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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.

Kasey Mathews
College:
College of Business
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Kasey Mathews
College of Business
Croatia

Hello! I'm Kasey Mathews, an MBA student. 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.

Diana Kulawiec
College:
College of Engineering
Country:
New Zealand
Program Type:
Affiliate (Arcadia)
Diana Kulawiec
College of Engineering
New Zealand

Hi, my name is Diana Kulawiec and I am a 4th year Biomedical Engineering student with a minor in Mathematics at RIT. I am also a member of the Women's Tennis Team on campus. I spent the spring semester of 2018 studying abroad at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Additionally, I  worked at the Bio Protection Research Centre in Lincoln, New Zealand for a summer/fall co-op. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to spend almost an entire year abroad, and the ability to experience life as both a student and a worker overseas. New Zealand is a beautiful country filled with incredible natural wonders, native culture, and welcoming people. The memories and friendships that I made abroad will last a lifetime, and I am so excited to share my experiences with my peers and help others with the study abroad process.

Gabriella Wolf
College:
College of Science
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Gabriella Wolf
College of Science
Croatia

Hello, my name is Gabriella Wolf and I am a 3rd year Computational Mathematics major. I studied psychology in Zagreb, Croatia, at a RIT global campus. Studying abroad is an amazing experience!  It gave me a chance to see Europe; during that time I was also able to go to France, Italy, Austria, and Germany. I also was able to explore many of the festivals and events Zagreb had to offer. There were flower markets, antique fairs, and food festivals. I loved trying all of the food and seeing all of the old architecture. Exploring a new culture is eye-opening and it made the world seem much bigger. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in studying abroad!

Belma Sokolov
College:
College of Business
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Belma Sokolov
College of Business
Croatia

Hello and Dobar dan! My name is Belma Sokolovic and I am a Senior student of International Hospitality and Service Innovation from RIT Croatia Dubrovnik  studying abroad this year in Rochester, NY. I am originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital -Sarajevo and I have also recently gotten back from Antalya, Turkey where I lived for 3 months and did my summer co-op. This is actually my third time being here in ROC, because I simply fell in love with this city and decided to come back...Only this time, I get not to only experience the town as a tourist, but also live like a local!

RIT Croatia and especially Dubrovnik campus is stunning. It is truly a whole different world; a world which slows down and makes you take a deep breath of salty lavender air while drinking your mandatory afternoon cup of "bijela kava" (Croatian for "latte"). It's a town where you can safely go out even in the middle of the night and be safe, a town whose streets generations of emperors, as well as modern day celebrities have walked on.  For a small town, Dubrovnik has a lot to say and a lot to teach you about. The only thing I would say is, be careful if you decide to study in Dubrovnik, you may fall in love with it and want to come back!

As for the RIT campus here in Rochester, I try to do and see as much as possible! Considering the fact that I was a mentor to several groups of study abroad students, it only made sense for me to move my life (again) to this continent and reunite with my friends who now feel more like a family. I am, however, always more than happy to meet more people to go for coffee with and inspire them to go abroad so they could also enjoy the Balkan coffee ritual just as much as I do. Vidimo se! / See you!

Guillermo Burgos
College:
School of Individualized Study
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Guillermo Burgos
School of Individualized Study
Croatia

Hola! (Hey!) My name is Guillermo Burgos. You can call me “Guilly.” I’m a senior this year and I’m deaf and hard of hearing. My major is Event & Entertainment Management with a minor in Accounting. I went to study abroad in Dubrovnik at RIT Croatia during the Fall 2018 semester. Croatia is a such a beautiful county!  I would love to talk with you if you are planning to study abroad at RIT Croatia. Please feel free to stop me on campus to say hi, or contact me via email!

Brian Cushman
College:
College of Business
Country:
England
Program Type:
Affiliate (Arcadia)
Brian Cushman
College of Business
England

Hello! My name is Brian Cushman, and I am a 4th year Finance and Management Information Systems dual major. I'm originally from San Diego, CA but made the move 4 years ago to attend RIT. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have been able to travel with my parents quite often, and it sparked a love for traveling that has stayed with me ever since. 

In the spring semester of my 3rd year at RIT, I studied abroad in London, England. It was by far the best decision I have made in my college career, and I would say I capitalized on the opportunity to the best of my abilities. During my semester abroad, I traveled to over a dozen countries in Europe and Africa including Germany, France, Spain, Ireland, and even Morocco!

During my time abroad, I made lifelong friends and met the most amazing people. From meeting Australians in Spain to Russians in a German hostel, I was able to meet people from all over the world wherever I was. 

Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and the memories of the people and places I experienced will stay with me forever.

Deztiny DiMeo
College:
College of Art & Design
Country:
Italy
Program Type:
Affiliate (SAI)
Deztiny DiMeo
College of Art & Design
Italy

My name is Deztiny Di Meo. I’m a third year Graphic Design major in the College of Art & Design. I studied abroad in Sicily, Italy in summer of 2018. My favorite part of studying abroad was learning how to navigate Siracusa as a local while living with students from other colleges. I can help first time flyers and study abroad goers with travel tips, including covering the expenses of study abroad.

Riley Kieffer
College:
College of Science
Country:
Ireland
Program Type:
Affiliate (Arcadia)
Riley Kieffer
College of Science
Ireland

My name is Riley Kieffer. I am a third year Applied Math major. I was about 12 years old when my brother studied abroad. I heard all about his travels and realized that I wanted to see the world too. Studying abroad gave me the opportunity to see parts of the world and I hope to get more chances to see the rest of it in the coming years. I studied in Ireland this past spring. Studying abroad made me feel more confident in my everyday life. It gave me once in a lifetime chances, for instance I saw the Northern Lights the day after a solar flare and actually saw the lights dance across the sky. It was incredible. This was just one of my many incredible experiences. I was able to travel to many different countries and learn about many different cultures. I learned about people and life just as much as I learned in the classroom. I want to help other students go abroad so that they too can have once in a lifetime experiences. I want others to be able to see the world and meet new people and go to places they never would have thought they would end up going to. I feel so lucky that I had this opportunity and I think that everyone deserves to have this opportunity as well. Here at home, I enjoy reading, working out, listening to music, and doing crafts.

Stephanie Liu
College:
College of Art & Design
Country:
Denmark
Program Type:
Affiliate (DIS)
Stephanie Liu
College of Art & Design
Denmark

Hello! I’m Stephanie, a third year majoring in New Media Design. My experience is less traditional than most, because I never planned on studying abroad as a college student. I was scared of going alone to another country and leaving all my friends, and I felt like I needed to spend all my time making connections here at RIT. I didn’t know it, but I was limiting myself. 

Last school year, I started to realize that studying abroad as a student with benefits such as scholarships and educational programs would be invaluable. I seized the opportunity immediately and spent 2 months in Europe over the summer studying graphic design in Copenhagen, Denmark (while also traveling to Finland and Sweden as part of my study tour). While it helps that almost everyone in Scandinavia can speak English, it was still a very immersive experience due to the food, culture, and architecture. 

This program was probably the best 2 months of my entire life. I traveled to museums and saw architecture all over Scandinavia, and having a program that set up opportunities like this for me was very valuable. The last time I was in Europe, I was 7 years old and had a very different experience. Traveling has become so much more important to me. I think it’s easy to be stuck in your own bubble sometimes; I know that I have felt that way here at RIT at some points, and being reminded that there is a whole other world out there for me to conquer really changed my perspective. Experiencing school in a different country is an experience that gave me so many memories and experiences that I will keep with me for the rest of my life. I want to inspire people and give them the final push because this experience is priceless!

Even though I am back at RIT, I still carry with me all the things I learned from my Danish professors and even some words in Danish that I learned. In my free time I like to cook, sing, oil paint and listen to music. I’m a captain for an intramural volleyball team on campus, am on E-board for RIT Jam Club.

Rose Lukasiewicz
College:
College of Liberal Arts
Country:
France, Italy, Spain
Program Type:
Affiliate (IES)
Rose Lukasiewicz
College of Liberal Arts
France, Italy, Spain

Hello! My name is Rose Lukasiewicz and I am a third year International and Global Studies major in the College of Liberal Arts. I studied abroad in Paris, Rome and Madrid last summer. My favorite part of the trip was trying new things and getting to know these amazing cities better. I would be happy to help with any questions about multi-city study abroad or just study abroad in general! 

 

Lauren Mackey
College:
College of Engineering Technology
Country:
Scotland
Program Type:
Affiliate (Arcadia)
Lauren Mackey
College of Engineering Technology
Scotland

Hi! I’m Lauren, I’m a 3rd year Packaging Science student. I’m on the club volleyball team, and I really like hanging out with my friends and boyfriend. Until I was in 10th grade, I’d never been on a plane. As of today I’ve been on probably more than 50. I got the travel bug in high school because my school did trips abroad every year! I was lucky enough to go to Europe twice in that time, first to France, Germany and Switzerland, and then to England. 

Studying abroad was genuinely one of the most fun times of my life. I had good luck and lived in a flat in Glasgow, Scotland with 36 other people (12 per floor). All of us were exchange students from all over the world, and as you could expect, it was very loud and very fun. Studying in a different country really opens your mind to different ways of learning. The teaching style in the UK is very different than in the US, and it allows you to become more independent with your studies. While studying was very important while I was there, I had a lot of free time that I spent traveling around Europe! I went to 10 countries while I was there. 

Now that I’m home, it’s bittersweet. I did get a bit homesick when I was there, because that’s a long time not to see my mom. But I would absolutely not take it back. I have so many friends and connections all across the country and the world now because of it! Scotland will always have a special place in my heart. 

Hunter Mascia
College:
College of Art & Design
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Hunter Mascia
College of Art & Design
Croatia

Bok! I’m Hunter Mascia and I am a 2nd year 3D Animation major. I studied psychology in Zagreb, Croatia, at a 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!

Kevin Mejia
College:
College of Business, College of Liberal Arts
Country:
Germany, England, France, Cuba
Program Type:
Affiliate (CIEE), Faculty-Led
Kevin Mejia
College of Business, College of Liberal Arts
Germany, England, France, Cuba

Hi everyone! My name is Kevin Mejia and I am a 4th 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. Then over spring break in 2019, I went on the Photography in Cuba faculty-led program. Feel free to message or email me for more information with anything regarding studying abroad!

Darryl Miller
College:
College of Liberal Arts
Country:
Kosovo
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Darryl Miller
College of Liberal Arts
Kosovo

Greetings, my name is Darryl and I am a third 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 will leave a lasting impact on your life. 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!

Aside from academics, I enjoy biking, rock climbing, playing volleyball, road trips, music, and cooking (especially eating). 

Emilyn Nguyen
College:
College of Health Sciences & Technology
Country:
Peru
Program Type:
Affiliate (CIEE)
Emilyn Nguyen
College of Health Sciences & Technology
Peru

Hello! My name is Emilyn, and I am going into my final year studying Biomedical Sciences, and International & Global Studies. I grew up going to Vietnam, visiting my extended family, learning about my roots, culture and heritage, and giving back to the communities in which my parents grew up. With an affinity for culture, history, language, and art, bringing humanity back into science and medicine meant also asking questions, and understanding cultures and the walks of life one individual or a community may go through. 

Although, I came to college to study Biomedical Sciences, in hopes to one day combat health disparities, play a part in preventing disease, and promoting wellness in communities, and giving back to the underserved communities like I watched my parents do, I knew that medicine didn't just compose of science, but my ability to be cultural competent, and to look at patients holistically. 

After doing medical and public health service in Honduras, and learning about non-profits, service, the Holocaust, history, and the Palestinian-Israel Conflict through the Caravan for Democracy in Israel, studying abroad was another step in learning about other groups of people, and broadening my horizons. 
Through the U.S. Gilman Scholarship, I was able to study Climate Change and Spanish abroad in Cusco, Peru, and immerse myself in Peruvian culture through staying with a host family! From meals with my host family, learning Spanish, weekend hikes and expeditions, to making life-long friends, taking morning classes, doing service, and reflecting and connecting what I learned into my day to day life at home, studying abroad has enhanced my education in ways that a classroom couldn't – it helped me unearth a deeper understanding of what it means to have cultural awareness, and in the bigger picture, being a global citizen. 

Studying in Peru has allowed me the knowledge of Climate Change and various experiences to interconnect to my studies, my work, and my future. Cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, cultural competency, and being a global citizen is translatable to every discipline, and interest. Through my experiences, I hope that I'm able to encourage other students to become more self-aware, and mindful global citizens, and with this, excite students to propel into making change, and creating a difference. 

Besides traveling, and being a student, I enjoy photography, doing service, hiking, teaching Taekwondo, writing, painting and reading. On campus, I am the president of the Global Health Association, a Residential Advisor, and a part of Student Government! If you have any questions about studying abroad, the Gilman Scholarship, or even conversing about traveling, feel free to reach out to me!
 

Jesse Phelps
College:
College of Health Sciences & Technology
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Jesse Phelps
College of Health Sciences & Technology
Croatia

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. 

This past 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 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 laying 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. 

Roberto Ramos-Brito
College:
College of Engineering Technology
Country:
Japan
Program Type:
RIT Exchange
Roberto Ramos-Brito
College of Engineering Technology
Japan

Hello! My name Is Roberto. I am a third-year Electrical Engineering Technology and Applied Modern Japanese Language major. I’ve always been eager to study abroad to learn useful languages for my future career as an engineer, so I’ve seized the opportunity each summer to spend at least a few weeks living in a different country. So far, I’ve studied abroad and been to Spain, France, Italy, and Japan. It’s been super fun!

Studying abroad has been one of the best experiences in my life, and I cannot stress how many wonderful and interesting things, ideas, and people you will come across in other countries. It’s an experience I believe most people should aim to have at least once in their lives, and my goal is help others achieve it.

I’ve made studying abroad a possibility for myself through the help of scholarships, so if you have any questions about my experience with that, about traveling tips and tricks, or language-learning hacks, contact me anytime!
 

Dakota Sabotka
College:
College of Engineering
Country:
Guatemala
Program Type:
Faculty-Led
Dakota Sabotka
College of Engineering
Guatemala

Hi, I’m Dakota, a fifth year Biomedical Engineering major. As an engineering student, I thought my schedule was too rigid to incorporate study abroad. However, I was able to find a course offered by RIT and Engineering World Health that allowed students to travel to Guatemala over Christmas break. While there, my team and I repaired medical equipment in under-resourced hospitals. The technical skills I gained abroad (such as soldering) actually helped me secure my first co-op. I was amazed at how my study abroad opportunity was able to help me professionally!

In addition to gaining technical experiences, I also fell in love with Guatemalan culture. There is truly no experience like weaving your own scarf or hiking a volcano. In my brief time abroad, I was able to make so many memories!

Some of my other interests include boxing, hiking, and any excuse to practice ASL. You can typically find me on campus in Global Village or the library. If you would like to know more about my experiences, please feel free to reach out! I’d also be happy to talk with anyone about short-term study abroad opportunities or about translating your experiences into highlights for your resume!

Simran Singh
College:
College of Liberal Arts
Country:
Kosovo, Spain
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus, Affiliate (CIS)
Simran Singh
College of Liberal Arts
Kosovo, Spain

Hi all! My name is Simran Singh and I'm a 4th year International & Global Studies and Spanish double major from NYC. I have studied abroad twice in my RIT career; first, to RIT Kosovo for the Summer Peace & Conflict program, and second, to Spain with CIS Abroad. Studying abroad has opened my eyes to so many different worlds and people from all walks of life. I have not only grown academically, but personally as well, and I want to help other students who are interested in immersing themselves in other cultures. Some of my other interests besides traveling are practicing my Spanish and ASL, and attending concerts.

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