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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!

Cassidy Goodwin
College:
CAST
Country:
Rwanda, Sweden
Cassidy Goodwin
CAST
Rwanda, Sweden

Hi everyone, my name is Cassidy and I have been on two short-term study abroad trips to Rwanda and Sweden. They were both faculty-lead programs that had an accompanying course throughout the semester at RIT. If anyone has any questions about study abroad fitting in with athletics and co-ops, feel free to reach out to me. Both programs were amazing experiences that I would love to talk about with anyone interested in studying abroad!

Emily Wagner
College:
COS
Country:
Denmark
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
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
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
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. 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:
CIAS
Country:
China
Theresa McDonald
CIAS
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 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
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, then spring of 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. 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
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
Kasey Mathews
SCB
Croatia

Hello! I'm Kasey Mathews, a third-year Business Management student, with a minor in International Business. 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.

Elizabeth Bova
Elizabeth Bova
College:
CLA
Country:
UAE
Elizabeth Bova
CLA
UAE

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:
CAST
Country:
Croatia
Erin Dugan
CAST
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
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 and Freiburg, Germany during my junior year. My favorite experience abroad was taking day trips to explore the many different cities of Europe!

Kelly Hodge
College:
CLA
Country:
China
Kelly Hodge
CLA
China

My name is Kelly Hodge and I'm an International and Global Studies third year student. In fall 2016, I studied abroad in Beijing, China. I studied with RIT's affiliate program IES Abroad. My program emphasized cultural immersion and I was able to live with a host family. My experience was deeply educational and something I will always be thankful I was able to do.

Kevin Mejia
Kevin Mejia
College:
SCB, CLA
Country:
Germany, England, France
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
Britta Schwall
College:
SCB
Country:
Croatia, Germany
Britta Schwall
SCB
Croatia, Germany

Hello! My name is Britta Schwall, and I am a fourth year Business Management and International & Global Studies student. I went to Zagreb, Croatia in fall 2016 and fell in love with the culture and people in the country. In summer 2017, I participated in a research program in Germany. Being raised in Indiana peaked my curiosity with the world. Ever since I went to college, I have been to more than ten countries and still counting!

I have had opportunities to learn from outstanding researchers, gain real-life work experience in an entirely new field, meet people all over Europe and be a part of the international joint master program. From the trips I make, I have learned so much about myself. This is why I studied abroad, and you should, too!

Tomomi Takeuchi
Tomomi Takeuchi
College:
GCCIS
Country:
Japan
Tomomi Takeuchi
GCCIS
Japan

Hi, I'm Tomomi Takeuchi, a graduate student in Human-Computer Interaction and I studied abroad in Tokyo, Japan 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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