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Global Ambassador Program

By sharing your stories throughout your education abroad experience and encouraging others to study abroad, you play an important role in helping to internationalize the UT campus.

You can choose to be featured as a guest blogger or vlogger on the UT Education Abroad blog or to take over Texas Global social media channels. Global Ambassadors who complete program requirements will receive a Certificate of Global Engagement.

 

Apply to be a global ambassador today!

 

What Can You Do as a Global Ambassador?

As a Global Ambassador, you'll produce about five pieces of content throughout your international experience, with deadlines about once a month. What are some of the creative pieces you can share with Longhorn Nation about your time abroad?

  • Take over Texas Global Education Abroad's Instagram Stories! Show us what your day looks like, from classes to dinner to exploring the sights. Check out Bailey's Instagram Stories takeover for inspiration.
  • Write a blog post for the Education Abroad Blog. Describe your first impressions of your new home, any culture shock you experience, what your classes are like or the latest adventure you went on with your classmates. Read Afiya's blog post for more on her experience in Austria.
  • Share a photo essay with pictures of your new campus, scenes from your walk to your internship, weekend trips to new cities, cultural landmarks, etc.
  • Produce a video describing your experience, academics, concerns for the semester, etc. View Carleigh's vlog from Querétaro, Mexico about why she chose to study abroad.

Why be a Global Ambassador?

Inspire Other Longhorns to Explore the World

  • Foster communication between students thinking of studying abroad and students currently studying abroad.
  • Provide a forum for students to share their academic and intercultural experiences with staff and faculty in their departments, as well as friends, family, and prospective Longhorns.
  • Better illustrate to study abroad candidates what to expect during their time abroad.
  • Encourage reflection on the nature of study abroad.

Personal and Professional Benefits 

  • A reflective tool to document your time abroad.
  • An effective way to keep friends and family back home informed of your thoughts and adventures
  • Great training for the many times you will need to write a case statement, essay, etc.
  • Resume builder for job interviews or graduate school.

Meet the Fall 2022 Global Ambassadors

Amber Tolleson

Amber Tolleson

Major: Architecture, School of Architecture

Studying at: DIS program in Copenhagen, Denmark (Learn About this Program)

 

I’m a fourth-year architecture major from Houston. I will be spending the fall semester in Copenhagen. I chose this program to gain exposure to the culture of Denmark while experiencing architecture through a global lens. I’m excited to document and share my journey as a Global Ambassador.


Amitai Bernstein

Amitai Sachs-Bernstein

Major: French Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Studying at: Sciences Po in Paris, France (Learn About this Program)

 

I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California but have been in Austin since high school. At UT Austin, I am majoring in French studies in the College of Liberal Arts and minoring in communication studies at the Moody School of Communication. I’m extremely fortunate to be a French citizen, which is a large part of my dedication to pursuing French and selecting Sciences Po in Paris for my exchange semester. Beyond language learning, I love literature and spend a great deal of time reading fiction, as well as traveling and experiencing new cultures. I’m looking forward to getting to know the robust international community that makes up both Sciences Po and Paris and sharing this with fellow Longhorns. 


Analia Salomon

Analia Salomon

Major: Plan II Honors and French Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Studying at: Sciences Po in Paris, France (Learn About this Program)

 

I’m a Plan II Honors and French studies major with a history minor, on exchange at Sciences Po in Paris. Outside of school, I love to teach yoga, take dance classes, write, make music, exercise, practice circus arts and go swimming. I’m elated to spend a semester in Paris and am looking forward to exploring the cabaret scene near my apartment in Montmartre (especially the Moulin Rouge). I started learning French three years ago and believe it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!


Andrew Chen

Andrew Chen

Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Studying at: Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen, Denmark (Learn About this Program)

 

I'm a student studying electrical and computer engineering and will be pursuing my studies in Denmark in the Fall 2022 semester! I've moved around a lot growing up (North Carolina, Massachusetts, Beijing, California, and now, Texas) and am excited to live in another country! While abroad, I hope to learn more about Danish culture and its perspective on sustainability. I'll see y'all in my takeover! Hook ’em! 🤘


Ashley Langston

Ashley Langston

Major: Biology, College of Natural Sciences

Studying at: University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland (Learn About this Program)

 

I’m an incoming junior majoring in biology with a minor in geography, and I hope to pursue a career in atmospheric science. I’m an exchange student at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and I can’t wait to experience all that the United Kingdom has to offer!


Brett Naughton

Brett Naughton

Major: Civil Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Studying at: Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen, Denmark (Learn About this Program)

 

I am a senior from Southlake, Texas, studying civil engineering. I am so excited to be living and learning in Copenhagen, Denmark for the Fall semester! Its fantastic infrastructure systems, intelligent design and clean energy make it a perfect place to observe the impact and future of my major in the real world. I’m also pumped to find out why it is considered one of the happiest places on Earth! I will get to enjoy all the things I love, like art, history and just being active and outside, all in beautiful Denmark. Additionally, this opportunity will allow me to meet new people and experience amazing new cultures. 


Carol Zeng

Carol Zeng

Major: Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Moody College of Communication, and French Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Studying at: IFE Internship Program in Brussels, Belgium (Learn About this Program)

 

I’m from Plano, Texas, and I’m a senior double major in speech, language and hearing sciences and French studies. I’m doing the IFE Internship program in Brussels, Belgium. I’ve been dreaming of studying abroad since I started taking French in the seventh grade, so I’m so excited and grateful for this opportunity. I hope to become more fluent in my oral skills, as well as gain clinical and research experience through my internship. I’m looking forward to meeting new friends across the world and of course, the food.


Chassity Jenkins

Chassity Jenkins

Major: Radio-Television-Film, Moody College of Communication, and Spanish, College of Liberal Arts

Studying at: Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico City, Mexico (Learn About this Program)

I’m a Spanish and radio-television-film (RTF) double major. Entering my fourth year here at UT Austin, I wanted to do something different that would transform my experience as a student, especially since I just finished my first full year in person as a junior. Considering the fact that I have been interested in the Spanish language for years and specifically in Mexican culture (music, dance, food, los pueblos), I thought this would be a great opportunity to finally study abroad and be a part of a new world. I’m nervous but beyond excited to experience what Mexico City has to offer.


Claire Wilson

Claire Wilson

Major: International Relations and Global Studies and Japanese Language and Culture, College of Liberal Arts

Studying at: Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan (Learn About this Program)

 

I’m a junior double majoring in international relations and global studies and Japanese language and culture. I’m from San Antonio, Texas, and I’m very excited to study in Kyoto, Japan, for a year! I decided to study at Kyoto University in the hopes of fully immersing myself in the language as I pursue fluency, as well as gaining a better understanding of Japanese culture and politics—especially in relation to how Japan interacts with the international political sphere. My interests include hiking, visiting art museums and bookstores, and trying new foods. I'm very excited to take you with me as I study in and explore Japan!


Elisssa Angelow

Elissa Angelo

Major: Psychology and French, College of Liberal Arts 

Studying at: Sciences Po in Paris, France (Learn About this Program)

 

I’m a senior pursuing a double major in psychology and French. I grew up in Los Angeles, California, and I’m thrilled to spend this semester studying at Sciences Po in the heart of Paris. Almost four years ago, I was dreamily perusing the Texas Global website in my childhood bedroom, deciding which university to attend. Now, as I represent my school abroad in my final year of college, I feel like I have come full circle. I cannot wait to contribute to the ongoing conversation surrounding the study abroad experience and share the mosaic of people and places I discover this fall!

 

Gabby Galicinao

Gabrielle (Gabby) Galicinao

Major: Computer Science, College of Natural Sciences

Studying at: University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland (Learn About this Program)

 

I am a junior studying computer science with plans to add a second major in mathematics. I’m originally from Katy, Texas, and I’m so excited to be studying at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland! I chose this program because the informatics program is one of the best computer science programs in Europe, and I wanted to take courses for my major while I’m abroad. I’ve also wanted to go to Edinburgh for years because of the city’s vibrant culture and history (and, as a book and coffee lover, their bookstores and coffee shops). I am so excited to explore this beautiful city and share my experiences with y’all!

 

Maria Elena Cortes

Maria Elena Cortes

Major: Political Communication Studies, Moody College of Communication

Studying at: Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong SAR (Learn About this Program)

 

I’m a rising junior in the Moody College of Communication honors program, majoring in political communication and minoring in Mandarin Chinese. I am a first-generation, Mexican-American, low-income student at UT Austin, and I will be studying abroad in Hong Kong! I will be attending the Chinese University of Hong Kong, taking Putonghua (Mandarin), Chinese anthropology, and government and politics courses. My hobbies include taking care of houseplants, traveling, long walks and listening to melodic music. I enjoy learning Mandarin and am studying abroad in Hong Kong to learn more about the language, Chinese culture and interpersonal conversation in Mandarin. 谢谢你们,再见!(Thank you guys, see you!)

 

Nick Van Lente

Nick Van Lente

Major: Plan II and International Relations and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Studying at: Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain (Learn About this Program)

 

I’m a rising sophomore in Plan II Honors, studying international relations and global studies. Traveling has always been my passion, and I’m so thrilled that I can finally do it for an extended period abroad! During these seven months, I’ll be continuing my hobbies of reading, cooking, and exercise.

 

Nina Gaona-Menchavez

Nina Gaona-Menchavez

Major: Elementary Education, College of Education

Studying at: Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea (Learn About this Program)

 

I’m a third-year student majoring in elementary education and studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea. Expanding and improving on my culturally responsive ideas within life and in the classroom is important to me, so I’m very excited to experience a completely new culture and language while abroad. I cannot wait to see how much I will grow personally and professionally during my time in Seoul!

 

Peyton Sorensen

Peyton Sorensen

Major: Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences

Studying at: University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia (Learn About this Program)

 

I’m a senior at UT Austin, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in chemistry with a focus in materials and a Bridging Disciplines certificate in environment and sustainability. I’m studying abroad in Sydney, Australia, and I’m beyond excited to start this adventure! I love being outdoors and playing sports, so I’m super-happy to explore the unique nature in Australia and hopefully join a few clubs and try some new hobbies, too! I can’t wait to make new friends and experience a new culture while abroad. I’ve never traveled internationally before, so I am very excited for this opportunity.

 

Sarah Joung

Sarah Joung

Major: International Relations and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Studying at: University College London in London, England (Learn About this Program)

 

I’m a junior pursuing my studies in international relations and global studies with an emphasis on culture and media arts during my time abroad. I can't wait to write all about it from my program here in London. Originally from Houston, I’m excited to see what's on the other side of the pond. Hook’ em!

 

Steven Molchanov

Steven Molchanov

Major: International Relations and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Studying at: AIFS Program in Prague, Czechia (Learn About this Program)

 

I’m a junior international relations and global studies major studying in Czechia (formerly the Czech Republic) for my study abroad. I'm originally from Houston, but I grew up in Singapore!

 

Tariq Rajei

Tariq Rajei

Major: International Relations and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Studying at: University College London in London, England (Learn About this Program)

 

I’m a third-year international relations and global studies major with a minor in International business. This fall, I will have the privilege of participating in an exchange with the University College London in England. I am very excited for the opportunity to further my studies alongside the esteemed UCL Department of Political Science and International Relations faculty, and I look forward to supplementing my major’s European studies regional focus and international security track. This exchange will be my first trip to the United Kingdom, and I can’t wait to see what London has in store for me!

 

Vanessa Mathis

Vanessa Mathis

Major: Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts

Studying at: Würzburg University in Würzburg, Germany (Learn About this Program)

 

I’m a sophomore majoring in anthropology with a minor in history. I’m studying in Würzburg, Germany, a town unbeknownst to me before exploring the Education Abroad programs. I had come to UT Austin with the intention of studying abroad, and this program appealed to me because of my love for Germany. I am learning German and knew spending a year there would really help me with improving my language skills. The University of Würzburg is one of the oldest universities in Germany, making it a great place to cultivate my knowledge of the country’s culture and history!

Some Words of Wisdom

As a Global Ambassador, you represent Texas Global, UT Austin, Texas and the U.S. Therefore, you should avoid content that may be illegal, obscene, defamatory, threatening, infringing of intellectual property rights, invasive of privacy or otherwise injurious or objectionable. In addition, do not use the Texas Global brand to endorse or promote any product, opinion, cause or political candidate. You must also adhere to the University Code of Conduct and the Student Honor Code.

Finally, blogging and posting to social media are very public activities. Anything posted on the internet stays there--forever. Deleting a post simply removes it from the platform, but copies of the post may exist scattered all over the internet. As such, never link to something you haven’t read; when you link to something, you should make sure it is something you really want to be associated with, and always keep in mind that you are acting as an ambassador for study abroad at UT Austin. If you are unsure about posting something, ask! You shouldn’t post anything you wouldn't be comfortable with anyone viewing, from your parents to potential employers. Think before you post!

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Tips for Recording Video

Videos are a great way to document and share your time abroad as a Global Ambassador. Here are some tips and tricks to recording high-quality videos.

Contact Us

Email globalambassadors@austin.utexas.edu for more information.