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Albany International Representatives (AIRS) are returned education abroad students, who have volunteered their time to advise students and promote education abroad. These students are great sources of information what it is like to live and study in your host country as a student. You will find the AIRS at education abroad events around campus, in your dormitories, and at student orientation events.

Speak with an Air

We hope that hearing the voices of our alumni will inspire you to embark upon your own experience abroad! To be put in touch with an AIR, please contact us at studyabroad@albany.edu.

Argentina

Universidad del Salvador (USAL)

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Nicholas Barbieri

Atmospheric Science

As my flight took off from New York, I knew it was going to be a great experience but I never thought in my wildest dreams it would be as life changing as it was. In Argentina, I met lifelong friends and made memories with them that I will never forget. During my experience abroad, I also tried so many new things that I would’ve otherwise never imagined myself doing such as taking tango lessons or getting lost in a crowd of Argentine soccer fans at a World Cup Qualifier match. I had such an awesome experience abroad that it is all I ever talk about now. I would recommend this to anyone that wants a memorable experience, find their true self, gain a ton of independence, meet a ton of friends, and to create endless memories that will last a lifetime!

Belize

Belize: Cross-Cultural Exploration of Teaching and Learning

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Amber McIntyre

Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity

I always knew I wanted to study abroad, I just didn’t know where I was going to go or how I was going to pay for it. Once I figured out Belize was where I wanted to spend my winter break, I had to figure out my options financially. I was stuck because my parents couldn’t just throw thousands of dollars at me, so I thought I would have to withdraw my application. Luckily after an appointment at the financial aid office, I realized my financial aid package for the year was able to overlap for my study abroad experience! Studying abroad was one of the best choices I have made at UAlbany. Learning about Belizean history and immersing myself into Belizean culture, changed my outlook on the world. Being out of the United States forced me to step out of my comfort zone and to experience what life is like in Central America. My first study abroad experience was everything I could’ve asked for (plus more). As a result of my experience in Belize I’m looking forward to my next adventure abroad!

India

Global Citizens for Sustainable Development

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Joami Arias

Business Administration

Studying abroad was the most humbling and different experience I ever had in my life thus yet. Every second I spent in India I was learning about their culture, their history, their religion and that’s why I chose to study abroad.

Israel

Tel Aviv University

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Emily Schwartz

Political Science

I chose to study abroad because it has been my dream as long as I can remember. I studied in Israel specifically because I wanted to really dive into my Jewish roots, and the best way would be to study in the Jewish state. This amazing opportunity helped shape my college experience by drastically broadening my horizons, and opening doors that otherwise would have not been opened if I had not studied abroad.

Italy

OTHER SUNY’s Program

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Jacqueline McMorrow

Accounting

Most people assume the only students that can study abroad are liberal arts majors. Those people are wrong. I am an Accounting and Financial Market Regulations major and studied abroad at the Florence University of the Arts during the Spring 2017 semester. I was able to do so because I was proactive from the second I started at UAlbany. I had open conversations with my academic advisors and professors, all of whom were able to provide me with guidance to properly allocate my class schedules in order to ensure I would be able to study abroad. Programs exist to fit every students needs, as long as those students are voicing their interest.

Japan

Kansai Gaidai University

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Arielle Westcott

English

I had always wanted to go to Japan, and studying abroad made that possible with all the scholarships and financial aid available. As a tourist, its difficult to fully experience another country’s culture because you’re not going to be there for more than a few weeks; however, as a student studying abroad, immersing yourself in a different nation’s culture is much easier because you’re living among it for a longer time, while also taking classes and meeting new people. I made so many amazing friends from all over the world, which made the experience even better. Traveling across the globe to a place I’d never been to was scary at first, but I met great new people, became far more independent, and got to live my dream. Studying abroad is a worthwhile experience that I’ll never forget!

South Africa

University of Cape Town

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Zachary Cudney

Geography

Right from the start, I knew I wanted to experience a part of the world very different from the one I am used to. As a Geography and Globalization Studies major, I have learned about topics such as inequality, multiculturalism, and development in my courses. Going to Cape Town, South Africa allowed me to experience these themes firsthand. Though it is a modern city, Cape Town is still woven with challenges such as high crime, poverty, and a severe drought that I came face-to-face with on a daily basis. In the end, these small challenges enriched my perspective on the world and proved to be valuable learning opportunities.

South Korea

Yonsei University

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Gina Pettinato

Linguistics

I decided to study abroad at Yonsei University in Korea for an academic year because I wanted to improve my Korean language skills. Since Yonsei is one of the top three universities in Korea and I’d heard they had a fantastic Korean language program, I chose this school. I also wanted to expand my understanding of Korean culture and learn more about the country. What better way to do this than by studying abroad in Korea? Since Korea is filled with historical sites, I knew I’d be able to achieve these goals as well. Prior to studying abroad, I’d feel a bit self-conscious when speaking Korean with others. However, after studying abroad, I found that I’ve become much more outgoing and confident when speaking Korean. This is because I sometimes had to go outside of my comfort zone and push myself while abroad. I’m very grateful for these experiences because they helped make me into the person I am today. I joined a swing dance club which also served as a language exchange while studying abroad, and this was what I always looked forward to each week. The members were so friendly, happy to help the exchange students with their Korean, and interested in learning about other cultures as well. The swing dance teachers were very experienced and talented too. It was so much fun and I was able to both learn and make friends at the same time. I’d encourage every student to study abroad if they have the chance. If you’re a student who is unsure of whether or not to participate in studying abroad, I recommend thinking about what you’d like to achieve by studying abroad. There are also various ways to fund your education abroad. By studying abroad, you can have amazing life-changing experiences and you’ll have memories that’ll last a lifetime. You can expand your knowledge of a county and its language and make friends as well. I’d also recommend getting in contact with the education abroad office so that they can connect you with study abroad alumni that have participated in the program you’re considering and assist you with any other questions you may have.

Taiwan

PIRE Research Project and Cultural Engagement Program

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Chelsea Snide

Atmospheric Science

Studying abroad allowed me to immerse into a new culture while being involved in a research internship. This program shaped my future career plans and inspired me to keep traveling!

United Kingdom

Foundation for International Education (FIE) London

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Michael Soden

Business Administration

My experience abroad was something I will never forget. It was an invaluable experience that brought much insight from different cultures around the world. I made friends that I still keep in touch with and made memories that I will remember for the rest of my life.