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!


Jacob Landis, Senior
Leuven, Belgium Full Year 2017-2018
Major: Global Studies Minor: French

“Studying abroad for the full year in Leuven, Belgium was one of the best decisions of my life. It allowed me to fully integrate myself into a culture different from my own, learn a new language, make new friends, travel to different countries in Europe, and live independently. Most importantly, it helped me grow as a student, citizen, and human. I wouldn’t change anything about my experience, and I recommend it to anybody thinking about studying abroad!”



Delani Pecchioli, Senior
Copenhagen Fall 2017
Major: Global Studies
Minors: Gender Studies & Spanish

"Studying abroad was such an amazing experience for me. Deciding to go to Copenhagen might arguably be the best decision I've ever made! I got to know so many new people, experience so many interesting things, and eat a lot of really great food! Living in Europe really opened my eyes to the world around me, and I can’t wait to go back!"


Olivia Airhart, Senior
Copenhagen Fall 2017
Major: Communications: Advertising and Digital Media

“I never thought that I could be the person that studied abroad. But, living in a Copenhagen, Denmark for four months truly changed me as a person and changed my whole outlook on life. Living in Copenhagen allowed me to find my home away from home and discover parts of the world I never thought I would see. I fell in love with Scandinavian culture and truly felt as though I had evolved into a Dane by the end of my time in Copenhagen. I already have plans to go back and visit the wonderful place and people I consider my second family!”



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

"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!"



Liz Bellar, Senior
Lyon, France

"Studying abroad in Lyon was the best four months of my life. Not only did I learn French and about the French culture, but I learned important life skills and about what I want to do with my future."



Carmen Machalek, Senior
Athens, Greece Spring 2018
Major: Public Relations
Minor: History

"Studying abroad and living in Athens for four months was the best adventure that I could've ever imagined having the opportunity to experience. Immersing myself in the rich culture, speaking the language (to the best of my ability!), and traveling to 23 cities in Greece/Europe, I couldn’t have picked a better country to give me a perfect balance of all three. And, the pictures you see of Greece will never do it justice, it's just absolutely breathtaking. I’ll never forget the friends I’ve made who made this place that feel like home. Everything Greece and abroad has given me, I will treasure for the rest of my life."


Megan Goddard

Meagan Goddard, Senior
Athens, Greece Fall 2017
Major: Marketing
Minor: Communications

"Studying abroad in Athens, Greece was easily the best four months of my life. Whether it was in learning the Greek language, traveling on my own, or trying new foods, I ventured far outside my comfort zone in more ways than one. I gained a new perspective of myself and the world. Athens shaped me into the person I am today and allowed me to make memories I will cherish for a lifetime."


Natalie Muñoz, Senior
Athens, Greece Spring 2018
Major: English
Minor: Communications

"Having the opportunity to Study Abroad in Athens, Greece changed my entire college experience. Not only was I able to take classes in another country, but I also made friends who live all around the world, tried new foods, embraced the Greek culture, and went on countless adventures in the place that I now call my second home. Given the chance, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat."



Emilie Zuhowski, Junior   Emilie 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!" 



Keith Bishop, Junior  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."




irelandKyra Daigle, Senior
Major: Biology with a minor in Chemistry on the Pre-Medicine track
Program: Cork Fall 2017

"As a Pre-Medicine student, often there aren't many opportunities to study abroad and still graduate on time. However, at Loyola that doesn't have to be the case! Cork was a city that became my second home and it was the experience of a lifetime to live and learn there. I am counting down the days until I can return to the most beautiful country on Earth and am so thankful to have had this opportunity."


Brigid Maelia, Senior
Cork, Ireland Fall
Major: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Minor: Communication

"The opportunity to study abroad in Cork, Ireland not only increased my independence as an individual but also my confidence in pursuing my life dreams. Being able to really emerge myself in a new culture and experience traveling abroad with friends changed my outlook on the world and helped me find my place in this not so big world."


Caitlyn O'SullivanCaitlin O’Sullivan, Senior
Cork, Ireland Fall 2017
Major: Finance Minors: Mathematics & Information Systems

“Studying abroad was such a great experience where I learned so much about the world and about myself.  Living in Cork, Ireland for four and a half months taught me to not only appreciate, but to embrace people, cultures and customs with a different background than my own.  Ireland will forever hold a piece of my heart!"


Katie Taylor, Junior  katie taylor
Cork, 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.”



Katelyn Zelko, Senior
Florence, Spring 2018
Majors: Economics and Finance

"Having the opportunity to study abroad was without a doubt the best four months of my life. Being able to immerse myself into a new culture truly showed me how big the world is and how much there is to see beyond the boundaries of where I call home. I will always be grateful for how much Florence taught me about myself and I miss it more every day, and I can assure you my tummy misses it too! I cannot wait to go back to my second home as soon as I can."


New Zealand

Erin MullinErin Mullin, Senior
Auckland, New Zealand
Elementary Education Major, Special Education Minor

"After spending a semester abroad in New Zealand, I have learned a lot about myself while also gaining a whole new sense of adventure. There are so many amazing places to explore and an endless amount of breathtaking views. I wouldn't change my experience for the world and cannot wait to go back someday!" 



Molly Newland, Senior
Amsterdam, The Netherlands Spring 2018
Major: Accounting

"Spending 6 months on exchange in Amsterdam, I soon became a local in everything from biking to Dutch pancakes. Having the ability to immerse yourself in a different culture is an amazing opportunity. The challenges I faced while living in The Netherlands only made me a more independent and culturally observant person. I cannot wait to go back some day and try out the Dutch I have learned!"


Krista McKenzie, Senior
Major: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Minor: Spanish

"Studying abroad in Madrid was an unbelievable opportunity that allowed me to finally immerse myself in the Spanish culture that I've been learning about since kindergarten. Between traveling around Europe, improving my Spanish speaking skills, making new friends, and trying new things, studying abroad was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life."



Julian Pagan, Senior 
Alcala, Spain Spring 2018
Major: Finance & International Business julian

"Deciding to study abroad in Spain was the best decision I've made for myself here at Loyola. Experiencing the culture that is Spain and also Europe was incredibly enriching and was full of knowledge that you simply can't experience in a college classroom. Surrounding myself in all the culture and meeting so many amazing people really showed me not only how big this world is but how beautiful it truly is. I fully intend to go back to continue traveling in order to see what else there is out there. I hope that anyone considering studying abroad takes the leap so that they too can have an experience of a lifetime." 


Adelina Harvey, Junior
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!"


Peyton Aleixo, Junior 
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!"




Danielle HahnDanielle Hahn, Senior
Bangkok, Thailand
Major: Psychology
Minor: Special Education

"Choosing to study abroad in Bangkok, Thailand was one of the best experiences of my life. Traveling abroad was an eye opening opportunity that enabled me to step out of my comfort zone and become who I am today. I was able to meet amazing new people, try new food, and learn to adapt to a new way of life. I am hoping to return after graduation and participate in Teach for Thailand!"


Colleen Hudak, Senior
Major: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Minor: Special Education

"Studying abroad on the other side of the world, specifically in the area of Southeast Asia, exposed me to a culture and lifestyle that were unfamiliar to me. Five months living in Bangkok, Thailand allowed me to grow as a more independent and confident individual who has a newfound openness for trying new things and going outside of my comfort zone. As a college student, I feel blessed to have embraced the opportunity to become a well-rounded person and student by broadening my perspective of the world to not only include my community in Baltimore, but also the community in which I engaged and grew to love in Thailand."



Emily Morvey, Junior    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!”




United Kingdom

Hailey Bulman, Senior
Major: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Minor: Special Education 

"I never thought I was the type to study abroad until I took a chance on myself and decided to go! Although adjusting to a new culture isn't always easy (even if it is right across the pond), I am incredibly grateful I took part in this amazing opportunity Loyola has to offer. Abroad is about casting aside any judgments or fears you may have and not being so hard on yourself or others. The world is so large and there are no right or wrong routes. After traveling to 9 countries and numerous cities during my time abroad, I have learned it's okay to get a little lost, it's all part of the journey!" 


Charlotte Lomas, Senior
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Full Year 2017-2018
Major: Psychology
Minor: Forensic Studies

“Studying abroad was an opportunity for me to reconnect with England and rediscover myself. While I was abroad, I realized what I wanted to pursue as my future career as well as devling deeper into my major than I felt I had at Loyola. An opportunity to get new perspectives helped me learn more about my field and explore the possibility of studying in England for my postgraduate degree.”


Andrea Domo-Ibea, Senior
Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, Spring 2018
Major: Communications

"Going abroad was something I always thought was a fairytale. I'm from an inner city, and I have Asian Immigrant parents who never travel anywhere they aren't familiar with, even if it is only a town 20 minutes away. I never really been anywhere,until Studying abroad. I have been confined to only ever knew the life of Urban Street Culture. And of course going to Baltimore and back.I was walking through my life wearing horse blinders, only ever knowing one way of life. Thanks to Loyola's Study Abroad Programs, I finally saw what it was like to be out in a bigger world instead of sitting down at home feeling like England is a made up story. And it was beautiful. I am more than grateful to have studied in Newcastle for about 5-6 months. I learned about other ways of life, made new friends, and the true meaning of being part of a welcoming community. When I was little , I swore that I was going to go far away to chase my dreams, I didn't know where, until now and I can't wait to return to England!"


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