Essential Resources

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Parents

Resources and information for family and friends of study abroad students can be found on our "Parents" page.

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Everyone!

Check out the OIS Instagram, and follow our students currently abroad!

OIS Student Workers! Here to answer your questions!

  • Rachael Labes - Study Abroad Ambassador

    My name is Rachael Labes and I am a senior CAMS major from West Palm Beach, Florida. Last semester, I studied abroad in Prague through the CET program at the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). In this program, students create short films on 16mm or 35mm, in addition to taking elective courses. In Prague, I lived in an apartment with other students in my program, and a Czech student from the area. At Wellesley, I’m President of Dead Serious Improv and Wellesley Against Mass Incarceration, as well as involved with WZLY. As the LGBTQ ambassador, I will be discussing how gender and sexuality can affect your time abroad. You can reach me at rlabes@wellesley.edu.

  • Kenza M’Haimdat - Study Abroad Ambassador

    My name is Kenza M’Haimdat, I am Moroccan and French and I am a junior (class of 2021) studying International Relations (Political Science track) and Environmental Studies. During the fall of my junior year, I studied abroad doing a program on Food Systems, Agriculture, Sustainability and Justice with the School of International Training (SIT). The program started in California in the US, then we went to Ecuador, Malawi, and Italy. This experience fostered my understanding of the important role of global governance, and at the same time the value of grassroots efforts in order to enhance sustainability and preserve cultures and diversity. I learned a lot through experiential learning by having the opportunity to meet and interact with different stakeholders, get real-life exposure, and develop my critical thinking. You can find a video of my time abroad on my YouTube channel (IHP Food Systems - USA, Ecuador, Malawi, Italy.) Feel free to reach out to me at kmhaimda@wellesley.edu if you have any questions related to going abroad as an international student, participating in an experiential learning program with SIT or another institution, or simply if you want to talk about anything.

  • Sarah Gonzalez - Study Abroad Ambassador

    My name is Sarah Gonzalez. I am a senior from Tampa, Florida majoring in Classical Studies and English. During the fall of 2018, I studied abroad at the University of Cambridge’s Pembroke College. While abroad, I had the opportunity to study Greek Language and Texts and American Literature. Outside of my academic commitments, I also joined the University of Cambridge Guild of Change Ringers and learned how to ring tower bells (imagine Hunchback of Notre Dame)! Above all else, I enjoyed forging friendships with my fellow study abroad students and exploring the British countryside. Please reach out to me at sgonzal4@wellesley.edu if you’re interested in learning more about the Oxbridge programs, or my experience studying abroad as a Latin-X student!

  • Thyme Morton - Study Abroad Ambassador

    My name is Thyme Morton and I am a junior from Tucson, Arizona, majoring in International Relations-Political Science and Spanish. Last fall, I studied abroad in Havana, Cuba through API's study abroad program. I took Art, Film, and Culture classes all in Spanish as was able to improve my Spanish drastically. I loved learning and experiencing a culture that was so different than ours, while meeting people from all over the Latin American community. I am on the varsity softball team and on campus, I participate in the Pre-Law Society, the Political Science Majors Council, and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). I am excited to be an OIS Ambassador because I want to be a resource to both student athletes and to any students that want to study in Latin America. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at tmorton@wellesley.edu.

  • Kristen Adams - Study Abroad Ambassador

    Hey sibs! I’m Kristen Adams, class of 2020. Travelling the world and learning about different cultures and societies has been one of my dreams that I’ve pursued at Wellesley. My major is Economics, with a possible Italian Studies / Middle Eastern Studies Minor. I worked one summer under the Global Citizenship Program in Rabat, Morocco and studied abroad last semester in the ECCO Program in Bologna, Italy. I found many free activities for students, travelled around Italy/Europe and Morocco, and enjoyed trying new foods and befriending other youth living in these places. These experiences, while full of fun and independence, were so pivotal to my growth and resilience, and helped me learn how to take charge of my adventures and not let others’ racism govern my experiences. I want students to know that even just existing as their authentic selves can be a form of positive cultural exchange, and to not confuse assimilation with diminishing their identities to be invisible and more palatable. As an ambassador, I’ll engage students in spiritual strategies (ex: meditation), practical tips & informational resources, and fun games so that you can create and enjoy your time abroad and maintain emotional health to thrive wherever you go! Looking forward to meeting with you all. You can reach me at kadams5@wellesley.edu if you have any questions, want tools for learning about culture and balancing studies and fun, creating goals for your experience, and the different experiences of being black abroad.

  • Ashley Amoabeng - Study Abroad Ambassador

    Hi Wellesley! My name is Ashley Amoabeng '21 and I am a Psychology major. The past semester, I studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea at Yonsei University via Direct Exchange Program. During my time abroad, I was able to take Korean language classes and a mixture of classes taught in English and Korean. Here at Wellesley, I’m involved in SBOG, ETHOS, WellesleyPlus, and a member of Wellesley's FirstGen Program. The journey to studying abroad was very confusing to me initially, for that reason, as an ambassador, I will be working with low income, first gen, and/or minority students discussing the steps needed to take to make your study abroad experience fun and impactful. Please feel free to reach me at aamoaben@wellesley.edu.

  • Hannah Klim - UK Peer Advisor

    My name is Hannah Klim, and I’m a senior studying biochemistry. I spent my junior year abroad at St. Anne’s College of Oxford, during which time I travelled throughout Europe and to parts of North Africa! I loved my time at Oxford because I was able to maintain a rigorous science curriculum with enough flexibility to allow me to perform research on the seasonal flu and choreograph a student-run musical! On campus, I am involved in Wellesley College Dancers, Society Alpha Kappa Chi, and a member of the Biochemistry Advisory Committee. I would love to talk to you about studying abroad in the UK, at Oxford, or studying abroad as a science major! Hannah can be reached at hklim@wellesley.edu or during her weekly Drop-In hours, which are posted on the OIS calendar.

  • Emmy Silberstein - Administrative Intern and Marketing Assistant

    My name is Emmy Silberstein, and I'm a senior majoring in English and minoring in economics.  Last spring, I studied abroad at the University of Otago on New Zealand’s South Island!  At Otago, I got to take courses in New Zealand history, literature, and Māori studies, as well as explore New Zealand’s incredible natural beauty.  My experience opened my eyes to the value of international travel, and the challenges and opportunities it presents for personal empowerment and growth.  As the OIS Administrative Intern and Marketing Assistant, I am looking forward to working with other study abroad students as they undertake their exciting international experiences!  You can reach me at esilbers@wellesley.edu.