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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.

 

Apply to be a 2017-2018 Smeal Global Rep! Complete an application by September 24th, 2017. Questions, contact Vanessa at vxh27@psu.edu.

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
Morocco

Chloe Bellwoar
IES: Rabat, Study in Rabat
cyb5310@psu.edu

I’ve been back to Morocco 6 times since my semester abroad ended, and I’ve been to over 25 Moroccan cities!

Chloe Bellwoar was a Smeal Global Representative in Morocco.
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.
Mexico & Brazil

Ernesto Saenz Padilla
International student from Mexico and Brazil
ess5221@psu.edu

I have lived in 5 different countries - Mexico, Brazil, Czech Republic, China and the USA.

Ernesto Saenz Padilla is a Smeal Global Representative that traveled to Mexico and Brazil.
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.
Asia
China

Christina Abraham
CIEE: Shanghai, Accelerated Chinese Language Program
cva5204@psu.edu

I had an internship while taking classes abroad.

Christina Abraham was a Smeal Global Representative in China
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

Rudi Laudenslager
IES: Tokyo (Summer)

I dated a Japanese fashion designer that I met my first weekend in Tokyo! My Japanese host parents also had no clue what Penn State Football was and I had to explain…

Rudi Laudenslager is a Smeal Global Representative that traveled to Japan.
Japan

Seth Nishiyama
IES: Tokyo (Summer)

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.
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!

Tatiksha Singh
International student from Thailand

New Zealand

Paul Klinges
Hamilton: University of Waikato

I bought a car and drove all over New Zealand on the weekends.

Europe

Multi-city

Berlin, London, Paris, Rome

Nicholas Barkey
CIEE Global Institutes 

My International Management class allowed us to meet with the company Etsy while studying in Berlin. 

 

Multi-city

Berlin, London, Paris, Rome

Kaela Green
CIEE Global Institutes

I'm so crazy that I went cliff jumping into the Mediterranian Sea while in Spain despite the fact that I can't swim! YOLO :)

Kaela Green was a Smeal Global Representative in Berlin, Paris, London, and Rome.
Czech Republic

Joelle Darby
CIEE: Prague, Central European Studies

During my time abroad I volunteered in a Czech preschool where only one student knew English. Even the teachers spoke only Czech!

 was a Smeal Global Representative in the Czech Republic
France

Halle Barrett
Aix-en-Provence: Business at IAU College (Summer)

During my program, I traveled to 4 countries in 7 weeks on two continents.

Germany

Bani Chilana
Pforzheim University Business Program (Summer)

Germany

Anastasia Litvinova
IES: Freiburg, European Union Program

IES Abroad Ambassador
I met my fiancé while studying on this program.

Anastasia Litvinova is a Smeal Global Representative that traveled to Germany.
Greece

Maria Diamanti
International student from Greece
 

Greece is the sunniest country in Europe.

Maria Diamanti was a Smeal Global Representative in Greece.
Ireland

Corrie Shearin
Arcadia: Galway, National University of Ireland
 

While studying in Galway I visited a small jewelry store which had an entire wall covered in Penn State stickers, which ended up being mementos from the Croke Park Classic.

Italy

Alex Tanabe
Todi: Italian Language, Art History, Culture (Summer) 

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

Jillian Welch
Flair and Finesse in Florence (Summer)

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

Ting Chuang
IES: Rome, Language and Area Studies
 

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

Zihan Dong
Reggio Calabria: Language and Culture (Summer)
 

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.
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

Aurelia Meijer
International student from the Netherlands

Netherlands

Travis Holtzinger
Center for European Studies, Maastricht University

I ate a stroopwaffel every day and I biked from the Netherlands to Belgium!

Travis Holtzinger is a Smeal Global Representative that traveled to the Netherlands.
Poland

Nicole Duchnowska
CIEE: Warsaw, Central European Studies
 

Spain

Marianna Schmitt
IES: Granada, Study in Granada

I went to Spain with minimal language skills and lived with a host family who didn't know any English, went skydiving in Cadiz, took cooking classes in Spanish, hiked the Sierra Nevada, and visited 8 countries!

Marianna Schmitt is a Smeal Global Representative that traveled to Spain.
Spain

Reagan Dassatti
CIEE: Seville, Liberal Arts

I learned to paint in the Alcazar (of Seville) with my painting class.

Reagan Dassati was a Smeal Global Representative in Spain.
Spain

Shannon Greenbaum
CIEE: Seville, International Business & Culture

Competed in crossfit in a gym in Spain. No one there spoke English!

United Kingdom

Alan Lok
IES: London, University College London 

International Internships
Spain

Lauren Pollastro
IES Barcelona Summer Internship

While on my internship, we visited a tiny town and saw where parts of Game of Thrones was filmed.

Lauren Pollastro is a Smeal Global Representative that traveled to Barcelona.
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.