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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.

Reach out to them via email or social media to chat or set up a time to meet in person. Some of the things they can help you with:

  • Common misconceptions about study abroad.
  • Tips for preparing to go abroad - banking, budgeting, safety, transportation, packing, independent travel, culture shock, etc.
  • Country specific or program specific advice.
  • Or just connect with them to hear their story!


Click on each GA photo to learn more about their experience.

Megan Harton
College:
CAD, Photographic & Imaging Arts
Country:
Italy
Program Type:
Affiliate (SAI)
Megan Harton
CAD, Photographic & Imaging Arts
Italy

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

Hello! My name is Megan Harton and I’m a third-year Visual Media student. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy during Spring 2020 through an RIT Affiliate Program (SAI).

I’ve wanted to study abroad for as long as I can remember and RIT study abroad gave me the opportunity to do just that! 

I studied abroad for multiple reasons which included experiencing a new culture, learning a different perspective of my major, and having easy accessibility to travel. The most important reason was that I was going outside of my comfort zone. The unknown is scary for me and there are a lot of unknowns by living in a foreign country, but studying abroad is worth the uncertainty. The pictures you see on the internet do not do the sights justice. Everything I saw, and I mean everything, was just breathtaking! 

Please feel free to reach out to me! I want to share my study abroad stories and help ease any concern you might be feeling or to answer any questions you have.

Read Megan's study abroad blog posts:
Experiential Learning in Italy
Top 5 Things to Do in Florence, Italy
 

Imani Stone
College:
CHST, Biomedical Sciences
Country:
England, France
Program Type:
Affiliate (CIEE)
Imani Stone
CHST, Biomedical Sciences
England, France

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

Hello! I studied abroad in Spring 2020. I went to London and Paris, and I had the best time! I chose to go abroad because it was always something that I felt called to do. Seeing other places, experiencing other cultures, and having the opportunity to speak another language were all on the list for reasons I wanted to go abroad. There's no better time to live abroad than when you're in college, so I took advantage of the opportunity! I'm excited to share more of my story and encourage other students to study abroad!

Read Imani's study abroad blog posts:
How Changing Scenery Can Change Your Life
An Unexpected Homestay

Kansas Cushing
College:
CET, Computer Engineering Tech
Country:
Ireland
Program Type:
Faculty-Led
Kansas Cushing
CET, Computer Engineering Tech
Ireland

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

Hello! I'm Kansas and I am a fourth-year Computer Engineering Technology student. Coming from a major with a lot of lab electives, I never thought I would be able to study abroad; but during my second year at RIT, there was an opportunity to do a short-term study abroad program (3 weeks) in Dublin, Ireland for Sustainable Engineering. Choosing to study abroad was one of the best choices I've made in college. Not only did I get to see three beautiful countries while I was there, but I also gained a new passion for my major and found out what I really want to do after I graduate. 

I'm a firm believer in trying anything once, especially during college because you might not be able to get the opportunity again. If you would like to talk more about taking advantage of the study abroad opportunities at RIT, feel free to email me at any time!

Read Kansas' study abroad blog post - Mapping Out and Planning Your Travel

Eric Ansteth
College:
KGCOE, Biomedical Engineering
Country:
Guatemala
Program Type:
Faculty-Led
Eric Ansteth
KGCOE, Biomedical Engineering
Guatemala

Preferred pronouns: He/him/his

I was fortunate enough to travel to Guatemala for a month to repair medical equipment through Engineering World Health (EWH). I enjoy learning about how the world operates and jumping into new and strange situations. Looking forward to talking with all of you!

Read Eric's post on the RIT Study Abroad blog - Making Your Own Decisions

Ethan Bartiromo
College:
COS, Computational Mathematics
Country:
Hungary
Program Type:
Affiliate
Ethan Bartiromo
COS, Computational Mathematics
Hungary

Hi I am Ethan Bartiromo! Before studying abroad, I had never been outside of the United States. Even though I am a Computational Mathematics student, I find learning about European history very intriguing, especially in the 20th century. I love talking about politics and using logic in my debates with friends and family. My dream place to visit is Italy because I have a lot of Italian heritage, and I have distant family there that I have never met. My last name is Bartiromo, and while growing up, I noticed that everyone with the last name Bartiromo is somehow related within (at most) eight generations or so. There's even a Facebook group that I am a part of called "Bartiromo's of the World". However, I did not end up studying abroad in Italy - I decided to study abroad somewhere where I could progress my coursework further.

Being a math major, it was very tough to find a program that suited my needs of higher-level math courses. Still, I was able to find one - Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM). This program is known as one of the most prestigious math study abroad programs for American students worldwide. It takes place in Budapest, Hungary, and has access to world-class professors. One of my professors has a conjecture named after him and Paul Erdos after they worked together on figuring it out. I originally wanted to study abroad in the Summer of 2021, but because of the COVID pandemic, my program enrollment got pushed back to Fall of 2021. I am extremely glad that it did because I got to stay abroad for double the time and meet many more amazing individuals who share my interests! Because of the pandemic I could not travel outside of Hungary during my time abroad, except for my flight in and out of the program. I have a few crazy stories about flight in and out of Budapest though, so if you see me around, make sure to ask!

Overall, this was the most enjoyable semester of my college career. Even though at times I was stressed due to homework and sick for about three weeks, I still could not believe how absolutely fascinating it was to be there! If I could go back to Europe after I graduate and spend another four months traveling, that would be my dream! Studying abroad can be scary at first, but by the end you don’t want to leave! I wish you all good luck with your school and studying abroad and studying abroad endeavors! I hope that you can make that leap like I, and so many others did - especially during this challenging time period. It will help you get your mind off of the inconveniences the pandemic has caused!

Roxette Burgos
College:
KGCOE, Electrical Engineering
Country:
UAE
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Roxette Burgos
KGCOE, Electrical Engineering
UAE

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

As salam aleykum! My name is Roxette Burgos and I am a third-year electrical engineering major. I studied abroad at RIT Dubai Spring 2019. I decided to go abroad because I wanted to learn more about myself and just get a better global mindset. After studying abroad, I can definitely say I became way more open-minded and met people from different countries! I traveled to Europe and Africa while abroad. Going abroad, I did many firsts like riding a camel and even eating camel! I definitely recommend if you have the chance, go abroad!

Read Roxette's study abroad blog post - Study Break? Time to Explore Dubai!

Paulina Hudspeth
College:
SCB
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Paulina Hudspeth
SCB
Croatia

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

Hi everyone! My name is Paulina Hudspeth, and I am an international student here at RIT Rochester. I am originally from Dubrovnik, Croatia, and this is my junior year as a Supply-Chain Management student. I love exploring and experiencing new things, and that’s one of the reasons I’ve decided to move to Zagreb, Croatia last year and do a full year of study abroad at the RIT Zagreb campus. During my year in Zagreb, I traveled to different cities in and out of Croatia with new friends that I’ve made there. Since Zagreb is a city full of students, I’ve enjoyed many activities available for us every weekend and sometimes during the week. Being exposed to different things made me more mindful and adaptable to new situations. With all these experiences, I believe I have a good foundation of skills to get around anywhere. Study abroad really helps with this and if you have any questions about my experience in Croatia, please reach out!

Lauren Mackey
College:
CET, Packaging Science
Country:
Scotland
Program Type:
Affiliate (Arcadia)
Lauren Mackey
CET, Packaging Science
Scotland

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

I'm a 4th year Packaging Science major. I studied abroad in Spring 2019 in Scotland and it was the best experience ever. I lived in a flat with about 30 other study abroad students from all over the world. We all grew really close and they're some of the best friends I could've asked for. Obviously, packaging science isn't super common, so there weren't any classes there directly related to my major that I could take. So I finished up all of the general education and elective classes I needed, such as Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and I even got to take a Scottish Culture class that was super interesting. While I was there I traveled around to 9 different countries, which is more than I probably would be able to do in a lifetime if it weren't for studying abroad. It was such a great experience and really helped me grow and become a more well-rounded person.

Read Lauren's post on the RIT Study Abroad blog - Scotland Top 5

Hunter Mascia
College:
CAD, Film & Animation
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Hunter Mascia
CAD, Film & Animation
Croatia

Preferred pronouns: He/him/his

Bok! I’m Hunter Mascia and I am a 3rd year 3D Animation major. I studied psychology in Zagreb, Croatia, at an RIT global campus. Studying abroad in Zagreb was an amazing experience! It gave me a chance to see so much of Europe! During my time abroad I was also able to go to Italy, Austria, and Germany. I was also able to see most of Croatia outside of Zagreb as well. My friends and I were able to make it to Plitvice, Split, Zadar, and Dubrovnik. While in Zagreb I also attended many festivals, museums, and attractions. Zagreb offers a lot to do. During the day you can explore the historic city, go shopping, or even go hiking. During one hiking trip, my friends and I ran into an abandoned castle! I loved trying all the food and walking through the beautiful city every week. My favorite part was all the friends I was able to make overseas! Going abroad reinstalled the hope in me that there is so much out there. It was a major confidence boost too, knowing I could go somewhere and not only survive, but thrive. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in studying abroad! It’s worth it!

Read Hunter's study abroad blog post - Oh No, My Passport!

Darryl Miller
College:
CLA, Psychology
Country:
Kosovo
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Darryl Miller
CLA, Psychology
Kosovo

Preferred pronouns: He/him/his

Greetings, my name is Darryl and I am a fourth-year Psychology Major here at RIT! I studied abroad at one of RIT’s global campuses in Kosovo. I applied to study abroad because I wanted to gain a new perspective on life and how people and things differ from what I am used to. As a Psychology Major, I am fascinated with how people live and interact with others, and how their life experiences influence their behaviors, which is why studying the recent war, history, and current political conflicts in Southeastern Europe was so intriguing to me. Not only was it interesting to me, but it also provided me with priceless knowledge about the people and cultures in those regions of the world, which allowed me to develop a new appreciation for diversity on a grander scale than what I was used to before my experience abroad.

I want to help and encourage more students to study abroad because I firmly believe that it is the adventures that we choose to embark on in life that help mold us into the unique individuals that we are meant to be. I can’t guarantee that studying abroad will change your life, but I can say that it will provide you with a new perspective on life which may very well leave a lasting impact on you. I believe that everyone should experience life abroad on some level because we never really know what the world has to offer until we muster up the courage to go out there and explore. Yes, it may be confusing and uncomfortable at first, but life begins at the end of your comfort zone, so why wait? Let’s start living!

Read Darryl's post on the RIT Study Abroad blog - Being Black Abroad

Dominique Molee
College:
GCCIS, Computing & Information Technology
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Dominique Molee
GCCIS, Computing & Information Technology
Croatia

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

Hi! I am Dominique Molee and I am a 4th year Computing and Information Technology major. In the summer of 2018 I studied psychology in Zagreb, Croatia at RIT’s Global Campus! Previous to studying abroad, I had never been outside of the country and as a 'new traveler’, I cannot recommend study abroad enough as it was truly the experience of a lifetime.

During my time in Zagreb, I functioned as a full-time Croatian - I lived in an apartment in the city, shopped in local supermarkets, tried local restaurants and food, took public transit to class, and celebrated the many festivals and city-wide events Zagreb has throughout the summer! I was also able to take trips to cities around Croatia, Italy, Germany, Austria, and France. Throughout my study abroad experience, I was able to connect with new people, visit places I did not even know existed, and learned truly how big and amazing the world is! Please feel free to reach out to me with questions about anything and everything study abroad!

Read Dominique's study abroad blog post - Summer Psychology in Croatia

Jesse Phelps
College:
CHST, Physician Assistant
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Jesse Phelps
CHST, Physician Assistant
Croatia

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

My name is Jesse and I am a second-year Physician Assistant major. As a child, I had a natural curiosity that led me to medicine and adventures. I have always enjoyed traveling and being able to learn about other cultures. 

Last summer I was offered the greatest learning opportunity possible, to study psychology while living in Croatia. While abroad I learned so much about myself and other cultures. I was able to make lifelong friends and travel to 5 different countries all in six weeks. My time abroad gave me the confidence to step outside of my comfort zone as well as a plethora of memories that I will never forget. 

When I returned to the US I immediately found myself wishing that I was traveling again. However, some of my hobbies here include playing soccer and lacrosse, reading, surfing, and spending time with friends and family. If you see someone lying in the grass with their eyes closed and head pointed at the sun it is definitely me, so come over and say "hi"! If you have any questions about my study abroad experience do not hesitate to reach out. 

Read Jesse's post on the RIT Study Abroad blog - Where I Left My Footprint in Europe

Scilla Raymond-Gazave
College:
College of Art & Design
Country:
Cuba, Germany
Program Type:
RIT Faculty-Led, Work Abroad
Scilla Raymond-Gazave
College of Art & Design
Cuba, Germany

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

Hi! I'm Scilla! I love cats, food, video games, and naps. I've also always loved traveling, and to me studying abroad felt like a natural extension of that. That doesn't mean that it wasn't scary, just that I knew I would always regret it if I didn't just go for it. Studying abroad has helped me think critically in a cultural context, better understand the world around me, and be an overall more compassionate person. Also, great friends and great memories! I think everyone will come out a different person after their time abroad. Aren't you curious about what that version of you would look like?

Jenny Vickery
College:
SCB, Management Information Systems
Country:
Ireland
Program Type:
Affiliate
Jenny Vickery
SCB, Management Information Systems
Ireland

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

Hi everyone! My name is Jenny, and I am a fourth-year Management Information Systems student. In Fall 2022, I studied abroad in Ireland. I was lucky enough to visit a few other European countries while I was there as well! I traveled to Belgium, The Netherlands, Greece, and Northern Ireland (and a loooong layover in England) :)

Studying abroad has made me more independent and appreciative of opportunities. From taking the train for the first time to flying solo to mainland Europe, I learned how to get out of my comfort zone! Although I gained independence, I still made many friends along the way. You have nothing to lose by saying "hi" and introducing yourself. I met some great people just by talking to the person next to me at the pub or in the Airbnb upstairs from me! I want to show students how wonderful it is to study abroad and keep an open mind to it. At the start of my undergraduate degree, I was not interested in studying abroad. It wasn't until lockdown I realized I didn't want to take anything for granted. The world can change quickly and opportunities can disappear if not taken. Studying abroad provides a time to go out and explore a country/region. You likely will never get another opportunity quite like it. After college, it becomes harder to go out and travel, let alone for months at a time! Studying abroad allows you to experience as much as you like while still completing your degree. We often see other cultures through social media or TV and, it creates a sense that we know their culture. Studying abroad allows you to immerse and experience it for yourself. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get away for a few months and experience a new place, relatively risk-free.