Student ambassadors are George Fox University study abroad alumni. Through events hosted by the Center for Study Abroad, ambassadors are able to share their experiences abroad with their peers while promoting awareness of the numerous international opportunities on campus. If you are considering studying abroad, you are welcome to contact one of our ambassadors to learn more about our programs.


Ambassadors 2019 - 2020


Emma Lindberg
Senior, english major
Czech Republic, Veritas Program - Fall 2018

     "Studying abroad taught me to practice wonder. To find the unexpected and the hidden beauty and to be present where you are because you won't ever be in that place or in that moment again. It gave me a desire to seek the unknown and to learn from people who are different from me. Prague has some sort of special magic, and I will never forget my time living in that city. "


Emily Hudgens
Senior, english major
Northern Ireland, BestSemester Program - Spring 2019

      "Pro tanto quid retribuamus," reads the inscription on Belfast, Northern Ireland's crest. There is a great deal of pain in such a beautiful city after decades of warfare, but so much joy too. Joy in walking through City Centre, in drinking coffee with friends, in taking the train through emerald green hills. Joy in anything, and everything. What shall we give for all that we have received, the crest asks. Everything, the city replies."


Olivia Berglund

Senior, studio arts major
Dijon, France, CIEF Program - Fall 2018    

     "All the traveling and planning in the world won’t fully prepare you for a semester abroad! I went into my semester in France expecting it to be a breeze based on previous travel experiences, but from the minute I arrived, challenge after challenge came at me from every direction. However, these challenges proved so necessary to my personal growth, and I learned so much about myself. This program introduced me to such extraordinary people who I formed lifelong friendships with; I wouldn’t trade it for the world!"



Morgan Postlewait
Senior, biology major
Costa Rica, Veritas Program - Spring 2019

     "Studying abroad and immersing myself in another culture has helped me to not only see other cultures and people groups more clearly, but has helped me to better understand my culture and how it has shaped me into the person I am. It was an incredibly valuable experience."



Kialynn Palpant
Senior, english major
Oxford, BestSemester Program - Fall 2018

     "Oxford houses the origins of people like C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Alice in Wonderland, Malala, Stephen Hawking, Emma Watson, and T.S. Eliot. Studying abroad in this city may have let me walk in their footsteps, but it ultimately taught me, in a far deeper sense, what it means to live around ordinary people who love deeply, chase after Christ, and who see learning as a gift. These lessons are ones that I will carry with me for the rest of my life as I continue to imitate this City of Dreaming Spires in my efforts to live slowly and learn from everything."

Shelby Bauer

Senior, entrepreneurship major
Rome, Veritas Program - Fall 2018

     "Studying abroad not only provides the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in a new culture, but invites you to grow. Take advantage of every opportunity while abroad--talk to people, experience the culture, take a train/plane somewhere new, walk around the city, do as the locals do, and soak it all in. Rome taught me this and so much more and I wouldn't want my study abroad experience to have been anywhere else. Italy is a beautiful country full of the most delicious pasta and gelato, vibrant people, and so much history. I'm eagerly awaiting the next time I can travel back to my new home on the other side of the world."

Alexis Reed
Senior, spanish and international studies major
Seville, Semester in Spain Program - Fall 2018

      "And then I realized adventure was the best way to learn" 


Mackenzie Herr
Senior, marketing and entrepreneurship major
Rome, Veritas Program - Fall 2018

     "Rome has taught me to enjoy life in the moment. Philosophically speaking, I think Americans would define “the good life” as success; our worth is tied to our productivity and accomplishments. Whereas Romans seem to define “the good life” as simply that! Bella vita means a life of enjoyment & pleasure. My study abroad experience has encouraged me to seek a balance in merging these two mindsets by following the calling of the Lord in every circumstance and approaching each day, whether that be abroad or in my hometown, as an opportunity for adventure." 


Sally Martin
Senior, spanish and sociology major
Seville, Semester in Spain Program - Spring 2019

     "Do the best you can until you know better. then when you know better, do better." - Maya Angelou



Lydia Pia
Senior, international studies major
South Korea, Veritas Program - Fall 2018

     “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer Lee.



Rachel Crawford
Senior, biblical studies and christian ministries major
Ecuador, Living and Learning Program - Fall 2018

     "You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place." 


Shawn Durham
Senior, sociology major
Costa Rica, Veritas Program - Fall 2018

     "Living in a new culture can be uncomfortable. At times you miss home, friends, or certain foods. There is no way around it. But if you are brave enough to embrace the discomfort, you can begin to see the beauty in the rest of the world."