This blog is driven by content created by our UL International Ambassadors. Here you will find profiles of all our current ambassadors.
Meet Our Student Ambassadors!
At a glance
Ana Rodriguez Fontan
Hello! My name is Ana Rodriguez Fontan and I’m from Bilbao, a city in the north of Spain. I’m on the third year of the International Relations degree and I’ll be studying here in the UL as an Erasmus student.
I’ve been in Ireland many times during my life and I love very much the country. Irish people are very friendly and really make you feel at home.
I look forward to travel all around this area and share my everyday experiences with you. If you have any doubts do not hesitate to contact me, I’ll be happy to answer! 🙂
Nishita Dimri, India
Hi! My name is Nishita Dimri and I’m from India. I’m currently studying Master’s in International Tourism in University of Limerick and what better place to study tourism than Ireland?
I love cooking, learning about new cultures, traveling, making friends and food. I’m so excited to be here and to learn about and experience Irish culture. I also plan to visit as many places as I can while I’m here.
Apart from being in a beautiful country, looking at breath taking scenery everyday (yes even when it rains) and the super friendly people, UL has so much to offer. A beautiful campus, very dedicated and knowledgeable professors, it’s focus on providing career oriented courses, superb sports facilities and a (what may seem like infinite) number of clubs and societies to join. There’s never a dull moment here because something is always happening, whether it’s a club or society meet, a party at Stable’s or tons of workshops.
Before applying for the Student Ambassador role, I already had a blog wherein I wrote about my travels and my cooking so this platform just helps combine my hobby of writing and my aim to help others together. If you have any questions about being a student at UL, you need some friendly, unbiased advice or you just want to talk, you’re welcome to reach out to me on any of the following social media outlets and I’ll help to the best of my ability.
Ahmet Tunc, Turkey
Hi Everyone! I’m Ahmet from Antalya, Turkey. I am a third-year Erasmus student at UL for the spring semester. I am studying Political Science. I am a member of several student clubs and societies such as International Society, Outdoor Pursuits Club, Badminton Club. I am taking part in voluntary projects as well. But most importantly, I am a traveler and looking forward to sharing my experiences about these
Baoyan Zhang, China
Hello! This is Baoyan Zhang initially from China. Right now I am in my second year studying in Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. My passion on Celtic culture and the love of rock and roll music drive me to UL for my third level education. Studying in Ireland is a fantastic adventure. Believe me, there is magic here apart from attractive natural scenery and warm welcoming minds.
Jenna Gibson, USA
Hello! I’m Jenna, a study abroad student from Mississippi, USA, and I’m studying New Media and English. I’m a third year student here at UL, and I’m so excited to learn more about Ireland and meet more people! At UL, I’m a member of the International Society, a writer for An Focal (the student newspaper), a producer for ULFM (the student radio), a member of the filmmaking club, and a member of the Comedy Club! I can’t wait to share my (hopefully useful) experiences and tips with you!
Brianna Dos Santos, Australia
Hi Everyone! My name is Brianna Dos Santos and I am from Perth, Australia! I am currently in my second semester of my full year exchange to UL. I am in my 4th year of a Law and Business degree, majoring in Accounting. So far my experience has of UL and Ireland has been amazing, and I’m so excited for the rest of my time here! Whilst this is my first time in Ireland, I have had so much experience with previous travel. I was fortunate enough to live in Brisbane in Queensland for 2 years, Canada for 3 years, as well as being able to travel throughout Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Singapore) as well as Europe (The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, France, UK, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Spain, Portugal). As such I have a lot of experience with travel and living in a foreign country! I can’t wait to share the experience I have accumulated, and if you’re having any questions about classes, living arrangements etc, or are you simply struggling to adjust to life at UL, feel free to shoot me a message on Facebook, or via email at email@example.com.
Chandan Ganguly, India
Hello! I am Chandan Ganguly from New Delhi, India and I am pursuing MSc Software Engineering at University of Limerick. My experience at UL so far has been marvellous. There are passions I pursued here that had remained buried long in the annals of time. Speaking of my activities here at UL apart from the studying part , I have been involved in the drama society and the environmental society . At UL I have volunteered across a variety of opportunities that have not only made me utilise my time efficiently but these activities also helped me evolve as a person. I got to refuel my passion for arts n crafts wherein I was involved in making props and painting banners for the annual UL SoUL Arts Festival. I also had the opportunity to enact in a short film that was something completely new for me as I had never acted in front of the camera before. To support my stance I would just like to say that UL is an incredible place to be at, to learn, to grow
and most importantly to be happy. Moreover the picturesque campus located in a magnificently natural and beautiful country not only make the UL experience incredible but also memorable.
Claire Anderson, USA
Hello there! My name is Claire, and I’m a 3rd year student studying abroad at the University of Limerick this semester and am loving every minute of it! I’m originally from Minnesota, and I attend the University of Minnesota back home pursing a degree in Food Science with a minor in Agriculture and Food Business Management. I love to try new things, meet new people, explore the outdoors, eat new foods, run 5k’s, pet pretty much any dog that comes my way, and I LOVE to travel – as you’ll soon find out. I’m super excited to share my adventure in Ireland with you this semester! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you might have.
Colin Sutrick, USA
Hey everyone! My name is Collin Sutrick and I’m from Seattle, Washington in the U.S. I am pursuing political science and accounting double degrees at the University of Delaware. I’m only in Ireland for a semester, but it’ll be enough time for me to see plenty of Ireland. Although this is my first time in Ireland, I am not new to the whole travelling thing, or even the study abroad scene. I have visited much of the U.S. (Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, North Dakota, Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, and Florida), as well as some of Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, and the United Kingdom). I spent my first semester of college studying abroad in Rome, Italy, at John Cabot University, so if you are having any trouble adjusting to study abroad life message me on
Facebook (Facebook username: Collin Sutrick).
You can also follow me on Twitter @newenglandfan12
Gurvindar Singh, India
Hi, I am a person of different interests and the someone who admires intellect. Having a technical background, I find it interesting to spend time online and work on different technologies. I Love travelling to places, interacting with people. Recently, while dancing over some Latin beats, i recognised my love for dance and plan on learning kizomba and bachata soon. After completing bachelors in Computer Science and working for 3+ years, I realised it is the best time to pursue masters and i found UL to be one of the best options. I feel happy about my decision and am loving the time here. It is the first time i am staying away from my country but it has started to feel like home and all thanks to the fellow students and the very humble people here. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with you . Cheers!!
Jena Araojo, USA
Hey guys! My name is Jena and I am from Virginia in the USA! Back at home, I am a junior attending The College of William & Mary where I am majoring in Marketing and minoring Sociology. This semester I am in beautiful Ireland to study abroad! At UL, I am a member of Enactus working on the social enterprise startup SparkED and a member of the International Society. My weekends are packed as I am either exploring Ireland or traveling abroad to visit other countries and learn about new cultures while I am here. I am very excited to be sharing with you all my experiences both as a study abroad student and as an avid traveler of Europe! Feel free to reach out if you have questions about studying abroad, traveling, or college life in general; I’m all ears! If you want, follow me on social media to see all of my adventures this semester.
Facebook: Jena Araojo – Instagram: hey_itsjena
Jun Zhou, China
Hi guys! I’m Jun Zhou from China. Now I’m study abroad student and next semester I will continue my master (Information & Network Security) in UL. There are lots of fantastic clubs and societies, for me, I’m a member of the mountain bike club and I enjoyed it a lot. That’s pretty cool though I’m not good at biking skills, just feel free to do some activities and enjoy the fresh air after a whole day’s busy study. The biggest aim for me is find a good job in the future so I will work harder on my Major.
Prerna Sharma, India
I am Prerna Sharma from New Delhi, India. I am currently enrolled as a Masters student in Software Engineering. Before making this decision of pursuing my masters I was working as a full time software developer in Wipro, India. Although I loved my job but I felt that I had to brush up my skills and it was necessary for me to take a post graduate course that is apt for my growth and enhance my skill set .While going through numerous articles about studying abroad I stumbled upon Education In Ireland which was the reason I got excited to learn more about the country and that is when I consulted many people and everybody was highly appreciative of Ireland because of its friendly and welcoming nature. While narrowing down my choice to UCD, UL and UCC. Right from the start I was inclined towards UL because of it’s approach and outlook towards the admission process and then this decision changed everything for me. UL is the best place and everyday brings new experiences and also changed my way of analyzing things. Within months my learning was immense and I couldn’t appreciate the dedication the teachers have towards the students.
Sabina Hahn, USA
Hey! My name is Sabina and I’m a junior public relations and advertising major from sunny Southern California. On most days you can catch me on campus rocking at least five layers of clothing (not including my giant jacket) and watching all the happy dogs run off leash. I’d definitely describe myself as a homebody so this semester will be one of new experiences and growth. While I may be slightly out of my element, I’m excited to experience all Ireland has to offer! If you’re a fellow homebody looking for new friend or someone who just wants to chat, feel free to follow and/or message me on Instagram @sabina.hahno”
Simran Kapur, India
A crafted journalist wearing a chef’s hat, I come from an extremely humble background. Born and brought up in one of the humid parts of the country, I belong to the subcontinent called India. While growing up, I had several experiences which made me learn the most important phrase of my life, “Live and let live”.
I am currently living my dreams in the ever so windy and extremely welcoming country of Ireland. As a student of Journalism, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to meet several people from different walks of life and I can assure you, it can be challenging at times.
I have always been sheltered due to the nature of my work as a food journalist. University of Limerick however gave me an opportunity to test the waters of a foreign country and step out of my comfort zone, ‘Food’. I eventually took on features, blog writing, event management and the occasional crazy dancing at Stables.
I am deeply privileged and happy to be a part of a family that helps me grow every day and gave me the opportunity to live my passion. It is extremely difficult to stay away from your loved ones, but I see courage in the eyes of my parents every day and it gives me the push that I need. I am thus, an ordinary girl from an extraordinary family looking to make my mark in this place we call Earth.
Nora Rubish, USA
Hello, my name is Nora Rubish! I am from the state of Minnesota in the USA, and have come to UL to study physiotherapy as a full time international degree seeking student. I first completed 2 years of university in the USA, and had spent 1 of the semesters as a study abroad student at UL. I fell in love with the people, school, and country, and decided to stay here to complete my degree. I have so many great memories from my time here so far, and look forward to answering questions and sharing my love for UL with others.
Zhongyuan Xin, China
Hi everyone! My name is Zhongyuan Xin and I come from China. I am a fourth-year student in civil engineering at UL. It is a great choice to study in UL. Because UL not only a great place to study but also the campus life is colorful. UL has tons of different societies. Last year I joined the boxing club in UL it gave me a lot of fun. And UL also provides a good opportunity to me to make friends from all over the world. For example, last year all my roommates are from different countries (Ireland, France, Pakistan, and Iran). In summary, I feel very proud that I choose UL. And I am willing to share all my stories and tips with you.
Sloane Perron, USA
Hi, my name is Sloane and I am from the United States! I am continuing my education with UL’s postgraduate journalism course after being selected for a GoOverseas Scholarship. I have a passion for writing, traveling, and telling the stories of others. Living in Ireland for almost a year has been such a life changing experience. I love being immersed in Ireland’s rich history, breath taking landscapes, and beautiful music. I believe that everyone should visit Ireland at least once in their lives! Being a freelance reporter back home, it is fun to learn about Irish journalism practices and techniques. Every day at UL is an opportunity to learn something new! Join me on my adventure as I share my story – and hopefully yours too! Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Kylie Dugan, USA
“Hi, I’m Kylie! I’m from Texas, USA. While I’m here at UL for the semester, I’ll be studying sport science/physiotherapy. I’m a second year student, and while this isn’t my first time abroad, it is my first time in Ireland! I’m secretary for the Environmental Society here on campus and happy to share some tips about being green while you’re here! I also have a passion for travel, so I hope to give you some great tips about making the most of your time here in Ireland (and Europe in general).”
Megumi Gates, Canada
“Hello! My name is Megumi Gates and I am a third year biochemistry student from Mount Allison University in Canada! I am here on exchange from my small hometown of Sackville, New Brunswick. I am so excited to be here in Europe for the first time, learning about Irish culture and meeting people from all over the world. I love to paint, run, hike, do yoga, play the piano, read, bake, and make new friends! I am part of the International society, the Tea Appreciation society, and I am a Japanese language facilitator here at UL. You can follow me on instagram @megumigates or find me on facebook!”
Lizzie Circeo, USA
“Hello everyone! My name is Elizabeth Circeo, but I go by Lizzie. I am a third year student from America, specifically Boston, Massachusetts. I go to school in a small suburb about 45 minutes away from Boston named Bridgewater State University. Here, I am studying communications with a concentration in culture and communication with a minor in public relations. I live in an Irish neighborhood of Boston, known as South Boston or Southie, and this is why I decided to study abroad in the beautiful country of Ireland. Although studying abroad here is my first time in Ireland, I’ve always felt a connection to Ireland because my family is from here and I have grown up with similar values as the Irish culture. Although I consider myself an introvert and a homebody, I am so excited to be here and explore more of this stunning country. I would also like to show others that although coming to another country for four months, or longer, can be scary and difficult, it can also be the best experience of your life because not only do you learn about the country you are in, but you also learn more about yourself by stepping outside of your comfort zone. I am a big believer of living your life to the fullest and owning your own happiness. With coming to another country for four months, I believe I am doing this and being the best version of myself. I also cannot wait to travel outside of Ireland and see everything this world has to offer! I plan on taking weekend trips to other countries while I am here! Although the adjustment is difficult, I am having a great time and I cannot wait to see where the next few months will take me! If you want to follow my adventures, or reach out to me with any questions or concerns, or even be friends, please do not hesitate to follow me on Instagram at @sheforliz!”
Syahrir Suib, Malaysia
“Hi there! My name is Syahrir Suib and I’m from Malaysia. I’m currently pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Maintenance and Airworthiness Engineering through the Erasmus+ Scholarship program. Never in my mind that I would be given the opportunity to study in one of the best and beautiful university such as University of Limerick. UL, other than it’s distinguish academic facilities, it is also one of the best platform for me to reach my hands to the people in need both locally and internationally. Long story short, if you are looking for an adventure and international experiences, UL is the place for you.
Follow me on Twitter @emir_LAE to know more about UL!”
Fernanda Zamboni, Brazil
“Hello everyone, my name is Fernanda and I am native from Brazil. I came to UL to studied a taught masters programme in Biomedical Devices Materials. I know how hard it can be to be moving from your home country to somewhere completely new, however, from personal experience, sooner than you think you will start feeling that Ireland is your home from home. It’s not just coincidence that after I finished the masters I decided to stay here in UL for another 4 years, and now I am doing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. I am very excited to share a little bit about my life in Ireland and in UL and hopefully it will help you on your journey in this amazing country, the evergreen Emerald Isle!”
Onyekachi Anyalechi, Nigeria
“I always wanted to study in Ireland and I had preferences and UL came on top! The university is one of the best university in Ireland, I also checked the profile of my prospective lecturers which also influenced my choice and finally, the modules offered are well aligned with my area of interest.
I chose International Studies because it reflects truly on my interests in African and world politics in general. Of course, I am very keen on developmental issues in African countries and I am also keen on developing my knowledge on conflict resolution and global governance standards which I hope to make practicable on my career path. Imparting the knowledge gotten from this study on my society from the grassroots level and hopefully, unto national and on the international level.”
Joy Amaefule-Orie, Nigeria
Hi, my name is Joy. I’m a post graduate law student of the University of Limerick. I am also an international student from Nigeria. I love travelling and meeting new people and I must say, I love everything about UL. I have made amazing friends here and truly would not trade the experience for anything.
Sanjeev Kumar, India
Hello everyone! I am Sanjeev and I am from New Delhi, India. Currently I am pursuing MSc in International Management and Global Business at University of Limerick. This program is an excellent blend of the academic and the practical delivered by an internationally experienced teaching team at the Kemmy Business School. Moving to a new country is always a perfect opportunity to explore and foster your own independence. My experience at UL and Ireland so far has been amazing and great. Apart from studies, UL is provided with different clubs and societies which makes you feel like you are in home away from home. UL not only allows you to pursue your career academically but also helps you in chasing your passion and hobbies. I have been involved in the photography and international society and has volunteered for different opportunities and occasions which brought me closer to this beautiful campus. I love to express myself artistically through the medium of photography and Ireland being such a beautiful country gives you a plenty of reasons to live, love and laugh. I will be more than happy to share my experience with everyone. Feel free to reach out to me for any questions and concerns and follow me on Instagram for beautiful pictures of campus and Ireland. Insta id- born_confused_me.