyola.edu

 
 Brooke Prendergast, Senior
Newcastle upon Tyne, England Fall 2015
Major: Communications, Minor:  Sociology
“Having the opportunity to study abroad in Newcastle and travel throughout Europe allowed me to gain greater self-reliance, insights about the world and who I want to be in it, and most importantly, incredible experiences. 
bkprendergast@loyola.edu

 
 

Katie Degener, Senior

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England Fall 2015

Major: Elementary Education

"Going abroad gave me the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and become even more self-reliant. I absolutely loved 

everything Newcastle had to offer, and enjoyed being in a small city with such friendly and welcoming people."
kmdegener@loyola.edu