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!
Lauren Baranyay, 2021
Melbourne, Australia - Fall 2019
Major - Marketing
"I had the most amazing experience studying abroad in Melbourne, Australia. Not only did I travel halfway around the world, but it was my FIRST time on a plane! This opportunity allowed me to expand my global awareness and step out of my comfort zone, which I am so thankful for. I met so many great people from around the world and traveled all over Australia. I snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef, hiked to Wineglass Bay, and rode quads in the sandy dunes of Port Stephens. I am so thankful for this experience and can’t wait to be back in Australia again one day!
Erika Fajerman, Senior
Leuven, Belgium, Fall 2019
Global Studies Major, French Minor
"My study abroad experience transformed me personally and academically in many ways. I learned more about international career paths, that I would have never thought about if I had not studied abroad. While taking classes abroad and learning from foreign professors I gained a nuanced perspective on topics. Personally, I learned more about who I want to become and how I will take my experiences with me to my next step in my life."
Ahmed Jackson, Senior
Program: Leuven, Year 2019-2020
Major/Minor: English Literature major, African & African American Studies minor
"Studying abroad in Leuven was the experience of a lifetime. I had the opportunity to not only meet some remarkable people but develop a global consciousness. I never imagined that I would study abroad, but I challenged myself to take this risk, and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. This experience allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and become more self-aware of what the world has to offer. As I progress to the next stages of my life, Leuven will always hold a special place in my heart."
Kaitlyn Mullen, Senior
Program: Leuven, Year 2019-2020
Major/ Minor: Global Studies major, Political Science minor
"Although cut a few months short, the seven months I spent living and learning in Belgium were nothing short of amazing. While challenging myself both inside and outside the classroom, I was able to travel to 12 different countries and create lasting friendships with people from around the world. Not only was I able to gain a more open-minded perspective on the surrounding world, but I was able to take the knowledge I learned and apply it to my future career paths. The year-long program allowed me to confidently step outside of my comfort zone and still have the room to make Leuven my second home. Belgium is truly one of Europe’s hidden gems and my time abroad in Leuven will always be the most memorable experience of my college career!"
Emily Robinson, 2021
Leuven, Belgium/ Spring 2020
Major/Minor: Global Studies, Quantitative Economics/History
“My time in Leuven was short but filled with amazing experiences. I went places I never thought I would go and met people from Loyola and around the world that I never would have met had I not gone abroad. The classes at Leuven are so unique and taught by professors who are specialists in their field, often doing on-the-ground work related to what they are teaching. In a short period of time I was able to travel to a number of other countries and places within Belgium, practicing my foreign language skills and experiencing amazing things. One of my favorite memories was helping repaint a senior citizen center with Serve the City, a local volunteer organization in Leuven.”
Shannon Leahy, Senior
Copenhagen, Denmark Fall 2019
Chemistry Major, Peace and Justice Minor
"Studying abroad in the happiest country in the world gave me an opportunity to immerse myself in a culture completely foreign from my own. My time in Copenhagen was filled with long bike rides, an abundance of pastries and tons of Danish hygge. Denmark became home and gave me friends who became family. My five months abroad inspired me to become an active participant in my own education and made me consider what my role in my community truly is. Copenhagen may be a small city, but the impact it had on me is immeasurable."
Katelyn Bereheiko, Senior
Copenhagen, Denmark Fall 2019
Double major psychology and forensic studies
"Deciding to study abroad in Denmark was one of my best decisions. I learned so much about myself, built new friendships, and experienced a new culture while falling in love with Denmark. While travelling in Europe and living in Copenhagen I tried so many new foods and had many experiences I never would have without studying abroad. I am so grateful for the opportunities I had and to be able to call Copenhagen my home. I’m looking forward to visiting my host family and continuing to explore the country."
Marina Matalon, Senior
Berlin Fall 2019
Minor: Forensic Studies
"Studying abroad in Berlin was a life-changing experience for me. I learned about the history of Germany while falling in love with Berlin's diverse culture. I made new lifelong friends who I had the opportunity to travel with across 6 European countries. Hiking the Swiss Alps, visiting a concentration camp, shopping at the German Christmas markets, and seeing the Eiffel Tower were some of my most memorable experiences. Studying abroad took me outside of my comfort zone and has made me a more responsible and open-minded individual. I wouldn't trade my semester in Berlin for anything and hope to visit again soon."
Angela Miceli, Senior
Athens, Greece, Fall 2019
"My time abroad in Athens, Greece was filled with breathtaking adventures and memories I’ll never forget! As someone who is an introvert, I had an incredible opportunity to reach outside my comfort zone and encourage myself to engage with students from all over the world, and immerse myself in a variety of new cultures. My semester abroad helped me realize my independence and adaptability as an emerging adult and it gave me a new perspective on what it means to be an active global citizen."
Allie Hasselt, Senior
Athens, Greece Fall 2019
Granada, Spain Summer 2018
Major: Interdisciplinary Communications and Writing, Specialization in Digital Media
"My study abroad experiences gave me the opportunities to travel to 21 cities and 9 countries, immerse myself in other cultures, and learn new languages. Living with a host mom in Spain forced me out of my shell and improved my Spanish immensely. In Greece, I was able to travel around the country, and the continent, seeing gorgeous landscapes and trying delicious food. I met the most amazing people and created lifelong friendships. Both of my study abroad experiences helped me to grow as a person and they constantly remind me to take advantage of every opportunity. I am forever grateful for study abroad!"
Brianna Greenberg, Senior
Cork, Ireland- Fall 2019
Minor- Classic Civilization
“My time abroad in Ireland was filled with many adventures, breathtaking views, and transformative experiences. Every day was an opportunity for me to challenge myself and reach outside my comfort zone. While I learned a lot in my classes at the University of County Cork, some of the most valuable knowledge that I gained came from my travels, cultural experiences, and my local Irish friends. I thoroughly enjoyed traveling throughout beautiful Ireland and immersing myself in its rich culture. Living and studying in Cork, Ireland enabled me to easily travel to other European countries, such as Italy, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands, and discover their history and culture as well. Reflecting on my time abroad fills me with joy and gratitude. My study abroad experience has made me a more independent, open-minded, and responsible person.”
Brittany Bonin, Senior
Glasgow, Scotland Fall 2019
Political Science Major, History and Theatre Minors
"Studying abroad really helped me develop my sense independence, while also expanding my educational perspective. I had never left the country before departing, and have now traveled to several of the world’s most famous cities, including London and Paris. In addition to my classes in Scotland about the country's rich history, I was also able to explore the history and art of famous historic cites which complemented my course of study beautifully. I am so grateful to have had such an amazing experience abroad and am excited to help others prepare for their own experiences!"
Kathryn McNichol, Senior
Madrid (Alcalá de Henares), Spring 2020
Major/Minor: Communication, Spanish minor
"My experience abroad was one I'll never forget. While I was in Spain, I adapted to a completely different culture and language. I spoke Spanish daily and learned so much about their history, religion, and literature. Every new experience I encountered, I did so with an open mind and a willingness to step outside my comfort zone. It is when we step outside our comfort zone that we experience and learn the most."
Kaylin Malmquist, Senior
Alcala/Madrid, Spain, Fall 2019
Major/Minor: Majoring in Global Studies and Spanish
"My favorite experiences abroad were not necessarily related to my travels, but rather growing and learning in Madrid from my host family and their greater family and friends. I never imagined building such a strong connection with someone where a language barrier separates us, but it became easy as my host family helped me immensely through my time abroad. During my time in Alcalá though, I found a balance between pushing myself to do my best work, while also allowing myself and others to make mistakes in academics and in travels. I developed a new perspective on communication, cultivated a greater attachment to my abroad home, and went outside my comfort zone to intimately understand the culture and society of Spain. I have fallen completely in love with Spain. I love the infinite cultural diversity within one country, and I appreciate their social values of taking each day as its own and making the most of it. I will return, but until then, this experience will influence and excite me for the rest of my life."
Abigail Cote, Senior
Bangkok, Thailand Fall 2019
Major: Psychology Minor: English
"My five months in Bangkok, Thailand will stay with me for the rest of my life. I never imagined that I would adapt to a culture so different from my own and be lucky enough to call it home. I stepped outside my comfort zone by exploring four new countries, eating unique foods and even wearing a uniform! I learned that our world is small in some aspects but also expansive, and we should explore as much as possible even if it's just in our own backyard. I hope to return soon to beautiful Southeast Asia!"
Megan O’Reilly, Senior
Newcastle, England, Full-year 2019-2020
"Studying abroad for the full year in Newcastle was a life-changing experience and put me out of my comfort zone in the best possible way. The abundance of biology courses offered allowed me to explore my specific interests of different subtopics in biology. I was also able to create lifelong friendships with people I got to live with from England. They taught me so much about the culture and way of life in England that I would have never learned in the depth I did if I hadn’t had them. Not only did I get to see countries like Belgium and Northern Ireland. I also got to explore beautiful places in the country that I got to call home like Tynemouth and York. Once I get the opportunity to travel again, I will be going straight back to Newcastle!"
Alexandra Pickett, Senior
Program: Newcastle, England- Fall 2019
Major: Marketing and Information Systems
"Studying abroad was the best decision I’ve ever made. Not only was I able to live, study, and navigate a new and exciting foreign city, but I was also able to make friends for life. I had the opportunity to travel to amazing places such as Spain and Belfast, all while making a home for myself in Newcastle. Most importantly, I gained confidence and developed a stronger sense of independence. Adjusting to a whole new culture and education system forced me way outside of my comfort zone, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat."
Kristen Glass, 2021
Newcastle, England Spring 2020
Major: Biology Minor: Forensic Studies
"My time in Newcastle was an unforgettable experience that I will always remember. Although I was only abroad for two months, I experienced personal growth and became more independent. I befriend my flat mates who showed me around my new home from the very first day until I left in March. I learned about British culture and immersed myself in everything Newcastle had to offer. I visited the beach town of Tynemouth, went to the Beatles museum in Liverpool, and hiked at Hadrian’s Wall. Besides these great trips, everyday life was exciting since I enjoyed delicious food (the Fat Hippo is a must try!), my classes, and the occasional societies meetings. I am fortunate to have been able to go abroad and am glad that I left my comfort zone. I would love to plan a visit back to the UK soon!
Alexander Sansone, 2021
Newcastle, Spring 2020
Major: Political Science Minor: History
Although my time in Newcastle was limited, I was still able to fall in love with the city. While I was abroad, I came to find so many small things about the city I loved. I spent a lot of my free time exploring the different clubs and societies the university offered meeting friends that I still talk to even after returning. I also spent hours exploring the city to learn about new places to go. I would either find a new café or restaurant that I could bring my friends to or just walk around to find what the city offered. While I was unable to travel far, I was able to explore places like York, Liverpool, and Tynemouth. Overall, my time abroad was a lifechanging experience where I grew closer to both my fellow Loyola students and with new friends. I hope that I can return to the city one day when I have the time.