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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.

Lily Mazur
College:
College of Engineering
Country:
Sweden, Ireland
Program Type:
Faculty-Led & Affiliate (Arcadia)
Lily Mazur
College of Engineering
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 on an RIT faculty-led program, then spring of 2017 in Dublin, Ireland on an Arcadia program. 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!

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

Hello! I'm Kasey Mathews, a fourth-year Business Management student, with minors in International Business and Advertising and Public Relations. 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.

Ndeye (Fatou) Diop
College:
College of Engineering
Country:
United Arab Emirates
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Ndeye (Fatou) Diop
College of Engineering
United Arab Emirates

Hello! My name is Ndeye Fatou Diop. I am a third year mechanical engineering student from Senegal and the USA. I spent the spring semester of 2016 at RIT Dubai. It was an amazing experience and Dubai is a beautiful city! Email me with any questions you may have about studying abroad at RIT Dubai!

Connor Draughn
College:
College of Business
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Connor Draughn
College of Business
Croatia

Hey everyone! I'm Connor Draughn and am a 3rd year student majoring in Hospitality with a minor in History. I studied abroad to Dubrovnik through RIT Croatia for the Fall Semester of 2017. While overseas I was able to travel throughout Europe during my free time to The Netherlands, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovakia, and Austria. I am fluent in spoken English and sign language. If you have any questions or please do not hesitate to contact me anytime - I'm happy to help every way as possible!

Aida Hajdarpasic
College:
College of Art & Design
Country:
Japan
Program Type:
Affiliate (CIEE)
Aida Hajdarpasic
College of Art & Design
Japan

Hello, everyone! My name is Aida Hajdarpasic. I am a fourth year Illustration major with a Japanese immersion. I studied in Tokyo, Japan for a month during the summer of 2018 with CIEE. While in Japan, I met lifelong friends and explored many places within Tokyo. Being able to commute just like a local Tokyo citizen and experience new things along with my friends was what made my trip memorable. It was a wonderful opportunity to practice my language skills, get out of my comfort zone and assimilate into the culture. Many amazing memories were made with great people and it all taught me that I wouldn’t know about something if I didn’t try. There are many opportunities out there waiting to be explored. If anyone has any anxieties about traveling abroad, I’m here to help and would be more than happy to share my experiences. Don’t hesitate to contact me about anything anytime.

Alana Smith
College:
School of Individualized Study
Country:
Denmark
Program Type:
Affiliate (DIS)
Alana Smith
School of Individualized Study
Denmark

Hello! My name is Alana Smith, and I am a 4th year undergrad, majoring in Applied Arts and Science in the School of Individualized Study with a minor in Psychology. In summer 2018, I went to Copenhagen, Denmark, for six weeks to study abroad. I took two classes: Positive Psychology and Children in the Multicultural Context. My favorite moment of my abroad experience was going on various field trips as part of my classes to see real world concepts. Being in another country gave me a bigger perspective that I could never grasp while studying and living in the United States. As a deaf Global Ambassador, I can help other RIT deaf and hard of hearing students to navigate their options for studying abroad and to give them advice and tips for studying abroad! Go ahead and email me if you have any questions!

Aldridge DSouza
College:
College of Engineering
Country:
Sweden
Program Type:
Faculty-Led
Aldridge DSouza
College of Engineering
Sweden

Hey, I'm Aldridge DSouza, a graduate student studying Sustainable Engineering. I traveled to Sweden and Denmark over the summer to study Urban Ecology. I enjoy travlling and am an avid aviation enthusiast. I look forward to helping more students study abroad to broaden their learning experience and experience new cultures.

 

Ashley Casimir
College:
College of Art & Design
Country:
Haiti
Program Type:
Faculty-Led
Ashley Casimir
College of Art & Design
Haiti

Hello! My name is Ashley Casimir and I am a fourth year Interior Design major with a minor in entrepreneurship and immersion in cultural anthropology. Earlier this summer I spent three weeks in Borgne, Haiti completing a social impact design experiment along with a number of other students with a wide range of backgrounds. Our group was split up into four teams to tackle different community issues based on insights from a group of women we worked with known as the Mother's Club. I was a part of the cosmetics group and we researched different ways to make natural soap using the resources found in Haiti; we then took the research and attempted to make the soap for the women to sell. The experience of visiting and trying to make a change in Haiti was huge to me, being a part of a first generation Haitian family. I was able to see more parts of the Haitian lifestyle my parents once had and it made me feel more connected to them, as well as the rest of my family. I would be more than happy to help anyone find a study abroad program  that's perfect for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out!

Dara Levy
College:
College of Health Sciences & Technology
Country:
Spain
Program Type:
Affiliate (CIS)
Dara Levy
College of Health Sciences & Technology
Spain

Hello everyone! My name is Dara Levy. I am a fourth-year student majoring in Dietetics and Nutrition with a minor in Psychology. During the summer of 2018, I studied and interned abroad in Barcelona, Spain for ten weeks! I did online classes during my internship. I was able to experience Spain, taking part in the culture, cuisine, traditions, and language! 

One other thing, I am Deaf! I am fluent in American Sign Language and have some knowledge of International Sign. Don’t hesitate to contact me; I’m always here to answer any questions you may have!

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 third 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 am currently working 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.

Dominique Molee
College:
College of Computing & Information Sciences
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Dominique Molee
College of Computing & Information Sciences
Croatia

Hi! I’m Dominique Molee, and I am a 2nd year Computer Science student. Currently, I am a member of Women in Computing, the RIT Theme Park Enthusiasts, and WiCHacks. I traveled to Zagreb, Croatia during the summer of 2018, and studied psychology at the RIT campus there. While studying, I also had the opportunity to travel to France, Italy, Austria, and Germany! One of my favorite moments was being able to watch the Croatian national team play in the World Cup while I was in Croatia. If you have any questions about anything feel free to contact me!

Eric Kolb
College:
College of Engineering
Country:
Sweden
Program Type:
Faculty-Led
Eric Kolb
College of Engineering
Sweden

Hello! My name is Eric Kolb and I am a 4th year Chemical Engineering major. I was able to travel to Malmö, Sweden in the summer of 2018 for the Urban Ecology faculty led program. I also traveled to Iceland in January through the GREEN Program to learn about renewable energy. Studying abroad has been a hugely beneficial experience for me to learn about sustainability in other countries. Visiting these places and learning from different ideas and cultures has been invaluable to me, and I encourage anyone to do the same! If you have any questions about my experience or studying abroad in general, don't hesitate to ask!

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 2nd 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!

Karina Baker
College:
College of Liberal Arts
Country:
Italy
Program Type:
Affiliate (Siena)
Karina Baker
College of Liberal Arts
Italy

Greetings! I’m Karina, a fourth-year Sociology & Anthropology major. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to see more of our world—as a child, I vividly expounded about meeting kangaroos and koala bears in Australia (that’s still on my bucket list to this day!). When I was 18, I got the chance to experience my dream when I went out of the country for the first time and traveled to Central America. Since then, I’ve seized every chance to learn more about the many places out there.

Studying abroad is one of the best chances I had taken so far in my life and it gave me the unique experience of living like a local in another country. Last summer, I studied abroad in Siena, Italy and learned LIS—Italian Sign Language— and their complex Italian Deaf history. I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that it’s been one of the most profound experiences I’ve had, and the memories made, the lifelong friends I’ve met, and the life lessons I’ve learned—they will always remain cherished in my heart. Traveling is an experience that can really be made possible with the help of scholarships and I would love to work with others toward experiencing their exciting adventures abroad.

Now that I’m back in America, my life has returned to normal (but never too normal, I forbid it!). Some of my hobbies include hiking, riding horses, making art, and reading. On campus, you’ll probably find me in the SDC, the Writing Commons, or the Fireside Lounge— if you ever have any questions about my experiences, about studying abroad, or even just want to chat, feel free to reach out!

 

Samiya Coney
College:
College of Business
Country:
Germany, England, France
Program Type:
Affiliate (CIEE)
Samiya Coney
College of Business
Germany, England, France

Hi everyone! My name is Samiya Coney and I am a fourth year International Business major with a co-major in Marketing and an immersion in French. I studied abroad in Berlin, London, and Paris through a program with CIEE and with the help of the CIEE Global Scholars Grant. I spent six weeks in each location and was able to meet hopefully lifelong American and international friends. The thought of studying abroad was scary because no one in my family has ever done it, but I didn’t let it stop me, so don't let it stop you! Email me if you have any questions!

Austin Enriquez
College:
College of Business
Country:
Japan
Program Type:
Affiliate (CIEE)
Austin Enriquez
College of Business
Japan

Hello! My name is Austin Enriquez and I am a 3rd-year Finance major from the Saunders College of Business. Last spring, I studied abroad in Tokyo, Japan at Sophia University.  I had the opportunity to be immersed in Japanese culture through living with a homestay family, participating and talking to Japanese students in Japan and exploring around Japan. I am grateful for the many experiences I had in Japan, such as watching a Sumo match or making Takoyaki.  I can help others with discussing their needs, wants and concerns about study abroad in general. I can go more in-depth for those who want to study abroad in Japan more detailed advice about lifestyle, schoolwork, exploration, etc.  If you have any questions or interests, feel free to contact me.

Brianna Hall
College:
College of Liberal Arts
Country:
Spain
Program Type:
Affiliate (CIEE)
Brianna Hall
College of Liberal Arts
Spain

My name is Brianna Hall. I am a 4th year Psychology major. I studied abroad in Seville, Spain on a CIEE program. It was a life changing experience that I wouldn’t change for the world. It gave me the opportunity to experience other cultures and meet new people. I met new people in Morocco, Paris, Greece, Italy and Portugal. I tried different foods, listened to different music, saw beautiful churches and architectural designs. Studying abroad was a dream come true for me and an experience I will never forget. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in studying abroad!

Kelly Hodge
College:
College of Liberal Arts
Country:
China & Scotland
Program Type:
Affliate (IES, CIS)
Kelly Hodge
College of Liberal Arts
China & Scotland

Hello! My name is Kelly Hodge and I'm a 4th year International and Global Studies student. I first studied abroad in Beijing, China during the fall semester of my 2nd year. I got to study abroad again in the spring of my 3rd year in Edinburgh, Scotland! Both experiences were completely different and I learned so much about myself (and the world!) during my time abroad. I'd love to share my experiences with you or answer any questions!

Mislav Horvatic
College:
College of Business
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Mislav Horvatic
College of Business
Croatia

Hi! My name is Mislav, and I am a senior at RIT studying International Business. I spent the first 3 years of my college career in Croatia and was born and raised there so if you need any "insider tips", let's chat! I am from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia and would be happy to answer any questions you might have about it. I had also spent a year in Colorado before coming here where I did my co-op. Croatia is an absolutely beautiful place but if you don't know where you're going, it might get very old very soon. Definitely talk to me before going and I will give you some of the best kept secrets of Croatia as a local there. Please feel free to stop me on campus at any time if you see me, I'd love to talk about Croatia!

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 second year International and Global Studies major in the College of Liberal Arts. I studied abroad in Paris, Rome and Madrid this 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! 

 

Kevin Mejia
Kevin Mejia
College:
College of Business, College of Liberal Arts
Country:
Germany, England, France
Program Type:
Affiliate (CIEE)
Kevin Mejia
College of Business, College of Liberal Arts
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!

Melanie Morris
College:
School of Individualized Study
Country:
Sweden
Program Type:
Faculty-Led
Melanie Morris
School of Individualized Study
Sweden

Hi! I’m Melanie, and I’m a 4th year SOIS student majoring in political ecology. The faculty-led Urban Ecology experience in Malmö, Sweden was such a wonderful and eye-opening example of learning abroad, and I can’t wait to get overseas again! I’m hoping that as a global ambassador I can help RIT students find a way to further their passions while learning in a completely unique way. I also want to remind students that these kinds of opportunities are so much harder to recreate post-grad! 

Matthew Witman
College:
College of Computing & Information Sciences
Country:
Croatia
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Matthew Witman
College of Computing & Information Sciences
Croatia

I am Matthew Witman, a third-year computer science student. During the summer of 2018 I attended the Summer Psychology in Croatia program, at RIT Croatia in Zagreb, where I am planning on putting the credits to use for a minor in Psychology. While I was abroad, I visited Croatia, as well as Austria and Germany for a study trip portion of the program. There was also plenty of weekends to travel, where I visited other parts of Croatia, as well as Italy. After the program I stayed with a childhood friend of mine who has moved to Germany and got to see much more of Germany and parts of the Czech Republic. My favorite moment from my study abroad experience was when our group of students worked to throw a surprise party for the birthday of one of the other students with us, as we all got to celebrate together. The world cup was also going on at the time and seeing crowds of people at every pub and bar during the games was very exciting.

I am excited to try to help others find a program they are interested in and pass on the experiences from my study abroad. If you are curious at all about study abroad or have any questions, feel free to reach out, and hopefully we can find a perfect program for you.

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