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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.

 

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!

Smeal International Programs Newsletters - Another resource available to you are stories by Smeal students which were published in newsletter format between 2009-2013. You are welcome to peruse them and find out more about their fascinating experiences abroad. 

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

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Africa
South Africa

Jeffrey Singer
CIEE: Cape Town, Arts and Sciences
jas7015@psu.edu

While on a trip through the garden route in South Africa, I jumped off of the highest bungee jump in the world!

Jeffrey Singer is a Smeal Global Representative that traveled to South Africa.
The Americas
Argentina

Lauren Giavedoni
IES Buenos Aires, Language and Argentine Studies (Summer)

During a bike ride vineyard tour in Mendoza my friend almost got hit by our van! I also visited Uruguay during my trip. 

Lauren Giavedoni was a Smeal Global Representative in Argentina.
Brazil & Mexico

Ligia Guerrero
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.
Chile

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 months with a host family.

Portrait of Mahala Meinen.
Asia
China

Yuruo Chen
Finance major

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Spring 2017

China

Jiaman (Wendy) Li
Marketing major
jml6280@psu.edu

International student from China

China

Jiaqin Lai
SC&IS major
jql5933@psu.edu

International student from China

Travelled to 12 countries and counting.... Here is a picture of me and Mcdonalds in Thailand from this summer. I was the first and only non-American varsity cheerleader in high school, and I still don't understand a bit of football now.

China

Ta Chun (Dustin) Lin
Finance major
tjl5382@psu.edu

International student from China
Studied at UCL in London

I did not know it was that convenient and easy to travel within Europe. I was fortunate enough to visit a different city every other week, definitely recommend studying abroad if you like to travel like me.

China

Yangguang (Constance) Yin
Accounting major
yxy5274@psu.edu

International student from China
IES: Rome, Language and Area Studies in Spring 2018
Summer study in Russia

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

India

Anushka Kapur
International student from India

Started the girls soccer programme in my high school. I was one of the first few girls who introduced the sport for girls in my high school.

Anushka Kapur is a Smeal Global Representative that traveled to India.
Japan

Seth Nishiyama
IES: Tokyo (Summer 2016)

I was a vegetarian before I studied abroad, but I started eating meat because the local cuisine looked too good.

Seth Nishimaya is a Smeal Global Representative that traveled to Japan.
Singapore

Chiraag Ramchandani
Business major
cmr6011@psu.edu

International student from Singapore and Malaysia

I have been to every country in South East Asia!

South Korea

Sungwook Park
Accounting major
sxp5508@psu.edu

International student from South Korea

South Korea 

Sophia Loza
CIEE: Seoul (high school program) / Thailand Embedded Marketing class

Learned how to shoot an arrow for archery skills.

Sophia Loza is a Smeal Global Representative that traveled to Korea.
Thailand

Prair Tapvong
International student from Thailand
 

In Thailand we’re famous for riding on elephants. However, I have never ridden one!

Thailand

Tatiksha Singh
International student from Thailand

Vietnam

Cuong Mai
Finance major
cqm5637@psu.edu

International student from Vietnam

Kid of many cultures. I grew up in Vietnam, studied high school in Singapore and finally moved to the US for college. I've been to 9 different countries and liked every single one of them. Love eating spicy food and pretty desserts!

New Zealand
New Zealand

Maria Carroll
Supply Chain major

Victoria University of Wellington, Spring 2017

On one of my many road trips down to the South Island of New Zealand, me and a few friends decided to jump off a bridge and bungee jump for the first time. It was incredible.

Portrait of Maria Carroll.
New Zealand

Caroline Gelgot
Marketing major

Victoria University of Wellington, Fall 2017
  (also Ronda, Spain in Summer 2017)

I went skydiving in Queenstown during my two week road trip around the South Island!

Portrait of Caroline Gelgot.
Europe

Global Institutes

 

Jenny Ho
Finance major
cjh5787@psu.edu

CIEE Global Institutes: Rome, London, Berlin, Spring 2017

I practically "ate my way through Europe" and gained 20 pounds over the course of 19 weeks and also met Daniel Radcliffe while I was studying abroad in London! :-)

Portrait of Jenny Ho.

Global Institutes

Kaity Johnson
Marketing major
kzj5139@psu.edu

CIEE Global Institutes: Paris, Rome and Berlin, Spring 2017

I lived in three cities (Paris, Rome, and Berlin) during my study abroad experience, and visited more than 20 other cities in 12 countries!

Portrait of Kaity Johnson.

Global Institutes

Ryan O'Leary
SC&IS major
rmo5122@psu.edu

CIEE Global Institutes: London, Berlin and Rome, Spring 2017

Interviewed and got hired for an internship at Amazon while studying in Berlin

Global Institutes

Nadya Spotts
Accounting major
nms5556@psu.edu

CIEE Global Institutes: Rome, Spring 2017

I visited 6 countries and 25 cities/towns during my 12 week program. Also, I think I tried every gelato place in Rome, having some each of my last 15 days!

Portrait of Nadya Spotts.
France

Rui Peng
SC&IS major

Aix en Provence, France: Business at IAU College, Summer 2017

In France, people take their dogs everywhere and they are allowed in most shops and restaurants!

Portrait of Rui Peng.
France

Katherine Seel
Marketing major
kes5786@psu.edu

IES: Paris, Business and International Affairs, Spring 2017

I went to a cooking class and learned how to make chocolate cake and a croque monsieur. We got to eat it right after as well.

Portrait of Katherine Seel.
Germany

Michael Shildt
Accounting major & Integrated MAcc
mas6652@psu.edu

IES: Freiburg, European Union Program, Spring 2015

Germany

Bani Chilana

Pforzheim University Business Program, Summer 2016

Germany

Zhiruo Wang
Accounting Major & Computational Statistics Major
zfw5064@psu.edu

Pforzheim University Business Program, Summer 2017

Heidelberg is one of the nicest places in Germany.

Portrait of Zhiruo Wang.
Germany

Yue Lan
Accounting major
yml5108@psu.edu

Pforzheim University Business Program, Summer 2017
International student from China

Ride on every rollercoaster in Europapark. Taste the best Currywurst. Enjoy the hot spring in Friedrichsbad. And don't forget to have a beer at the Brauhaus!

Greece

Maria Diamanti
International student from Greece
 

Greece is the sunniest country in Europe.

Maria Diamanti was a Smeal Global Representative in Greece.
Hungary

Madeline Sherwood
Risk Management major
mjs6592@psu.edu

CIEE: Budapest, Central European Studies, Spring 2017

I visited 14 different countries during my time abroad!

Portrait of Madeline Sherwood.
Ireland

Emma Spear
Marketing major

IES: Dublin, Irish Studies, Spring 2017

I went to Dublin, Ireland with IES and had the best time! I was able to travel through Ireland and Europe over my time there. My family came to visit at the end of the semester and we were able to trace our family history back to the original island where my ancestors are from called Achill Island. Today, Achill Island has more sheep than people!

Portrait of Emma Spear.

Italy

Jillian Welch

Florence: The World of Business and Italian Culture (Flair and Finesse in Florence) Summer 2016

My art class took a field trip every class to the famous art pieces we were studying so I really looked forward to waking up and going to class every day!

Jillian Welch is a Smeal Global Representative that traveled to Italy.

Italy

Zihan Dong
 

Reggio Calabria: Language and Culture, Summer 2016

International student from China; Minor in Italian; Engaged in Asian music club. It’s very interesting to see there are many things in common between Chinese culture and Italian culture!

Zihan Dong was a Smeal Global Representative in Italy.
Italy

Alex Tanabe

Todi: Italian Language, Art History, Culture, Summer 2016

While I was on my study abroad, my host family’s wifi went out while I was trying to get my Penn State football tickets and I had a panic attack, but I ultimately got the tickets.

Alex Tanabe is a Smeal Global Representative that traveled to Italy.

Italy

Bernarda Jarrin
CIENT major
bmj5253@psu.edu

Florence, Italy: Flair and Finesse in Florence, Summer 2017

During my time abroad I could visit more than 6 cities throughout Italy

Portrait of Bernarda Jarrin.

Italy 

Ting Chuang
SC&IS major & Psychology major 

IES: Rome, Language and Area Studies, Spring 2016

There is a church around every corner, and every single one is very pretty. You can see the Pope! Try to get lost in Rome.

Ting Chaung was a Smeal Global Representative in Italy.
Italy

Corey Kirk
Finance major
cjk5423@psu.edu

IES: Rome, Language and Area Studies, Spring 2017

I traveled to 12 different countries during my semester abroad in Rome.

Portrait of Corey Kirk.

Italy 

Rachel Carl
SC&IS major
RBC5116@PSU.EDU

ISI Florence, Spring 2017

I became friends with an old Italian baker who only spoke Italian (great practice) and am still in communication with him through Facebook today!

Portrait of Rachel Carl.

Italy

Nicole Sullivan
Marketing major
nrs5265@psu.edu

Temple: Rome, Spring 2017

When in Rome, I met Italians my age all of the time! Once a group of them came over to our flat, made us homemade authentic pasta carbonara, and we salsa danced in my kitchen.

Portrait of Nicole Sullivan.

Italy 

Kevin Shue
SC&IS major

IES: Milan, Italy Today, Spring 2017

On top of taking classes abroad, I also had an internship. I worked for a consumer goods start-up in Milan. I am glad that I took this opportunity because it allowed me to get further immersed into the Italian culture, as well as get international work experience before I even graduated.

Portrait of Kevin Shue.
Netherlands

Travis Holtzinger
Accounting major & Integrated MAcc
tyh5213@psu.edu

Center for European Studies: University of Maastricht, Spring 2016

I ate a stroopwaffel every day!

Netherlands

Angela Sladek
CES: Maastricht, Doing Business in the European Union (Summer)

I loved studying in Maastricht because of its small size. There were very few tourists which made it easier to immerse myself into the culture.

Angela Sladek is a Smeal Global Representative that traveled to Netherlands.
Netherlands

Kate Diveny
Finance major
kmd6012@psu.edu

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

During my six weeks abroad I was able to visit seven different countries.

Portrait of Kate Diveny.
Netherlands

Jenner Stunkard
Business pre-major
jjs54@psu.edu

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.
Netherlands

Nicholas White

SC&IS major
nrw5144@psu.edu

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

Maastricht is an incredible little city in the south of the Netherlands with lots to do and great people. The 3-week Western Europe Study Tour was a really great way of packing a ton of cultural experiences into such a short trip. Reach out if you have any questions or want to know more about my time abroad!

Portrait of Nicholas White.
Netherlands

Aurelia Meijer
International student from the Netherlands

Spain

Caroline Gelgot
Marketing major

Ronda, Spain: Spanish Language and Culture, Summer 2017
  (also Wellington, New Zealand Fall 2017)

I lived with a host mom who didn't speak any English, and I got to travel to 10 different Spanish cities!

Portrait of Caroline Gelgot.
Spain

Stephanie Porreca
Marketing major
sip5412@psu.edu 

IES: Barcelona, Liberal Arts and Business, Spring 2017

I had an internship during my study abroad, and I worked with people from 7 different countries that all spoke different languages.

Portrait of Stephanie Porreca.
Spain

Emma Rosensteel
Finance major
enr5082@psu.edu

IES: Salamanca, Study in Salamanca, Spring 2017

Salamanca is one of the cities in Spain most rich in culture and history. While I was there, the University of Salamanca was coming up on its 800 year anniversary.

Portrait of Emma Rosensteel.
Spain

Nicole Delfini
SC&IS major
ndd5089@psu.edu

CIEE: Palma de Mallorca, Business and Tourism, Spring 2017

My host mom was a professional chef. Sometimes I had no idea what I was eating, but it was good!!

Portrait of Nicole Delfini.
Spain

Allison Mielke
Finance major
aem5685@psu.edu

CIEE: Seville, International Business and Culture, Spring 2017

For the last two months of my study abroad, I only went to Spanish beaches.

Portrait of Allison Mielke.
Spain

Jake Goldberg
Risk Management major
jdg5488@psu.edu

CIEE: Seville, International Business and Culture, Spring 2017

I almost fell off a cliff formerly referred to as "The end of the world" throughout Europe

Portrait of Jake Goldberg.
Spain

Lily Schenkel
Marketing major
lhs5079@psu.edu

CIEE: Alicante, Language in Context, Spring 2017

When my host mom was complimenting my wet hair, I told her "mi pelo está llorando". Little did I know that means my hair is crying.

Portrait of Lily Schenkel.
United Kingdom

Cindy Achmad
Accounting major

Arcadia: London, University of Westminster, Spring 2017

During my spring break in Greece, I decided to jump off of the tour boat and into the ocean. I can't swim very well and got a foot cramp halfway through. Good thing my friends were around since they had to drag me to shore!

Portrait of Cindy Achmad.
United Kingdom

Raychel Johnson
Marketing major
rmj5181@psu.edu

IES: London, Study London, Spring 2017

A group of my friends and I got tickets to see the England national soccer team play during one of our last weeks abroad. It was a World Cup qualifier match at Wembley Stadium. Our seats ended up being about 20 rows up from one of the corners of the stadium which made the experience even better! Getting to spend a day with some of my closest friends at an England soccer match was one of the highlights of my time in London!

International Internships
Italy

Loring Long
IES Milan Summer Internship

Ireland

Taylor Sinclair

IES Dublin Summer Internship
 

The bikers share a lane with the buses in Dublin – scary!

Taylor Sinclair is a Smeal Global Representative that traveled to Dublin.
Chile

Mahala Meinen
SCIS major & Spanish major
mkm5770@psu.edu

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 months with a host family.

Portrait of Mahala Meinen.
United Kingdom

Derek Snyder
CIENT major
DJS6032@PSU.EDU

Arcadia: London Internship Program, Summer 2017

I hung out with the Speaker of the House of Commons at Wimbledon.