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.
Program: IFSA-Butler/ University College London, United Kingdom (Spring 2017)
Office hours: Wednesdays 1-2pm
Wenli is a senior majoring in Business and Psychology. She studied abroad in the Spring of 2017 at the University College London through IFSA-Butler. She took two courses with the UCL School of Management and two courses with the psychology department. These classes gave her many opportunities to work with local students on group projects. She made life-long friends in London and she loved sitting around a table with them and enjoying the different snacks everyone brought from the countries they traveled to.
Programs: Brandeis in Siena, Italy (Summer 2016) and CIEE/ Summer Global Internship Program in Cape Town, South Africa (Summer 2017)
Office hours: Thursdays 3-4pm
Zoila is a senior 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!
Program: IFSA-Butler/ Argentine Universities Program (Spring 2017)
Office hours: Fridays 2-3pm
Lauren is a senior majoring in Psychology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy and minoring in Hispanic Studies. She spent the spring semester of her junior year studying abroad in Buenos Aires through the IFSA-Butler Argentine Universities Program. Through the program, she lived with a host family and participated in a wide variety of academic offerings by taking two classes at the IFSA study center and two classes at different local universities. When not in class, she enjoyed practicing her Spanish while exploring the unique neighborhoods of the city, stumbling upon local cafes and wandering through artisan markets on the weekends. Even though the city had so much to offer, she loved traveling throughout the geographically diverse regions of Argentina. Her time abroad not only provided her with an appreciation for mate (a traditional tea) and empanadas, but allowed her to think more critically about what it means to be a global citizen. She can’t wait to help others prepare for their exciting adventures abroad!
Program: MSID/ International Development in Thailand (Spring 2017)
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-3pm
Danielle is a senior with a double major in Health: Science, Society, and Policy and International and Global Studies with a minor in Classical Studies. She studied abroad during the spring semester of her junior year in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she lived with a host family on the MSID International Development in Thailand program. She spent the first half of her semester studying Thai and taking anthropology courses from Thai instructors at the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute. In the second half of her program, Danielle interned at a sub-district hospital in San Kamphaeng learning about maternal and child health. This study abroad experience truly fulfilled Danielle’s goal of learning about development and public health from a non-Western perspective. Her favorite experiences include bathing an elephant, exploring historical sites, shopping at the Night Markets, and participating in the national water fight during Songkran.
Program: CET/ Chinese Studies and Internship in Shaghai, China (Fall 2016)
Office hours: Mondays 1-2pm
Eric is a senior majoring in East Asian Studies and International and Global Studies with a minor in Economics. He spent the fall of his Junior year abroad in Shanghai, China. He traveled to many cities such as Beijing, Suzhou, and Hangzhou. His favorite parts were seeing the smaller towns and traveling with his Chinese roommate, which gave him more opportunities to speak the language and be exposed to the culture. One of his favorite trips was to his roommates’ hometown where they climbed HuangShan Mountain. He also had the opportunity to intern at a high-end family appliance company researching and advising future development plans.
Program: IFSA-Butler/ University of Queensland, Australia (Spring 2017)
Office hours: Mondays 12-1pm
Lia is a senior majoring in Biology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy. She spent the spring 2017 semester abroad in Brisbane, Australia. She went through an IFSA-Butler program, studying at the University of Queensland. This opportunity gave her the chance to explore many courses. Her favorite was Australia's Marine Environment that included field trips to islands and reefs around Australia to study the marine life there. She greatly enjoyed being outdoors and taking in everything Australia had to offer. There were countless beaches, mountains, and cities to explore. She found there was no shortage of wildlife and culture to observe. One of her favorite memories was taking a hike to watch the sunrise at the Byron Bay Lighthouse, the most easterly point in all of Australia. She truly enjoyed her time abroad and looks forward to helping other Brandeis students get a chance to do the same!
Program: IES/ Milan: Business Studies, Italy (Academic Year 2016-2017)
Office hours: Mondays 2-3pm
Abby is a senior majoring in Economics and International Global Studies, with a minor in Business. She spent the entirety of her junior year abroad in Milan, Italy with the IES Milan: Business Studies program. While taking courses at IES, she was also enrolled in Bocconi University, and took three economic courses over the year. Attending an international university was a highlight of her time abroad because it gave her the opportunity to truly immerse herself in the Italian college life and meet people from all over the world. Besides academics, her days were spent exploring on the weekends, attempting to find the best gelato place in Milan, trying to master Italian by speaking with locals, learning how to enjoy coffee - Italian style, and blogging for IES. Check out her blog to read more about her experiences in the city she made home for a year! She thinks studying abroad was one of the best decisions she’s made yet and she can’t wait to help students figure out where their journeys will take them.
Program: Brandeis in Copenhagen (Summer 2016)
Office hours: Tuesdays 1-2pm
Zongyuan is a junior majoring in Mathematics and Economics. She spent the summer before her sophomore year abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark on the Brandeis in Copenhagen program. Through the program, she took a course on the Behavioral Economics and a Microeconomic Theory class. Her favorite part of the program is that she got the chance to explore something new everyday; she enjoyed riding bikes with her friends to explore the city, and she also loved the study trip a lot.
Program: CIEE/ Development Studies Program in Dakar, Senegal (Fall 2016)
Office hours: Thursdays 2-3pm
Georgia is a senior majoring in International and Global Studies and minoring in French and Francophone Studies. She spent the fall semester of her junior year abroad in Dakar, Senegal with the CIEE Development Studies Program. Four of her classes were conducted in French, and the fifth one in Wolof, the local language in Dakar. While there, she interned with Samu Social Senegal, an NGO that advocates for trafficked children in Senegal. She found a community in her volunteer work at a pottery school for handicapped children as well as with a Dakar Frisbee team. Georgia’s favorite experiences include walking to the beach after school, surfing, learning Wolof from Dakar locals, exploring Senegal and dancing to Michael Jackson everyday with her 7-year old host brother. She fell in love with the “teranga,” or hospitality, that Senegal is known for and hopes she can use her experiences to help other Brandeis students with the Study Abroad process!
Program: CIEE/ Sophia University, Japan (Spring 2017)
Office hours: Fridays 1-2pm
Joelle is a senior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in East Asian Studies and Theater Arts. She spent the spring of 2017 in Tokyo, Japan with CIEE: Tokyo Arts and Sciences. This was her first time traveling internationally! In Tokyo, Joelle immersed herself in Japanese culture by living in a dorm with Japanese young professionals and students. Additionally, she took classes on culture and identity and Japanese women’s history to expand her knowledge of Japan. Out of class, Joelle spent most of her time wandering within the vast city and eating lots of Ramen. Her favorite part of her stay was traveling with friends to other parts of Japan like Hiroshima, Kyoto and Osaka. She looks forward to sharing her experience and assisting you!
Programs: IES/ Quito: Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador (Fall 2016) and Brandeis in The Hague, the Netherlands (Spring 2017)
Office hours: Thursdays 1-2pm
Elana is a senior majoring in American Studies with minors in Hispanic Studies and Legal Studies. She spent her junior year studying abroad on two different programs: IES/ Quito: Universidad San Francisco de Quito Direct Enrollment and Brandeis in The Hague. In Quito, she took classes with Ecuadorean students and traveled all over the country, including the Galapagos Islands! Living with a host family and taking classes with Ecuadorean students not only allowed her to greatly improve her Spanish, but also engage with and participate in a new culture in a really unique way. In The Hague, she took classes with other Brandeis students and at the University of Leiden with Dutch and other international students. She also interned at an NGO in The Hague. Her semesters abroad were filled with unforgettable memories and experiences, and she can't wait to help others plan for their own unique and amazing experiences!
Program: University of Maastricht/ Center for European Studies, the Netherlands (Fall 2016)
Office hours: Wednesdays 12-1pm
Isabella is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Anthropology with a minor in Health: Science, Society, and Policy. She studied abroad in Maastricht, the Netherlands in the Fall of 2016 at Maastricht University. She had the amazing opportunity to take classes in psychology and neuroscience from renowned professors in the field, in addition to learning in a completely different academic style than that at Brandeis. Some of her favorite moments included frequenting the 2,000 year old bookstore-converted-church in Maastricht, eating the biggest cinnamon rolls in Stockholm, and creating amazing friendships with students from all around the world. She can't wait to help other students with their own study abroad experiences!
Program: DIS/ Psychology, Denmark (Spring 2017)
Office hours: Wednesdays 2-3pm
Brittany is a senior with a double major in Psychology and American Studies and a minor in Legal Studies. She studied abroad during the spring semester of her junior year in Copenhagen, Denmark through the Danish Institute of Study Abroad (DIS) where she lived alongside American and Danish students in a Kollegium. When she wasn’t practicing mindfulness or learning about the Danes’ key to happiness in her Positive Psychology core course, she spent her weekday afternoons scouting hyggeligt cafes, exploring the outskirts of the city with friends, or planning weekend travels about Europe. Some of Brittany's favorite parts about studying and living in Copenhagen include the bike culture, her classes and interactive field studies outside of the classroom, and finding best friends in her roommates. Brittany now calls Copenhagen her home away from home and cherishes her four months abroad as one of the most invigorating periods of her life. She can’t wait to share more about her experience in Copenhagen and looks forward living Danishly in the US.