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Want to talk to a student who participated in an Alliance program?

Our Alumni Ambassadors are here to help!  Hailing from various colleges and universities around the country, these students volunteered to spread the word about the tangible and intangible benefits of study abroad – and the unique experience provided by Alliance programs!

Tiana Winstead

Popular Culture and Social Change - Beijing, China
Rhodes College - International Studies & Political Science Major

Tiana is a college student that embarked on a journey of her lifetime to explore the landscape and people of China in her spring semester of her Junior year. She is currently at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee USA (pursuing an International Studies and Political Science major and Chinese minor) but attended Beijing Language and Culture University. Growing up in a rural town and farming community Tiana has always been captivated by the international community and its diverse culture, languages, and traditions. She believes that despite the differences among all human beings "we" share the single most vital thing: this world, and with that "we" are all interconnected. She writes with the intentions of inspiring, motivating, and informing others.

Lizzy Austad

Popular Culture and Social Change - Beijing, China
Amherst College - Computer Science & Psychology Major

Hi! My name is Lizzy and I am a senior at Amherst College pursuing a double major in Psychology and Computer Science. I was part of the Popular Culture and Social Change Spring 2015 program in Beijing, China. While I was in China, I studied calligraphy, learned how to play Chinese Chess, explored Tianjin and Sichuan, and met some incredible lifelong friends. I had such a fantastic time that I am now planning to return to China to attend graduate school. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you!

Alana Perez

Intensive Chinese Language - Beijing, China
Denison University - Political Science Major

Hey there! Alana Perez here, Denison University senior, political science major, and book enthusiast. After seven years of Chinese language study, I finally had the opportunity to study abroad in Beijing during the spring of 2015. I loved China so much, I will be going back for two more years as a Peace Corps volunteer! In college, I have further delved into the realm of international relations by focusing on the China-United States relationship and the importance of cultural understanding in diplomatic matters. Personally, this aspect is a key influential factors in promoting a healthy, stable international community.

Briona Jackson

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
University of Memphis - International Business Major

Hello everyone, my name is Briona Jackson. I am a recent graduate from the University of Memphis with a BBA in International Business and minor in Chinese. I participated in the Spring 2015 International Business Program (Shanghai). As a graduate, I can say studying abroad in China was monumental and has been a major factor in my upcoming career choices. I learned a lot about Chinese business culture as well as management styles in China versus in the West. I also got to experience these differences firsthand through my participation in an internship. My time in China was awesome. I experienced growth as a student, professional and a person. If you have any questions about my time in China, I'd be more than happy to tell you about it!

Amy Bodner

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
University of Puget Sound - Economics & Chinese Language and Literature Major

你好! My name is Amy Bodner and I am a senior studying Economics and Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Puget Sound! I was fortunate enough to find the time to study abroad in Taiwan, Xi'an, and Shanghai. After a year of eating dumplings and taking pictures of giant Buddhas, I have returned stateside, ready to share my experiences!

Adrian Jennings

Summer in Shanghai - Shanghai, China
Wheaton College Massachusetts - Undeclared

Hi, my name is Adrian Jennings. I am a sophomore at Wheaton College, and I have not yet declared my major though I am interested in the social sciences. I participated in the Summer 2015 Intensive Chinese Language programme in Shanghai, China, which only strengthened my interest in China and its people! I was challenged every day and learned a lot from my experience, and I would love to share what I've learned to help anyone interested in embarking on this journey!

Jessica Nguyen

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Smith College - Economics Major

My name is Jessica Nguyen and I am an economics major at Smith College! Last spring, I took Chinese and economics classes during my enrollment in the International Business in China program. Studying and living abroad was definitely an eye-opening experience and I would encourage anybody who considers studying abroad to do so! After last semester, I feel motivated to explore the rest of Asia. It would be a dream to travel the world! During my spare time, I like to read books, watch funny YouTube videos, take photos with my new Canon DSLR, and blog on curiosityinstyle.com.

Katy Kaestner

21st Century City - Shanghai, China
Trinity University - Chinese Studies Major

Hello! My name is Katy Kaestner. I'm a student at Trinity University, heading into my last year of study. I'm double majoring in Chinese Studies and International Relations, and my time abroad with Alliance was pivotal in solidifying my love for my majors. I spent hours exploring the streets of Shanghai, investigating societal constructs that help turn Shanghai into the powerhouse it is today, pinpointing the best location to photograph the Bund at sunrise, and eating all of the amazing food that could be found. Feel free to check out my videographic experiences via YouTube!

Houda El Joundi

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Kenyon College - Economics Major

Yours truly, Houda, Economics major, Chinese minor and Asian Studies Concentrator at Kenyon College on top of a hill in the middle of nowhere in Ohio. I am very fond of writing and will most likely always get carried away in describing things. Thanks to The Alliance for Global Education, I spent four breath-taking months in Shanghai, studying Chinese and Economics and savoring 中国 (China) . I am an avid learner, a passionate traveler, and a global citizen of the world.

Joseph Wisniewski

International Business in China - Shanghai, China
Bryant University - Finance Major

Hey! My name is Joe Wisniewski and I am a junior at Bryant University in Rhode Island studying Finance. I had the opportunity to study abroad with Alliance in Shanghai for my fall 2014 semester. What a great experience! This was an unbelievable trip where you show up knowing no one, and leave as one huge family. I couldn't have asked for more from the program Alliance provided (except maybe another semester or two). I look forward to ensuring others will make the right choice and study abroad with Alliance in the future to have the same experience I enjoyed in my time abroad!


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