Study Abroad

UW Study Abroad Peer Ambassadors

Need help getting started with study abroad? We’re here to help!

  • The UW Study Abroad Peer Ambassadors are UW students just back from study abroad.
  • They’re trained to help you get started with UW Study Abroad.
  • You can meet with them in Schmitz Hall during drop-in hours.
  • When you have chosen a program or have more detailed questions, they will connect you to the right adviser.
  • Have questions? Email studyabroad@uw.edu

 Meet the UW Study Abroad Peer Ambassadors

Name: Daniella Slowik
Major: Landscape Architecture
Study Abroad Program(s): Landscape Architecture Croatia: Design/Build Croatia
What was your favorite part of studying abroad?
Getting to know patients at the orthopedic hospital and becoming close friends with the Croatian students, bonding over studio work 🙂
What was your favorite food abroad?
Veggie sarma!! Cabbage leaves are stuffed with rice and veggies and then sauteed/simmered
What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
Be deliberate with your study abroad choice!! Make sure it pertains to your major to get the most out of your trip (and your $$)
Plans/goals for the future:
Intern at a landscape architecture firm in Barcelona!! And become a community activator for the non-profit Facing Homelessness

Name: Vipech Bun

Major: Business
Study Abroad Program(s): Foster School Undergraduate Exchange with Yonsei University ; OMAD Classics Rome: Spring Break ; Engineering Japan: Exploring the Heart of High-Tech ;Rehab Medicine South Africa: Disability in Resource Limited Setting
What was your favorite part of studying abroad?
I really enjoyed immersing myself within the new culture, and all of this happens quite fast when you are studying abroad. From learning to say your first hello or thank you in the new language to actually buying something for the first time using new currency, these are experiences that reminds me that I am in a completely different country yet I am taking part in embracing these new changes.
What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
I really want to encourage fellow students to take advantage of being in a different country and just go explore. This seems obvious, but when you are faced with a packed day that was planned for you from when to go to class and when to eat, it is very tempting to just take a nap once you are free. As amazing as that nap might feel, you cannot make up for the missed opportunity to see the country outside of what the university has planned for you, once you walk outside of that protective bubble then you really get to experience immersion. It definitely depends on the country that you are in, but either have at least one buddy with you, or go solo if you feel comfortable because the Instagram opportunities awaits you!

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Name
: Jag Bains
Major: Business & Comparative History of Ideas (CHID)
Study Abroad Program(s): iSchool Tahiti: Place, Identity, and Traditional Knowledge & Business Italy: Foster School Rome Program
What was your favorite part of studying abroad?
Definitely the community that I have built while abroad.
What was your favorite food abroad?
I had the most amazing penne alla vodka in Italy, it’s one of my favorite dishes ever now!
What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
Be intentional with your interactions- make friends with the students, professors and the locals in your area. This way, you’ll get the best out of your experience abroad.
Plans/goals for the future:
I want to start learning how to play the piano!



Name
: Darby Munger
Major: Public Health
Study Abroad Program(s): Spanish Leon: Intermediate Spanish ; Education Rome: Gender & Multiculturalism ; Psychology Chile: A Changing Public & Mental Health Care System
What was your favorite part of studying abroad?
1. Those moments when I’m in a new place and I can feel myself learning and adapting to the culture 2. The heightened awareness of the world that it gives you 3. Of course, forming relationships with other students from UW and meeting people from all over the world
What was your favorite food abroad?
Ceviche or Empanadas (any kind)
What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
1. Keep a journal!! 2. Keep in touch with the people you are abroad with- make an effort to get to know them before, during, and after the trip. Reflect on your experience with them. 3. Be open to experiencing anything- especially food 4. If living with a host family: Spend time with them and get to know them 5. If at all possible, travel before or after your program
Plans/goals for the future:
Apply for as many fellowships/grants as I can find for my gap year next year


Name: Mary Elworth
Major:
 Mathematics
Study Abroad Program(s): Aarhus University Exchange; Communication Spain
What was your favorite part of studying abroad?
My favorite part of my exchange was gaining new perspective on my major in a different educational system and making new friends from around the world. My favorite part of the faculty led program was really getting a firsthand understanding of Spanish culture. In both programs, I liked the challenge and thrill of adapting to a different lifestyle.
What was your favorite food abroad?
There were a lot of different foods that I tried and liked, but my top three are: 1. Tortilla de patata – a type of thick Spanish omelet filled with lightly fried sliced potato 2. Tærte – a Danish treat similar to a quiche, can be filled with veggies, cheese, and/or meat. Great for lunch, dinner, breakfast, a snack, … 3. Drømmelkage – One of the things Denmark does best is cakes, and this sweet cake topped with coconut and caramalized sugar is one of my favorites
What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
You have the honor of being an ambassador of the UW and of American culture, so realizing that people will form impressions of the U.S. based on meeting you is an important part of preparing to be abroad. Otherwise, be open and intentional with the experiences you seek and especially to the people that you will meet abroad. Also, get to know the local customs when it comes to dining – food brings people together, and it’ll be much easier to enjoy some meals with good company when you know what to expect!
Plans/goals for the future:
One goal I have for the future is to go back to Denmark for my master’s degree. I fell in love with the city where I studied and found the informal study environment and natural collaboration among classmates to really fit my learning style. I also made great friends there, and wouldn’t mind being a little closer to them for a few years!


Name: Sonia Singh
Major: Communication
Study Abroad Program(s): Business India: Indian Society and Organizations in the 21st Century
What was your favorite part of studying abroad?
Traveling to different cities
What was your favorite meal abroad?
Pani Puri
What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
Don’t over pack! Be open minded!

What are your plans for the future?

Becoming a better communicator


Name: Antonio Lozano
Major: Business, International Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures
Study Abroad Program(s): Asian Languages and Literature & CIWA China: Chinese Bridge China Study Trip ; CIEE China in a Global Context Program in Shanghai, China ; Globalizing your Career: London and Paris
What was your favorite part of Studying Abroad?
Both trips to China were amazing. I was able to travel around the country, visit places I had never seen before, try local food, and practice the language. My language acquisition drastically improved during these study abroad programs and it was by far my favorite part.

What was your favorite part of studying abroad?

Jian Bing, a Chinese crepe with local flares.

What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
Do it! Go some place you have never gone and some where you may never go. If you’re studying a language. Go to practice. You’ll never advance quicker than by living with a host family and speaking it everyday.

What are your plans for the future?
Move to a bigger city after college.

 


amarisName: Lily Rosencrantz
Major: Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) & Jewish Studies
Study Abroad Program(s): Engineering London: Exploring Human Centered Design in London ; Hebrew University of Jerusalem ; University College London Exchange
What was your favorite part of studying abroad?
I loved making friends with people from all over the world, as their perspectives informed my worldview. Also, I now have friends to visit in so many places!
What was your favorite food abroad?
Sabich from the Machane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem was my favorite food abroad. It is fried eggplant and hard-boiled egg in a pita pocket full of fresh and pickled vegetables, with lots of hummus and tahini on top. People-watching while eating it in the vibrant and busy market was one of my favorite pastimes.
What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
The advice I would give to a future study abroad student is to go on spontaneous adventures; some of the most fun times I had were when I agreed to do something last minute, and if I hadn’t been flexible I would have missed out on great opportunities to make new friends and see more of the world.
Plans/goals for the future:
One of my goals for the future is to become fluent in Hebrew, so that I can move to Israel after I graduate and communicate with Israelis effectively.