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. 

Lijuan Zai
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Field of study: MBA
Languages: Mandarin, English and conversational Russian
Hobbies: Reading, Diving, Hiking, Cooking and traveling

WHU truly lives up to its name as an internationally acclaimed business school"

Short description about yourself: I am a curious individual, always longing to explore the beauty of the world; I am an ambitious professional, aiming to make the world a better place. 

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: WHU truly lives up to its name as an internationally acclaimed business school with distinctive German characteristics; Its commitment to achieve excellence in management education is explicitly embodied in every aspect of a MBA student’s life there. My experience at WHU not only enriched me in gaining abundant intellectual knowledge, more importantly, I have made friends with likeminded ambitious professionals around the world. 

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Laura Daly
Monash University, Australia

Field of study: Bachelor of Business (Accounting, Economic & International Business)
Languages: English and French
Hobbies: sport, travelling, camping

There are countless opportunities to get involved and make a difference to not only your semester but others’ too!"

Short description about yourself: I have a real love for learning and for adventure. I’m someone who enjoys getting involved in a variety of new activities and experiences. Also, contrary to popular belief, we Australians only ride our kangaroos on the weekends. 

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: Exchange at WHU must be one of the most unique exchange experiences available. There are so many things to love about WHU, it’s students, and the types of exchange students it attracts. There are countless opportunities to get involved and make a difference to not only your semester but others’ too! I’ve had an unforgettable semester abroad and have made some of my closest friendships with people from all over the world. Truly amazing time!

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Vannyssa Andrison
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Field of study: Bachelor of Accountancy
Languages: English, Bahasa Indonesia/Melayu, Chinese, Intermediate Japanese
Hobbies: Cooking, travelling, playing with cats on the streets

WHU truly integrates every Tauschie and I really feel like a part of the school!"

Short description about yourself: I am born Indonesian and I grew up in Singapore for more than half of my life. I only started to cook regularly after staying in Vallendar. I really love cats. They say that people who loves cats can't be that bad, right? 

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: WHU truly integrates every Tauschie and I really feel like a part of the school! The professors are really friendly and I had no problem approaching them for clarification. There are many events that allows you to interact with both the local German students as well as the local Vallendar community. I am glad that I was also able to experience the local culture. I will definitely miss the 4 months spent here with the group of lovely friends. 

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Lauren Drooks
Tulane University, New Orleans, USA

Field of study: Finance and marketing
Languages: English, Hebrew
Hobbies: Tennis, baking, graphic design

Not only did I meet such amazing people here, but I got to know them on such a deep level because WHU is situated in such a small town"

Short description about yourself: I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts and love spending time with family and friends more than anything. I think doing an exchange is so important because it teaches you things about yourself and others that no other experience would.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: I have had the most incredible exchange semester at WHU. Not only did I meet such amazing people here, but I got to know them on such a deep level because WHU is situated in such a small town, probably the most special part of doing an exchange in Vallendar. In addition, I joined the cheerleading team which allowed me to fully immerse myself in a team that, other than myself, was composed of only German students. As an American student studying in Europe, I wanted to take advantage of the central location of Vallendar and travel to other places in Germany as well as outside the country. WHU made this so easy to do because of the accessibility of Vallendar and the convenient class schedule that often left Fridays and Mondays free. It was so nice living in a small town during the week but traveling to different places all over Europe nearly every weekend. After having such an irreplaceable four months at WHU, I would love to help future exchange students learn more about the program and share with them my experience here. I cannot express what an unforgettable and rewarding semester I have had here and am so incredibly thankful for the memories I have made and the lifelong friends I now have from all over the world.

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Eleanor O' Brien
Trinity College, Dublin, Irland

Field of study: Business Administration
and German Language
Languages: English, German
Hobbies: Ballet, dancing, travelling

I had some of the best experiences of my life during my exchange"

Short description about yourself: I am currently studying for my Bachelors in Business Admin and German, I love to travel and explore new cultures and languages.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: WHU is a unique school located in the small town of Vallendar, here you'll experience studying in a completely different way to many other universities. Meeting exchange students from every corner of the world, from Canada to New Zealand to South Korea was the main highlight for me. Sharing your culture with others and learning about their views and traditions really shows the diversity in this world. In addition to international students you will also have the opportunity to mix with WHU Germans and experience their way of student life. The school has an excellent reputation which will stand to you in your future and there is a broad range of exciting courses to choose from. I had some of the best experiences of my life during my exchange and believe that everyone should study or live abroad to broaden their horizons. 

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Ayush Gupta
ESCP Europe, Paris, France

Field of study: Masters in Management
Languages: English, Hindi, intermediate French
Hobbies: Cycling, Hiking, Playing Guitar, Singing, Theatre, Blogging

Seeing the way how business is done in Germany and having some great profs has been great"

Short description about yourself: I am from Delhi, India and have lived in Paris, Nice, Madrid and Vallendar over the course of 3 years. I love sports and music and I also ran several blogs including one aimed at helping future and current students if they plan to study in France – grandeecole.wordpress.com. Right now, I am working on my own start-up in the tea industry.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: WHU and Vallendar have been a great experience and a welcome change after living in several big cities. Getting the chance to experience a fourth culture, seeing the way how business is done in Germany and having some great profs has been great. I have been particularly impressed by the integration facilitated by the IRO and the VIP for exchange students. I was an active part of the VIP equivalent at ESCP Paris called Shuffle. I will definitely take this spirit back to Paris.

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Jonathan Bolton
The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, USA

Field of study: Bachelors in Business Administration: Management Information Systems major and Real Estate Certificate
Languages: English, ein bisschen Deutsch, un poco Español
Hobbies: Cars, music, trumpet, technology, wake boarding, outdoor sports (frisbee, football, sand volleyball)

The culture is what sets this school apart the most: I won’t spoil anything, but everyone should study here"

Short description about yourself: In terms of my professional life, I love business and I love technology. I love reading about the impacts of technology on a company every day, especially the automotive industry where I likely will end up. My long-term goal would probably be to lead a company as a CEO or CIO. I am entering my last year of my undergraduate studies and will be interning at Ford during summer 2016. Aside from my future career, I try to stay as busy as possible in my private life. I enjoy traveling (particularly after a semester of doing just that), playing trumpet (I am a section leader in the Longhorn Band at UT), and keeping up with cars. 

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: In short, this has been the best semester of school I’ve ever had. In terms of education, I’ve learned lots of valuable lessons, most of which have been outside the classroom. The opportunities provided here literally have led me all over the world with some of the best friends one could make in 4 months. And finally, like a dream, it’s over in the blink of an eye. WHU is a school where you might at times feel like the dumbest person in the class, but in my opinion, that’s the way it should be. You should be surrounded by intelligent, driven, and friendly people. The culture is what sets this school apart the most: I won’t spoil anything, but everyone should study here. 

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Maggie Lies
Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Field of study: Finance and Marketing
Languages: English and Beginner German
Hobbies: Travelling, hanging out with friends, reading, watching movies

WHU was a good fit for me because it offered classes for my majors and also allowed me to travel on the weekends"

Short description about yourself: I am 21 years old and studied abroad at WHU in the Spring of 2016 during my third year of college. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois. 

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: My experiences at WHU were so memorable. The people I have met during my time on exchange and the experiences I have had are nothing but positive. WHU was a good fit for me because it offered classes for my majors and also allowed me to travel on the weekends. The class schedule wasn’t too rigorous, only around exam time. During the first couple weeks, it was very easy to meet friends and other exchange students because of the events offered by the IRO.

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Pranav Yardi
York University, Schulich School of Business, Canada

Field of study: Finance/Marketing
Languages: English and a bit of French
Hobbies: Tennis, Soccer, Swimming, Cubing and Piano

I made many great lifelong friends from all over the world"

Short description about yourself: I'm 20 years old and live in Mississauga Ontario, Canada. I'm a big tennis fan and a play for my school's varsity tennis team. I love learning new languages. Currently I'm trying to master French and spent five weeks practicing French in Chicoutimi, Quebec. I love travelling as well and never pass up a chance to do so.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: My time at WHU was the best time I've had in university so far and will definitely not forgot it. I made many great lifelong friends from all over the world who I'm sure I will see again in the future! 

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Alex Mueller
University of Illinois, USA

Field of study: Finance
Languages: English & decent German
Hobbies: Playing/watching sports, watching Suits, reading, working out

If you're deciding between a large European city and Vallendar, as I was, pick Vallendar"

Short description about yourself: I am very social and willing to help anyone.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: Coming from a strong German heritage, picking to study abroad in Germany was easy, and  WHU exceeded all expectations.  If you're deciding between a large European city and Vallendar, as I was, pick Vallendar; You will feel truly engaged in the culture of Germany and meet lifelong friends.

  

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Christopher R. Bates
University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA

Field of study: Real Estate & Urban Land Economics; International Business; Certificate in German
Languages: English, German
Hobbies: Minnesota Professional sports, Piano, Singing, Spikeball, Suits, Waterskiing, Cribbage, Wisconsin Basketball

My group and I worked in coordination with a German company to solve a problem they were currently facing"

Short description about yourself: I was born and raised in Edina, Minnesota and will be a senior starting my final year of undergraduate study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At school, I am involved in Alpha Kappa Psi - a professional business fraternity - Real Estate Club, and Greek Intervarsity. I also work at the Wisconsin School of Business as an Academic Peer Advisor. Outside of academics, I enjoy playing basketball and spikeball and participate in weekly bible study.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: Studying abroad in Vallendar, Germany at WHU has been one of the best decisions of my life. I have met life-long friends, both local and exchange students, that have helped me grow academically and socially. The most rewarding class I took at WHU was Advancing Supply Chain - Building a Case for Supply Chain Management. In this course, my group and I worked in coordination with a German company to solve a problem they were currently facing. Outside the classroom, eating cuisine from around the world at Tauschie Tuesday's, exploring the Rhineland region, and traveling throughout Europe have made studying abroad at WHU the experience of a lifetime.

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