Study Abroad Ambassadors

A collage of photos of study abroad ambassadors on their study abroad programs

Study Abroad Ambassadors are CWRU students who have returned from a study abroad program and are chosen by the Office of Education Abroad to share their experience on campus through peer advising, classroom presentations and more!

Learn about each of the Study Abroad Ambassadors below!

Study Abroad Program: IES Abroad Cape Town - University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, Spring 2019
Major: Economics, English, Pre-Law

"I’m excited to work as an ambassador to help students find where they can have the best semester of their life! Learning happens inside and outside of a classroom, so I can’t wait to encourage students to take their learning outside the United States and have a life-changing experience."

A picture of Anna Ashley sitting outside in front of a mountain


Study Abroad Programs: ENGR350U/ANTH 300: Global Health Design in Uganda, Spring break 2018; CLSC 199: Athens - Idea and Identity from Socrates to Byron, Greece, Spring Break 2017
Majors: Chemical Biology, Polymer Science and Chemical Biology

"Growing up all over, I had difficulties answering the question 'Where are you from?' Upon enrolling at CWRU, I actively tried to look for opportunities (regardless of length) to study abroad as a pre-med engineer. It took a while to find but I have, thus far, been to Greece and Uganda as part of two CWRU short term study abroad trips. I want to help more students, like myself, find ways in which they can explore Cleveland and the world around them as well."

Alan Chen standing with something balancing on his head during his study abroad

Study Abroad Programs: Peking University International Summer School, Summer 2017; Chinese Government Scholarship, Academic Year 2018-2019
Major: Nutritional Biochemistry & Metabolism, Chinese

"I am excited to work with students who are exploring study abroad, because I too was helped by students who studied abroad, and that had a significant impact on my decision to study abroad!"

Chris Chen standing outside leaning up against a fence during his study abroad

Study Abroad Program: King's College London, Health & Society Program, Spring 2019

Major: Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism, Pre-med

"Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime international experience. Going abroad and interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds helped me develop my identity as a global citizen. I'm excited to share my experiences from my time abroad and use what I've learned to help other CWRU students maximize their opportunities to study abroad."

Annie Du standing with a bicycle in front of a body of water while studying abroad at Kings College London

Study Abroad Program: IES Abroad - Santiago, Chile, Fall 2018
Major: Biology

"I am excited to work with students who are exploring studying abroad because I want to help them have as amazing of an experience as I did. I want to be a support system, share advice, and encourage them to gain a global academic perspective. I also really want to teach people that the best way to learn about other cultures and countries is to study abroad."

Lily Hardwood standing on a balcony with a city and mountains behind her during her study abroad

Study Abroad Programs: Oxford University, Oxford, England, Academic Year 2018-2019; SPAN 306: The Cuban Experience, Cuba, Summer 2017
Majors: Mathematics and Spanish

"Mark Twain wrote that 'travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness...Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.' The insights gained from traveling the world cannot be found in a classroom, and that is why I believe no education is truly complete without studying abroad. I’m excited to help Case students learn about the opportunities available to them, and how the Office of Education Abroad is there to help them every step of the way."

Innes standing in front of a body of water with boats in it during her study abroad

Study Abroad Program: American College of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, Summer 2019
Major: Nursing

"I am excited to share my passion for traveling and experiencing different cultures with like-minded individuals. I can't wait to help interested students find out how flexible and possible it is to study abroad!"

Megan Johnson sitting on a hill during her study abroad

Study Abroad Program: Yonsei University Seoul, South Korea, Spring 2019
Majors: International Studies, Cognitive Science

"Studying abroad was one of - if not the primary goal of my undergraduate career. As someone who is a first-generation college student and putting myself through school, I felt restricted by my circumstances to an extent. I learned a lot at Yonsei University, including how useful it is to challenge your own perceptions of what is possible for you. I hope to encourage all CWRU students to examine this question for themselves!"

A picture of Anna standing outside in South Korea during her study abroad

Study Abroad Program: IES Abroad Cape Town - University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, Spring 2019
Major: Anthropology

"Before I went to Cape Town, people would tell me that 'studying abroad is a life-changing experience,' and I had a hard time believing them.  Initially, I thought that studying abroad was a chance to experience a different world.  But I can now say it’s more than that; studying abroad is a chance to critically reflect on and be matured by the different world that you experience!"

A picture of Carlos sitting on large rocks outside

Study Abroad Program: Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands, Spring 2019
Majors: Nutritional Biochemistry & Metabolism and Communication Sciences

"Study abroad is an opportunity for people to get out of their comfort zones in both the classroom and the real world.  I am thrilled to work with students who are looking for a chance to broaden their horizons and expand their knowledge of the world and themselves.  I hope to help students realize that it is possible to stay on track in school and go explore different corners of the globe."  

A picture of Lauren Obman standing outside in front of a bridge over water

Study Abroad Program: KAIST, Deajeon, South Korea, Spring 2019
Major: Biomedical Engineering

"I am the most interested in encouraging students to study abroad in non-traditional places, try new things, and work out of all the logistics related to figuring out specifically where to go, what classes to take, and how to advocate for yourself to get them approved."

A picture of Raquelle standing outside


A close-up picture of Rubab Syed's face

Study Abroad Program: BETH 315B: Public Health in the Netherlands: Sex, Drugs, and Public Health, Netherlands, Spring Break 2019
Major: Pre-med

"I had the opportunity to study abroad during a faculty-led course held in The Netherlands on the topic of international public health. I would be more than happy to share about my time abroad and to learn about any travel experience you may have - it's a small world, don't be a stranger!"

Study Abroad Programs: Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, Spring 2019; ECON 350 Regional and Urban Economics: The Case of Israel, Spring May Abroad 2018
Majors: International Studies and Economics

"My semester abroad gave me such immense personal growth, new friendships, and cultural knowledge. I can't wait to encourage other students to take advantage of opportunities abroad so they can experience those same things!"

A picture of Julia standing outside on a grassy area that overlooks a cliff and body of water

Study Abroad Programs: ENGR 200 Statics & Strength of Materials, China, May 2018; King's College London, United Kingdom, Fall 2019; BIOL 309 Biology Field Studies, Namibia, Spring Break 2020
Major: Systems & Control Engineering

"Studying abroad has been one of the best experiences I've had as a CWRU student. Travel has always been important to me and I have grown so much through my experiences on study abroad. My friends will tell you that I love to talk about or show pictures of my amazing times abroad. Through study abroad, I've met so many awesome people, traveled to new countries, had lots of fun, and learned a ton along the way about myself and about other cultures. I know it may seem difficult to fit a study abroad into the busy four years here, especially as an engineering or pre-health student, but it is possible! I want to help students realize that they can go abroad, even if it isn't common for students in their academic program. I am really excited to share my passion for travel and for study abroad!"

Diana Zavela sitting outside on a short wall near a body of water while studying abroad