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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  • Caroline Hammoud,
    UF in Beijing

    I was able to gain more confidence in my own independence and become more open minded about where my career can take me.
  • Dakotah Diaz,
    UF in Dublin

    I have a newfound sense of intercultural competence. Being fully immersed in a new culture allowed me to step out of my own cultural bubble, which is beyond enlightening.
  • Gabriella Tedesco,
    UF in London

    I definitely gained more confidence in myself, and became a lot more independent. I am more comfortable in unfamiliar situations, and have learned to thrive in situations I never would have put myself in before.
  • Charlie Keegan,
    UF in Madrid

    Something I took away was how to look at things in a different light and how to be accepting of others ideas and cultures.
  • Erika Scotti,
    UF in Paris

    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.
  • Betty Poler,
    Exchange

    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.

The 2017-18 International Programs Student Ambassadors

UF in Beijing

  • Liam Mass - Email (liammass at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance, Information Systems and Retailing

  • Alan Lam - Email (alanchenglam at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance

  • Brittany Hillman - Email (thebrit at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing

UF in Dublin

  • Rusin Andonov - Email (rusin97 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: ISOM

  • Jessica Papagno - Email (jessicapapagno at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing, Retail and Statistics

  • Ryan Gearhart - Email (rrg0812 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Economics

  • Alexia Moffatt - Email (amoffatt at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2016
    Major/Minors: Combined Degree – Economics and Master of International Business (MIB)

  • Nelly Wilson - Email (nellywilson at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Combined Degree – Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM)

UF in London

  1. Katelynn Bean - Email (kbean96 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance

  2. Kate Bradley - Email (kebradley at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing, Environmental Science

  3. Claire Snyder - Email (csnyder18 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing, Event Management and Retail

  4. Karli Sellers - Email (karlirsellers at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing, Communications

UF in Madrid

  • Gabriella Lucca - Email (gabylucca at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing, Information Systems

  • Madeline Dolengowski - Email (mdolengowski at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing

  • Leanna Perez - Email (leannag at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: General Business and Economics

  • Marcus Del Vecchio - Email (m.del.vecchio at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance, Real Estate

  • Juan Sarabia - Email (juama10 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance

UF in Paris

  • Ana Rocha - Email (agrocha at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Linguistics, French, Business Administration

  • Leland Damon - Email (lelanddamon at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance, Real Estate

UF in Rome

  • Anthony Palmisano - Email (tonyp323 at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing, Italian

  • Sydney Weiner - Email (sydneyeweiner at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Business Administration Specializing in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance, Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit

  • Lauren Valad - Email (lauren.valad at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Biological Engineering, Business Administration

  • Bianca Tacher - Email (btacher at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2017
    Major/Minors: Accounting

  • 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

Business Exchanges

  • Aslesha Lissanevitch - Email (aslucake at ufl.edu)

    Exchange: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Business Administration, Travel and Tourism, Russian

  • Brittany Zeidel - Email (bzeidel at ufl.edu)

    Exchange: University of Manchester, England
    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance, Information Systems

  • Vincent Trang - Email (bzeidel at ufl.edu)

    Exchange: University of Manchester, England
    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Marketing, Anthropology

  • Aleesha Mundra - Email (amundra at ufl.edu)

    Exchange: Singapore Management University
    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Finance

  • Michelle Chou - Email (michellechouu at ufl.edu)

    Exchange: National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan
    Term Abroad: Spring 2017
    Major/Minors: Business Management

  • Maria Camila Duque - Email (m.cduque@ufl.edu at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Fall 2016 – SKEMA Business School – Exchange in Nice, France
    Major/Minors: Political Science & Finance
    Specialty: International potlucks and scenic beach spots
    My take away: I learned the amazing possibilities of unplanned adventures. I had to become able to just go with the flow – making me more independent, outgoing, and assertive.
    More about my time abroad

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

    Term Abroad: Summer 2016 - WHU School of Mgmt. - Exchange in Vallendar, Germany and Spring 2017 - HS Osnabrück – Exchange in Osnabrück, 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

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

    Term Abroad: Spring 2016 - ESADE – Exchange in Barcelona, Spain
    Major/Minors: Finance
    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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Term Abroad: Spring 2016

  • 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

  • Samantha Vyazmensky - Email (svyazmensky at ufl.edu)

    Term Abroad: Summer 2016
    Major/Minors: Accounting
    Specialty: Travel tips, Dublin nightlife, outdoorsy stuff, and packing tips
    My take away: Having an open mind can make your experiences 100% better.
    More about my time abroad

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