Program Alumni

Whether you’re just returning from your experience abroad—or visiting us now to rekindle and reconnect with a cherished experience from your past, please visit our alumni resources web pages. They are full of helpful suggestions and links designed to help you readjust in the short-term, maximize your experience with Syracuse Abroad, or plan to return abroad after graduation.

Some alumni choose to continue their studies abroad with graduate, summer, or short-term programs. Others partner with the Syracuse Abroad office as global ambassadors, sharing their experiences and answering questions at informational meetings and department events.

Our centers love to hear from alumni as well – in London, students who are attending grad school in the city act as Student Guides to help incoming students with their housing search. At Syracuse Madrid, alumni living in Europe are invited to talk to current students about their career experiences. And here in the States, we’re constantly exploring reunion opportunities and are working with alumni relations to connect with our vast alumni network.

If you’re an alumnus who’s interested in re-connecting with your abroad program in some way, email Diane McKenney and she can direct you to available resources!

Program alumni in the news


Global Ambassador and Syracuse University senior Cafui Awasu: read about her inspiring story about the challenges, triumphs and rewards of studying at our Syracuse Santiago Center in Navigating the Unknown in Santiago.

Justine Legg, Syracuse University senior, spent a semester abroad in Strasbourg, France. Read about her journey and her commitment to community in Embracing a Larger Community.

 Andrew Regalado came to Syracuse to embark on a public service journey. His time here led to becoming a economic intern at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain and studying at Syracuse Madrid Center. Learn more here in: Andrew Regalado Choreographs His Own Path to Public Service.

Scott Bingle, an advertising major, studied abroad in London during summer 2017 and in Hong Kong during fall 2018. His work at home and abroad includes valuable internships and meetings with company executives, read more here in: Scott Bingle Prepares to Take On the Advertising World.

Alumna Shaylah Nichols’ experiences in community service at Syracuse University and her semester studying in Africa have inspired a meaningful career path. Learn more about her accomplishments in: Working for Empowerment at Home and Abroad.

Program alumnus, Eliot Raynes pursues his transmedia studies while reflecting on a rewarding journey at Syracuse University. He studied abroad in Florence in the fall of 2018. Read more about his story here: The Art of Sustaining Creativity.

Alumna Amanda Zall took advantage of the opportunity to study at the Conservatoire Strasbourg in France through Syracuse Strasbourg Center. Learn more about her Musical Education here.

Lily Datz was studying abroad in Florence, Italy when COVID-19 struck Europe. Learn how Lily and the Florence Center changed their study abroad plans, but not their goals. Read more: Thinking Deeply at a Distance

As a Truman scholarship finalist, Gretchen Coleman participated in our World Partner program AMIDEAST Area and Arabic Language Studies in Morocco and interned at the Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis in the capital city of Rabat to encourage the young people to vote. Read her story: Vote of Confidence.

Mazaher Kaila, a political science major and law student, studied abroad on our summer program in Strasbourg and the iSchool’s AsiaTech program. Today, she advocates for change, equity and civic engagement. Read more: A Powerful Voice for Justice.

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Alec Rovensky ‘21, senior Architecture student and two-time Syracuse Abroad alum was recently selected to have his ceramics piece featured in a virtual Indigenous-led exhibition in honor of World Water Day. Read his story: World Water Day Ceramics

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Jake Kahane ’21, economics student and multi-program Syracuse Abroad alumnus, has recently been published in the Academy of Economics and Finance Journal. His passion for international learning and soccer led to his first publication as a sole author. Read it here: Study Abroad leads to Publication


Brian Bauer ’22, an international relations major, Army ROTC student and Hong Kong program alum, embraces challenges in the field and on another continent. Read his story: A Life Changed by an Experience Abroad

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Haudenosaunee Promise Scholar Logan Booth flourishes on campus while staying committed to her cultural teachings. As a Syracuse London program alum, Logan addresses the value of studying abroad as a Native American student. Read her story: Inspired by Community

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Our internship program in Strasbourg, France, gives students a voice in shaping international policies through valuable internship experiences. Learn about the experiences of three Maxwell students interning with the Council of Europe: Joining Global Conversations

Andy Guzmán, an international relations and policy studies major, will graduate with a minor in the Atrocity Studies program in May 2022. “I sharpened my Italian skills during Syracuse University’s Discovery Florence program as a translator for Libera, an NGO,” Guzmán says. “Spanish is my mother tongue, and I hope to also gain full proficiency in French and Arabic someday.” Learn more: Power of the Atrocity Studies minor

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Hailey Williams ’23 will be entering the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s program in public administration following graduation. As a Coronat Scholar, Hailey is studying political philosophy and policy studies at Maxwell/A&S. Read her story: Direct Route to Meaningful Impact

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Economics major Declan Havlicek ’22 used remote learning and study abroad to take his education to new heights. Read Up Close and Personal and learn about his studies at Syracuse Madrid and Syracuse London Centers.

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Jeremy Todd Shinder ’24, an actor-turned-entrepreneur is using his education to amplify stories. Read more about how the Italian Film Studies summer program in Bologna impacted his skillset. Read his story: Art of Storytelling

Global Ambassador and program alum Dominic Chiappone ’24 is forging his own academic path both on an off campus. During his summer at the Syracuse Madrid Center, he was immersed in a new culture, bringing new light to his studies as a broadcast and digital journalism and history double major. Read his story: Forging a rich academic path

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London and Florence Summer Session alum Jordan Pierre ’23 is reevaluating his role as a leader. In his senior year, his goal is to help a new generation of student leaders pick up where his predecessors left off. Read more about Jordan’s efforts: Next Generation Students

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Fashion design major Jacieon “Jace” Williams ’24 says that fashion can be art. He plans to one day design for the haute couture industry. Read more about his passion for design and his fashion internship in Florence: Designing a Fashion Career

2023 goldwater scholars

Two Syracuse Abroad alumni—Cody VanNostrand and Jose Arturo Venegas—have been selected for the 2023 Goldwater Scholarship, the preeminent undergraduate scholarship awarded in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States. Read more: Goldwater Scholarship

Courtney Conte ’23, Syracuse Madrid program alum and Global Ambassador, recently completed her research project in Bochum, Germany honoring the life and memory of Holocaust survivor Bob Hyman. Read her story: Honoring Holocaust Survivor Through Research Project

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Bailey Davis ’23, Discovery Florence and Syracuse London alumna and Global Ambassador, was named a Panasci Business Plan Competition winner and awarded third place, after pitching Zeal, a Web3 magazine focusing on fashion, art, and culture. In addition, Davis received the Gilded Social Rising Entrepreneur Award.

Chelsea Brown, the Student Speaker at Syracuse’s 2023 commencement ceremony, is an alumna of the DIS Abroad Sociology program, having studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark in spring 2022.

Tembi Locke, Syracuse Florence alum from Wesleyan 23University, wrote and published the book ‘From Scratch‘, originating from her semester in Florence. This New York Times bestseller details the lasting effects of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hours.

CEA Prague alum Cameron McKeon ’23 explored unfamiliar places that influenced his creative process as a double major in digital journalism and anthropology. Read his story: An International Classroom: Academics Meets a Passion for Travel

Sophie Clinton ’24 knew early on that she wanted to study abroad in Santiago, Chile. Clinton majors in women’s and gender studies, political science, and Spanish language, literature and culture, with a minor in atrocity studies, through the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences aligned perfectly with this program. Read her story.

Sophie Creager-Roberts ’24 is a senior double major in environment, sustainability and policy and history in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs with a minor in atrocity studies and the practices of social justice in the School of Education. During the fall 2021 semester, she studied abroad in Poland through the Exploring Central Europe program and during summer 2023, she interned in Belgium. Read her story.

Strasbourg program alum Iona Volynets, a senior majoring in history and international relations in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and College of Arts and Sciences, has been named a 2024 Marshall Scholar. Read more.

Strasbourg program alum Ryan St. Jean ’24, an international relations major in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named a 2024 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow. He is one of only 45 recipients chosen from hundreds of applicants from around the nation for this prestigious honor.

Two Syracuse Abroad alumni have been named Goldwater Scholars, the preeminent undergraduate scholarship awarded in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the U.S. In addition, This is the first time Syracuse has had five students selected for the cohort and the third consecutive year the University has had at least three scholars selected in one year. Read more: 2024 Goldwater Scholars

Program alum Christian Bevilacqua ’24, a social studies education and geography major in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsCollege of Arts and Sciences and School of Education, has received a Critical Language Scholarship studying Urdu in India.

Syracuse Abroad alum Mark Nzasi and Ivan Shen have been named the 2025 Senior Class Marshals. In this honorable role, Nzasi and Shen will lead their graduating class during Commencement, help to recommend the Commencement speaker, meet with senior University administrators to discuss their student experience and offer insights and suggestions.

Jacob Grindstaff-Espinal ’24 chose to study abroad in Strasbourg, France because the city hosts numerous diplomatic nongovernmental organizations, which provide students with numerous internship opportunities. Read: Global Exploration Creates Impactful Experiences

For Talia St. Angelo ’25, one of the highlights of study abroad in Madrid, Spain was a marine ecology course focused on the biodiversity, conservation and communities of the Mediterranean coast. Read: Transformative Learning Experiences Abroad