Study Abroad Ambassadors

The Office of Study Abroad is excited to have Study Abroad Ambassadors, recent study abroad returnees, who want to share their passion for studying abroad with you!

Have you ever:

  • Wanted basic advice before meeting with a study abroad staff member?
  • Wondered where you should start?
  • Wanted to hear a student's perspective on studying abroad?
  • Wanted a peer's advice on how to choose your study abroad program?
  • Wanted to speak with someone who has studied in the location you are interested in?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, meeting with a Study Abroad Ambassador is a great step to take, no matter where you are in the process! Ambassadors can be reached via their contact information found below or come to their drop-in hours--no appointment is necessary.

Study abroad ambassadors

Michael Argello
Michael Arguello
BU/ Sydney Internship Program- Fall 2015
Majors/Minor: Business and Psycology / Film, Television, and Interactive Media
E-mail Michael
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-2pm

Michael Arguello is a senior majoring in Business and Psychology. He spent the fall semester of his junior year abroad in Sydney, Australia on the Boston University Internship Program. Through the program, he took three great courses and interned at two different marketing companies— one specializing in online marketing and one that runs marketing workshops for small business owners. During his semester abroad, he was able to travel throughout the east coast of Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand and Fiji! He particularly enjoyed the outdoors of Australia, visiting many zoos, scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, sky diving in Cairns, and hiking in the Blue Mountains. Two highlights of his travels were visiting the grounds of the Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne and touring the Hobbiton movie set in New Zealand, the famous location used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He loved his time in Sydney and looks forward to helping students experience all the world has to offer!

Zoila Coc-Chang
Brandeis in Siena- Summer 2016
Majors/Minor: Studio Art and Art History / Education
E-mail Zoila
Office Hours: Thursdays 12-1pm

Zoila is a junior majoring in Studio Art and Art History with minors in Education Studies and Secondary Teacher Education. She spent the summer before her junior year abroad in Siena, Italy on the Brandeis in Siena program. Through the program, she took a course on the development of early medieval and renaissance art and an intensive painting course. Zoila had the amazing opportunity to immerse herself in Sienese culture by living at the center of the city, visiting the sites she was learning about in class, and attending historical city events like Il Palio which dates back to the 14th century. Her favorite part of the trip was traveling with her roommates, eating gelato and pizza everyday, and uncovering what Italy has to offer. Her favorite place that she got to visit while abroad were the five villages in Cinque Terre. Her experience abroad was one to remember and greatly looks forward to helping other students at Brandeis get a chance to do the same!

Nabonita Hoq
Nabonita Hoq
SIT Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization - Spring 2016
Major: Economics
E-mail Nabonita
Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm

Nita is a senior majoring in Economics. She studied abroad in the Spring of 2016 in Cuzco, Peru with SIT Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization. While there, she took all her courses in Spanish and learned another language, Quechua! One of Nita's greatest experiences was living in the Amazon Rainforest with an indigenous community and being able to go to Lake Titicaca. She was lucky enough to live with two host families. For her research project, she studied different types of markets and the presence of women. Studying abroad in Peru has truly been one of the best experiences ever!

Joon Hyun-Seok

Joon Hyun Seok
Brandeis in Copenhagen- Summer 2016
Major: Economics and Psychology / East Asian Studies
E-mail Joon
Office Hours: Mondays 12-1pm

Joon is a junior majoring in Economics and Psychology. He spent the summer before his junior year abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark on the Brandeis in Copenhagen program. Through the program, he took a Microeconomic Theory course and a course on behavioral economics, which counted towards both economics and psychology majors. His favorite part of the program was a field trip to different parts of Denmark. While studying there, he had the great opportunity to get to know the Brandeis professor and meet new friends from Brandeis community. He enjoyed every moment in Copenhagen, and looks forward to helping students to plan their study broad experience! 

Becca Joseph
Becca Joseph
CIEE/ Advanced Liberal Arts in Seville, Spain - Spring 2016
Majors/Minor: Psychology and Anthropology / Hispanic Studies
E-mail Becca
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-3pm

Becca Joseph is a senior with a double major in Psychology and Anthropology with a minor in Hispanic Studies.  She studied abroad during the spring semester of her junior year in Seville, Spain where she stayed with a host family on the CIEE: Advanced Liberal Arts program.  She took two of her classes at the CIEE study center, and the other three classes at two local universities with Spanish students.  Becca had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Spanish culture and was fascinated by how it differs from American culture.  She enjoyed frequenting her favorite cafe, sampling tapas, hanging out with her Spanish friends, and exploring the winding streets of the beautiful city.  Becca had an amazing time in Spain and looks forward to helping others plan their experience abroad!

Remy Leutwyler
Remy Leutwyler
DIS/ Psychology - Fall 2015
Major/Minors: Psychology / Business and History
E-mail Remy
Office Hours: Mondays 2-3pm

Remy is a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business and History. He has a passion for traveling to unique places, leading him to study at the Danish Institute of Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. While enrolled in the European Clinical Psychology curriculum, he toured several cities learning about their mental health practices and institutions, as well as getting a taste of the local cuisine. He lived with a host family and found that Copenhagen was the ideal place to form strong bonds with the locals. His favorite experiences include long bike rides through rural Denmark, pretending to be an expert at navigating foreign metro lines, and watching Narcos with his 9-year old Danish host brother.

Yini Rong
Yini Rong
CIEE/ Yonsei University, South Korea - Spring 2016
Majors: Economics and Mathematics
E-mail Yini
Office Hours: Mondays 1-2pm

Yini is a senior double majoring in Mathematics and Economics. She studied abroad in the Spring of 2016 at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea on the CIEE program. Through the program, she was able to visit the DMZ and "crossed" the South-North Korea border! She also had an opportunity to stay with a Korean host family. During her stay, she did not only have a close-up learning about the Korean family culture but also experienced awkward and funny moments of language barriers. While studying at Yonsei, she took an intensive Korean language course and saw her language skills improve daily - we can chat if you know Korean! She also volunteered as a mentor in Namu Children Center for children who were from under-privileged families in the city. Study abroad in Korea was one of the best times throughout her college career. She would not trade a minute of it for anything else!

Raz Segal
Raz Segal
London School of Economics - Academic Year 2015-2016
Major/Minor: Economics / Computer Science
E-mail Raz
Office Hours: Thursdays 2-3pm

Raz is a senior majoring in Economics and minoring in Computer Science. For the past year, she had an amazing experience studying abroad in London at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The program gave her the opportunity to take year long courses with fellow LSE students and to experience a different type of teaching style. Aside from the unique academic experience, her favorite parts about studying abroad are the life long friends she made and getting to live in and to explore an incredible city for an entire year.

 Joyce Situ
Joyce Situ
Brandeis in The Hague - Spring 2016
Major/Minor: Politics / Legal Studies
E-mail Joyce
Office Hours: Wednesdays 1-2pm

Joyce is a senior majoring in Politics and minoring in Legal Studies. She studied abroad in the Netherlands through the Brandeis in the Hague program on Spring semester 2016. She also did an internship at an NGO, located in the Hague, called Chinese Initiative on International Law. One of the greatest aspects of a culture is the lifestyle and biking is a huge part of Dutch lifestyle. She adapted their lifestyle by riding a bike everywhere. She is also blessed to have had the chance to meet and develop lifelong friendship with so many students from all over the world. Studying abroad and speaking to people from different countries can make people open their minds and cope with the differences in each culture.

 Katherine Vargas
Katherine Vargas
AMIDEAST/ Mohammed V University - Spring 2016
Majors: Psychology and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
E-mail Katherine
Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm

Katherine is a senior at Brandeis studying psychology and Islamic and Middle Eastern studies. She studied abroad in Rabat, Morocco in spring 2016 and spent her time in Morocco studying classical Arabic and the colloquial Moroccan Arabic called darija. She traveled to several Moroccan cities and explored Rabat extensively. Her favorite part of living in Morocco was learning to make Moroccan mint tea and discussing various aspects of Moroccan life with locals.

 Stephanie Weinstein
Stephanie Weinstein
Exchange: National University of Singapore - Spring 2016
Major/Minor: Environmental Studies / Education
E-mail Stephanie
Office Hours: Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm

Stephanie is a senior majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Elementary and Preschool Education.  She studied abroad in the spring of 2016 in Singapore at the National University of Singapore (NUS).  Stephanie took courses that complemented her environmental major and gave her a different way to look at challenging questions of sustainability.  She lived in a residence hall with Singaporean students and was able to make meaningful relationships and learn about the city-state through her new friends.  Stephanie was also able to travel throughout South East Asia, having the freedom to discover and think critically about what it means to be a citizen of the world.   Stephanie fell in love with the food, culture and people of Singapore and can’t wait to share her experience with you.