Loyola University Maryland

International Programs

Study Abroad Ambassadors

The Study Abroad Ambassadors is a select group of students who previously studied abroad and are dedicated to promoting interest, cultural immersion, assisting in preparation, offering support, and providing a platform for communication regarding the study abroad experience. Study Abroad alumni who are selected to participate in the program will assist the Office of International Programs in promoting study abroad opportunities through interest meetings, classroom presentations, and assistance at various events the office hosts throughout the semester.  Applications for new Study Abroad Ambassadors are accepted in two cycles with due dates of August 1 and January 1. 

Study Abroad Ambassador Application

Questions about Study Abroad?

Please feel free to contact a current Study Abroad Ambassador 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!

 

Argentina

Lindsey Hinczynski, Senior  
Program: Buenos Aires, Argentina Spring 2019 lindsey2
Major: Spanish
Minor: Chinese, International Business

"My year abroad was full of adventures and learning. Not only was I able to practice speaking foreign languages, but I also had the opportunity to climb mountains, ride a camel, float along the river on a bamboo raft and help construct houses. I learned so much about cultural differences in my day-to-day life abroad, and have expanded my mind to truly think outside the box of what I am used to. My favorite parts of abroad were going on weekend trips around China and Argentina with my friends, trying a wide variety of delicious new foods, and meeting so many interesting new people from all over the world! Going abroad was one of the best experiences I have ever had and I hope that everyone takes advantage of the opportunity to do so."

lmhinczynski@loyola.edu

Belgium

Nicoletta D'Ambrosio, Senior
Leuven, Belgium Year 2018-19nicholette
Major: Marketing

"Spending my junior year abroad in Leuven, Belgium was a transformational experience that has expanded my world view, pushed the boundaries of what I thought I could do, and brought me friends from all around the world. During the 10 months that I studied in Leuven, I was able to take graduate-level classes, intern at a local Belgian company, and travel to over 13 different countries in Europe. I was able to see Europe but also feel settled and like Leuven was my home. I will forever be grateful for all of the experiences this program brought me. I now have confidence in myself to travel internationally, handle finances, push past cultural barriers, and really understand myself. I wouldn't trade this opportunity for the world!"

nddambrosio@loyola.edu

Aurelia Lundberg, Senior
Program & Year: Leuven, Belgium, Fall 2018 aurelia
Major: Biology / Economics

"I absolutely loved my time studying abroad in Leuven, Belgium. This opportunity allowed me to make new friends, experience new cultures and foods, and learn a new language. Traveling to 7 different countries in Europe put me out of my comfort zone at times, but ultimately helped me grow as a person. The Leuven program gave me everything that I ever wanted from a study abroad experience and I cannot wait to go back!"

aclundberg@loyola.edu

China

Lindsey Hinczynski, Senior  lindsay
Program: Beijing, China Fall 2018
Major: Spanish
Minor: Chinese, International Business

"My year abroad was full of adventures and learning. Not only was I able to practice speaking foreign languages, but I also had the opportunity to climb mountains, ride a camel, float along the river on a bamboo raft and help construct houses. I learned so much about cultural differences in my day-to-day life abroad, and have expanded my mind to truly think outside the box of what I am used to. My favorite parts of abroad were going on weekend trips around China and Argentina with my friends, trying a wide variety of delicious new foods, and meeting so many interesting new people from all over the world! Going abroad was one of the best experiences I have ever had and I hope that everyone takes advantage of the opportunity to do so."

lmhinczynski@loyola.edu

Denmark

Amy Siegel, Senior 
Copenhagen Spring 2019  amy
Major: Political Science 
Minor: Writing 

"I had never been out of the country or even on a plane prior to my semester abroad. Denmark is a wonderful, welcoming country and I grew so much during my five months there. I loved traveling around Europe with my professors and living in an LLC while focusing on Danish social justice." 

asiegel1@loyola.edu

Lydia Capicotto, Senior
Copenhagen, Fall 2018 lydia
Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Sociology 

"Copenhagen and Europe overall has drastically changed my outlook on the world. Between the food, the culture, the hygge, and the unforgettable people, Copehagen opened its arms to me and became a second home. I will never forget the incredible 5 months I spent in there." 

lgcapicotto@loyola.edu

Dubai

Amanda Merlino, Senior
Dubai Fall 2018
Major: Accounting and Information Systems  amanda

"It is not everyday that you are given the opportunity to visit the Middle East, let alone study there.  That is why I decided to take the opportunity to study abroad in Dubai, UAE and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.  I learned about and found myself identifying with other cultures, languages, and religions that I never previously felt much connection with.  I met so many great people, tried new foods, and learned about a different part of the world and its people.  It has been said traveling is the best education and my study abroad experience in Dubai was definitely the best education I received!"

 

ammerlino@loyola.edu

France

Evelis Casey, Senior evelis
Bangkok, Thailand Fall 2018, Lyon, France Spring 2019
Major: Marketing Minor: French 

"The person I was when I took off for Bangkok is completely different from the person who landed home in NY from France...and this version is 100% better. My crazy adventures, the people I've met, the food I've tasted, and everything in between has completely transformed not only my career goals, but my life goals, and shown me how much this life has to offer if you're willing to step outside your comfort zone and cannon ball right in. If I could do it over, you wouldn't have to ask me twice. I'll never forget the best year of my life." 

ecasey@loyola.edu

 

Greece

Emilie Zuhowski, SeniorEmilie Z
Athens, Greece Fall 2018
Major: Communications, Journalism
Minor: American Studies 

"I will forever be thankful to have had the opportunity to spend an unforgettable semester in Athens, Greece. I traveled to 9 countries, immersed myself in Greek language and culture, gained a new passion for travel, and made memories and friends to last a lifetime. I learned more about myself in those four months than ever, and because of that, Greece will always feel like home to me. I found a new appreciation for the fascinating world we live in, and I cannot wait to explore that world some more!" 

eezuhowski@loyola.edu

 

Keith Bishop, Senior keith
Athens Fall 2018
Major: Finance 

"Studying abroad in Greece was an experience of a lifetime. Being there for 4 months gave me the opportunity to not only familiarize myself with Greek culture, but to become a part of it. Abroad has taught me how beautiful our world is as well as all the people in it. I’ll never forget the friends I made and all the different foods I photographed before I ate. Greece has shaped me into the person I am today (thanks to the gyros). I will be forever grateful to Loyola for the opportunity they gave me to have the best 4 month of my life."

ktbishop@loyola.edu

 
Hungary

Keelin Ferdinandsen, Senior
Budapest, Hungary Spring 2019 
Major: English and Writing Interdisciplinary keelin

"Studying abroad in Budapest was more incredible than I ever imagined. I fell in love with everything that Hungary had to offer, from its rich foods to its welcoming people to its language (which I am trying my hardest to learn)! I had the opportunity to travel to eight other countries while I was there, which is something I never thought would happen. Budapest is truly one of Europe’s hidden gems and I want everyone to share in its beauty. I cannot wait to go back!"

kmferdinandsen@loyola.edu

Ireland

Katie Taylor, Senior

katie taylorCork, Ireland Fall 2018
Major: Psychology Minor: Forensics Studies

“Being able to have the opportunity to study abroad is one that I was grateful to have. I got to learn so much about other cultures, but more importantly I got to learn so much about myself. Studying abroad allows you to become independent, open-minded, and patient. Ireland is somewhere I have always wanted to go, so this program allowed me to fulfill that dream.”
ketaylor2@loyola.edu

 

Donna Wilcox, Senior 
Cork, Ireland - Spring 2019 
Psychology Major 

"I am so happy I decided to go aboard! It was my favorite semester, so I have many fond memories to look back on. Cork, and Ireland in general, are so special with a rich history, culture and beautiful landscapes. Cork city is compact and safe, allowing you to easily walk and explore the streets, shops, restaurants, and pubs. I highly recommend traveling within Ireland as there are so many things to see and people to meet! Studying abroad was impactful because it pushed me to live in the moment and know that new things are what you make of them, so make the best of your time there!"

dawilcox@loyola.edu 

Italy

Alaina Cataldo, Senior
Rome, Italy Fall 2018 alaina
Major: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Minor: Urban Education 

“Rome was the perfect location for me! Between Rome’s ancient history and contemporary culture, there was so much to explore within the city (and so much gelato to eat too!). Study abroad allowed me to explore my abilities and interests. Rome became my home for four months, and I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything!”

amcataldo@loyola.edu

Japan

Ashley Vines, Senior 
Osaka, Japan 2019 japan
Major: Psychology
Minor: Asian Studies 

"My semester abroad is something that I will never forget. I got to meet all kinds of people, from Japan and all over the world. I did a lot from exploring temples, hiking up sacred mountains, and even strolling around Kyoto in a Kimono. Living in Japan became a huge eye opener for me because I go to live in Japanese style housing but also lived in a small suburban town as well. My favorite part of being abroad would have to be when I would go to huge shopping districts both in Osaka and in Tokyo. I also really enjoyed a lot of temple street foods that were around wherever I went. As of right now, I am planning on moving back to Japan after college and attending language school to further my Japanese language study and eventually becoming an English teacher for Japanese adults." 

amvines@loyola.edu

Spain

Adelina Harvey, Senior
Alcala, Spain Fall 2018   
Major: Sociology  
Minors: Spanish and Peace & Justice Studies

"Studying abroad in Alcala, Spain has been one of my best experiences at Loyola. Spending four months abroad and traveling all around Europe taught me so much about myself and what it means to be a global citizen. Studying abroad is an enriching experience that provides learning opportunities not possible from inside a classroom. By stepping out of my comfort zone and fully immersing myself in Spanish culture I was able to gain a unique education that goes beyond just language acquisition and a level of cultural competence I would have never acquired inside the United States. The memories and friends I made abroad will always be important to me and I can’t wait to go back!"

arharvey@loyola.edu

 

Peyton Aleixo, Junior 
Alcala, Spain Fall 2019
Major: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences & Spanish   

"The opportunity to study in Spain was a truly transformative experience. Not only did I improve my Spanish skills, I also left Spain as a much more  confident person. Studying abroad forced me to expand my comfort zone in ways I’d never done before. I proved to myself that I can navigate new cities without speaking the language, live on my own for four months, and be my own self-advocate. I wouldn't change my experience for the world and cannot wait to return!"

plaleixo@loyola.edu

David Traugott, Senior
Madrid, Spain Spring 2019 david
Major: History
Minor: Spanish

"Studying abroad in Madrid was the pinnacle of my Loyola experience. By going on an immersive, independent program for five months, I improved my Spanish, acquainted myself with a way of life entirely different from my own, made life-long friendships, and expanded my comfort zone every day. And by traveling to fourteen different countries, I got to know the diverse cultures of an entire continent, while seeing its world-famous sites. My memories of study abroad will last forever, and I hope to have the blessing of travel for the rest of my life."

Email: dptraugott@loyola.edu

Jill Fury, Senior  jill
Alcalá de Henares, Fall 2018
Majors: English, Spanish / Minor: Gender & Sexuality Studies 

"Going abroad was a great opportunity to get to know myself and my peers at Loyola while getting to see the world! I especially loved living in a homestay and creating a personal connection to Alcalá that I know I will always have." 

jrfury@loyola.edu

Thailand

Emma Jantzen, Senior
Bangkok, Thailand Fall 2018  Emma
Major: Elementary Education 
Minor: Mathematics

"I am forever grateful to Loyola for giving me the opportunity to study abroad in Bangkok, Thailand. My perspective of the world is now so much more broad and I learned more about myself than I could ever have back in the U.S. The most valuable lesson I learned is that different does not mean bad. Thailand is a country so different from here, and although I was uncomfortable at first, I learned to enjoy the beauty in everything I saw and experienced."

ebjantzen@loyola.edu

Evelis Casey, Senior 
Bangkok, Thailand Fall 2018, Lyon, France Spring 2019  
Major: Marketing Minor: French 

"The person I was when I took off for Bangkok is completely different from the person who landed home in NY from France...and this version is 100% better. My crazy adventures, the people I've met, the food I've tasted, and everything in between has completely transformed not only my career goals, but my life goals, and shown me how much this life has to offer if you're willing to step outside your comfort zone and cannon ball right in. If I could do it over, you wouldn't have to ask me twice. I'll never forget the best year of my life." 

ecasey@loyola.edu

 

Emily Morvey, Senior  emily
Bangkok, Thailand Fall 2018
Major: International Business

“Along with choosing to receive an education at Loyola University, my decision to study in Bangkok for five months has been one of the most life changing decisions yet. Traveling, living in an opposite time zone, and living on my own in a foreign country matured me, and made my independence even stronger. I traveled to places I’d never imagined to see at just 21 years old, and my five months was the happiest consecutive time period of my life! Asia’s culture is a beautiful one, and I have no doubt in my mind that I will be returning to that side of the world in my future, hopefully through “Teach for Thailand!”

ebmorvey@loyola.edu

 

United Kingdom

Adam Barre, Senior
Newcastle, Full Year, 2018-19 adam
Major: Economics, Minor: Political Science

"My study abroad experience allowed me to immerse myself in a new place and culture. Stepping outside of my comfort zone and learning both formally and informally in a new environment is something I'd like all Loyola students to have the opportunity to do.  My favorite parts of the year were becoming friends with many Newcastle students and the Loyola trips that we were taken on throughout the year."

agbarre@loyola.edu

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