World Partner Programs Global Ambassadors

Name: Victoria Bialczak ’20

Major: Bioengineering

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

Program: University College Dublin

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most valuable experience abroad was having the opportunity to completely immerse myself in another culture. I was able to experience Irish music, food, and tradition in the best way possible. By the end of my semester, Dublin truly felt like home and I couldn’t be more grateful for how welcoming Ireland was to me during my time there.

Contact: vbialcza@syr.edu


Name: Benjamin Cooper ’20

Major: Bioengineering

Semester abroad: Spring 2018

Program: University of New South Wales

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? My most valuable experience abroad was learning how to live my life independently. While in Australia I was around the globe from everything that I was used to and had to rely on myself more than ever. Figuring out my daily routine, public transportation, and travel plans was something new to me. I am grateful for my new found independence and knowing that I can survive and thrive on my own.

Contact: becooper@syr.edu


Name: Rachael Church ’20

Major: Geography & Public Health

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

Program: DIS Stockholm

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I chose to study in Stockholm because I wanted a unique abroad experience where I could take engaging classes that apply to my major and minors and see how my fields of interest were applied in a different country. Sweden is the home of a ton of revolutionary medical and public health research, and through DIS Stockholm I had countless opportunities to meet researchers and other professionals, listen to them talk about their work, and ask them questions. This hands on teaching style was incredibly valuable because it helped me narrow down my interests and explore careers I might want to pursue in the future.

Contact: rchurch@syr.edu


Name: Julia Pion ’20

Major: Social Work

Semester abroad: Spring 2018

Program: University of New South Wales

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? My most valuable experience was fully immersing myself in UNSW. I found ways to adapt to a new culture, met incredible people, and learned so much more about myself. I took classes that challenged me and joined clubs that peaked my interest. I made the most of my time at UNSW and loved every second of it !!

Contact: jupion@syr.edu


Patrick RioloName: Patrick Riolo ’20

Hometown: Mahopac, NY

Major: Bioengineering

Semesters abroad: Summer 2017 (Australia: Sport, History, and Culture); Fall 2017 (University College Dublin)

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? The Cliffs of Moher and Giant’s Causeway in Ireland were absolutely astounding. I had written a report on these two natural phenomena in the seventh grade and was finally able to see them after all these years. Usually, when I build up something in my mind I end up being disappointed in the result, but these two places still blew me away with how naturally beautiful Ireland can be. As someone who spends every possible second outdoors exploring, the natural landscapes and structures of Ireland have reserved a special place in my heart.

Contact: priolo@syr.edu


Name: Kate Spencer ’20

Major: Chemistry & Forensic Science

Semester Abroad: Fall 2018

Program: Sea Semester: The Global Ocean

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I loved being a part of a team that lived, ate and slept together for a little over three months. We grew together as a class and became a family. We could count on each other to complete science experiments and keep one another safe while standing watch on the ship. On shore we went on outings to see the stars and the town we were staying at. I learned how to communicate better with a group both as a member and as a leader. I was able to gain confidence and grow as a person while helping my classmates grow as people too.

Contact: kaspence@syr.edu


Name: Jingxuan Wang ’20

Major: Economics and International Relations

Semester abroad: Spring 2018

Program: Waseda University

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The most valuable experience for me in Tokyo was that the daily life helped me with my Japanese ability by communicating with my friends and classmates. Even though most of the classes were conducted in English, I still could have many opportunities to contact with my Japanese classmates by joining student interest clubs and having group activities with them, like having dinners or having excursions. In this way, I made many Japanese friends and learned many interesting things about Japanese culture. It also helped me to improve my Japanese speaking and helped me to get a good score in the Japanese language test.

Contact: jwang49@syr.edu


Jake at Cliffs

Name: Jake Anderson ’21

Major: International Relations and History

Semester Abroad: Spring 2019

Program: Trinity College Dublin

What would you say to a student who is undecided about studying abroad? Going abroad was one the best decisions I’ve made here at SU. I was lucky enough to do it during my sophomore year, which gave me more time at Syracuse but also allowed me to have the option of choosing courses based either on my major or for fun. I think if your unsure because of your major, look for the abroad program that will fit your area of study (they exist!), if your unsure due to language differences, many of the programs are taught in English and many of the countries have a high population of English speakers. And finally, if your just unsure in general, I would say going abroad will be exciting and fun, but will also create skills that are necessary in life. Embrace the unknown, it what makes the experience more valuable.

Contact: jander08@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Cultural immersion


isabelle pragueName: Isabelle Cohn ’20

Major: Psychology and Forensic Science

Semester Abroad: Spring 2019

Program: CEA Prague

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? It’s extremely important to remember that everyone is on the same page as you. I chose to go into a study abroad program that few students from Syracuse were taking part in, and more specifically one that none of my own friends were interested in. This was outside of my comfort zone, however I knew what I wanted to get out of my abroad experience and was not going to let any of my own insecurities influence that. As my departure date began to get closer, I was frequently questioning my decision to go into this adventure alone. Nonetheless, once I met other students in the program, I realized that we all shared the same mindset. We all acknowledged that those four months were a once in a lifetime experience that were not to be taken for granted. We were extremely grateful to be there and wanted to make the most of our time. I immediately became aware that none of us were in our comfort zone. Everyone has different worries or fears about going abroad, but it’s only because we all want our experience to be the best it can possibly be.

Contact: iscohn@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, Financing study away, First time abroad, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


UNSWName: Kristen Corrigan ’20

Major: Marketing Management

Semester abroad: Spring 2019

Program: University of New South Wales

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? I wish I knew more about planning trips and how important it is to plan ahead. It can be stressful when trying to plan everything as soon as you get abroad because you want to explore your new country. So I wish I knew to take advantage of planning when I had free time during first semester or over winter break.

Contact: kjcorrig@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Allergies & dietary needs, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, Financing study away, First time abroad, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Health, safety, and support, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


Danielle DISName: Danielle Llewellyn ’21

Major: Psychology & Sociology

Semester abroad: Spring 2019

Program: DIS Stockholm

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? My semester in Sweden gave me the opportunity to travel both within and outside the city limits of Stockholm, immersing myself in the exciting hustle and bustle of the city but also seeing the stunning countryside of Sweden. One of my most treasured memories is traveling to my host family’s country place for the weekend. My host family’s country place lies about an hour and a half south west of Stockholm, deep into the lush, emerald forests that Sweden happily boasts. During my time abroad, Sweden became more than just a country to me; it became my second home. Learning about the education system, politics, and overall culture of Sweden has given me a new vision of how I want to drive further the innovation but also the empathy of the world.

Contact: dellewel@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Adjusting to a foreign language, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, Financing study away, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Health, safety, and support, Living with a host family, Preparing for departure, Race & Ethnicity, Selecting a program option