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.

Tutoring Zone supports the IPSA mission, look for our ad in TZ study packets.


  • 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 Dublin

  • 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

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. 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

  3. 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

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

    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

  5. 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

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

    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

  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. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Term Abroad: Summer 2014

  • 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

UF in Rome

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Term Abroad: Fall 2015 - UAI-Chile

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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