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