International Programs
Student Ambassadors

The Heavener School of Business International Programs Student Ambassadors (IPSA) are undergraduates who have studied abroad and now wish to inform, encourage, and inspire their peers to have their own exciting and memorable experience abroad. These students volunteer to assist the International Programs staff to educate and facilitate students to study abroad.

The ambassadors perform a range of advising and promotional activities, such as:

  • Guide students as they research study abroad options
  • Present study abroad information and share their experiences abroad with other students
  • Conduct information sessions for prospective study abroad participants
  • Assist with international education fairs, pre-departure orientations, and other events
  • Participate by giving presentations in Introduction to Business classes, in residence halls and at student organizations
  • We encourage students to email an ambassador if they have questions or seek advise about study abroad.

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  • Amber Paez, UF in Dublin

    It’s okay to do things alone. You learn so much more about yourself that way.
  • Max Owen, UF in London

    If I can get lost in the suburbs of Berlin, hike Mount Vesuvius, and survive the London night buses, I can handle anything.
  • Austin Link, UF in Madrid

    There is no one right way of doing something. Everyone has their own culture and way of doing things.
  • Allie Johnson, UF in Rome

    To be more open and willing to trying new things. While abroad, you’ll miss out if you’re not open to new things.
  • John McDermott, Exchange

    There are so many career opportunities and amazing places to see outside of the US.

The 2016-17 International Programs Student Ambassadors

UF in Beijing

  • Austin Link - Email (alink426 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2016
    Major/Minors: Finance & Spanish
    My take away: There is no one right way of doing something. Everyone has their own culture and way of doing things.
    More about my time abroad

  • Xiu Cheung - Email (xiucheung at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2016
    Major/Minors: Finance & Real Estate
    Specialty: Getting local, nightlife, foodie, things to do in Beijing & internship advice
    My take away: There is a balance in everything that you do whether it be school, work, or fun. Find a balance, maintain that balance and you'll ultimately be a happier, more successful person.
    More about my time abroad

  • Caroline Hammoud - Email (chammoud at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2016
    Major/Minors: Finance & Information Systems
    Specialty: Joining expat organizations for networking opportunities
    My take away: I was able to gain more confidence in my own independence and become more open minded about where my career can take me.
    More about my time abroad

UF in Dublin

  • Elizabeth Hertko - Email (ehertko at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2016
    Major/Minors: Business Administration, specialization in Sport Management & Health Science minor
    Specialty: Day trips, packing, budgeting and outdoorsy stuff
    My take away: Constantly reflect on your experience...I wish I would’ve been a little descriptive so I don’t forget even the tiniest details! You learn the most from your experience when you take the time to reflect.
    More about my time abroad

  • Courtney Meyer - Email (ckmeyer12 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2016
    Major/Minors: Criminology & Law; Business Administration
    Advice: Say yes to everything. Do everything you can while you are there, it goes too quickly!
    More about my time abroad

  • Amber Paez - Email (paezamber at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Fall 2015
    Major/Minors: English/Mass Communications and Business Administration
    Specialty: Travel logistics, foodie favorites, dealing with homesickness
    My take away: It’s okay to do things alone. You learn so much more about yourself that way.
    More about my time abroad

  • Christopher Totzke - Email (ctotzke23 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2016

UF in London

  1. Margaret Bean - Email (magsbean at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: Finance & Real Estate
    My take away: I have become more worldly, appreciative, aware, flexible, and confident.
    More about my time abroad

  2. Caleb Bonsi - Email (bonsic1 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2016
    Major/Minors: Finance & Information Systems
    My take away: I came away from my study abroad experience with an energy and vigor to seek out new experiences and approach every situation with an open mind.
    More about my time abroad

  3. Caleb Freeman - Email (calebmfreeman at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2016
    Major/Minors: Marketing & Entrepreneurship
    Specialty: Internship advice & getting tickets to the Harry Potter play
    My take away: The things you experience force you out of your comfort zone, and I feel that I became more confident, aware, and independent.
    More about my time abroad

  4. Jacob Gerstenblitt - Email (jbgerstenblitt at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: Finance & Master of International Business (MIB)
    Specialty: Travel logistics & theatre tips
    My take away: A better understanding of the machinations of a small business.
    More about my time abroad

  5. Lauren Greger - Email (lgreger at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2014
    Major/Minors: Finance & Leadership
    Specialty: Music events and cool pubs in England!
    My take away: I am much more independent and confident in myself to continue to see the world and put myself outside of my comfort zone.
    More about my time abroad

  6. Aaron Levitats - Email (jkiming at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: History & Master of International Business (MIB)
    Specialty: Nightlife and travel
    My take away: Living abroad and traveling provides you with a heightened sense of awareness and activity.
    More about my time abroad

  7. Charles Ogden - Email (cogden04 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: Political Science & Business Administration
    Specialty: Internship advice - I had a unique sales and marketing internship that I can go into detail about or give you advice about how to successfully intern abroad.
    My take away: I have kept an exploratory "travelers" mentality since returning to UF. I am always looking for an opportunity to travel somewhere or experience something new within Gainesville every chance I can get.
    More about my time abroad

  8. Kristina Olivera - Email (kolivera8 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: Economics
    Specialty: Nightlife, food and internship areas
    My take away: I love the work I did in London, and I was fortunate to be placed at a company with corporate offices around the world…making it possible to pursue future opportunities.
    More about my time abroad

  9. Max Owen - Email (maxowen018 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: Entrepreneurship & Information Systems
    Specialty: Travel Logistics. I got 9 of us through a week long adventure through Italy. It was stressful but very rewarding.
    My take away: Confidence. If I can get lost in the suburbs of Berlin, hike Mount Vesuvius, and survive the London night buses, I can handle anything.
    More about my time abroad

  10. Dishil Patel - Email (dishil at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Fall 2015
    Major/Minors: Finance & Information Systems
    Specialty: Getting involved with local clubs and groups in London
    My take away: Every moment you are abroad, you are on your own figuring out how to get through the city, managing your finances, gaining insight into what is culturally acceptable and unacceptable. Immersing yourself into a whole different culture gives you valuable knowledge that will be useful your whole life.
    More about my time abroad

  11. Laine Shear - Email (shearlai at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2016
    Major/Minors: Marketing, Retailing & Mass Communications
    Specialty: Outdoor markets across Europe and London boroughs
    My take away: I conquered my fears and got to experience so many other cultures with people that mean the world to me, all of which were truly unforgettable.
    More about my time abroad

  12. Annie Tedesco - Email (annie312 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2016
    Major/Minors: Finance
    Specialty: Food. I made my way around the world by eating lots of delicious food!
    My take away: I learned how to be independent and not be afraid to go out and explore a new country on my own.
    More about my time abroad

  13. Allison Walters - Email (awalters753 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Fall 2015
    Major/Minors: Actuarial Science, Statistics & Theatre
    Specialty: Theatre, I am a pro!
    My take away: This experience has helped me learn more about myself and my future goals, I would do anything to go back.
    More about my time abroad

UF in Madrid

  • Amar Desai - Email (ajdesai at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: Finance & Spanish
    Specialty: Nightlife, outdoorsy stuff, and travel logistics
    My take away: Meeting so many types of people and learning about many different cultures really changes the way you view your own life and the world.
    More about my time abroad

  • Nicholas Diasio - Email (ndiasio at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2016
    Major/Minors: Mathematics and Business Administration
    Specialty: Classes, time management, fitness abroad, solo travel
    My take away: I always like to have a plan, but sometimes the best experiences abroad happen when you learn NOT to plan.
    More about my time abroad

  • Charlie Keegan - Email (ckeeg12 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2016
    Major/Minors: Finance, Spanish & Leadership, Masters of International Business
    Specialty: Getting local, language immersion, nightlife & food
    My take away: Something I took away was how to look at things in a different light and how to be accepting of others ideas and cultures.
    More about my time abroad

  • Jordan Kulla - Email (jkulla at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: Marketing & Entrepreneurship
    My take away: I learned how to completely let go and keep an open mind when it comes to living in a new culture, traveling, meeting new people, and trying new.
    More about my time abroad

  • Austin Link - Email (alink426 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2015
    Major/Minors: Finance & Spanish
    My take away: There is no one right way of doing something. Everyone has their own culture and way of doing things.
    More about my time abroad

  • Ryan Sweeney - Email (r.sweeney95 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Fall 2015
    Major/Minors: Accounting
    Specialty: Travel logistics. I traveled to over 25 cities while abroad and did it as cheap as possible.
    My take away: Every country and every culture that you come across has things that you will want to adopt and things you reject. It is best to be open-minded to different lifestyles and use some of the positives of other cultures to benefit your own life.
    More about my time abroad

  • Adam Tzur - Email (adamtzur15 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2016
    Major/Minors: Management & Entrepreneurship
    Specialty: Daylife, nightlife, and cool places to hang out, travel to, study at, take pictures or just relax
    My take away: The world is very small, yet extremely large – it is amazing how different things are once you step out of your comfort bubble.
    More about my time abroad

  • Sonali Wijesiriwardena - Email (swijesiriwardena at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: Finance & Leadership
    Specialty: Nightlife, food, tourist attractions, travel logistics
    My take away: I became a more confident and independent person with friends and memories to last a lifetime.
    More about my time abroad

UF in Paris

  • Sophie Bray - Email (sophhbray at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2013
    Major/Minors: Accounting & Classics
    My take away: It's okay not to have everything planned out. Sometimes things don't go according to plan and learning how to deal when you find yourself in such unfamiliar situations is important.
    More about my time abroad

  • Matthieu Lair - Email (mattlair97 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2016
    Major/Minors: Business Administration & French
    Specialty: Travel & language immersion. (I lived in Amsterdam for many years.)
    My take away: Do not let your fears hold you back! An opportunity like this is a once in a lifetime experience. Get out of your comfort zone and just do it!
    More about my time abroad

  • Erika Scotti - Email (evscotti at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2016
    Major/Minors: Finance
    Specialty: If you think you can’t afford studying abroad, you’re wrong! That’s how I felt but through scholarships and advice from my advisor, I made it work – you can too.
    More about my time abroad

UF in Rome

  • Kayla Flanagan - Email (kflan20 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2016
    Major/Minors: Marketing
    Specialty: Planning weekend trips, foodie & monthly budgeting
    My take away: This will be the best experience you will have during your college career without a doubt – you will grow as a person on so many levels.
    More about my time abroad

  • Kristina Genovese - Email (kgenovese at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2016
    Major/Minors: Marketing & Entrepreneurship
    Specialty: European foodie & backpacking planner
    My take away: Make sure to set aside time to explore your host city, you chose that location for a reason, so enjoy it...you may not have the chance to immerse yourself living in another city.
    More about my time abroad

  • Allie Johnson - Email (johnsall at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: Marketing & Entrepreneurship
    Specialty: Planning trips. I visited 6 different countries while abroad, so I would love to help plan!
    My take away: To be more open and willing to trying new things. While abroad, you’ll miss out if you’re not open to new things. It’s important to bring that skill back with you since there’s always new experiences waiting for you.
    More about my time abroad

  • Jessica Stenglein - Email (jstenglein12 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: Finance, Mass Communications & Entrepreneurship
    Specialty: Travel logistics & sights to see
    My take away: Study abroad allowed me to be more independent and gain self-confidence.
    More about my time abroad

  • Matthew Yellin - Email (myellin2013 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: Finance & Accounting
    My take away: Networking skills and confidence. In a city of tourists and foreigners it's hard to get around without being assertive and knowing what you are doing. As a freshman, I was the youngest student in our program, which allowed me to get to know upperclassmen. Having these connections have helped me tremendously with my social and academic life in Gainesville.
    More about my time abroad

Business Exchanges

  • Rachel Galt - Email (ra.galt23 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2016 - UC3M, Spain
    Major/Minors: Finance, Real Estate & Dance
    Specialty: How to branch out and immerse yourself on an exchange
    My take away: Lifelong friendships and new aspirations. As far as my aspirations go, I now know I want to get my MIB and work for an international company.
    More about my time abroad

  • Brad Ivey - Email (bivey at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2016 - WHU School of Mgmt. - Exchange in Vallendar, Germany
    Major/Minors: Marketing & Entrepreneurship
    Specialty: Learning your host’s language (one tip: go to the local grocery store)
    My take away: Travelling never really goes exactly to plan, so I learned to relax and just let things work themselves out.
    More about my time abroad

  • Heather Jackson - Email (heatheruf at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2015 - UNNC – Exchange in Ningbo, China

  • Ariel Lande - Email (arulande at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2016 - ESADE – Exchange in Barcelona, Spain
    Major/Minors: Management
    Speciality: How to get out of your comfort zone and absorb your host city and it’s unique culture.
    My take away: I am capable of adapting and adjusting to an uncertain situation by myself.
    More about my time abroad

  • Jackie Lian - Email (lianjunbin at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Academic Year, 2015-16 - University of Nottingham, China
    Major/Minors: Finance & Accounting
    Speciality: Foodie, travel logistics and navigating cultures
    My take away: I became more independent, more culturally and globally aware, and now I pay more attention to the important news happening in China and other Asian countries.
    More about my time abroad

  • Austin Link - Email (alink426 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2016 - Hong Kong University of Science & Technology - Exchange in Hong Kong
    Major/Minors: Finance & Spanish
    My take away: There is no one right way of doing something. Everyone has their own culture and way of doing things.
    More about my time abroad

  • John McDermott - Email (johmcd at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2015 - University of New South Wales - Exchange in Sydney Australia
    Major/Minors: General Business & Leadership
    Specialty: Sydney nightlife, places to visit in Australia, spring break ideas in and around Australia, and business courses to take at UNSW
    My take away: There are so many career opportunities and amazing places to see outside of the US.
    More about my time abroad

  • Rhea Patel - Email (rpatel22 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2016 - Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki, Finland
    Major/Minors: Political Science & Mass Communications
    My take away: I've really learned to live in the moment. I love the quote and have learned to live by it "In the end we only regret the chances we didn't take.
    More about my time abroad

  • Betty Poler - Email (bp9895601 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2016 - Chulalongkorn University – Exchange in Bangkok, Thailand
    Major/Minors: Business Administration, specialization in Communications & Leadership Development minor
    Speciality: Local restaurants & National Parks of Thailand
    My take away: I took away a new found love for a culture I had never otherwise explored. The Thai culture taught me to be a more accepting, compassionate and open-minded person.
    More about my time abroad

  • Chelsea Stromfeld - Email (cstromfeld at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2016 - Aston University - Birmingham, England
    Major/Minors: Public Relations
    Speciality: Nightlife, foodie, traveling & Instagram spots
    My take away: We all have those moments that we question our decisions, I had them, but it is in those moments that we overcome our fears and conquer greatness.
    More about my time abroad

Recent IPSA Alumni

  • Megan Autrey

    Program: Vienna University of Economics and Business - Exchange in Vienna Austria
    Term Abroad: Spring 2015
    Major/Minors: Finance & International Development/Humanitarian Assistance
    My take away: There are so many incredible adventures you can go on in one lifetime
    More about my time abroad

  • Kiril Dimov

    Program: UF in Rome
    Term Abroad: Spring 2015
    Major/Minors: Economics & Italian
    My take away: Express yourself in a foreign language, no matter how good or bad you are. It’s how you learn.

  • Jasmine Disgdiertt

    Program: UF in Paris & MIB GIE in Seoul, South Korea
    Term Abroad: Spring 2013, Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: Finance, Real Estate & Master of International Business (MIB)
    My take away: The confidence that whatever situation or location I find myself in I will be able to figure out what to do.
    More about my time abroad

  • Brian Dubow

    Program: UF in London
    Term Abroad: Summer 2014
    Major/Minors: Accounting & Actuarial Science Business (MIB)
    My take away: I took away an internal connection with the rest of the world. At the end of the day, we are not so different from any other culture.
    More about my time abroad

  • Juliana Garcia - Email (julianagarcia at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: Management & Entrepreneurship
    My take away: To enjoy the little things in life and live in the moment. I definitely want to keep traveling and learn from different cultures.
    More about my time abroad

  • Joey Goldman

    Program: UF in London
    Term Abroad: Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: Business Administration – Management
    My take away: I became more independent and aware about international news and events.
    More about my time abroad

  • Sean Gommier

    Program: UF in Rome
    Term Abroad: Spring 2015
    Major/Minors: Finance
    My take away: Try and be friends with everyone you meet. You never know who could turn out to be a lifelong friend.
    More about my time abroad

  • Cassidy Haack

    Program: UF in London
    Term Abroad: Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: Finance, Entrepreneurship & Leadership
    My take away: The world is out there for us to explore, and learning about it will help you find yourself. It did for me.
    More about my time abroad

  • Pasha Hajian

    Program: UF in London
    Term Abroad: Fall 2013
    Major/Minors: Political Science, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    My take away: I became a globalized citizen and grew personally in ways I couldn’t have imagined before going.
    More about my time abroad

  • Jaye Kim - Email (jkiming at ufl.edu)

    Program: UF in London
    Term Abroad: Fall 2014
    Major/Minors: General Business, specialization in Mass Communications & Master of International Business (MIB)
    Specialty: Travel logistics
    My take away: I came back from London passionate about pursuing a career in international business and confidence in my abilities to take on even the most daunting challenges.
    More about my time abroad

  • Dena Le

    Program: Korea University Business School - Exchange in Seoul, South Korea
    Term Abroad: Academic Year 2014-2015
    Major/Minors: Marketing
    My take away: I became more confident and brave when doing things on my own.
    More about my time abroad

  • Tori Litschgi

    Program: UF in Rome
    Term Abroad: Summer 2015
    Major/Minors: Accounting & Leadership
    My take away: I learned that you have to appreciate the little moments. Life is beautiful, but it is short.
    More about my time abroad

  • Lucas Lopez - Email (lucas.lopez07 at ufl.edu)

    Program: UF in London
    Term Abroad: Summer 2014
    Major/Minors: Economics & History
    Specialty: Nightlife, travel logistics and fun things for history buffs.
    My take away: Never turn down an experience because it is new or unknown. Always keep an open mind to a new food or locations because you never know what you might get.
    More about my time abroad

  • Alec Marmo

    Program: UF in Rome
    Term Abroad: Summer 2014
    Major/Minors: Materials Science & Engineering
    My take away: Never be afraid to put yourself out there. There are a lot of cool things that you miss if you do.
    More about my time abroad

  • Alexis McClanahan

    Program: UF in Rome
    Term Abroad: Spring 2015
    Major/Minors: Marketing & Entrepreneurship
    My take away: Don't be afraid to try new things. Travel, explore and have fun.
    More about my time abroad

  • Elizabeth Nguyen

    Program: UF in Paris
    Term Abroad: Spring 2014
    Major/Minors: Finance & Anthropology
    My take away: The confidence and independence to thrive in conditions outside of my comfort zone.
    More about my time abroad

  • Matt Nuzzo

    Program: Bocconi University - Exchange in Milan, Italy
    Term Abroad: Fall 2014
    Major/Minors: Management, Political Science & Master of International Business (MIB)
    My take away: I never thought I'd be so close to such a large group of people from all over the world. I consider them my family and it was the hardest thing in the world to leave them behind.
    More about my time abroad

  • Rebecca Quin

    Program: UF in Paris
    Term Abroad: Spring 2015
    Major/Minors: Marketing & French
    My take away: The world is so vast and diverse that my individual problems do not seem as pressing to me anymore. I became a calmer and more appreciative person.
    More about my time abroad

  • Katie Sastre

    Program: UF in Madrid & Chulalongkorn University - Exchange in Bangkok, Thailand
    Term Abroad: Summer 2012, Fall 2015
    Major/Minors: Economics, International Development & Humanitarian Assistance
    My take away: Memories and experiences are worth more than anything inanimate I could ever buy.
    More about my time abroad

  • Tiffany Shackles

    Program: University of Manchester - Exchange in Manchester, England
    Term Abroad: Spring & Fall 2015
    Major/Minors: Marketing & Nonprofit Organizational Leadership
    My take away: Studying abroad made me realize how many amazing people there are around the world to meet. It also shows you that if you just open yourself up a little, great things will come.
    More about my time abroad

  • Seth Singson-Robbins

    Program: SKEMA Business School - Exchange near Nice, France
    Term Abroad: Spring 2015
    Major/Minors: Statistics, Economics, General Business, Geography & Actuarial Science
    My take away: I learned how to be independent how to enjoy things both by myself and with groups of people. I also became more confident and developed an obsession for traveling.
    More about my time abroad

  • Vania Villegas

    Program: UF in Paris
    Term Abroad: Spring 2014
    Major/Minors: Finance & Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM)
    My take away: It is true, life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
    More about my time abroad

  • Alex Wagner - Email (awag94 at ufl.edu)

    Program: UF in Madrid
    Term Abroad: Fall 2015 - UAI-Chile
    Program: Business Exchange
    Term Abroad: Summer 2014

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