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RIT Global

Global Ambassadors are students just like you that have gone through the study abroad experience. They are a great source of information for more country specific questions or if you just are playing around with the idea of study abroad but are not ready yet to talk to a study abroad advisor.

Email our Global Ambassadors to set up a meeting!

Emily Wagner
College:
COS
Country:
Denmark
Program Type:
Affiliate (DIS)
Emily Wagner
COS
Denmark

Hej alle! My name is Emily Wagner, and I am a 4th year biotechnology student in COS. I am a sister of Alpha Xi Delta, a YearOne peer advisor and now one of your Global Ambassadors! I spent my spring semester studying medical biotechnology and drug development in Copenhagen through DIS. While there, I lived with a host mother, learned a little bit of Danish, and how to embrace the popular concept of hygge. One of my favorite moments abroad was seeing the Northern Lights while on a short weekend trip to Iceland (one of the best things is how easy it is to travel while abroad!). I can offer my tips and tricks of traveling and navigating around your new home and the countries you visit in your own study abroad experience, and how to make the most of immersing yourself in the culture around you. Feel free to email me with any questions you may have!

Jane Brown
College:
SCB
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Jane Brown
SCB
Croatia

Hey there! My name is Jane Brown and I am a 4th year New Media Marketing major. Spring semester 2017, I embarked on my boldest adventure yet: studying abroad at RIT's campus in Zagreb, Croatia. My journey consisted of many "firsts", including my first time visiting another country AND my first time on a plane. I didn't know any of the other students going, and I really had no idea what to expect. However, I faced each new challenge head-on and came out with some amazing memories and lifelong friends, both American and Croatian. My favorite memory is simply walking around Zagreb and enjoying coffee (I recommend a vanilla nescafe!) with my Croatian peers. I'm so excited to help students get out of their comfort zone and become the most worldly, fearless versions of themselves! If you're interested in the USA-Croatia Exchange program, new to traveling and need someone to vent to, or just want to talk about study abroad in general, I'm all ears - feel free to send me an email.

Keyana Fariello
College:
KGCOE
Country:
Guatemala
Program Type:
Faculty-Led
Keyana Fariello
KGCOE
Guatemala

Hello,​ ​my​ ​name​ ​is​ ​Keyana​ ​Fariello.​ ​​ ​I’m​ ​an​ ​undergraduate​ ​biomedical​ ​engineering​ ​student​ ​at RIT.​ ​​ ​Over​ ​the​ ​2107​ ​winter​ ​intersession,​ ​I​ ​volunteered​ ​with​ ​Engineering​ ​World​ ​Health​ ​in Guatemala.​ ​​ ​This​ ​study​ ​abroad​ ​opportunity​ ​allowed​ ​me​ ​to​ ​work​ ​in​ ​underprivileged​ ​hospitals.​ ​​ ​I spent​ ​a​ ​couple​ ​weeks​ ​working​ ​on​ ​hospital​ ​equipment​ ​that​ ​was​ ​not​ ​working​ ​correctly​ ​or​ ​did​ ​not have​ ​native​ ​Spanish​ ​instructions.​ ​​ ​I​ ​learned​ ​about​ ​the​ ​culture,​ ​hiked​ ​volcanoes,​ ​and​ ​volunteered during​ ​my​ ​three​ ​week​ ​experience.​ ​​ ​The​ ​time​ ​I​ ​spent​ ​was​ ​invaluable​ ​and​ ​I​ ​encourage​ ​every student​ ​to​ ​study​ ​abroad.​ ​​ ​If​ ​you’re​ ​interested​ ​in​ ​going​ ​abroad,​ ​please​ ​email​ ​me!

Solomon Mercurio
College:
GCCIS
Country:
Spain
Program Type:
Affiliate (SAI)
Solomon Mercurio
GCCIS
Spain

Hi everyone! My name is Solomon, and I am pursuing a career as a Digital Experience Designer through my major, New Media Interactive Development, in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. As a 4th year I am grateful for the opportunity to study abroad. It helped shape the way I think about culture, people, and has inspired me to want to work cross culturally post-graduation in May. I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona through SAI. Studying abroad has been one of the pivotal experiences in my academic career at RIT. My peers came from Belgium, Germany, Argentina, Egypt, Albania, Mexico, Uzbekistan, South Korea, Japan, China, and of course the USA. This gave a great perspective on how different cultures learn, are taught, and work together. I took a cross-cultural management class (just to get my feet wet in the business world), and every day we discussed different norms among my peer’s diverse cultures. For anyone interested in studying abroad, or who asks themselves, “what type of study abroad experience do I want to have?”, I’m here to help! Let’s start brainstorming!

Theresa McDonald
College:
CAD
Country:
China
Program Type:
Affiliate (CIEE)
Theresa McDonald
CAD
China

Hello! My name is Theresa McDonald and I'm a 3rd year honors student with a major in 2D Animation and a minor in Chinese language. I had the amazing opportunity to spend the summer of 2017 in Beijing, China through CIEE to study the language and earn credits for my minor. Being immersed in the language every day, I found that I was able to improve my skills immensely. Outside of studying, I made a great effort in exploring the city and seeing as much as I could. From this experience, I've not only improved my Chinese language level, but I have also gained a greater insight into the culture and the people who live there. I've come out a much stronger and independent person and I couldn't be more thankful. Please feel free to email me with any questions!

Lily Mazur
College:
KGCOE
Country:
Sweden, Ireland
Program Type:
Faculty-Led & Affiliate (Arcadia)
Lily Mazur
KGCOE
Sweden, Ireland

Hi! My name is Lily Mazur and I’m a fourth year Mechanical Engineering student. I spent the summer of 2014 in Malmo, Sweden on an RIT faculty-led program, then spring of 2017 in Dublin, Ireland on an Arcadia program. One of the best experiences I’ve had abroad is rock climbing outside for the first time in Dalkey Quarry, Dublin. Going abroad is one of the best experiences there is, so if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!

Justin Flory
College:
GCCIS
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Justin Flory
GCCIS
Croatia

Përshëndetje! Or hello, in Albanian. My name is Justin and I'm an undergraduate student working towards my bachelor's degree in Networking & Systems Administration in GCCIS. In the spring 2017 semester, I studied abroad at the Dubrovnik campus of RIT Croatia. While abroad, I promised myself to try stepping out of my comfort zone and to try new things. During my five months abroad, I visited Brussels, Belgium; Brno, Czechia; Tirana, Albania; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Mumbai, India! My experiences traveling were life-changing, and I want to help others create their own special travel adventures to see the world from a new point of view. Feel free to email me with any of your travel questions, or we can get coffee to help you chart your own journey.

Kasey Mathews
College:
SCB
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Kasey Mathews
SCB
Croatia

Hello! I'm Kasey Mathews, a fourth-year Business Management student, with minors in International Business and Advertising and Public Relations. During spring 2017, I was given the opportunity to take part in an exchange program through Saunders College of Business. Along with six other American students, I was able to study at the RIT Croatia campus in Zagreb. We took classes for five weeks with Croatian students, during which time I was able to explore Croatia, from one end to the other. I went through my day as a full Croatian, taking part in the cuisine, the pastimes, and making many friends. After those five weeks, both the American and Croatian students returned to Rochester to finish out the semester, allowing us to host the Croatian students. It was a unique opportunity that I'll never forget, and I'm ready to return in a heartbeat and reunite with my Croatian friends!

For anyone who might be hesitant to travel somewhere full of strangers in a completely new culture, I urge you to come have a chat with me and, above all else, take chances. You never know what you'll find, until you take the opportunity to see.

Geraldine Dang
College:
CAD
Country:
Japan & Singapore
Program Type:
Faculty-Led & Affiliate (CIEE)
Geraldine Dang
CAD
Japan & Singapore

Hi everyone! My name is Geraldine Dang - I am deaf and a senior year 3D Digital Design student. I had the wonderful pleasure to study abroad in Japan for 11 days in 2016. I also worked for an internship and studied abroad in Singapore for 2 months this past summer in 2017. I learned about many new cultural and traditional places. I accepted and welcome the challenge of traveling and working in a new place. I had the great opportunity to connect and make new friends through the Deaf Coffee Chat in Singapore. I would love to share my experience and help other students study abroad. Email me if you are curious about study abroad! I look forward to seeing you!

Alessandra Santarosa
College:
CLA
Country:
Kosovo
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Alessandra Santarosa
CLA
Kosovo

Hi, my name is Alessandra Santarosa and I am a third-year Political Science major. I spent this past summer at the RIT Kosovo campus as part of the Peace and Conflict Studies summer program. I have also done two exchange programs while in high school, one to France and another one to Germany. This summer I visited a vast amount of countries both on my own and with a group. I plan to return to Kosovo this next summer to either pursue research in post conflict studies or get an internship. I would love to answer any questions about studying abroad and being on your own!

Madeline Slack
College:
CLA
Country:
Kosovo
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Madeline Slack
CLA
Kosovo

Hi everyone! My name is Madeline and I’m a third year student with a double major in International and Global Studies as well as Sociology and Anthropology. This past summer I traveled to Kosovo to take part in the Peace and Conflict summer program at RIT Kosovo. My favorite moment(s) was the week long study trip we did before classes started, during which we got to visit Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia. Let me know if you have any questions regarding study abroad!

John Ste. Marie
College:
KGCOE
Country:
Bhutan
Program Type:
Affiliate (School for Field Studies)
John Ste. Marie
KGCOE
Bhutan

Hello! My name is John Ste. Marie and I am a 4th year chemical engineering student. I spent the duration of the fall 2016 semester living at a government research station in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan taking classes in environmental science and performing research through the School for Field Studies. Bhutan is known as one of the most environmentally friendly countries in the world, as well as the pioneer of Gross National Happiness, so getting the opportunity to study the disposition towards the environment, happiness, and life in general was truly special, and has forever changed the way I see the world. In engineering, it is common to hear, "you can't study abroad as an engineer" but I am walking proof that it is possible, and that the experiences will make you a more diverse and multifaceted engineer. If you have any questions about Bhutan, studying abroad, or anything else, don't hesitate to ask!

Megan Hunt
College:
CHST
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Megan Hunt
CHST
Croatia

Hi, I’m Megan Hunt. I’m a 4th year student in the Physician Assistant program here at RIT. I studied abroad at the RIT Croatia campus in Dubrovnik for Intersession 2017. While I was there I was able to experience a new culture and study with a mix of other students from the Rochester campus, students from Croatia, and students from the RIT Dubai campus! Studying abroad has been one of my favorite parts of my college experience and stepping out of my comfort zone and immersing myself in a new culture helped me grow as a person. I recommend going abroad to anybody who has the opportunity, if you have any questions please feel free to email me at meh8975@rit.edu

Ndeye (Fatou) Diop
College:
KGCOE
Country:
United Arab Emirates
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Ndeye (Fatou) Diop
KGCOE
United Arab Emirates

Hello! My name is Ndeye Fatou Diop. I am a third year mechanical engineering student from Senegal and the USA. I spent the spring semester of 2016 at RIT Dubai. It was an amazing experience and Dubai is a beautiful city! Email me with any questions you may have about studying abroad at RIT Dubai!

Connor Draughn
College:
SCB
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Connor Draughn
SCB
Croatia

Hey everyone! I'm Connor Draughn and am a 3rd year student majoring in Hospitality with a minor in History. I studied abroad to Dubrovnik through RIT Croatia for the Fall Semester of 2017. While overseas I was able to travel throughout Europe during my free time to The Netherlands, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovakia, and Austria. I am fluent in spoken English and sign language. If you have any questions or please do not hesitate to contact me anytime - I'm happy to help every way as possible!

Tommy Russo
College:
SCB
Country:
Italy
Program Type:
Affiliate (IES)
Tommy Russo
SCB
Italy

Hey everybody, my name is Tommy and I studied abroad in Milan, Italy through IES Aborad during my sophomore year in the Spring semester of 2017. I am currently a Business Management major with a duel minor in Construction Management and Environmental Studies and I chose to study in Milan because of the awesome business studies program they have to offer. Milan is an amazing place to study abroad because it is also an international travel hub, giving you access to cheap tickets to super fun destinations! My spring break alone consisted of traveling to Morocco, Portugal, and Ireland. Studying abroad really is a life changing experience and if you are interested in ANY program RIT has to offer, please do not hesitate to reach out to me!

My top 5 tips for studying abroad in Italy:

1) Be sure to travel to both Northern and Southern Italy - they are quite different from each other!
2) Try the Italian coffee!
3) Follow a professional football club!
4) Take a wine tasting class!
5) Make friends with locals and see what they do for fun!

Elizabeth Bova
Elizabeth Bova
College:
CLA
Country:
United Arab Emirates
Program Type:
Affiliate (CIEE)
Elizabeth Bova
CLA
United Arab Emirates

Hi! My name is Elizabeth and I studied abroad in the United Arab Emirates. I am double majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Global International Studies and am minoring in Arabic. One of my favorite experiences abroad was being a part of the American University of Sharjah's Women's basketball team

Erin Dugan
Erin Dugan
College:
SCB
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Erin Dugan
SCB
Croatia

Hi, my name is Erin Dugan and I am a fourth-year hospitality student. I was lucky enough to be able to study abroad at RIT Croatia in Dubrovnik fall semester of 2016. While I was there I had the opportunity to travel to Ireland, England, the Netherlands, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. I learned so much and I can’t wait to do more traveling in the future! I would love to help people study abroad, because I had such a great experience and I know they will too!

If anyone is thinking about studying abroad anywhere, please email me for more information. I would love to answer any questions you may have!

Rebekah Geller
Rebekah Geller
College:
SCB
Country:
England, Germany
Program Type:
Affiliate (CIEE & IES)
Rebekah Geller
SCB
England, Germany

Hi, my name is Rebekah and I graduated in spring 2017 with a major in International and Global Studies and a minor in German. I am currently a graduate student in Saunders College of Business studying Management. I studied in London, England (through CIEE) and Freiburg, Germany (through IES) during my junior year. My favorite experience abroad was taking day trips to explore the many different cities of Europe!

Kevin Mejia
Kevin Mejia
College:
SCB, CLA
Country:
Germany, England, France
Program Type:
Affiliate (CIEE)
Kevin Mejia
SCB, CLA
Germany, England, France

Hi everyone! My name is Kevin Mejia and I am a third year double major in Management and International & Global Studies with an Immersion in French. For the fall 2016 semester I won the CIEE Global Scholars Grant which gave me the opportunity to live and learn in three different European countries. I studied in Berlin, Germany then London, England, and then Paris, France, each for 6 weeks. During my time in Europe I got to network and meet new people from all around the world and even organized various trips for my friends to six other European countries. Feel free to message or email me for more information with anything regarding studying abroad!

Britta Schwall
College:
SCB
Country:
Croatia, Germany
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Britta Schwall
SCB
Croatia, Germany

Heya, I’m Britta Schwall! I’m a 4th year student studying Business Management. I studied abroad at the RIT Croatia campus in Zagreb in fall 2016 and again in Bonn, Germany at United Nations University in summer 2017. I have had opportunities to learn from outstanding researchers, gain real-life work experience in an entirely new field, meet people from all over Europe and be a part of the international joint master program. From studying abroad, I created memories that I will forever hold close to my heart! If you ever have an opportunity to study abroad or simply travel - DO IT!! You will be surprised at how much you would learn from it. Please do contact me if you're interested or would like to connect about your interest in study abroad. We can help work towards your goals and ambitions to study overseas!

Tomomi Takeuchi
Tomomi Takeuchi
College:
GCCIS
Country:
Japan
Program Type:
Affiliate (CIEE)
Tomomi Takeuchi
GCCIS
Japan

Hi, I'm Tomomi Takeuchi, a graduate student in Human-Computer Interaction and I studied abroad in Tokyo, Japan through CIEE in spring 2015. My study abroad was a chance for rediscovery, and I will share all of my tips to enhance your time abroad!

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