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Isaac Brosinski, Education Abroad Ambassador

Isaac brosinski, brazil & germany

Isaac Brosinski is a senior studying Civil Engineering, with a minor in renewable energy and sustainability. He has been on two short-term faculty-led programs. The first one being Renewable Energy and Green Building Best Practices in Brazil, spring 2016. The second one during summer 2017, also the same short-term faculty-led program except the location was Darmstadt, Germany. Isaac has experience with the short-term programs and would gladly answer any questions.

Contact Isaac: brosinskii@uwplatt.edu

Visit Isaac during his office hours: Wednesdays from 9:00am – 10:00am

Kellie Clinton, Education Abroad Ambassador

Kellie Clinton, Poland, Germany, France

Kellie Clinton is currently a junior studying mathematics with an emphasis in actuarial science. After college she hopes to become an actuary and explore the world.

During the summer of 2017, she went on the Short-Term Faculty-Led “History of Science and Technology in Europe.” On the trip she was able to go to Poland, Germany, and France. At these places, she was able to learn about the history of the country and explore the culture. During the trip she experienced Auschwitz, saw the historical Brandenburg gate, and saw the Eiffel tower light up at night. This trip was amazing and is one of the best decisions she has ever made!

Study abroad was a life changing experience and she would love to help students find a study abroad program right for them.

Contact Kellie: clintonk@uwplatt.edu

Visit Kellie during her office hours: Thursdays 9:00am - 10:00am

Samuel Dion-Gottfried, Education Abroad Ambassador

Samuel Dion-Gottfried, Germany 

Sam Dion-Gottfried is a student in the Sustainable/Renewable Energy Systems major here at UW-Platteville.  He spent his first two years as an Electrical Engineering student, before deciding it might be easier to save the world than analyze AC circuitry.

As an SRES student, Sam was talked into going on the two-week faculty-led “Renewable Energy and Green Building Best Practices: Darmstadt, Germany” trip by another student enrolled in it, taking place during the summer of 2016. After much thought, Sam decided to go for it; it was one of the best decisions he’s made!

While in the German state of Hesse, Sam and his fellow handful of students had lectures by the host university’s professors and embarked on many technical and cultural excursions around the state. Sam even managed to fit in a short side trip to the Netherlands to visit his Dutch friend he had made here at UW-Platteville!

Sam is rather involved with the international students on campus, and since February 2017, is now also one of the Education Abroad Ambassadors in Royce Hall, ready to talk to any students thinking of studying abroad. He is quite ready to tell you how true the motto “if not now, when?” is, now that he himself has partaken in studying abroad. Contact him if you are interested in studying in Germany or are an SRES student, or for general advising.

Contact Sam: diongottfris@uwplatt.edu

Visit Sam during his office hours: Mondays 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Hannah Herreid, Education Abroad Ambassador

Hannah Herreid, Spain 

My name is Hannah Herreid and I studied abroad at SAIIE (Spanish American Institute of International Education) in the summer of 2017 for five weeks! These short five weeks were the most incredible times of my life and I made memories I will never forget. I definitely wish I would have chosen a longer trip abroad, but five weeks is perfect to still get to do a lot of site seeing and if you are nervous about leaving home! I made a week trip to Barcelona and did a lot of traveling there, as well. I also super excited to be planning another trip abroad to Costa Rica (or a different Spanish-speaking country).


I chose a Spanish speaking country because I am a Spanish Education major. I am hoping to teach in a Spanish classroom in a high school, middle school, or even an immersion school. I have just started my pre-student teaching which includes 80 hours and a couple lessons in the classroom, which will be a great introduction to student teaching in the fall of 2018. As of now, I am planning on adding a International Studies minor, as well.

Contact information: herreidh@uwplatt.edu

Visit Hannah during her office hours: Mondays 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Colleen Koerner, Education Abroad Ambassador

Colleen Koerner, Dominican Republic

Colleen Koerner is currently a junior studying International Studies and Spanish, with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. Upon graduating, she hopes to pursue a career as an intelligence analyst.

Colleen has been interested in studying abroad since she began high school, and finally got her chance the spring semester of 2017. She participated in ISA’s program in Santiago, Dominican Republic, where she took several courses focusing on the Spanish language and culture. Outside of the classroom, she had the opportunity to do everything from jumping off waterfalls to volunteering at a center for impoverished children, and to her each experience was priceless in its own way.

As an Education Abroad Ambassador, Colleen hopes that she can help other students experience the many wonders of the world. Contact Colleen: koernerc@uwplatt.edu

Visit Colleen during her office hours: Tuesdays from 9:00am – 10:00am

Liz Larrison, Education Abroad Ambassador

Liz Larrison, Ireland

Liz is a senior majoring in History and minoring in Political Science. After graduation Liz plans to continue her education. Liz had always wanted to travel to Ireland ever since she was four years old. One of the main reasons she chose Platteville was because of its great study abroad program.

During the summer of 2017, Liz was enrolled in the National University of Ireland – Galway’s international program. She was able to finish her last general education requirements and travel all around the Republic of Ireland. In five and a half weeks she was able to see all her bucket list items. She went to Dublin twice, saw the Cliffs of Moher twice, kissed the Blarney Stone, biked on the Aran Islands, spend a weekend in Dingle, hiked in Connemara, listened to live music in pubs, saw so many cows and sheep, and enjoy the rolling hills of the Irish countryside.

At the end of her travels, Liz said to her program director that she wanted to promote the Galway program as much as possible. So, when the opportunity to become a study abroad ambassador came up she quickly accepted. She wants to help encourage her fellow students to study abroad. Contact Liz at larrisone@uwplatt.edu for more information about studying in Ireland or other CEA programs.

Contact information: larrisone@uwplatt.edu

Visit Liz during her office hours: Wednesdays 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Preston Pape, Education Abroad Ambassador

Preston Pape, Australia

Preston is currently a junior studying Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. He studied at the University of Newcastle in Newcastle, Australia during the spring semester of 2016. Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, weekend visits to Sydney, a road trip on the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne and spending spring break on the south island of New Zealand were life changing events. He found mutual favorite hobbies in photography and traveling and cannot wait to travel again, individually or through study abroad.

Contact Preston: papep@uwplatt.edu

Visit Preston during his office hours: Thursdays from 2:00pm-3:00pm

Winifred Redfearn, Education Abroad Ambassador

Winifred Redfearn, Poland, Germany, France

Winnie is currently a junior majoring in History and minoring in Business Administration and Political Science.  After graduation, Winnie hopes to continue her education by going to law school.

As a history major, Winnie naturally decided to go on the Short-Term Faculty-Led “History of Science and Technology in Europe” course in the summer of 2017 in Poland, Germany, and France.  This was one of the best decisions she’s made!

While abroad, Winnie and her fellow classmates visited many historical and scientific sites, while they also had discussion near the Eiffel Tower! This education abroad experience enriched Winnie’s education in ways that textual sources cannot.

As an Education Abroad Ambassador, Winnie hopes she can help other students achieve an amazing education abroad experience, as well.

Contact information: redfearnw@uwplatt.edu

Visit Winnie during her office hours: Thursdays 11:00am – 12:00pm

Alyssa Rydosz, Education Abroad Ambassador

Alyssa Rydosz, Spain

Alyssa Rydosz is a current Psychology major with an emphasis in Human Services and a Spanish minor at UW-Platteville. Upon graduation, she will be pursuing her Master’s degree in a specialized field in Psychology. She hopes to be able to reach both English and Spanish speaking individuals in her future career.

As a freshman at UW-Platteville, Alyssa became interested in the opportunity to study abroad during her college years. She was drawn to the Seville, Spain program at the Spanish- American Institute for International Education (SAIIE) because she wanted to improve her Spanish communicating abilities and gain a new cultural perspective. She attended SAIIE for a semester in Fall 2016 and took the courses: Artistic Monuments of Seville, Intermediate Spanish II, History of Spain and Spanish Civilization. Outside of classes, she was able to learn more about Spanish culture by doing many activities such as traveling and exploring the country, making traditional Spanish dishes with a Senora, painting Spanish tiles called azulejos, visiting Seville’s best local restaurants and so much more. Alyssa also participated in an Intercambio activity with a native Spaniard to enhance her Spanish and volunteered at a school called Padres Blancos to help teach 4 and 5 year olds English basics.
Alyssa’s experience abroad was life-changing and opened her eyes to other cultures, languages, and ways of life. She is excited to be an Education Abroad Ambassador this spring to help others find their niche in studying abroad.

Contact Alyssa: rydosza@uwplatt.edu

Visit Alyssa during her office hours: Mondays from 9:00am – 10:00am

Derek Schultz, Education Abroad Ambassador

Derek schultz, Fiji

I am currently a junior studying Softwear Engineering at UWP. During the Fall 2016 semester I partook in the Fiji program offered through UW-Platteville. While I was there I took classes and travled around the various islands in the South Pacific. I was also part of the International Student Association (ISA) while abroad and helped plan trips and organize events with other international students. While in high school I also partook in the German/American Partnership Programm (GAPP) exchange. While there I spent 4 weeks durring the summer going to school and traveling around Germany with a host family. One of my favorite things about going abroad is the adventure and life experince you will take away from it. The friendships you make can last you a lifetime. I am very familar with the study abroad proccedure and also travling in general. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!

Contact Derek: schultzder@uwplatt.edu

Visit Derek during his office hours: Thursdays from 10:00am - 11:00am

Jessie Thompson, Education Abroad Ambassador

Jessie Thompson, Australia 

Jessie Thompson is a senior majoring in Animal Science and minoring in Agricultural Business.  After graduation, she hopes to have a career involving animals and agricultural sales.  From a young age Jessie has always told everyone that one-day she would go to Australia so in the spring of 2017 she ended up studying abroad at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

While studying in Australia, Jessie took courses in Molecules, Cells and Organisms, the Australian Experience, and Intro to Aboriginal Studies. Jessie was able to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, play with kangaroos, and much more.  She also took a 3-week trip to Thailand where she backpacked throughout the country.

Contact information: thompsonjess@uwplatt.edu

Visit Jessie during here office hours: Tuesdays 10:00am - 11:00am

Sera Vosberg, Education Abroad Ambassador

Sera Vosberg, Australia

Sera Vosberg is currently a junior studying Biology with an emphasis on pre-nursing at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career as either an emergency room nurse or a travelling nurse!

Sera's first time leaving the country was to spend the spring 2017 semester in Newcastle, Australia! While abroad she took intensive biology courses such as Molecular Biology and volunteered at events around campus. The experiences Sera underwent while abroad shaped her into the more matured, cultured person she is today. Weather it is something as exciting as sky diving through the mountains of New Zealand, or something as simple as joining a club on campus; Sera believes each experience you undergo while abroad makes such a difference.

Sera applied to become a UW-Platteville education abroad ambassador upon return to the states because she wants to help other students achieve the same great experiences.

Contact information: vosbergse@uwplatt.edu

Visit Sera during her office hours: Mondays 9:00am – 10:00am

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