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ISZL’s community extends beyond Switzerland through those alumni who represent the school at their university or in their area of the world as Global Ambassadors.

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ISZL Global Ambassadors

Our ambassadors serve as contacts for ISZL students considering their next steps after ISZL and for those moving to a new area of the world. Transitioning into a new phase of life can be hard enough and we hope that connecting with our ambassadors will help ease the transition.

Students can ask ambassadors questions about what it’s like attending university and get answers to help them decide where to attend. Once enrolled, ambassadors will be there to welcome recent ISZL grads to their new school.

Families, parents and other alumni moving to or living in certain areas can contact their area ambassador for info about their soon-to-be new home or even to organise an area alumni event.

For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.



Area ambassadors

ImageLondon, United Kingdom - Bradley Eaton

After having taught 13 years at ISZL and other international schools, Bradley and his family are now in London where he is part of a pioneering group of teachers who have opened a new French international school in London called Lycée International de Londres. Besides being coordinator for the after school and sports programmes, Bradley keeps busy with his young daughter and is involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. He's more than happy to help new arrivals to London familiarize themselves with the area or simply be there if they need a helping hand or advice.
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.


PhotoShanghai, China - Jo-Anna Wagenaar-Kornegoor

There is an endless array of sites, resources and groups that will help you settle in China quickly. I am sure that if you have children in school, you'll be welcomed with lots of information. Just some advice: don’t underestimate the language and cultural barriers! Start learning some Mandarin as soon as you can. Like anywhere in the world, people respond positively to a simple "good morning" in their own language. Chinese are not always the smiling kind of people but given a smile, they'll smile back. Never hesitate to contact me for more info on particular subjects: schools, activities, clubs for both children and adults, leisure possibilities, what to bring in your shipment, what to expect, etc. Shanghai and China is are very interesting and exciting places to live. Take it one step at a time and the city will be yours to enjoy!
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.


United States Midwest, St. Louis, Missouri - Sanna Sharp

Sanna shares that St. Louis is a "great city for sports, the arts, outdoor activity, and I was surprised at how much culture and diversity there is in this area. St. Louis is home to several professional sports teams including the Cardinals in baseball, the Blues in hockey, and the Rams in American football. Additionally several MLS friendly games have taken place here during our two years, with teams including Real Madrid, Barcelona, and both the US Men's and Women's teams. St. Louis has a large variety of sports leagues for all ages and skill levels to participate as well. Visual and performing arts are strongly supported here from the amateur to the professional levels as well, and there are great concert and theater venues around the city. There are extensive parks with biking and hiking trails throughout the area; Forest Park, well known since the World's Fair in 1904, houses the Museum of Art, the History Museum, the St. Louis Zoo. and hosts special events throughout the year. Washington University and Saint Louis University and affiliated hospitals, along with other schools and large companies in the area, are largely responsible for attracting professionals and families from all over the world into this area. I have found this type of variety of activities and culture to be present at varying degrees in most cities in the Midwestern United States. Lifestyle in the St. Louis area is fulfilling for both families and singles, people are very friendly and the city is easy to navigate.
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.



University ambassadors

PhotoAustralian National University in Canberra – Laura Smith ‘11 ISZL

Laura has been studying the phylogeography of Antarctic springtails (a six-legged arthropod similar to insects) and will earn her Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) this coming year. After graduation, she will be moving to Brisbane for a graduate position with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. While still at university, Laura plays Quidditch and does pole fitness. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking and swimming in the ocean. Laura is happy to help alumni scout out universities in Canberra, Sydney and possibly Brisbane, or to just help those who are settling into those cities.
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.


Ambassador photoFlorida Institute of Technology – Jonathan Orphanidis ‘12 ISZL

Jonathan studies Industrial and Organizational Psychology and is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega (Kappa Eta chapter) fraternity. After helping found the Florida Tech Rugby Club, Jonathan is now the head of the Scuba Club and a campus tour guide. He recommends that new students attend their classes even if roll is not called. “As a technical institute, you will be examined often and attending class, doing homework early and completing all assignments will be very help,” he says. “Once you’re on campus, consider getting the unlimited meal plan through the dorms and definitely attend events around campus. This is the best way to get to know people.”
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.


Ambassador photoGeorgetown University – Luke Gile ‘14, ISZL

Luke is studying International Affairs in a dual degree programme that will allow him to attend Columbia University during his last two years and earn a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He's a resident assistant at the campus dorms, is a math tutor at an international school and is part of the Georgetown Alumni Engagement committee. Luke is happy to help anyone visiting or moving to the Washington D.C. area, assistant with college applications (especially US colleges) and share more info about his degree choices.
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.


Ambassador photoGlasgow University – Giuseppe Celico ‘14, ISZL

Besides studying History, Giuseppe is part of the choir, the Roll Playing Society, the Jazz Band and is the event organizer for the Chess Society. Some tips he shares with us about attending Glasgow are: the cookies in the library cafeteria are amazing and that the Fraser Building (student services) has good warm lunch for a very reasonable price. Also, if you stay in university accommodations, the gym is already paid so go and use the sauna at least.
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.

 

Glendon College, York University – Agathe Maillard ‘14, ISZL

Agathe is a Political Science major minoring in Economics. She’s part of the International Community on campus and recommends living in the on-campus dorms during your first year.
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.


PhotoLoughborough University – Alistair Smorthit ‘14, ISZL

Alistair took a gap year to travel and work and is now is studying International Business. He’s part of both the finance and investment societies and a member of the canoe club and the gymnastics club. In fact, he’ll even be representing both teams in upcoming competitions. Alistair has already competed for the Business School in volleyball and ultimate frisbee as well as for his hall in squash. If you plan to come to Loughborough, Alistair suggests to “get catered in your first year even if you like cooking.  The meals are good and all flats have a kitchen with toasters and microwaves. So even if you need to cook you can and there are shops on campus for last minute buys (but be aware they are expensive). This just takes a lot of pressure off you and gives you more time.”
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.

 

Ambassador photoMaastricht University – Anne-Marie Muller ‘09, ISZL

Anne-Marie is earning a Master’s in Forensics, Criminology and Law while being a part of JFV Ouranos and the MAS Incontro Fencing Society. She offers the following tips about attending Maastricht: There is no actual campus. The university is divided into different faculties spread out through the whole city. This adds to the local charm. Everything is reachable on foot, by bike or by bus. The Law faculty is in one of the oldest buildings in Maastricht and is the pride of almost every law student due to its beautiful features. Its tower can be seen from across town.
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch. 

 

PhotoQueen's University – Robin Maedel ‘11, ISZL

Having already completed a Bachelor's degree in Geological Engineering, Robin is now studying to earn his Master's in Applied Science (Geophysics) degree. When he's not studying, Robin enjoys salsa dancing, squash, intramural soccer, bouldering/climbing and breakdancing. He's also a member of the Queen's Energy and Commodities Association and the Queen's Water and Environment Association Ontario. If you're thinking to attend Queen's University, Robin recommends choosing a residence that has a good cafeteria and that's not West Campus. As there are plenty of squash courts, consider taking up the sport.
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.

 

PhotoSOAS, University of London – Rob Stehrenberger ‘15, ISZL

After graduation from ISZL, Rob took a gap year to work as a nanny for five months in Switzerland before moving to Prague, Czech Republic. There he's earning his TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification from Smaller Earth/Hello Academics before taking a summer trip traveling all around Europe. In September 2016, Rob will begin studying history at SOAS, University of London. He'd be happy to offer advice about university admissions, making the most of a gap year, how to fund travel on a budget, and how to navigate Swiss military service.
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.

 

Ambassador photoSRH University, Heidelberg – Carolin Weickert '15, ISZL

Carolin is studying International Business in Germany and is very active in her university's International Club and the local community volleyball team. "The university campus is only a few minutes from the city centre and the city itself offers so much for students," she says. Carolin shares that off-campus housing with cooking facilities might be a better option than expensive on-campus housing.
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.

 

 

PhotoUniversity College Utrecht – Sophia Endert '14, ISZL

Sophia is earning her Liberal Arts and Sciences degree while being involved in the performing arts. She is the vocal coach for the choir, performs at open mic events, festivals, concerts and more, is part of the MTV dance class where she “learns to move like Beyoncé”, and will be playing the part of Olive, the eccentric play director, in the on-campus film The Promised Life. Besides all that, Sophia watches after children on a weekly basis and finds time to go to the gym with friends. If you’d like to attend her university, Sophia suggests getting involved in a committee. “It is so much fun and you'll most likely perform at least once if you do acting/singing/dancing.” Also, Thursday nights are the nights to go out in Holland as most students go home to their parents over the weekends.
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.

 

 

Ambassador photoUniversity of Bath – Jeremy Pluess '15, ISZL

Jeremy is attending Bath to earn a degree in Physics. He's active playing Interdepartmental Football and volunteering. Jeremy suggests that, "future student apply as early as possible for accommodation as the best places fill quickly! Also, make use of your professors' office hours."
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.

 

 

Ambassador photoUniversity of Birmingham – Eleanor Peel ‘14, ISZL

Eleanor attends the University of Birmingham and studies Chemical Engineering with Industrial Experience. She’s part of the baking and photography society, in the Development Equestrian team and goes climbing with the Mountaineering society sometimes. Along with that she is in Engineers without Borders (EWB), part of the team working for Cameroon Catalyst (a side charity of EWB), and a part of BUCES (Birmingham University Chemical Engineering Society) - one of the best department societies. About shopping and eating on the campus, Eleanor tells us "there is a Subway restaurant in the Guild of Students (student union). The burritos in the university centre food hall are the best, but you have to go early to avoid the queue. Don't buy anything in the shops on campus! They are way too over priced."
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.

 

Ambassador photoUniversity of British Columbia – Gina Bolognesi ‘15, ISZL

Gina is enjoying her time in Vancouver, Canada by studying Computer Science, practicing Karate, and being a member of the Nerdfighter and Collegia. If you're ever on campus, Gina recommends you "watch out for bikers and skateboarders! Might be best to not look at your phone while you're walking - unless it's a map. The main paths on campus might not be the shortest route to class, so a map can be helpful."
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.

 

 

Ambassador photoUniversity of Cambridge, Churchill College – Emilia Persson ‘15, ISZL

Emilia studies Human, Social and Political Sciences with a focus on Politics and International Relations. Besides her studies, Emilia is involved with the Scandinavian Society (one of hundreds of nationality societies), the Cambridge Union Society (the oldest debating society in the world), the Churchill Women's Football and Netball teams and the Churchill Women's Society. While attending Cambridge, Emilia found that "Cambridge has a language of its own. It might be good to try and familiarise yourself with these terms." If you want to make the most of your study time, Emilia suggests "studying in your college library...it's a good way to get motivated as everyone is working hard." She also recommends having dinner in your college's hall to meet people and to relax and de-stress.
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.

 

Alumni AmbassadorUniversity of Kent – Joanne Entzinger ‘13, ISZL

Joanne studies English and American Literature with Creative Writing at Kent and is also the choreographer and teacher for Kent Dance. Her tip if you are thinking to attend Kent: Joining a society or sports team is honestly the best way to meet people and become involved. Kent has such a huge variety of societies to choose from!
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.

 

Ambassador photoUniversity of Reading – Jack Mackinnon ‘14, ISZL

Jack keeps busy by studying International Management and Business Administration with Italian and playing on the field hockey team. One tip he offers students attending Reading is to get an NUS Extra card for you discounts at most shops in England, but also the Student Union nightclub!
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.

 

 

Ambassador photoUniversity of St. Andrews – Asavari (Sava) Mehra ‘15, ISZL

Sava is studying Philosophy, Classics and Economics while a member of the Carnegie Club as well as the Law Society. She also participates in the Tennis and Snow Sports groups. Sava finds that “St Andrews is ultimately a university town and an extremely vibrant place. One of the things that makes St Andrews unique is that various elements of the student culture are fuelled by the historic traditions we maintain. The “diverse yet at the same time intimate student body” is also something Sava identified as special as it was “something which made it easy to feel at home here.”
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.

 

 

 

Alumni AmbassadorUniversity of Stirling - Yaron Hubin-Plimmer ‘13, ISZL

While studying Politics, History and Religion, Yaron is also involved with the Stirling University Futsal Team, Stirling Wolves Ice Hockey Team and Politics Forums. If you’re thinking about attending Stirling, Yaron recommends joining the Facebook Freshers group to meet people and keep up to date with the many social events on campus. It also serves as a forum for people to post any questions or comments about their university experiences. Once you get to Stirling, Yaron says you should search for your university accommodation group on Facebook as this is a great way to meet your flat mates in advance. Attending the Freshers fairs means lots of freebies, free pizza and for a chance to explore the many opportunities like clubs, societies and sports, University of Stirling and its immediate surrounding has to offer. The Starbucks (The Underground) on campus is comfortable, but also be sure to explore the coffee shops, pubs, and shops in town. Yaron's last piece of advice: Keep in mind that everyone is nervous when first attending university. Don’t be shy, do introduce yourself and be sure to have fun. Not only is university a chance to study what you are passionate about, but a time to have fun and meet new people!
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.

 

Ambassador photoUniversity of Toronto - Anjeli Kruytbosch ‘14, ISZL

Anjeli is studying management and marketing in the Rotman Commerce program at the University of Toronto. She is currently a member of the Rotman Commerce Marketing Association as well as the Rotman Commerce Women In Business Association. She works as an Assistant Peer Mentor in a First Year Learning Community, while keeping a part-time job as a Guest Services Representative at the CN Tower. When asked what tips she could offer about attending University of Toronto, Anjeli said, "Make sure you attend Frosh week! It's a really fun way to meet new people and get involved with your college!" 
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.

 

Ambassador photoUniversity of York - Helaina Elardo ‘14, ISZL

Besides studying Education, Helaina keeps busy at University of York as part of the women’s volleyball team, the Education Society and the Gilder Society. If you attend York, you’ll have to pick a college to be a part of when applying for accommodation. Helaina says, “Every college has a bar and great atmosphere, but Goodricke is definitely the best! When picking a college don’t worry about the distance it is from your department because everything on campus is very easy to get to at there is a free bus between campuses that run frequently.”
For ambassador contact details, please visit the Alumni Portal or contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.



Interested in being a Global Ambassador?

As an ambassador you get to:

  • Share with current ISZL community members about what it’s like attending your university and/or living in your area of the world
  • Welcome new alumni to your university and/or area and help them find their way around
  • Be contacted by fellow alumni at your university and/or area to create a network of support and socializing
  • Volunteer as an ambassador for at least one year
  • Stay in regular contact with ISZL’s Alumni Relations Coordinator

If you’d like to be a Global Ambassador please contact alumni(at)iszl.ch.

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