Summer Program Global Ambassadors

Ellenora SummerName: Ellenora Huth ’22

Major: Political Science & Sociology

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: Law, Religion and Human Rights in a Comparative Perspective

What would you say to a student who is undecided about going abroad? If you are even considering going abroad and have the resources necessary, do it! However, I would highly recommend a summer program to test the waters before committing to a full semester.

Contact: erhuth@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: First time abroad, Financing study away


alvaro madrid

Name: Alvaro Garcia-Alaman Sanchez ’21

Major: Psychology

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? The amount of incredible lovely people from Syracuse I would meet there! Nothing would have prepared me to know I would build such great friendships with people I knew so little about when everything started

Contact: agarciaa@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Cultural immersion


Charlie Madrid

Name: Charlie Naples ’21

Major: Finance, Accounting & Spanish

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? Just do it! I went abroad and I knew absolutely nobody else going and I came back with friends for a lifetime. I remember anxiously waiting in the gate of my departure flight to see if somebody I knew was also getting on, yet those fears of anxiety turned into disappointed when we had to leave Madrid. Going abroad opens your eyes to the world and the increasingly globalized world this perspective will help you in any career or life endeavor. When else can you travel the world in your life! Get out of your comfort zone and going abroad will make you grow in different ways you never thought you could.

Contact: csnaples@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family


timothy kimName: Timothy Kim ’21

Major: English and textual studies

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: London Summer Session

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The connections I made with my fellow students and professors. They were incredibly friendly, and I not only made friends with other freshmen, there were upperclassmen that were approachable and gave advice on how to continue university life. My friends made my life so much easier considering the loneliness and homesickness I felt being so far away for the first time in my life.

Contact: tkim26@syr.edu


Zitong SuName: Zitong Su ’22

Major: International Relations

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The most valuable abroad experience is the process that I start building up deep connection with my host family. Language barrier does not stop us from communication and being close. We exchange note cards to express our feelings and I learned that love can be expressed by so many different ways. It is a time to learn, not only a new language but also how to embrace love from different cultural background.

Contact: zsu101@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Living with a host family


Name: Jacqueline Stevens ’22

Major: Finance and Supply Chain Management

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most unforgettable experience in Spain would have to be when my friends and I took a trip to Valencia on the coast. We were able to go to the beach but also see the historical significance of the city. We went to the grocery store and bought food so we could have a big dinner party with all of us and it was so much fun cooking with everyone and sharing a meal. We bonded a lot and ended up going out after and had a lot of fun meeting new people.

Contact: jsteve04@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Adjusting to a foreign language, Cultural Immersion, First time abroad, Living with a host family, Meeting locals, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


Name: Liam Flanagan ’22

Major: Finance

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: London Summer Session

What was your most valuable experience abroad? I truly enjoyed the entire experience. I grew a lot as a person and as a student during my time abroad. From the class meetings and organized activities provided by the university to the free time that I had to roam the streets of London and other major cities in Europe and, of course, my internship, it was by far one of the best experiences I have had in my life so far.

Contact: lsflanag@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, First time abroad


Name: Tristian Carson ’22

Major: Higher Education (Graduate student)

Semesters abroad: Summer 2019

Summer program: Madrid Summer Session

What was your most valuable experience abroad? The challenge of overcoming anxiety about my language deficiency while I was in Spain helped me gain the most. When I was successful in my public interactions at the store or in a restaurant the anxiety would fade away and I was relaxed and happy to be where I was. Having a tooth extracted was also something that I will always remember. I went to Valencia the very next day and managed to enjoy myself.

Contact: tscarson@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, First time abroad, Fitting study abroad into your home campus experience, Health, safety, and support, Living with a host family, Preparing for departure, Selecting a program option


Short-term Programs

Name: Jenna Merry ’21

Major: Architecture

Semesters abroad: November 2019

Short-term program: The Role of Environmental Science in Governance

What did you wish you had known before going abroad? I wish I would have known the impact this adventure would have on me. I learned during and after, but this truly was a once in a lifetime experience, and is not worth any hesitation to jump towards. Even if the focus isn’t in you particular field of study, it’s nothing that you can’t study and work towards, as extra knowledge and extra experiences in your college experience can only make your college experience more worth it and valuable. And you never know, I was even able to apply my new environmental science background that I gathered at the United Nations to my architectural projects back in Syracuse!

Contact: jlmerry@syr.edu

Topics I’m comfortable discussing: Staying in touch with friends & family, Cultural Immersion, Culture shock / Homesickness, Disability resources, 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