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International Program Ambassadors

Get in touch with our ambassadors!

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To email one of our ambassadors, please select their photo below. This will the provide you the contact of the ambassador you selected.

What questions can the Ambassadors answer?

  • Answer questions about campus life as a student.
  • Connect students to various departments and organizations.
  • Assist in communicating by translation (Currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese).
  • Sharing experience as international students including how to study and make friends etc.
  • And much more!

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Jovia Bulyaba

Hometown: Mukono

Home Country: Uganda

Major: Information Systems and business Analysis

Language Spoken: Luganda, English and Rutooro

Why A-State:  I did extensive research and found A -state is a vibrant academic institution placing emphasis on the provision of high quality education. It also has flexible study options that lets students choose how and when to learn. The university also has a strong support system for international students that provides students with opportunities and great experiences which will have a great impact on my career path.

Why I Am Pursuing My Current Degree: I chose information system and business analysis as it's a diverse course with both the business and technology aspects. I am interested in developing knowledge of business operations, gaining the ability to think critically and solve problems in innovative ways as well as gaining facilitation skills in this field which I will adapt and transfer to my career.

Favorite things to do on Campus: A-State organizes many on campus events every week that involve games, global culture shows, in which I never miss. I also enjoy going to the Red Wolf Center to utilize the gym and yoga classes . I never thought that life at university could be this fun!

Why I Am an International Ambassador: Studying abroad is a big step for many international students and I know how it feels to leave your family and move to a new country. Having to face almost everything like new food, weather ,culture can be overwhelming. I feel the need to meet, help and interact with international students in order to  help them to get accustomed to a new lifestyle. The university is a great place to meet new people and being an international ambassador, I get an opportunity to meet students across the globe which contribute to my social circle.

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Nathaly Gonzalez

Hometown: Sonsonate

Home Country: El Salvador

Major: Bachelor of Science in Business Economics

Language Spoken: Spanish and English

Why A-State:  I chose A-State because it has affordable tuition and high-quality education, I love that students have curriculum flexibility in a personalized program of study, additionally, A-State provides many opportunities and support to international students.

Why I Am Pursuing My Current Degree: Since I was a child, I have been in love with the business environment, I really enjoy mathematics and learning what makes the world go around. In the future, I would like to unlock the entrepreneur inside me and leave my mark on the world with the knowledge I will acquire from my degree. 

Favorite things to do on Campus: My favorite activity on campus is definitely volunteering as part of the A-State volunteer organization. It is really fun to help other students and meet new people at the same time. Another activity I like is to meet my friends in the library where we can study and have a good time together.

Why I Am an International Ambassador: I know that studying abroad can be challenging, being an international student allowed me to understand this feeling and it motivates me to support new incoming and current international students at the university. I would like to help them to learn about cultural diversity at college, being a supporter in their path to settling down at the university in a foreign country and encourage more students to study abroad.

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Ca Nguyen

Hometown: Hue

Home Country: Vietnam

Major: Graphic Design

Language Spoken: Vietnamese & English

Why A-State:  I have desire to improve my English skills and experience a new culture. A-State is a great option for me, due to the affordable tuition as well as living cost. 

Why I Am Pursuing My Current Degree: have been passionate about art since I was very youngThe Graphic Design major best suits my personality and interests. I want to use my degree become a professional artist and designer in future.

Favorite things to do on Campus: The Fine Arts Building definitely is my favorite place for creating art and working on my class projects after class hours. I also spend my free time to studying at library with friends.

Why I Am an International Ambassador: Being an international student, I have been through the difficulties and the challenges that have occurred in my social life and studies. As an international ambassador, I would like to have more opportunities to help the upcoming students as well as the current students through the concerns they have. This position also would be a great opportunity to contribute in my learning journey. 


Ryota Shimamoto

Hometown: Fukuoka

Home Country: Japan

Major: Marketing

Languages Spoken: Japanese and English

Why A-State: I wanted to study under the best minds in the country. It also offered the specialization I was seeking, and I wanted to fast track my education. A-state has a large diverse student body. More choices of majors and specializations. I chose A-State since I wanted to maximize y post-college opportunities while still in school. 

Why Am I An International Ambassador: I would love to talk to new international students and help them out in every possible way. It would help me build a traffic network as an ambassador. Also, I can imagine how hard it is for other international students to come to a foreign land where everything is so different, from food, to lifestyle and language.

My Favorite Place on Campus: I would say Wolf Life.


Yixing Wang

Hometown: Zhe Jiang, a south east province of China

Home Country: China

Major: Computer Science

Language Spoken: Chinese and English

Why A-State: Because I think A-State provides systematically teaching in computer science, and A-State has a good reputation for its international students community.

Why I Am Pursuing My Current Degree: Because the methods in computer science, like ways of modeling problems, are very interesting and useful that they can be used to tackle real world challenges. Computer science is also a powerful tool that is used in various fields like science, engineering, and businesses. I believe learning computer science lays a foundation for studying other fields in the future.

Favorite things to do on Campus: As a nerd, I enjoy studying in the library. To be less nerdy, I go to all kinds of international events on campus – the conversation club at the BCM, for example, is one of my favorite places where I met all my crazy friends.

Why I Am An International Ambassador: Studying in a university is difficult, studying in a university abroad is more challenging. I wish I can give motivations to international students and assist them to make more personal connections, so they can excel both their academic and social life!