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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.

Lindsay Cagarli
College:
GCCIS, Computer Science
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Lindsay Cagarli
GCCIS, Computer Science
Croatia

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hi! I am Lindsay, and I am a 3rd-year computer science major. In the summer of 2022, I took psychology courses in Zagreb, Croatia at RIT’s Global Campus. While abroad, I was able to make new connections, learn more about Croatian culture, and see places my freshman year self would never believe. My experience gave me the confidence to step outside my comfort zone and made me eager to continue exploring the rest of the world. If you are unsure about studying abroad, reach out to me! By all means, take the leap and see where it takes you.

Alex Wilson
College:
KGCOE, Computer Engineering
Country:
Italy
Program Type:
Affiliate (SAI)
Alex Wilson
KGCOE, Computer Engineering
Italy

Pronouns: He/Him/His

I hope I get a chance to meet and speak with you about the fabulous journey you are about to embark upon as a potential student studying abroad. My name is Alex Wilson. I was born in the United Arab Emirates, but am a dual national with the United States and the United Kingdom. I’ve grown up around the world and can’t wait to discuss how learning about different cultures, traditions, languages, and international food coupled with studying will make you a more rounded individual that is attractive to employers. Your experiences, good or bad, will mold you to see the world in a new, exciting, and vibrant way. You will no longer be a person that is cradle to grave from a hometown; instead, this experience will transform you into a global citizen ready to take on new challenges.

My recent study abroad experience in Rome, Italy, had its ups and downs. However, it helped me develop by seeing how the ancient past is still relevant today and contributes to the future as a universal. If you want to discuss how studying abroad is in your best interest, then let’s talk! I look forward to meeting you. If you are a part of the LGBTQ community, a computer engineer, or in a STEM field, I can offer you insights into what to expect, what to prepare for, and how to make the most of your time overseas! If you’re looking for travel advice on budgeting, packing, or taking advantage of all the opportunities that come with studying abroad, my door is open to you. I wish you the best in your endeavors.

Nic Lande
College:
CLA, Humanities, Computing, Design
Country:
Sweden
Program Type:
RIT Exchange
Nic Lande
CLA, Humanities, Computing, Design
Sweden

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Hello! My name is Nic Lande, I am a 5th-year Humanities, Computing, and Design Major, and I spent a semester studying the United Nations in Sweden. It was one of my best college semesters yet! I was inspired to study abroad to expand my horizons and explore my possible plans for post-college life. I want to be able to help students find programs that give them the experience with college and travel that they want. Studying abroad can be stressful but rewarding, and I hope to maximize the former while minimizing the latter. Outside of school and work, I love games - board games, tabletop RPGs, videogames, even Choose Your Own Adventure books. Telling stories in an interactive format fascinates me. One of the most rewarding parts of my experience abroad was finding new ways to interface with those hobbies while in a foreign country. Overall, my study abroad experience helped me rediscover my love for learning. I am beyond excited to help as many other students as I can achieve that same experience (or an even better one).

Bari Hayden
College:
CAD, Graphic Design
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Bari Hayden
CAD, Graphic Design
Croatia

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hello! My name is Bari, and I am a 3rd-year Graphic Design student. I spent the last summer studying abroad in Croatia and had an incredible experience. Traveling is an absolutely fantastic experience, and it is something I am very passionate about. There has always been a voice in the back of my head telling me to see the world, and I make it a high priority in my life to do so. Studying abroad is a great opportunity, and I hope I can help you find the right program for you and make you feel comfortable taking advantage of this opportunity.

Myren Bobryk-Ozaki
College:
CLA, Communication
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Myren Bobryk-Ozaki
CLA, Communication
Croatia

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

My name is Myren (or Ren), and I am a Communication major with minors in Business Administration, HR Management, and Advertising and PR. I am huge on fashion and art, community involvement (I am on eBoard for multiple on-campus organizations), and advocacy and activism. The opportunity to study abroad just fell into my lap, and I decided to run with it. I want to travel more than ever because it gives me more global awareness beyond the lens of the U.S. I want to help others study abroad because it's an unforgettable and amazing experience that I think as many people as possible should try to do.

Olivia McCluskey
College:
CHST, Biomedical Sciences
Country:
Ireland
Program Type:
RIT Faculty-Led
Olivia McCluskey
CHST, Biomedical Sciences
Ireland

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hello! I'm Olivia, and I'm a third-year Biomedical Sciences student. I always hoped to study abroad to explore and learn about other cultures hands-on. In the summer of 2022, I studied Ireland's culture, society, and justice system for two weeks. I learned about Ireland through conversing with Irish citizens, seeing historical and beautiful landscapes, and making new connections with my RIT peers on the program. Studying abroad opened my eyes to the possibilities of working abroad after college, which is now one of my goals. I believe everyone should experience some time abroad as it opens further travel and exploration opportunities.

Nils Peltier
College:
CAD, Industrial Design
Country:
Denmark
Program Type:
Affiliate (DIS)
Nils Peltier
CAD, Industrial Design
Denmark

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hi, I’m Nils a Peltier. I decided to study abroad in Denmark. My family is originally from Denmark, and I hoped to develop a better connection with my roots. After living there for seven months, I learned the importance of being self-dependent in the world. I discovered that there are so many different cultures and ways of living that I would restrict myself if I only stayed in one place. After school, I plan on moving to Denmark, and if I had not taken the leap to study abroad I would have never known where I would like to reside. Some of my hobbies are soccer, board games, design and art, and TV shows (horror, comedy, anime, etc.).

Camille Rosenfeld
College:
CAD, Illustration
Country:
Ireland
Program Type:
Affiliate (Arcadia)
Camille Rosenfeld
CAD, Illustration
Ireland

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hi everyone! I'm Camille. I am an Illustration student in my last semester at RIT. Last fall, I studied abroad in County Clare, Ireland at the Burren College of Art. Even though it was only meant to be for a semester, I ended up extending it into an Artist Residency and stayed the whole year. The entire experience changed my life, and I genuinely believe everyone would benefit from studying abroad in so many ways - that's why I became a global ambassador! I am happy to talk about my personal journey and all of the ups and downs, so please reach out!  I also really love board/tabletop games, musicals, painting, hiking, camping, and traveling (of course). While I was studying abroad, I was lucky enough to travel all around Ireland and Northern Ireland, Portugal, Amsterdam, Scotland, and England. I hope we can connect and talk about any interest you have in studying abroad! 

Jasmine Nichols
College:
COS, Biology
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Jasmine Nichols
COS, Biology
Croatia

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hi! My name is Jasmine Nichols, and I'm a Biology major from Rochester. I studied abroad in summer 2022 in Dubrovnik, Croatia at one of RIT's Global campuses. I participated in the Ecology of the Dalmatian Coast and the Roots of the Croatian Wine Tradition program. I got to take an ecology class and a wine class in Croatia! I also went on a week-long sailing trip to different islands in the Adriatic. It was so amazing seeing a different culture and the changes in that culture in other regions of the country. My favorite part of going abroad was talking to new people and gaining new perspectives on my own culture. I also loved trying new foods :) I would absolutely recommend studying abroad to anyone who wants to go on an adventure and get out of their comfort zone!

Zach Cordas
College:
KGCOE, Mechanical Engineering
Country:
Ireland
Program Type:
Affiliate (Arcadia)
Zach Cordas
KGCOE, Mechanical Engineering
Ireland

Pronouns: He/Him/His

My name is Zack Cordas, and I am a 4th-year Mechanical Engineering student from Augusta, Georgia. I was mostly inspired to study abroad by my mom and sister, who both did it and had amazing times. Once I went abroad, I discovered how much I enjoyed seeing and exploring new places. Studying abroad left me with so many new friends and experiences, and I want as many people to have the chance to get that as I possibly can. I know some people can be discouraged by thinking they cannot study abroad, so I want to show that it is possible. Some of my hobbies include reading, playing volleyball, hiking, drawing, and surfing (though only as a beginner, and it isn't super doable around Rochester).

Nhyira Asante
College:
CHST, Biomedical Sciences
Country:
Greece
Program Type:
Affiliate (Perrotis College)
Nhyira Asante
CHST, Biomedical Sciences
Greece

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I am a 3rd-year biomedical science major on the pre-med track. Studying abroad was a huge factor in coming to college because I knew it was something I would definitely want to do while I was in college. I have always been interested in learning about other cultures and wanted to experience them first-hand by living in different countries. I had a fantastic time studying abroad in a country I never thought I would study abroad in. I went into the program not knowing what to expect and came out with an incredible experience I would love to do all over again. I want to encourage other students to study abroad because it is an amazing experience and gives you a new perspective on life. I love learning to cook different foods, listening to music from different countries, and watching international dramas.

Abby Jones
College:
NTID, ASL-English Interpretation
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Abby Jones
NTID, ASL-English Interpretation
Croatia

Hello! My name is Abby Jones, and I am an ASL interpreting major. I studied abroad in Croatia during the summer of 2022 at an RIT global campus. I've always loved the idea of traveling and knew I wanted to study abroad in college. Thankfully, RIT was able to provide this fantastic opportunity! Although it can be a scary experience, I learned so much about myself and other cultures abroad and would love to do it again! Traveling provides amazing experiences, new perspectives, independence, and memories that will last for a lifetime, as cliché as that sounds. Studying abroad was a wonderful opportunity, and I would love to help others take advantage of it. I am always here to ease concerns and discuss anything related to studying abroad that you may want to know! :) Besides traveling, I love petting cats, relaxing with friends, and sitting outside when the weather is just right. Feel free to reach out at any time!

Machelle Boisvert
College:
SCB, Finance
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Machelle Boisvert
SCB, Finance
Croatia

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hello! My name is Machelle Boisvert, and I am a Finance student at RIT. I studied abroad in Zagreb, Croatia during the spring 2022 semester at the RIT Zagreb campus. Studying abroad was very exciting and it has enriched my college experience. I have met students from other parts of the world and had the opportunity to learn about new cultures by visiting different cities in and out of Croatia. I would encourage every college student to study abroad! Feel free to reach out to me; I am happy to share my experience!

Kyle Chan
College:
CET, Mechanical Engineering Tech
Country:
Germany
Program Type:
RIT Faculty-Led
Kyle Chan
CET, Mechanical Engineering Tech
Germany

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hi guys! I'm a 3rd-year Mechanical Engineering Technology major, and I traveled to Germany for three weeks on the Automotive Electronics faculty-led program. I had always traveled over the summer with my family and was quick to study abroad when I heard about a faculty-led program where I could travel to another country while also learning about an interest I have always had in cars. Studying abroad was a great opportunity as I have never been to Europe. It also opened a new perspective for me, seeing new places, cultures, and meeting new people around the world. I highly recommend exploring studying abroad.

Evelyn Zou
College:
GCCIS, Computer Science
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Evelyn Zou
GCCIS, Computer Science
Croatia

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hi! I'm Evelyn, a 3rd-year computer science major. I studied in Zagreb, Croatia for three months during the summer of 2022. Not only did I get a business minor while there, but I also had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe. Some places my friends and I went to included Slovenia, Italy (Venice!), Germany, and the cost of Croatia. Beyond just traveling, I made lifelong friends and unforgettable memories. It truly was one of the best experiences I've had, and I would love to spread the fun and help others start their own study abroad journeys. Beyond traveling, I also love to dance, play video games, and read (I bought a few too many books in Croatia, and my luggage was overweight on the way back - lessons to learn for next time!). I'm also currently doing ballroom dancing, and competing when I have the time. As for future plans, I hope to study abroad again, this time in Japan! If you have any questions or want to get coffee and talk, feel free to reach out! Looking forward to it :)

Ethan Bartiromo
College:
COS, Computational Mathematics
Country:
Hungary, Italy
Program Type:
Affiliate (Budapest Semester in Math; SAI)
Ethan Bartiromo
COS, Computational Mathematics
Hungary, Italy

Pronouns: He/Him/His

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! After a semester in Budapest, I studied abroad again in the summer of 2022 at John Cabot University in Rome.

Overall, these were the most enjoyable semester/summer of my college career. Even though at times I was stressed due to homework and sick for about three weeks in Budapest, I still could not believe how absolutely fascinating it was to be abroad! 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!

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

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!