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Smeal Global Representatives

Smeal Global Representatives are returned study abroad students and international students who have a deep appreciation for their cross-cultural experience and would like to encourage others to go abroad. Their stories, advice, and cultural insight are an invaluable resource for prospective study abroad students.

Smeal Global Representatives are returned study abroad students and international students who have a deep appreciation for their cross-cultural experience and would like to encourage others to go abroad. Their stories, advice, and cultural insight are an invaluable resource for prospective study abroad students.

Apply NOW to be a 2019-2020 Smeal Global Representative!

 Submit an application by Friday September 13th.


There are over 30 Smeal Global Representatives who are available to answer any questions you might have about their experiences with study abroad in general and the specifics of their programs. Don't be shy -- reach out to them with questions you might have about what it's like to live, study and travel during a semester abroad!

Africa  --  The Americas  --  Asia  --  Australia/New Zealand  --  Europe  -- International Internships

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The Americas
Brazil & Mexico

Ligia Guerrero
Marketing major

International student from Brazil and Mexico

It is called Brasil in Portuguese, the official language spoken in Brazil.

Ligia Guerrero was a Smeal Global Representative in Mexico and Brazil.

Mahala Meinen
SC&IS major & Spanish major

IES: Santiago Internship Program, Summer 2017
  also Spain - CIEE: Alicante, Liberal Arts, Spring 2018

I did an internship while living in Santiago for 2 months with a host family.

Portrait of Mahala Meinen.
Hong Kong

Yuruo Chen
Finance major

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Spring 2017
International student from China


Constance (Yangguang) Yin
Accounting major

International student from China
Non-PSU study abroad in Moscow, Russia, Summer 2017
IES: Rome, Language and Area Studies, Spring 2018
  with part-time internship abroad

In Moscow, Russia, we cooked traditional Russian meals together. They looked bad but tasted great!


James (Junjia) Fan
Finance major

International student from Suzhou, China.

I went to a local Chinese elementary school and a Singaporean-funded middle school and high school. Growing up in an international community in China, I was privileged to acknowledge different cultures and witness their fusion. When multiple cultures blend, food evolves!!!

Portrait of Junjia Fan.

YuShi Hou
Business Pre-major, Japanese minor

IES: Tokyo, Summer 2018
International Student from China

This summer I participated in IES Tokyo Summer study abroad program. During the program, I was able to spend three days with a local Japanese family. When I knew that the father of the host family is a Japanese monk, I was a little bit freak out. I knew nothing about Japanese religions, and thus I was worried about how I should behave in the family. What if I offend them unintentionally? But the truth is that the family members are really nice. They taught me about Japanese culture, religions, and why Japanese monks can get married. They also showed me how to cook Yakisoba, which is Japanese style fried noodles. On the second day, I taught them how to cook Chinese food, and we prepared dinner together. This is an amazing experience for me. I get to know traditional Japanese families' routine, their cultures, and food. I had chances to practice my Japanese speaking as well. I still keep in touch with them. I believe this friendship can last forever.

Portrait of YuShi Hou.

Chiraag Ramchandani
Business Pre-major

International student from Singapore and Malaysia

I have been to every country in South East Asia!

South Korea

Sungwook Park
Accounting major

International student from South Korea

Australia & New Zealand



Rayna Klingensmith
Marketing major, Theatre & IB minors

Aix-en-Provence: Business at IAU College, Summer 2018
  Smeal Faculty-led program with Lou Gattis & Andy Gustafson

We got a chance to visit Marrakech, Morocco with our program. We got to go to a local village and help prepare a meal, as well as ride camels!

Portrait of Rayna Klingensmith.

Jahanvi Gupta
Accounting major, Integrated MAcc program, IB minor

Pforzheim University Business Program, Summer 2018

Sundays in Germany were mandatory relaxation and exploration days because all the shops and businesses were closed. It was definitely a lot different from here in the US, but it was a nice change that I quickly got accustomed to. I also quickly became a regular at the local döner place!

Portrait of Jahanvi Gupta.


Libby Kwon
Business Pre-major

Florence: The World of Business and Italian Culture, Summer 2018
   Smeal Faculty-led program with Terrence Guay
International student from Korea

It was a food lover's dream. I took cooking classes, went on class field trips to wineries in Tuscany, ate gelato almost every night, tried the best pizza restaurants around the city, and – not surprisingly – ended up gaining 7 pounds in 6 weeks!

Portrait of Libby Kwon.


Tanushree Branibrata Lahiry
SC&IS major, IB minor

IES: Siena, The Business & Economics of Food and Wine, Spring 2018
International Student from India

Three months in Siena, Italy, taught me that a soy cappuccino is best enjoyed in a ceramic cup on the bar while talking to the barista. Every morning as I entered the local café, Giovanni - the barista poured me a small glass of water, laid down freshly made chocolate pastry and started dancing in front of the espresso machine to make me a soy cappuccino. He knew exactly what I wanted. We did not speak the same language but during those coffee sessions, I learned more about coffee, wine, liquor, food, history, and Italy than I could have ever imagined. When I was leaving Siena, I gifted Giovanni a Chianti wine and he said, "I will wait for you to open this bottle, it was a pleasure serving you!"

Portrait of Tanushree Branibrata Lahiry.

Jenner Stunkard
Finance major, IB minor

Maastricht: Doing Business in the European Union at CES, Summer 2017

I visited 18 cities in 9 different countries in the span of 8 weeks, including seeing many international business headquarters including Google in London, Deloitte in Amsterdam and others!

Portrait of Jenner Stunkard.

Kat Chornak
Accounting & Spanish majors, Integrated MAcc program

Ronda, Spain: Spanish Language and Culture, Summer 2018

I lived with a host mom who didn't speak any English, and learned how to cook lots of authentic Spanish food!

Portrait of Kathryn Chornak.

Elliot Solomon
Finance & Spanish majors

UVA in Valencia, Spring 2018

Near the beginning of my semester abroad, I left my phone in my host home and walked around the city for a few hours with a friend. Beforehand we had some general ideas of things we wanted to see. More importantly, we wanted to get a feel for the city without the need for GPS. It was a lot of fun and it helped me learn my way around the city early on in the program which was really helpful the rest of the semester.

Portrait of Elliot Solomon.

Erin Sheets
SC&IS and Spanish majors, IB minor

CIEE: Alicante, Language and Culture, Spring 2018

I was able to go see Las Fallas in Valencia, Spain.
  (Don't know about Las Fallas? Read about it here!) 

Portrait of Erin Sheets.

Pernilla Axeheim
Marketing major, Digital Media Trends & Analytics Minor

International student from Sweden

I am an international student from Malmö, Sweden (20 minutes from Copenhagen, Denmark, by car!)

Portrait of Pernilla Axeheim.
United Kingdom

Nicklas Foster
SC&IS major

Arcadia: London, University of Westminster, Spring 2018

During my time at the University of Westminster in London, I was able to play on the University's Futsal Team. This afforded me the opportunity to truly make great local friends. The team was diverse in ethnicity and culture which allowed me to gain a wide variety of perspective. Moreover, I was able to spend time outside of school and Futsal with my teammates which helped grow lifelong friendships. I made fantastic memories and even better friends during my time in London!

Portrait of Nicklas Foster.
International Internships

Mahala Meinen
SCIS major & Spanish major

IES: Santiago Internship Program, Summer 2017
  (will be abroad in Alicante, Spain during Spring 2018 also)

I did an internship while living in Santiago for 2 months with a host family.

Portrait of Mahala Meinen.