Study Abroad Ambassadors

Are you interested in studying at WHU or living Germany?

Are you wondering where you can find the most relevant information, or where you can hear from people with first-hand experience?

The perfect people to answer all your questions and give hands-on advice are our Study Abroad Ambassadors. All of our ambassadors have spent at least one exchange semester at WHU or are WHU students who are part of our student initiative VIP (Vallendar Integration program) which is responsible for helping different parts of WHU student community integrate with each other.

To get in touch with them just send them an email. 

Campus Düsseldorf - MBA

Natasha Lubega
University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, USA

Field of study: MBA

Languages: English

Hobbies: Running, Yoga, Hiking

In short, if I had to do it all again, I would certainly pick Düsseldorf for my study abroad location and would highly recommend it."

Short description about yourself: My name is Natasha Lubega. I am 27 years old. I am completing the Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Supply Chain and Operations. I previously worked as the Director of Logistics for a start-up shipping container company, CubeDepot. I enjoy the outdoors and being physically active. 

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: Studying abroad through WHU was an amazing experience. WHU Düsseldorf campus is a small, collaborative environment that really gives you the opportunity to know most of the current students, staff, and faculty. The structure of case analysis through group work challenges you to think quickly and proactively in a restricted timeframe, and helps foster creativity in finding solutions. Given my personal interest in supply chain and operations, I was fortunate enough to take classes with three professors from the Supply Chain Management Group. All of which were extremely knowledgeable, and extended time to discuss relevant topics, and share their work experience. The city itself is beautiful, it sits along the Rhine River, with many parks, and lots to do in the Altstadt. It is also centrally located which makes it the perfect hub to travel all around Europe. During my stay I visited Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, London, Dublin, Prague, Budapest, and several cities in France. In short, if I had to do it all again, I would certainly pick Düsseldorf for my study abroad location and would highly recommend it.

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Harsha Athkuri
Indian School of Business

Field of study: Strategy and Operations

Languages: English, Hindi and Telugu

Hobbies: Travelling, Astronomy, Badminton, reading science fiction

WHU offers a unique student diversity and offers a perfect platform for peer to peer learning and building strong networks."

Short description about yourself: My name is Harsha Athkuri, MBA student at Indian School of Business and an exchange student at WHU. I am a  Mechanical engineer and worked in automotive sector for the past 5 years. I am an amateur astronomer and love exploring new places. 

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: My time at WHU has been a truly enriching experience, not just in terms of learning but also in getting an international perspective on business. WHU offers a unique student diversity and is very accommodating of international students. It offers a perfect platform for peer to peer learning and building strong networks.

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Alejandro Bolivar
Washington University in St. Louis

Field of study: MBA (Marketing focus)

Languages: English, Spanish, French

Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, public speaking, trivia

WHU was one of the highlights of my MBA experience and my professional career."

Short description about yourself: MBA candidate at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico,native Spanish speaker. After undergrad at Duke University. I worked at the National Basketball Association as a Marketing Associate in its rotational program (where I was one of eight hired from 3,000 applicants). At the NBA, I conducted competitive analysis and market research that quantified the NBA’s upcoming TV deal renewals valued at $24 billion (versus $930 million in 2007). For my business school internship I worked in Global Customer Marketing at SC Johnson.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: One of my business school goals was to gain maximum global exposure, which I successfully accomplished as an MBA exchange student at WHU. My classmates and fellow exchange students hailed from across the world. WHU allowed me to understand business challenges from European and global perspectives, with classroom visits from German companies like Adidas and Nivea, as well as a logistics field trip to an Amazon distribution center. Düsseldorf had a great size, being very walkable with a diverse array of neighborhoods and cuisines. Studying abroad at WHU was one of the highlights of my MBA experience and my professional career.

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Jomari Swarts
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Field of study: MBA
Languages: English, Afrikaans
Hobbies: I love making music (I play the flute, piano and church organ), baking and hiking

If you plan to go on an exchange, WHU should definitely be on your list. It is one of the best universities in Europe, and the programme is well organised by their international team."

Short description about yourself: I am from Cape Town and work in the asset management industry. I love nature, our regional wines and experiencing new places and different cultures and cuisines with my husband.

 

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: WHU is a great place to study, with a good variety of courses and well qualified and experienced lecturers. I particularly enjoyed the Competitive and Corporate Strategy Tools course. The students were friendly, and it was great meeting both the part-time and full-time classes. I found the exchange to WHU a great addition to my MBA (having studied in an emerging market) gaining insights from developing and developed countries. If you plan to go on an exchange, WHU should definitely be on your list. It is one of the best universities in Europe, and the programme is well organised by their international team. You will not only meet a lot of German students, but also plenty of other nationalities from around the world. Highly recommended!

 

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Campus Vallendar - BSc & MSc

Madison Thiros
University of Michigan, USA

Field of study: Business Administration, Computer Science (BSc)

Languages: English, French, German

Hobbies: Reading, programming, travelling, concerts/musicals, Netflix, hiking & other outdoor activities

The greatest value I achieved from studying here is that I was able to make real connections with other students!"

Short description about yourself: I’m from the suburbs of Chicago, and will be joining the consulting field this summer as a Summer Business Analyst at McKinsey & Co. in the company’s Chicago office. At Michigan, I am involved in Delta Sigma Pi, a major professional fraternity, as well as the BBA Tech Club, social Greek life, the Global Ambassador program, Michigan Business Women, Peer Coaching, church and a volunteer organization. I love being busy and being involved in my community, and relish any opportunity to give back to communities present and past. 

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: WHU appealed to me because of its position as a small school in a minor city in Germany, as compared to the major cities that host most study abroad programs that are brimming with other American students. I think the greatest value I achieved from studying here, as compared to other programs, is that I was able to make real connections with other exchange students and WHU students instead of sticking to a group I’d come with from back home, and I think that value is often underestimated by students looking to go abroad. Though the classes were challenging, there is plenty of support from staff, WHU students and other Tauschies and I learned so much by being able to take some of the incredible electives offered here.  The Tauschie community is also one of the most amazing ones I’ve been able to be a part of, and I’ve made international relationships that I could have never imagined having on my arrival. I’m thankful for the semester I’ve been able to have here, and for the memories I’ve made that will last the rest of my life! 

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Lindsay Leach
The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Field of study: Accounting and Business (BSc)

Languages: English

Hobbies: Hiking, food, travel, sports, baking

Studying at WHU has been an experience I will not forget!"

Short description about yourself: I am going into my junior year at Texas. I am involved in a sorority, Younglife, serve on the honor board, and work as a high school coach. I am spending my summer working in Chicago at Allianz. I have lived in Texas most of my life, as well as the Dominican Republic and Colorado. I love traveling, both around the US and internationally. I would love to encourage other students to go abroad as it has been one of the best experiences of my college life so far. 

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: Studying at WHU has been an experience I will not forget. I have made lifelong friends here and gained cultural knowledge that I would not have gained anywhere else. I have always wanted to learn German and WHU gave me the opportunity to not only learn in a classroom but also with locals. The cherry on top is the prestige of the university. Not only does exchanging here give you wonderful memories but also strong connections in Europe. 

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Jason Javier
American University, USA

Field of study: Accounting and Gerrman (BSc)

Languages: English, American Sign Language, German

Hobbies: Going Out, Learning Languages, Foodie

Take advantage of being in Germany! I've made tons of friends and got to practice a ton of German."

Short description about yourself: Originally from Southern California, and moving to DC for school, I've always loved to challenge myself to new experiences. From big cities, to the small town of Vallendar, it was a change worth making. I love to learn about new cultures and continue to push myself out of my comfort zone. When I'm not studying for something like accounting, I love to try new things, especially local. 90% of the time you'll find me at a new restaurant! 

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: WHU is an experience and it's definitely what you make it to be. If you want to really immerse yourself in the culture, get to know the students and surrounding area. Take advantage of being in Germany! I've made tons of friends, both exchange students and WHU students, and got to practice a ton of German, which were my main goals. If you want to travel around Europe, you can; if you want to learn about German culture, you can; the possibilities are endless! You'll truly fall in love with the school and the lovely town it's in.

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Tyler Day
Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Field of study: International Business and Law

Languages: English, German (Beginner) and Japanese (Intermediate)

Hobbies: travelling, skiing, football, hiking and entrepreneurship competitions

Studying abroad at WHU will dramatically enrich your knowledge base while changing your perspective on learning."

Short description about yourself: I am from the Gold Coast and decided to swap the wondrous blue waves for Vallendar, Germany. I believe in taking opportunities with both hands and continually pushing oneself outside their comfort zone. I am an aspiring professional, who is keen to make a positive impact in our world. When I am not studying, I appreciate the beauty of nature and enjoy trekking. I understand the importance of cross-cultural understanding - which is why I decided to study abroad at WHU.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: Firstly, WHU is an internationally acclaimed business school emphasizing the importance of internationalization, diversity and excellence. However, underneath the buzz words are a campus culture epitomizing the values of respect, responsibility, integrity and cooperation. Vallendar is a tranquil town, albeit WHU students occasionally challenge the status quo. Studying abroad at WHU will dramatically enrich your knowledge base while changing your perspective on learning. Working with students adept at achieving desired outcomes challenged me to better myself. Outside the classroom, exchange students can enjoy one of the many WHU student initiatives or parties. I have made friends for life and the In Praxi – WHU Alumni Association allows you to continue networking with students and staff alike. Overall, I had an unforgettable semester and will fondly recall my WHU experiences. 

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Jose Del Real
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Field of study: Finance

Languages: Spanish, English & a bit of German

Hobbies: basketball, traveling, living life, making experiences, enjoying time with friends and family

WHU is a family and I felt like I was also a part of this family."

Short description about yourself: Growing up in Chicago, the Windy City, I have never lived in a town as small as Vallendar. At first, I missed the big city vibes, but after while Vallendar has grown onto me. It is a good feeling to live in a quiet town for a couple of reasons, most importantly because of the friendliness of all the residents.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: WHU is special. Upon coming here I made great connections with both exchange students and WHU students. Here at WHU, there is a great sense of school spirit and it is shown all throughout campus. Everyone I met has a different story and I enjoy hearing these stories. WHU is a family and I felt like I was also a part of this family even though I am only here for a semester. Definitely come to WHU, this small town is enchanting.

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Lionel Lee
National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School, Singapore

Field of study: Business Administration/Finance

Languages: English and Chinese

Hobbies: Travelling, Photography, Videography, Canoeing and Diving

I forged friendships that will last a lifetime!"

Short description about yourself: I am from the sunny island of Singapore! I love travelling and exposing myself to different cultures before capturing all these previous memories in the form of videos and pictures. I recently started a Youtube profile to collate all of my travel videos. I am also a water sports enthusiast who absolutely loves diving and exploring the world beneath the ocean’s surface.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: WHU is the bridge between me and various cultures around the world. I managed to meet many exchange students from different countries from my first day in Vallendar. The many initiatives by the IRO, from Tauschie Tuesdays to Oktoberfest in Munich, helped me to not only meet people of diverse culture, but also helped me to forge friendships that will last a lifetime. The students at WHU truly understand the meaning of “work hard, play hard” and I assure you that you will not be bored at WHU!

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Linnéa Fröström
University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Field of study: Business Economics

Languages: Swedish, English, German

Hobbies: I love to travel and do things. A few of my favourite activities are waterskiing, golfing and working out. I also enjoy meeting with friends, relaxing over a cup of coffee at a cozy café and hang out with my family.

WHU is like a second home to me."

Short description about yourself: A well-rounded, 23 year old energetic business student from Gothenburg, Sweden named Linnéa Fröström. I believe nothing is impossible, and I love the challenges life brings; I look for ways to overcome these challenges with an eager attitude. Inside me lives an eager desire to never stop growing. During my semester at WHU, I was the president for TGV (the Tauschie Government), a cheerleader (and yes, we won!), further active in language and cultural events and exchanges.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: What I will miss most about my abroad semester at WHU is no doubt the very unique spirit that I’ve never beheld before. I will do my utmost to bring it back to Sweden. WHU is like a second home to me. I’ve got to experience many new things even though Vallendar is not that far from home. I want to emphasize students' are all mutually eager to succeed, with a mindset that nothing in life is impossible. Euromasters, IdeaLab and other fantastic student hosted events are just a few proofs of success. WHU is also a great place to network and gain valuable knowledge within management and finance. Apart from the many new friends I’ve made, I have met amazing professors and learned countless amount of useful knowledge. 

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Josy (Jueru) Pan
Brandeis University, USA

Field of study: Finance and Economics

Languages: Mandarin (Native Speaker); English (Fluent); German (A1); French (Beginner)

Hobbies: Scuba Diving, Piano, Surfing, Hiking, Traveling, Debate, Dancing (Jazz)

WHU is beyond a school, it is a spirit that helps to shape my belief and my character."

Short description about yourself: I am Jueru(Josy) Pan, originally from China and currently a master student at Brandeis University, studying International Economics and Finance. I see myself as a future financial professional with up-to-date knowledge and a global vision. To make it happen, I keep making efforts to achieve good professional and academic performance and enriching my international experiences. Besides, I enjoy meeting new people and visiting places. Traveling and experiences of living in five countries have developed my interest in exploring cultures and learning languages. It has become an indispensable part of my life. 

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: I exchanged to WHU during the 2017 fall semester. It was no doubt an unforgettable semester. The school attracts a highly diversified pool of students. In the course of the semester, there were about 120 exchange students from over 30 countries. I loved the united spirit and cultural integration that the school has strived to create and promote. Besides the top-tier educational resources and career services, I was also moved by how much WHU fellows would contribute to making a successful study abroad experience for us. Among all initiatives, "Tauschie Tuesdays" and the Euromaster definitely highlight the whole journey. By gathering students from all over the world to make food and to carry out sports competitions, we learned to share and appreciate the culture from each unique country and to respect and love our peers. For me, WHU is beyond a school, it is a spirit that helps to shape my belief and my character.

 

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Alexandra Bechtold
University of Oregon, USA

Field of study: Business Administration, Finance

Languages: English, Thai, conversational in German and Spanish

Hobbies: Hiking, painting, rock climbing, and traveling

WHU is the perfect place to study abroad. In this lovely quaint school, everyone gets to know each other. "

Short description about yourself: : I was born in Portland Oregon and have lived in the area my whole life. My Grandfather is from Berlin and has had a major influence in my life. Between him and my mother, I developed a love for travel. I have studied abroad in Thailand, worked in the Dominican Republic, visited Europe five times, and have had endless road trips back in the States. I love exploring and the adventures that come with it and exchange here at WHU has been the best adventure of all.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: WHU is the perfect place to study abroad. In this lovely quaint school, everyone gets to know each other.  There are always events going on like Tauschie Tuesdays, parties in the vaulted cellar, a trip to Carnival, or an evening at the Christmas market. But when it comes time to study it's never too hard to find a quiet place to sit down and get some work done. It's never hard to have a weekend away, the train runs right into town, and there is a great bus system as well. The best part of WHU though is definitely the friendships you make. I met people from all over the world who I know will be lifelong friends. 

 

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Tai Ming Koh
National University of Sinagpore, Singapore

Field of study: Accounting

Languages: English, Mandarin

Hobbies: Watching football, making travel videos, travelling, graphic design

You seamlessly integrate into the school, making you feel at home!"

Short description about yourself: I am from Singapore, born and raised there. I enjoy travelling and exploring new places. I like to make a travel video/film after every country I’ve visited so that I am able to reminisce in the future. I feel that studying abroad is a very meaningful and priceless experience because it allows you to see the word in a new perspective and embrace the different cultures each country has.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: You should definitely consider WHU should if you are planning to go on exchange in Europe. The orientation and activities planned by the IRO for every Tauschie (aka exchange student) really integrates you into the school very seamlessly, making you feel at home! The professors and local students are very friendly and nice people – they all have a good command of English so you don’t have to worry about communication. There are many events, activities and initiatives that you can join to interact with the WHU and local community (such as Tauschie Tuesday, Oktoberfest, etc.). Though WHU is situated in a small town, I have to say that I like living in Vallendar because it is very chill and relaxing. This is especially so as I come from a bustling city like Singapore. Travelling to other countries isn’t an issue as WHU is close to two airports (Cologne and Frankfurt). Exchange in WHU has been a really pleasant experience for me, and I will definitely miss the time here.

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Isaac Buttke
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Field of study: Marketing and International Business with a Supply Chain Specialization and a German minor

Languages: I speak English and German (and hopefully Spanish in the coming years)

Hobbies: I love sports (especially baseball), but I also enjoy singing, dancing and socializing

Feel the WHU Spirit!"

Short description about yourself: I am an American student who hopes to work in sports management for years to come. I also love learning about other cultures and understanding the perspectives of other people.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: I really enjoyed my time at WHU. The courses challenged me to think beyond what is typically expected of a student, and the students were very welcoming and truly embodied what is known as the "WHU Spirit".

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Jonna Schippert
Jönköping University, Sweden

Field of study: Business/Management

Languages: Swedish, English, beginner German

Hobbies: Traveling, sports, spending time with friends

WHU is much more than you would ever expect."

Short description about yourself: I've grown up in a small town in the south of Sweden and currently studying at Jönköping University. I love traveling and meeting new people. 

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: When I told my friends at my home university that I had chosen a small school in Germany, they all told me that I made a huge mistake and that I would probably regret it. They did not know how wrong they would be. WHU is much more than you would ever expect. It's a small school in a small town, yes. However, that only adds up to the experience; the spirit, community and the atmosphere, you can never get that at a big school. I could never imagine a better exchange semester than the one I had at WHU. 

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Ethan Coleman
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Field of study: Business-Finance (BSc)

Languages: English, basic Spanish, beginner German

Hobbies: Swimming, traveling, hanging out with friends, & going on adventures

WHU is not only a university, it's a family and I loved every moment of it. The people I met from all around the world will forever hold a special place in my heart. Vallendar is not just a place on the map, but a place I will forever call home."

Short description about yourself: Having grown up in a small town in Southern Illinois, opportunities to get out and see the world were hard to come by. This made it difficult when coming to college; to realize that my peers at my home university have been able to have different experiences and more opportunities to travel. I couldn’t relate to them on the same level, but I didn’t let that stop me. I stepped on a plane for the first time and began the journey of a lifetime.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: Although I have never traveled outside the U.S. before coming to WHU, I believe I would not have had the same amazing experience if I chose a different program. WHU makes you feel at home and the people you will meet will become lifelong friends. Situated in central Europe, Vallendar made traveling very easy as well. More on my time abroad can be found on my blog: ethancoleman97.wixsite.com/studyabroad

 

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Watcharesuang Tepamat
Thammasat University, Thailand

Field of study: Marketing (BSc)

Languages: English, Thai

Hobbies: Music and films

I fell in love with this place and I am pretty sure that everybody that comes here feels the same."

Short description about yourself: The name is Chef. I like to travel and meeting new friends. I always appreciate the beauty of nature as well as greatness of cities. I enjoy doing any kind of activity involving music, except dancing, I'm terrible at dancing, and also movies. Thailand is my country, which I love and very proud of the diversity of our culture, the variety of our food, and the beauty of our smiles.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: My exchange semester at WHU is my first time out of Asia, it’s life changing. I met lots of people from different countries and cultures. People in WHU, as well as Germany, have been really nice to me. I met some random people along the way of my journey in Europe, mostly in train stations, and it was very nice talking to them. Toward the end of the semester, I realized that I fell in love with this place and I am pretty sure that everybody that comes here feels the same. Vallendar is a very peaceful and quiet place, while not very far from major transportation hub, such as Frankfurt or Cologne, so travelling around Europe is pretty easy. For entertainment, every Tuesday, students gather at a local pub , Korova, but if you feel like dancing you can go to Koblenz, a city next to Vallendar. If you enjoy hiking, a hiking trail located at the north-eastern side of Vallendar, pack your lunch and enjoy walking. I spent most of my free time travelling, and the rest making friends. When spring comes, you can hang out with your friends by the Rhine, enjoy watching sunset. After a while, I felt really attached to this place. These 4 months at WHU are one of the most important experiences of my life. Any of you Thai students, or anyone really, want to know more about life in WHU, you can contact me. I’ll be very glad to share my experience with you.

 

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Jessy Kang
Queen's University, Canada

Field of study: Bachelor of Commerce

Languages: English, Korean, and now some German

Hobbies: Running, intramural sports, travelling, reading the news, entrepreneurship competitions

Exchange is like 'The Breakfast Club' - it brings together people from so many different backgrounds who may have never met or talked otherwise."

Short description about yourself: Born in South Korea, I moved to Canada when I was 5 years old. I'm curious, passionate, and like to push myself to step out of comfort zone - which is why I chose to study abroad in a country where English was not the primary language. 

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: Someone I met through WHU, now a good friend, mentioned how exchange is like the movie "The Breakfast Club" - bringing together people from so many different backgrounds who may have never met or talked otherwise. Despite the differences, we're all more or less a bit of each other, and now we can all say we were part of "The Tauschie Club". What a life changing experience with such a close-knit community in a beautiful town, country, and university - I couldn't have imagined exchange in any other way.

 

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