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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:
Saunders, Business Administration
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Kasey Mathews
Saunders, Business Administration
Croatia

Preferred pronouns: He/him/his

Hello, I'm Kasey! I studied abroad many moons ago (Spring 2017) at RIT's campus in Zagreb, Croatia. I always knew I wanted to see the world, but never really thought study abroad would be possible for me since I'm paying my own way through college. But after finding scholarships and realizing all of my financial aid would transfer with me to my time in Croatia, suddenly there was no stopping me. From my time in Croatia, I learned a lot about being adaptable and getting out of my comfort zone - I credit my study abroad experience as being the catalyst for my outgoing personality now. You can chat with me any time about study abroad, I'd love to help you get to where you want to go!

Diana Kulawiec
College:
KGCOE, Biomedical Engineering
Country:
New Zealand
Program Type:
Affiliate (Arcadia)
Diana Kulawiec
KGCOE, Biomedical Engineering
New Zealand

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

Hi, my name is Diana Kulawiec and I am a 5th year Biomedical Engineering student with a minor in Mathematics at RIT. My interests include cooking, fitness, and, of course, traveling! I spent the spring semester of 2018 studying abroad at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Additionally, I have completed two co-ops in New Zealand, one at the Bio Protection Research Centre at Lincoln University and one in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to spend almost a year and a half 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 and work abroad process.

Gabriella Wolf
College:
COS, Computational Mathematics
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Gabriella Wolf
COS, Computational Mathematics
Croatia

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

Hello, my name is Gabriella Wolf and I am a 4th 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!

Rachael Daly
College:
GCCIS, Software Engineering
Country:
China
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Rachael Daly
GCCIS, Software Engineering
China

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

Hi, my name is Rachael and I am a 5th-year software engineering major at RIT. My hobbies are baking, games, and drawing. I studied abroad in Weihai, China at the RIT Weihai Campus in Fall 2018. I've wanted to travel the world since I was little and China has been near the top of my list! I was able to see and experience so many new things while I was abroad and was able to enhance my education when I returned. I truly recommend it to anyone who can to take the time to study abroad!

Grace Anne
College:
NTID, ASL-English Interpretation
Country:
Japan, France
Program Type:
Faculty-Led
Grace Anne
NTID, ASL-English Interpretation
Japan, France

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

The need for travel is in my DNA! For as long as I can remember, my vagabond of a mother and I have been traveling all across the United State and other countries such as Ghana, Canada, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and more! Study abroad, however, has afforded me opportunities I would have never had otherwise. Learning other languages, cultures, and meeting new people with my peers has been an incredible incredible experience. I have studied abroad twice now - in Japan and France - and cannot wait to get my next plane ticket!

Marshall Hurst
College:
Saunders, Business Administration
Country:
Croatia, Australia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus, Affiliate (IES)
Marshall Hurst
Saunders, Business Administration
Croatia, Australia

Preferred pronouns: He/him/his

Hi! Marshall here! I studied abroad in Zagreb, Croatia in the Fall of 2017 and worked abroad in Sydney, Australia in the summer of 2019! I decided to go abroad because I wanted to shatter my comfort zone, get comfortable with being uncomfortable, and to grab the opportunity because life is short, indeed! The four months I had in Zagreb was nothing but amazing. I still think about it to this day, three years later. The number of experiences I got, the friends I made, and the culture, food, life and so much more changed my perspective on life. But, I was still craving for more life-changing experiences abroad! I ended up working in Sydney for a small start-up and working abroad was fantastic, 15,000 miles away down under in a country where everybody’s afraid of the big spiders! I took that leap and had a wonderful three months. Looking back, I don’t regret going to two countries, but what I do regret is not studying abroad more. 

I am a full-bred Canadian, coming from a small town near Niagara Falls, Ontario. I’m going into my second year of my MBA, graduating this May! I love all sports especially hockey and golf. I have two Deaf parents, and two dogs named Snowball and Neb.

 

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.

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!

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!

 

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!

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!

Riley Kieffer
College:
COS, Applied Mathematics
Country:
Ireland
Program Type:
Affiliate (Arcadia)
Riley Kieffer
COS, Applied Mathematics
Ireland

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

My name is Riley Kieffer. I am a fourth year Applied Math major. Studying abroad gave me the opportunity to see many 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 in the spring semester of my sophomore year. Studying abroad made me feel more confident in my everyday life. It gave me once-in-a-lifetime opportunities - 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! 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 can also have once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I want others to be able to see the world, 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.

Alex Levie
College:
GCCIS, Computer Science
Country:
Germany
Program Type:
Affiliate (SUNY Oswego)
Alex Levie
GCCIS, Computer Science
Germany

Preferred pronouns: He/him/his

Hello, my name is Alex and I am a 4th year Computer Science major. I studied at Osnabrück University in Germany through a partnership with SUNY Oswego for the spring semester of 2019. During my studies, I was able to explore the city and surrounding area as well as take several longer trips throughout Germany, Switzerland, Spain and the Netherlands. This study abroad opportunity also allowed me to learn not just about German culture, but the cultures of countries from around the world through talking with the other international students at the university in Germany. Overall, studying abroad is a great opportunity and if anyone is interested, feel free to ask me any questions!

Rose Lukasiewicz
College:
CLA, International & Global Studies
Country:
France, Italy, Spain, Ecuador
Program Type:
Affiliate (IES) (CIS)
Rose Lukasiewicz
CLA, International & Global Studies
France, Italy, Spain, Ecuador

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

Hello! My name is Rose Lukasiewicz and I am a 4th year International and Global Studies major in the College of Liberal Arts. I studied abroad in Paris, Rome and Madrid in summer of 2018 and in Ecuador in spring 2020. My favorite part of studying abroad 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, Latin America or just study abroad in general! 

 

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.

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!

Trinity McFadden
College:
CLA, Criminal Justice
Country:
Russia, UAE
Program Type:
Faculty-Led
Trinity McFadden
CLA, Criminal Justice
Russia, UAE

Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers

I am a 3rd-year Criminal Justice student and I absolutely love learning about other cultures. In high school, I took Japanese and Arabic classes. My (public) high school encouraged study abroad and global awareness. As a result, at age 15, I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Tokyo, Japan. The next year, I studied religious diversity, for 10 days, in India. My senior year, my Japanese class went to Hiroshima, Japan. I grew as a global citizen and it helped build my character.

While searching for a university to attend, it was imperative that I made study abroad programs a deciding factor. I love the fact that RIT has four global campuses and great relationships with affiliate providers. In May 2019, I went to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia to study Deaf culture, with my Russian Sign Language class. This was an eye-opening experience for me. I realized that if you're curious about something, you should go explore it yourself, instead of relying on the media, or external opinions. This trip assured me that I was ready for an experience that lasted more than 10 days.

Ever since I was in middle school, I planned to study abroad at RIT Dubai. After a while, my dream was overcast by new opportunities and different challenges. However, I am so humbled to say that I had the best experience ever during my semester abroad in Dubai. Since being back, I have noticed a change within myself. I'm growing more confident with each stride I take. I want to help students ignite something within themselves that can only be achieved by stepping way out of their comfort zone. I want other students to know that removing comfort does not mean adding danger. Global Ambassadors are here, along with the rest of the Study Abroad Office, for you every step of the way! So where will your curiosity take you?

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!

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!

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. 

Roberto Ramos-Brito
College:
CET, Electrical Engineering Tech; CLA, Japanese Language
Country:
Japan
Program Type:
RIT Exchange
Roberto Ramos-Brito
CET, Electrical Engineering Tech; CLA, Japanese Language
Japan

Preferred pronouns: He/him/his

Hello! My name Is Roberto. I am a third-year Electrical Engineering Technology and Applied Modern Japanese Language double 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 to 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!


 

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