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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!

Roxette Burgos
College:
College of Engineering
Country:
UAE
Program Type:
RIT Global Campus
Roxette Burgos
College of Engineering
UAE

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:
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.

Alex Levie
College:
Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences
Country:
Germany
Program Type:
Affiliate (SUNY Oswego)
Alex Levie
Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences
Germany

Hello, my name is Alex and I am a 3rd year Computer Science major. I studied at Osnabrück University in Germany through a partership 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. Overall, studying abroad is a great opportunity and if anyone is interested feel free to ask me any questions!

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!

Trinity McFadden
College:
College of Liberal Arts
Country:
Russia
Program Type:
Faculty-Led
Trinity McFadden
College of Liberal Arts
Russia

I am a 2nd 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:
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). 

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

Hi! I am Dominique Molee and I am a 3rd 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:
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!
 

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