Education Abroad Ambassadors

UW-Platteville Education Abroad Ambassadors are given the opportunity to share their experiences of living, learning, and traveling abroad with other UW-Platteville students who are interested in going abroad.  Ambassadors assist the UW-Platteville Education Abroad office by:

  • giving classroom presentations.
  • advising prospective students on program options.
  • creating promotional materials.
  • representing their program at the Education Abroad Fair.
  • assisting the education abroad office with various projects and initiatives.

Ambassadors are asked to set one scheduled office hour each week and have the option to volunteer at other events though out the semester as mentioned above.

Current Ambassadors

Kathryn Bartels, Education Abroad Ambassador

Kathryn Bartels, Ireland and Italy

Kathryn Bartels is a junior studying History and Criminal Justice. After graduation, Kathryn plans to continue her education. Kathryn had no plans to study abroad while at UW-Platteville, but was convinced by a presentation that was given in her Introduction to College Life class early in her freshman year.

During her freshman year, Kathryn went on the Short-Term Faculty-Led Visual Arts in Rome Winterim Program. This program was two and a half weeks and three credits. This class fulfilled a General Education requirement. Kathryn enjoyed the structure of the Short-Term Faculty-Led program, as it was her first time abroad. During her sophomore year, Kathryn studied Irish Culture and Society in Dublin through CIEE. Similar to the other program, it was during the Winterim and was three credits. Kathryn loved her time in Dublin, and enjoyed being with college students from all across the United States, and the world.

After two wildly positive experiences abroad, Kathryn is anxious to continue to travel. She is planning to do her last semester of undergraduate studies abroad in Scotland.

Kathryn previsously worked as an Education Abroad Marketing and Outreach Intern. As an ambassador she hopes to continue to provide students with information and resources so they can study abroad and create their own amazing memories.

Contact Kathryn Bartels at for more information about studying abroad in Italy, Ireland, Short-Term Faculty-Led Programs, or for general advising.

Mikala Bennett, Education Abroad Ambassador

Mikala Bennett, Japan

Mikala Bennett is a student at UW-Platteville studying Criminal Justice and Business with an emphasis in Marketing. After graduation Mikala plans to continue traveling by teaching English abroad.

Mikala always knew that she wanted to study abroad in college. During her junior year she studied abroad for an academic year through one of UW-Platteville’s education abroad programs. She studied at Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies in Nagasaki, Japan. There she made unforgettable experiences with not only people from Japan, but people from all around the world who were international students as well. Although a year is a long time away from home she wanted to know what it was like to throw herself into a culture and assimilate into it.

Now that Mikala is back from her travels she works with the International Programs Office as an Ambassador. She wants to help convince more students to study abroad so that they too can have a life changing experience like hers.

Contact Mikala:

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:

Liam Crain, Education Abroad Ambassador

Liam Crain, australia

Liam Crain is a junior pursuing a degree in Software Engineering with a minor in Mathematics.

While still in high school Liam had decided he was going to study abroad. Upon arriving at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville he found himself perusing his goal. After searching for a program, he decided to study abroad his Fall Semester of his junior year in Newcastle, Australia. During his time abroad Liam spent his time exploring the eastern coast of Australia and the island of Tasmania. Liam still keeps in touch with his friends that he met while abroad and they plan on meeting up again in the near future.

Studying abroad was an incredible experience that he would recommend to everyone.

Contact Liam Crain at for more information about studying abroad in Australia or general advising.

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 Hessen, 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:

Tyler Hammil, Education Abroad Ambassador

Tyler Hammil, Spain 

Tyler Hammil is a senior majoring in Criminal Justice with minors in Business Administration and Spanish. After graduation, Tyler plans to pursue a career in the law enforcement field.

When first arriving at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Tyler was never interested in studying abroad. However, after his sophomore year he found himself wanting more information on programs in Spain to help complement his Spanish minor. During his second semester of junior year Tyler traveled to Seville, Spain where he studied at the Spanish American Institute of International Education. During his time abroad Tyler had the opportunity to travel to Portugal and Morocco, along with many cities in southern Spain. The part he enjoyed most was stepping outside of his comfort zone and experiencing many new cultures.

Contact Tyler Hammil at for more information about the SAIIE program or for general advising.

Kyler Krush, Education Abroad Ambassador

kyler krush, fiji

Kyler Krush is a senior majoring in Sustainability and Renewable Energy Systems at UW-Platteville.

During freshman year of college, Kyler pondered the idea of studying abroad after hearing a presentation from the international office. It was not until junior year of the spring semester when he studied in Suva, Fiji, it was an incredible experience. Studying at the University of the South Pacific, he met people from all over the world and got to explore a new culture. Kyler went to resorts frequently, hiked through the mountains, and toured traditional Fijian villages.

Kyler would recommend this life changing trip to anyone.

Contact Kyler at for more information about studying abroad in Fiji or for general advising.