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."
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!"
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."
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!"
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."