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Student Ambassadors

Want to know what it’s actually like to study away?

From picking a program to packing a bag, ACM’s Off-Campus Study Ambassadors have done it all and are happy to answer your questions. Connect with an ambassador on your campus or from another college, and learn more about how you can have your own unforgettable off-campus study experience.

Find a student ambassador:

Amsterdam: Sciences, Global Health, and Interdisciplinary Studies at VU Amsterdam

  • Clara Hobbie, Carleton College
    Major: Biology; Minor: Neuroscience
    "One of my favorite memories from my program is the day I discovered Dutch pancakes. Yes, there is a lot of hype about them and for other stereotypical things that sometimes doesn’t correlate with how good food actually is, but I promise that on this day at this place the Dutch pancakes were sublime. A few of my friends, who were also international students, and I biked from the VU after school through this beautiful forest (Amsterdamse Bos) with trails. It was a beautiful sunny fall afternoon (which are unfortunately rare in the Netherlands). Eventually, we arrived at a farm which doubled as a pancake restaurant, so we could see goats and peacocks (!) as we ate. There were so many sweet and savory pancake options that it was hard to choose. I ended up splitting a veggie and cheese and fried onion pancake and a banana chocolate pancake with a friend. They were delicious, as was the hot cocoa. And this restaurant was so cute! The pancakes were made by pouring batter into shallow wells, then putting the toppings on top, and this giant pancake cooking thing would rotate like a lazy susan so that once a pancake had completed a round it was cooked! After stuffing our faces, my friends and I biked back and saw lots of cows and reveled in the glory that is good food and friendship and biking. In case you ever find yourself in Amsterdam (please do!) I hope you will stop by the Boerderij Meerzicht."

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Botswana: Development in Southern Africa

  • Hannah Lundberg, Grinnell College
    Major: English; global development studies
    “Two weeks before the end of our semester, I ran a half marathon in Gaborone with several of my friends from the program. I was starting to feel more sentimental about the semester by then, so running through the city I had spent a semester getting to know, going right through the neighborhood where my community engagement was, dodging kombi busses that ignored the closed off streets, having good friends cheer for me at the finish line, and getting brunch at one of our favorite restaurants afterwards just brought together so many wonderful memories that I never will forget it.”

  • Jadah Jones, Kenyon College
    Major: International studies
    “There were many genuinely nice people, but I think my favorite memory is my four day homestay. Before leaving Botswana, my host mom decided to hand-sew me a dress so that I could wear once I arrived home. This was a small gesture, but this experience really speaks to the overall kindness from people while in Botswana.”

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Brazil programs

Contact our Campus Outreach Coordinators and they'll be happy to connect you with Brazil program alumni.

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Chicago Program

  • Savannah Kinchen, Kalamazoo College
    Major: Anthropology/sociology
    Favorite memory from Chicago: Learning about social justice issues in the city by attending events and meeting community leaders.

  • Guillermo Dominguez-Garcia, Kalamazoo College
    Majors: Philosophy and economics
    Favorite memory from Chicago: Being able to work for World Business Chicago, where he helped small neighborhood businesses obtain business opportunities.

  • Adriana Ortiz, Knox College
    Major: Psychology

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Costa Rica: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, & the Environment

  • Eliza Canales, Knox College
    Majors: Education, Spanish

  • Karina Martinez, Knox College
    Major: Anthropology/sociology

  • Diana Rodriguez, Knox College
    Major: Spanish; Minors: Business management, economics
    "One of my favorite memories from Costa Rica was spending time with my rural host family in Vara Blanca. That is where my practicum took place, where I had the opportunity to teach students English. Hearing them call me 'profe' (which means professor) was really meaningful."

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Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

  • Gabby Rudolph, Emory University
    Majors: Neuroscience and behavioral biology
    "One of my favorite moments from studying abroad just so happened to be the second day we were all together as a program! Looking back on my experience as a whole, this day stood out as we split into teams, donned old brightly colored soccer jerseys, and helplessly kicked and ran about – trying to cheer eachother on in broken Spanish and English, and all the while motivated by our competitive nature to win. I look back on this mejenga as one of my favorite memories because it set the tone for the rest of the program: hard work, having fun while still being challenged, and a ACM dynamic between students and staff of nothing but love, respect, and friendship."

  • Yula Pinto, Lake Forest College
    Majors: Environmental studies and Spanish

  • Yvette Ramirez, Lake Forest College
    Major: Biology
    “My favorite memory was when I went to visit Manuel Antonio, an amazing national park in Quepos, Costa Rica. There was a hammock outside on the balcony of the Airbnb I was staying in so I decided to relax there for a while. I then received a text message from the host letting me know I should look outside. I stood up to see a family of monkeys walking on power lines to get over to the forest across the street. After the monkeys left, I noticed two beautiful macaws sitting on a branch and watched as they flew right past me. It was amazing to be so close to the home of so many amazing animals and be able to see them in their natural habitat.”

  • Emma Fredrickson, Lawrence University
    Majors: Studio art; art history; Spanish; museum studies
    Favorite memory from Costa Rica: Hiking through La Selva Biological Station and meeting artist Jose Sancho.

  • Sophie Slocum, Monmouth College
    Major: Biopsychology for occupational therapy
    "One day I decided to do a day trip on my own. I was staying at a hostel with friends and took off to visit a hot springs resort. While there, I met so many different people from around the world, tried out all different kinds of hot springs and cool pools, and hiked 3 miles up the mountains to an observatory to view the Arenal Volcano. It was perhaps the most breathtaking and awesome moment in my life."

  • Andrea Jorissen, St. Olaf College
    Major: Chemistry
    "My favorite memory from Costa Rica was when I went on a research trip with my research advisor’s Ecotoxicology class. My Spanish was pretty rusty, I had only been in Costa Rica for a couple weeks, and I didn’t know anyone that was going on the trip. The thought of it was terrifying, but I decided to go anyways. This trip ended up being one of the coolest experiences of my time abroad. We took our bags onto a little boat and cruised down the river for about an hour until we hit this little research station hidden away in the jungle. We learned about different sampling methods, native wildlife, and current research being conducted at the site. Even though the thought of the trip was intimidating, the actual trip was an incredible experience."

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Florence: Arts, Humanities, & Culture

Contact our Campus Outreach Coordinators and they'll be happy to connect you with Florence program alumni.

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India: Culture, Traditions, & Globalization

  • Lily Sronkoski, Knox College
    Majors: Political science and environmental studies

  • Julia Volpe, Knox College
    Major: International studies

  • Claudia Arndt, Lawrence University
    Major: Global studies; Minor: Spanish and economics
    "One of my favorite moments from my ACM program was an afternoon that I spent with my host mom. I was teaching her how to make my favorite cookies while she taught me how to make one of our favorite Indian dishes. We blasted music—some of it my favorite music, some of it hers—and we danced together and had a blast. At one point, I played a Dutch rap song that one of my friends from the Netherlands had shared with me. My host mom absolutely loved it, and I enjoyed being a part of such an intimate cross-cultural experience!"

  • Hannah Braden, Lawrence University
    Majors: Music and Environmental Studies

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India: Development Studies & Hindi Language

Contact our Campus Outreach Coordinators and they'll be happy to talk to you about the India program.

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Japan Study: Cultural Immersion with Classes at Waseda University in Tokyo

  • Isaac Reynaldo, Carleton College
    Major: Cinema and media studies
    “Overall my experience was really great! I loved my host family; taking a trip with them to the alps in Nagano was probably my favorite experience, and they helped to improve my Japanese a lot.”

  • Robert Hanson, St. Olaf College
    Majors: Japanese and Asian studies
    “My favorite memory from my study abroad experience is probably a trip I took to the base of Mt. Fuji. I still vividly remember waking up to a clear, sunny morning to be greeted by the most picturesque view of the beautiful snow-capped mountain.”

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Jordan: Middle East & Arabic Language Studies

  • Hannah Robertson, Cornell College
    Major: English Literature
    "One of my favorite memories is walking down Madina Al-Monawara with my host sister with ice cream and talking about anything and everything that came to mind as we made our way up and down the street. It was getting towards the evening, and I enjoyed watching the busy street light up as dusk fell, and seeing all the different people who were coming to the street for food and friends."

  • Maureen Lincke, Knox College
    Major: Political science, education

  • Karen Lynch, Knox College
    Major: International relations
    "I sat, legs curled underneath me on the couch, pillow in my lap, and listened to the conversation of my host family. Baba and Mama, my host parents, sat on the other two couches in the warm glow of the living room. Mama had just jokingly scolded Baba for once again trying to “cheers” with his Turkish coffee, the tiny delicate cup looking like a child’s play teacup in his hand as he chuckled and winked at me and Monica (my roommate and honorary sister on the program). Soon, conversation turned to how our classes were going- we’d only just started-and Monica and I pulled out our notebooks and showed our host parents all the letters and phrases we were learning so far. Baba immediately asked us if we knew how to spell our names in Arabic. Neither of us did yet, so he took the time to show us how to write it out, both our first and last names. As we familiarized ourselves with the swoops and lines of the Arabic letters, our host brother, Nabeel, returned home. He came into the living room, all smiles, and sat across from Monica and I, next to Mama. We spent that evening all chatting together; drinking tea and Turkish coffee. Many evenings were spent in such a fashion when I stayed in Jordan, yet this one in particular will always be one of my favorite memories from studying abroad."

  • Monica Weller, Knox College
    Major: International Relations
    "My favorite memory in Jordan was when I spent the day wandering around Amman with friends, and we ended up being invited for tea and spent an hour talking to security guards inside their station." 

  • Emma Standen, St. Olaf College
    Majors: Studio art; religion; Middle Eastern studies
    Favorite memory from Jordan: Joining a local choir, Dozan wa Awtar, and hiking in the Dana Biosphere.

  • Sarah Schweyen, St. Olaf College
    Major: Psychology

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London & Florence: Arts in Context

  • Maddie Topf, Carleton College
    Major: Biology
    "My favorite memory was hiking the Cinque Terre. We started the hike with just enough time to take the long route and still make our train home. At first, I was stressed that we might miss our train. But the views were worth it and I wouldn’t have done it any other way."

  • Zoe Till-Meidinger, Knox College
    Major: Psychology
    “Study abroad has provided the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my collegiate career, encouraging me to grow academically and personally. My favorite memory of Italy was the weekend trip my friends and I took to Verona. We practiced our Italian in small coffee shops, visited the house of Juliet, and climbed the steps of one of Italy's oldest arenas on a rainy afternoon, absorbing a breathtaking view of the city. In London, my favorite memory was taking a walk around Brick Lane and exploring the underground flea market with my friends.”

  • Mallory Rose, Lake Forest College
    Major: Biology, Business
    "My favorite memory was being able to travel around Europe so easily and immersing myself in various cultures. I was able to see so much of the world and learn about everywhere I went."

  • Gabrielle Laske, Luther College
    Majors: Music, Spanish
    “It is honestly difficult to pick a favorite memory from my time abroad because I was able to see and experience so many amazing things. What I will say, however, is that the people really make the experience. I had such a great host family in Florence, and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to go back this summer to visit. I think the best thing was having made such a deep connection with both the city of Florence and the people there. It really feels like home.”

  • Kristina Randelzhofer, St. Olaf College
    Major: American studies
    “I loved family dinners with my host family in Florence. I enjoyed bonding with them over delicious Italian food, talking about our days, and watching soccer games with my host dad.”

  • Carly Fitzgerald, St. Olaf College
    Majors: Psychology and political science
    “I especially loved all the museums and theatre performances we went to – I wouldn’t have considered myself a theatre buff before, but now I feel more comfortable talking about it. However, my favorite part of the program was easily the London tube and buses. I miss being able to get around so easily, and can’t wait to be able to go back to London someday.”

  • Julie Greene, St. Olaf College
    Major: English
    "There were so many wonderful moments while studying abroad, but one of my favorites was visiting Venice as part of the program. I will never forget watching master artisans create glass sculptures or getting a guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica."

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Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities

  • Tristan Draper, Coe College
    Major: English, gender & sexuality studies
    “My favorite memory from studying off-campus at the Newberry Library in Chicago happened when I got to see the Broadway cast of Les Miserables perform at the Cadillac Palace Theater in downtown Chicago. I had never seen a live Broadway musical before, and since I was in Chicago it seemed like the perfect time to see one! I had so much fun watching a live performance of a musical that I really like! And afterwards we went and got donuts at Do-Rite Donuts, which made the night even better!”

  • Anh Nguyen, Earlham College
    Major: History, philosophy
    “I am profoundly grateful for the encouragement and respect I received from library staff, as well as the opportunity to discuss my topic with other scholars, which gave me the confidence and courage to fully engage myself in intellectual exploration.”

  • Nikki Lewis, St. Olaf College
    Majors: Sociology/anthropology, women’s and gender studies
    Favorite memory from the Newberry: Meeting and hearing Angela Davis speak at the University of Chicago a week after the 2016 presidential election.

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Oak Ridge Science Semester

Contact our Campus Outreach Coordinators and they'll be happy to connect you with Oak Ridge seminar alumni.

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Shanghai: Perspectives on Contemporary China

  • Kyle Yang, Knox College
    Major: Economics; Minor: Business & management (marketing track)
    “My favorite memory from the ACM Shanghai program was being able to experience food from many different cultures. Because Shanghai is so modern, you can easily find traditional Chinese offerings, modern Chinese, and cuisines from the rest of the world.”

  • Dylan Wong, Monmouth College
    Major: Business administration, economics
    "My favorite memory from my time in Shanghai was the day I traveled to the Shanghai Rolex Masters Tennis Tournament. My friends and I, avid tennis fans, were able to watch some of the world’s top players practice and play in the beautiful Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena. We also attended with some international students we met on campus, and it was a memorable experience to spend time with them and cheer on our favorite players."

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Tanzania: Ecology & Human Origins

  • Hannah Julia Paredes, The College of Wooster
    Major: Archaeology
    “My favorite memories from being in Tanzania are all about the amazing people I met. The women in my host family are absolutely amazing and we really connected. I also loved the opportunity to learn more about the Maasai people and have the opportunity to work with them in my independent research, about language education for Maasai women. We had wonderful Swahili instructors who were eager to answer all our questions and an amazing cultural anthropology professor!”

  • Meghan Riley, Grinnell College
    Major: Biology, political science
    “Midway through my time in Tanzania, our group embarked on a two-week safari that included visiting Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti National Park. At the conclusion of our first day on safari in Tarangire, Walter (our fearless safari driver and guide) played 'Don’t Worry Be Happy' and we all sang along as the sun set between baobab and acacia trees. Without a doubt the most beautiful moment of my time in Tanzania.”

  • Abby Vidmar, Luther College
    Majors: International studies, anthropology
    “One of my favorite memories from Tanzania is playing with my host brother. We would crawl around the floor, pretending to hide and scare each other. We were surrounded by our vibrant red, gold, and black living room as bongo flava and afro-pop blared through the speakers, vibrating the entire house.”

  • Mara Short, Macalester College
    Major: Biology

  • Leigh Anne Hahn, St. Olaf College
    Major: Biology
    "I loved the diversity that the program offered. Some mornings I’d go exploring a bustling city with local friends, and other times I’d wake up to see zebras and elephants walking through the campsite."

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