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

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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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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Jessica Zhou
Fudan University, China

Field of study: MBA

Languages: Chinese, English, some German

Hobbies: Travel, Reading, Music, Movies...

The exchange program does open my mind to new ways of learning."

Short description about yourself: I stay in Shanghai with my family and work as HR Manager in a Swiss company.

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: this is the first time for me to stay in a country outside of China for five months. I really enjoy my life in Germany - beautiful landscape, friendly people and nice food. Studying abroad means a different way of learning. I like the way courses are delivered and have learned a lot from the insights shared by professors and classmates. And there's always so much fun working with my WHU classmates. The exchange program does open my mind to new ways of learning. 

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Campus Vallendar - BSc & MSc

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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Kourtney Kirton
University of Washington, USA

Field of study: Business Administration, Marketing and Information Systems (BSc)

Languages: English

Hobbies: Traveling, tennis, skiing, watching sports, volunteering

I will forever treasure the memories I made here and I genuinely believe studying abroad is something everyone should do once in their lifetime!"

Short description about yourself: I am from Seattle, Washington, and currently study at the University of Washington - Foster School of Business. I am passionate about learning and experiencing new cultures, and I love spending time with friends and family whenever possible. Living and studying abroad was the best experience of my life and I cannot wait to return!

Short statement about WHU and your experiences at WHU: WHU was the perfect place to study abroad. The town itself is small, but it works out because you become close with the other exchange students as well as the full-time students by interacting in class and through the events hosted by the student government/IRO team. Events like Tauschie Tuesday, vaulted cellar parties, regional tours, etc. all allowed me to meet a very diverse group of people. I met students from all over the world, who I now consider some of my very best friends, and am excited to go visit one day. Personally, meeting all of these people was my favorite part about studying at WHU. Also, Vallendar’s central location makes travel fairly easy, since you can take a train virtually anywhere, or fly out of the many surrounding airports. The school schedule also allowed us to travel on the weekends, as classes typically went from Monday-Wednesday/Thursday.  The four months I spent at WHU went by so incredibly fast, and I truly believe it was the most rewarding and unique experience I could ever imagine. I will forever treasure the memories I made here and I genuinely believe studying abroad is something everyone should do once in their lifetime!

 

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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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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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