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Rima Minazetdinova, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador


Rima Minazetdinova is a senior majoring in Biology with an emphasis in human anatomy and physiology. She studied in Europe during the summer through a short-term faculty-led program called the History of Science and Technology in Europe. Rima spent a week in France and explored its historic silk district in Lyon and a day trip to Paris.  During the nine days in Italy she enjoyed all the tours related to the modern scientific and technological history of Europe in Florence, Milan and Rome. Overall, the trip was an unforgettable experience which allowed Rima to immerse in a foreign culture and meet new friends.

Contact Rima:

Vist Rima during her office hours: Tuesday, 8:00am-10:00am.

Jonathan Brumm, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador

Jonathan Brumm, England

Jonathan Brumm is pursuing his degree in English and Education at UW-Platteville. During the Spring 2014 semester, he studied at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham, England. In perpetual reminiscence of the vibrancy of European cultures, he very much has developed the travelers itch. At UW-Platteville, when not in class or studying, Jon spends his time playing and writing music on guitar, working as a Media Production Assistant, volunteering, and trying to bike faster and further amongst the valleys and hills of Southwest Wisconsin.

Contact Jonathan:

Visit Jonathan during his office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Kelly Menten, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador

Kelly Menten, Italy

Kelly is a senior at UW-Platteville majoring in Biology with a minor in Psychology. She has always traveled the country with her parents for as long as she can remember. This is really what struck her interest in going abroad. Kelly loves to experience new and exciting places as she is always up for new adventures, which influenced her to decide to study abroad. Kelly attended The American University of Rome, Italy in the summer of her junior year.  Her favorite memories of Italy are without a doubt their delicious food, beautiful sights, and history. Studying abroad was one of her best decisions that she had made and would go abroad again in a heartbeat.

Contact Kelly:

Visit Kelly during her office hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30am-10:30am.

Jessica James, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador

Jessica James, Spain

Jessica James is an Elementary Education major with a Spanish minor. She studied abroad through the UW-Platteville Education Abroad program at the Spanish-American Institute of International Education in Seville, Spain this past summer. Some day she plans to travel around Spain and the rest of Europe. Her favorite part of studying abroad was taking the trains to the local beach cities and spending the day there. Studying in Seville was one of the best experiences of her life and hopes that everyone takes the opportunity to go some place new.

Contact Jessica:

Visit Jessica during her office hours: Tuesday, 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

Sierra Hartman, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador

Sierra hartman, Spain

Sierra Hartman is a junior majoring in Business Administration with minors in International Studies and Marketing Strategies and Visual Communications. She studied at Universitat de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain this past summer. She hopes to intern abroad this summer and hopefully move somewhere exciting after graduation. She really enjoyed the architecture, climate, and most of all siestas while studying abroad because is it unlike anything she has experienced here in the US. She had the time of my life in Barcelcon and thinks everyone should go study somewhere!

Contact Sierra:

Sierra welcomes your questions via email and is available to meet by appointment only.

Thad Brenum, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador

Thad Brenum, Germany

Thad Brenum is a senior majoring in Engineering Physics with a minor in German. He studied at Hochschule Darmstadt in Darmstadt, Germany during the spring 2015 semester. During his time in Germany he took a number of short trips exploring some of the lesser known places in Hessen such as Kassel, Marburg, Worms, and Castle Frankenstein (which is just a few miles outside of Darmstadt). He also spent some time traveling to some of the bigger cities of Europe including Amsterdam, Munich, Neuschwanstein castle, Zurich, and Milan. He even went to the World’s Fair which was held in Milan. His favorite part of his experience was being able to see and feel the history that permeates all of Europe, and he says he will definitely go back to Europe someday, hopefully soon. Thad would like to encourage other students to consider taking a course taught in the local language if they can. It may turn out to be your favorite class, like it did for him.

Contact Thad:

Vist Thad during his office hours: Wednesday, 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

Nayan Patel, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador

Nayan Patel, Fiji

Nayan Patel is studying Biology with an emphasis in Pre - Med. Nayan studied abroad through the UW-Platteville Education Abroad program for a semester at the University of the South Pacific in Suva Fiji. He has no set plan of returning yet, but he foresees being back on the island again. His favorite memories of Fiji consisted of hiking the mountains, sleeping on the beach and partaking in culture events/tradition. What he misses the most from the island is the concept of “Fiji Time,” which in his words means procrastination at its finest.

Contact Nayan:

Visit Nayan during his office hours: Fridays 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Annelise Roti Roti, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador

Annelise Roti Roti, France

Annelise Roti Roti is an Engineering Physics major from Green Lake, Wisconsin. She also has a minor in French and significant studies in music, especially euphonium performance and acoustics. Annelise looks fondly back on her time in France as the magnificent opportunity it was: she made lasting friendships, learned new skills in her classes, made professional connections, and traveled to places her heart has long ached to visit. She believes that her time spent at the University of Technology at Belfort-Montbéliard was everything she wanted it to be and more. Her band friends from UTBM still wish she could go back and play with them! This experience was one big step on her journey to “living the dream”.
“Life is a series of get-to opportunities” – Matthew Gregg

Contact Annelise:

Visit Annelise during her office hours: Wednesay, 10:00am - 11:00am.

David Granger, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador

David Granger, Chile

David Granger is a Spanish major with a minor in The Teaching of English as a Second Language. He studied abroad in Viña del Mar, Chile in the spring semester of 2015 through the affiliate program CEA. During his time in Chile, David was able to travel to the southern tip of Patagonia and to the Atacama Desert in the far north making the trip a remarkable geographic and cultural journey. He was also able to volunteer teaching English at an elementary school in Viña, gaining real world experience and making priceless memories. He now has the travel bug and will most likely be backpacking through Europe after graduation.

“Go west, young man.” –Horace Greeley “Or really, any direction is good.” –David Granger

Contact David:

Visit David during his office hours: Thursday, 10:00am - 11:00am.

Brittany Weiss, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador

Brittany Weiss, Fiji

Brittany Weiss studied Marine Biology for a semester at the University of the South Pacific in Suva Fiji. She plans on going back as soon as she financially can and hopes to live there if possible. The semester was not long enough, and she wished she would have done a full year. Her most memorable things about Fiji were the kindness of the people, the awesome snorkeling, mountain climbing, and the waterfalls.

Remember, “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer” –Unknown.

Contact Brittany:

Visit Brittany during her office hours: Thursday, 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

Johnathan Olson, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador

Johnathan Olson, Germany

Johnathan Olson is a senior studying Civil Engineering while pursuing a minor in German.  He studied in Hochshule Darmstadt in Darmstadt, Germany this past spring. He was able to travel all across Europe, visiting cities such as Amsterdam, Munich, Berlin, Rome, Frankfurt, and Budapest. While studying in Germany he was able to meet and become friends with people from all across the globe. He considers his time abroad the best experience he has ever had and invaluable due to the growth he received.

Contact Johnathan:

Visit Johnathan during his office hours: Monday, 2:00pm - 4:00pm.

Hannah Helwig, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador

Hannah Helwig, Germany

Hannah Helwig is a senior majoring in International Studies and Professional Writing with minors in TESOL and German. She spent a year abroad as a high school exchange student in Biel, Switzerland, a year as a university level exchange student in Frankfurt, Germany and most recently a semester as an intern in Darmstadt, Germany. She most enjoyed acquiring and improving her German language skills, travelling within Europe and learning new perspectives from everyone that she met. After graduation, she plans to travel more whenever possible.

Contact Hannah:

Visit Hannah during her office hours: Tuesday, 3:00pm - 4:00pm.

Ben Packard, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador

Ben Packard, Australia

Ben Packard is a senior Industrial Engineering major from Oregon, WI. He recently returned from a semester abroad at the University of Newcastle in Australia, and some time traveling around New Zealand. The semester wasn’t nearly long enough, but he returned with a long list of incredible memories and friendships. Among those memories: hiking The Blue Mountains, snorkeling The Great Barrier Reef, climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge, bumming out on the beaches of The Gold Coast, and so much more. Australia was truly an amazing and unforgettable experience.

Contact Ben:

Visti Ben during his office hours: Monday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm.

Danielle Johnson, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador

Danielle Johnson, Europe

Danielle Johnson is a junior studying Psychology at UW-Platteville. During the summer, she studied in Europe on a short-term faculty-led study abroad program called the History of Science and Technology in Europe. Danielle spent six days in France studying the silk industry and discovering how the first movie was ever created by the Lumiere brothers in Lyon. The next nine days in Italy were spent exploring the wonders of Galileo and his numerous inventions and technological advances, as well as visiting historic places such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon in the cities of Rome, Florence, and Milan. Her trip abroad was one of the most enjoyable times of her life, especially the food, and would go again in a heartbeat.

Contact Danielle:

Visit Danielle during her office hours: Friday, 10 am- 12pm.

Max Thorstad, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador

Max THorstad, Australia

Max Thorstad is a junior at UW-Platteville majoring in mathematics with an emphasis in actuarial science. During the Fall semester of 2014, he studied at the University of Newcastle in Newcastle, Australia. Ever since he was young, he had a passion for traveling which fueled his decision to study abroad. During his time down under, he developed a passion for traveling and seeing new parts of the world. Studying at Newcastle was one of the best decisions he has ever made and says every student should consider going abroad.

Contact Max:
Visit Max during his office hours: Thursdays, 12:00pm - 2:00pm.

Lindsay Johnson, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador

Lindsay Johnson, England

Lindsay is a senior majoring in Psychology & Criminal Justice. She interned in London, England this past summer working as a research assistant in the Psychology Department of Goldsmiths University. During the quickest summer of her life she saw many different cultures and cities such as Dublin, Amsterdam, and Prague. London has so much to offer. It is very diverse, there is more than enough to do/see, and the city has a lot of history. After graduation, Lindsay would love to live in London again because she misses the bustle of city life, markets, and the royal parks. Interning abroad was one of the best experiences she had and thinks everyone should look into going somewhere exciting!

Contact Lindsay:

Visit Lindsay during her office hours: Mondays, 9:00am - 11:00am.


Louise Lloyd, UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassador

Louise lloyd, Europe

Louise Lloyd is a senior industrial engineering major. She studied abroad the summer of 2015 through the short-term faculty-led program, History of Science and Technology in Europe. It was about 3 weeks in France and Italy. She loved the program because she was able to explore the scientific and technological history of Europe and actually see first-hand what she’s learned about in classes. She was able to experience Lyon and Paris while in France as well as Florence, Milan, Pisa, and Rome while in Italy, all in such a short amount of time. The trip made her want to study abroad again and again.

Contact Louise:

Visit Louise during her office hours: Thursday, 2:00pm - 5:00pm.

ADelyn Uppena, Netherlands

Adelyn Uppena is studying Soil and Crop Science with a minor in Ag Business. During the Fall 2014 semester she studied abroad at CAH Vilentum University of Applied Sciences in Dronten, Netherlands. She had the chance to travel to four other countries during her semester abroad. She plans on traveling back to Europe to not only re-visit a couple countries, but also travel to others she was not able to visit. Being able to easily travel between countries and experience different cultures was her favorite part while studying abroad.

Contact Adelyn:

Visit Adely during her office hours: Wednesday, 10:00am - 12:00pm.

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