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Education Abroad Ambassador Program

Weekdays from noon-4pm, our office offers walk-in advising with staff members and ambassadors. The Education Abroad Ambassadors team is composed of students returning from their academic and internship experiences abroad. Ambassadors are trained to provide advice to students beginning their education abroad plans or facing the challenges of pre-departure before leaving Binghamton.

The Ambassador program fosters the professional development of students recently returned from an education abroad experience. The program specifically offers these students an opportunity to volunteer their time to assist in education abroad advising for students who are thinking about studying abroad. Each ambassador is required to hold 1 to 2 walk-in advising hours per week. During this advising hour, the ambassador is located in the main office area and helps any students that walk in for education abroad related needs.

Ambassadors also spend approximately 1 hour per week to help with promotion of education abroad in general on main campus and/or the University Downtown Center by giving presentations, tabling and attending other university events. Experience as an ambassador offers returning students with an opportunity to enhance their resumes through learned skills such as communication, team work, and accountability. The program also provides for continued learning and development as Ambassadors reflect and articulate their experiences abroad.

The Ambassadors are a highly enthusiastic group of students with a shared passion for education abroad. Ambassadors build community through monthly meetings, which provide continued training and the opportunity to get to know members of the Education Abroad staff.  Education Abroad Ambassadors are required to commit one full academic year to the position.

Meet the 2017 - 2018 Education Abroad Ambassadors:



Angelina Brooks - Angie is a junior majoring in History. Over the summer, she participated in the Service Learning program in Cusco, Peru. Her favorite part of the trip was walking around Machu Picchu and learning about its history.



Brad Calendrillo - Brad is a junior majoring in English and minoring in Comparative Literature and Education. He studied abroad in London, England this past semester and traveled to seven other countries throughout Europe during this time. While London now feels like his second home, some of his other favorite cities from his side excursions were Edinburgh, Florence and Prague. He hopes to travel abroad again someday for even more adventures!


Jia Cao - Jia is a senior majoring Accounting and Economics. She studied at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland during the Fall 2017. During her time abroad, she met lots of friends and they are the treasure of her life. 



Maggie Chen - Maggie is a senior majoring in Biology with a minor in Chinese Studies. She studied abroad in Shanghai, China during the summer of 2016. Her participation in international relations and global affairs through the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW-SUNY) has encouraged her to travel overseas.


Michelle Dao - Michelle is a Junior majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Global Management. During the Spring 2017 semester, Michelle studied at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. During her study abroad Michelle traveled to 5 different regions throughout Korea and 2 cities of Japan.


Mary Dugandzic - Mary is a junior majoring in Spanish on a pre-health track. Last semester she was fortunate enough to spend a semester in Barcelona, Spain. On the weekends she traveled to seven different countries and countless cities and already can't wait to see more of Europe!


Bryan Junod - Bryan is a senior double-majoring in mathematical sciences and music. He studied in Utrecht, the Netherlands during the Spring 2017 semester. He hopes to brush up on his Dutch and return to the Netherlands for graduate school!


Bradley Matican - Bradley Matican is a triple major studying Accounting, Spanish and Comparstive Literature with a minor in Global Studies. This past summer he studied abroad in Spain where he was able to go to over 20 cities and also got to visit Lisbon Portugal.


Khin Oo - Khin is majoring in Biological Anthropology and minoring in Global Studies with a pre-med track. This past summer, she studied abroad in Centre ValBio, Madagascar. While abroad, she did a healthcare internship in rural Madagascar. She also went on a cross-country trip, exploring all the different animals and ecosystems that encompasses the country.


Austin Portente - Austin is a senior who is double majoring in Spanish and Political Science and minoring in French. He participated in two abroad programs, travelling throughout Spain in Summer 2016 as well as studying and interning in Paris, France during the Spring 2017 semester.


Justin Portente - Justin is a senior majoring in Political Science and History, who aspires to be a teacher. He studied at King's College London in the Fall of 2016 and also traveled to France and the Netherlands. One of the highlights of his trip was attending an England v. Spain soccer match at Wembley.


Hannah Sommers-Thaler - Hannah is a senior majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Planning. She also has double minors in Spanish and Global Studies. She studied abroad at Universidad Veritas in San Jose, Costa Rica during the spring 2016 semester. During her time abroad, she traveled to Nicaragua and Panama.


Joseph Trapasso - Joey is a senior studying Political Science and Psychology. He studied in Santiago Chile in the winter of 2016/2017. During his time there he hiked the Andes mountains with his fellow students and definitely plan on going back.


Jordan Weiss - Jordan is a senior majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Law. This past spring, he studied abroad in Florence, Italy, where he learned about the inner workings of International relations between different cultures. He plans on attending graduate school after he completes his Bachelor's degree from Binghamton.