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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:


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

  • Gabby Rudolph, Emory University
    Majors: Neuroscience and behavioral biology
    grudol2@emory.edu
    "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
    pintoyt@mx.lakeforest.edu

  • Yvette Ramirez, Lake Forest College
    Major: Biology
    ramirezy@lfc.edu
    “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
    emma.k.fredrickson@lawrence.edu
    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
    sslocum@monmouthcollege.edu
    "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
    joriss1@stolaf.edu
    "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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India: Social Entrepreneurship & Development

Email ocs@acm.edu if you want to be connected to program alumni for the India program.


Japan: Cultural Immersion with Classes at Waseda University in Tokyo

  • Isaac Reynaldo, Carleton College
    Major: Cinema and media studies
    reynaldoi@carleton.edu
    “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
    hanson3@stolaf.edu
    “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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London & Florence: Arts in Context

  • Maddie Topf, Carleton College
    Major: Biology
    topfm@carleton.edu
    "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
    zmtill@knox.edu
    “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
    rosemr@mx.lakeforest.edu
    "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
    laskga01@luther.edu
    “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
    randel1@stolaf.edu
    “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
    fitzge2@stolaf.edu
    “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
    greene1@stolaf.edu
    "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
    tmdraper@coe.edu
    “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
    nquynhanh2.earlham@gmail.com
    “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
    lewis1@stolaf.edu
    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

Email ocs@acm.edu if you want to be connected to program alumni from the Oak Ridge Science Semester.