Study Abroad Global Ambassadors
Study Abroad Global Ambassadors are Princeton students who have already completed a successful semester or year overseas and are available to share their experiences with you. Feel free to contact our Global Ambassadors with any questions you may have.
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Major: Molecular Biology
International Experience: University of Oxford, Biochemistry Exchange; Oxford, UK
At Princeton, I am a pre-med student majoring in Molecular Biology. I am also pursuing certificates in Global Health & Health Policy (GHP) and Engineering Biology. I had been involved in research at Princeton since my freshman year during which I worked in a Princeton chemistry lab over two summers and am now working in a MOL genetics lab. During the fall of my Junior year, I went to Oxford as part of the Princeton-Oxford Exchange program. The program gave me a different perspective on science research and provided me with skills which will help me in my research experiences at Princeton in the future as well as in my overall career goal. Additionally, I got to experience being with people of diverse origins and cultures which gave me a better understanding of different cultures.
Ask me about: England, Financial Aid, Oxford, Pre-Med/Pre-Health, Research Abroad
Major: Chemical and Biological Engineering
International Experience: University College Dublin; Dublin, Ireland
I am a CBE with a neuro certificate who chose to study abroad sophomore spring in order to take biotechnology-related courses including pharmacology and biofuels. I chose UCD because of its research program, which allowed me to volunteer in a biofilms lab during my semester abroad, and its international perspective and proximity to Dublin. I highly recommend Dublin both as a fantastic city in its own right and as an excellent springboard to exploring the rest of Ireland and Europe.
Ask me about: Diversity Issues Abroad, Engineers Abroad, Ireland, Pre-med/Pre-health, Research Abroad
Major: Woodrow Wilson School, Certificate in Near Eastern Studies
International Experience: WWS Program at University of Oxford, Hertford College; Oxford, UK
Raised in a small town in northwest Washington State, the bulk of my international experience before my semester abroad was short visits to Canada, just an hour's drive north. I chose to study abroad through the WWS program at Oxford because of Oxford's unique academic structure and the support it provides for independent research and writing. My semester abroad was a refreshing experience during which I pursued my academic interests while also being exposed to new areas of study and cultural experiences. It was an invaluable part of my college experience and gave me a new perspective on my remaining time at Princeton.
Ask me about: Diversity Issues Abroad, England, Financial Aid, Oxford
International Experience: University of St. Andrews; St Andrews, Scotland
I'm a junior in the Religion Department and also pursuing a certificate in Values and Public Life. A New Jersey native with no fear of the unknown, I chose to spend my sophomore spring abroad on the east coast of Scotland at the University of St Andrews, where I took classes in Philosophy, Theology, and Biblical Studies. In my spare time, I enjoy reading nonfiction, listening to podcasts, drinking lots of coffee, and daydreaming about her next trip abroad.
Ask me about: Diversity Issues Abroad, Financial Aid, Scotland, Studying abroad as a sophomore
Major: French, American Studies
International Experience: Columbia in Paris at Reid Hall: Paris, France; PIIRS Global Seminar in Geneva, Switzerland
Hi there! My name is Makenna, and I am a happy Princetonian that has made studying abroad an important part of my undergraduate career. I'm a French major with a certificate in Urban Studies, and my first experience abroad ever was through Princeton's Global Seminar Program in 2014 when I went abroad to study in Switzerland. Along with increasing my love of chocolate and francophone Europe, I was inspired to then do an IIP in Athens, Greece, and to complete a fall semester in Paris during my junior year. Learning a foreign language (French) and living abroad have offered me countless amazing experiences that have really helped me gain insight about myself and my future career during my time at Princeton. And although I am a seasoned Princeton traveler, I also love our gorgeous campus and consider it home. You'll often find me at Dillon Gym, on my way to Bent Spoon, or in East Pyne, my favorite building on campus. Please do reach out with any and all questions about spending a summer or semester abroad. I had many questions as I was making my decisions about going abroad, and I am more than happy to offer guidance or advice on even the littlest matters!
Ask me about: Financial Aid, Foreign Language, France
International Experience: IES Abroad Salamanca; Salamanca, Spain
Hello! I'm Taylor, a chemistry major from Florida who discovered (or rather, confirmed) my love of traveling by spending my sophomore spring abroad in the incredible city of Salamanca in Spain. There, I took courses in film noir and noir fiction, religion, and psychology; however, back at Princeton, I love to dance in a student group and work various jobs around campus. Study abroad has made such a strong impact on my undergraduate career that I am hoping to go abroad again for my graduate program or future career. For anyone considering a semester or summer abroad--do it! You won't regret it, I promise. And coming from someone who had never left the United States before my time in Spain, trust me when I say that it's not as scary as it seems!
Ask me about: Financial Aid, Foreign Language, Salamanca, Spain
Major: Woodrow Wilson School
International Experience: Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po); Paris, France
I am currently a junior at Princeton where I am majoring in The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, with minors in African American Studies and French. This past semester, I studied abroad in Paris at L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris where I took politics, history, media/journalism, and law classes in French as well as independently worked on a policy proposal to the Greek Economic Crisis. It was the Woodrow Wilson School that initially drew me to Princeton as a sort of Mecca for policy-making and, ultimately, making the world a better place. The School's emphasis on crafting multi-faceted and dynamic students allows its pupils to go out into the world knowing how to reach across the aisle, step into someone else's shoes and come to comprehensive and effective policy solutions. Perhaps the most critical component of the Woodrow Wilson School is its emphasis on studying abroad and getting out of ones comfort zone. Moreover, in completing an intensive language program in Aix-en-Provence the summer of 2014 as well as intensive semester-long studies in Paris at L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris during the fall of 2015, I enriched my studies at Princeton and my understanding of what it truly means to be a global citizen. In the end, studying abroad was an incredibly transformative experience for me and I believe the best way to give back to those who saw me through the life-changing experience is to encourage others to follow in my footsteps. Indeed, this is why I am a Global Ambassador!
Ask me about: Diversity Issues Abroad, France, Foreign Language, Paris
Major: History, Spanish and Portuguese
International Experience: IFSA-Butler Argentine Universities Program
I am a junior from Long Beach, CA. I am a history major and minoring in Spanish and Portuguese. I studied abroad last semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina and had an amazing experience. I would like to share my experience with others in hopes that they take the opportunity to study abroad!
Ask me about: Argentina, Diversity Issues Abroad, Financial Aid, Foreign Language, Research Abroad
International Experience: University of Oxford, Worcester College; Oxford, United Kingdom
I am a Politics major with an interest in the Middle East/Iran. I wrote my first junior paper while abroad at Oxford on US sanctions policy on Iran. Last January, I took a leave of absence from the University and interned with the White House National Economic Council where I had the opportunity to work in the Front Office as well as with the international economics team on the National Security Council. Subsequently, I went to Oxford where I studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Worcester College. I had an incredible experience and would recommend studying abroad to anyone and everyone. This summer, I have been interning with the Iran Desk at the State Department. I couldn't be luckier to be here during such a momentous time and am grateful for the amazing team that made me feel so welcome at State.
Ask me about: England/Oxford, Research Abroad
International Experience: Consortium for Advanced Studies in Barcelona; Barcelona, Spain
I'm currently a junior in the Politics department, planning to get a certificate in Spanish Language and Culture. I come from a small town called Dripping Springs, right outside of Austin, Texas, and my interests include traveling, reading, and trying new foods. My first time out of the country was on a 6-week summer school program at the London School of Economics, right after my freshman year. I loved being abroad so much that I decided to study in Barcelona for my junior fall semester, when I was able to improve my Spanish and travel around Western and Central Europe. My time there was amazing, and I can't wait to travel to new places in the future!
Ask me about: Barcelona, Financial Aid, Foreign Language, Spain
Major: History / Latin American Studies
International Experience: CIEE Liberal Arts Program; Valparaíso, Chile
I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and immigrated to New Jersey during the 2000s. I studied abroad during my sophomore spring in Valparaíso, Chile. While there, I lived with a host family, attended Pontifícia Universidad Católica, had great experiences, made lifelong friends, and greatly improved my Spanish language skills. At Princeton, I am a Diversity Peer Educator at the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding and the Marketing Chair for Princeton Caribbean Connection (PCC). I am also a campus ambassador for Jopwell, a digital platform that helps to connect minority students with top businesses in technology and finance. Since coming to Princeton, I've cultivated my international background and pursued my interest in traveling in many ways. During my freshman year, I was a member of the Pace Center's pilot international service trip to Corpani Peñas, Peru, where I installed a solar panel with a team of other students. I was also a part of the 2014 Global Seminar to India. After the conclusion of the seminar I participated in an IIP, in which I served as an intern at the National Crafts Museum in Delhi. After sophomore year I developed my Portuguese skills as I conducted development research on lusophone Africa for a Solar Energy Startup. In the summer after Junior year I was selected as a Project Leader for the LIVE Olympic Project in Rio de Janiero and also received funding to conduct senior thesis research in Havana, Cuba.
Ask me about: Budgeting for study abroad, Diversity Issues Abroad, Financial Aid, Foreign Language, Research Abroad