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UCLA Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars

International Student Ambassadors are UCLA students that serve the campus community as official representatives of their respective home countries/regions.

Ambassadors use their own cultural background and experiences to serve as resources for the entirety of the UCLA community. They have all been students at UCLA for at least one full academic year. Ambassadors are one of the first points of contact for incoming international students. They support them by providing advice and resources to help ease their transition to virtual learning, life in Los Angeles and at UCLA. The Ambassadors also advocate to UCLA staff and faculty on behalf of the entire international community to make sure their voice is heard. Ambassadors serve the campus community through specialized committees. In these committees, Ambassadors work on quarter or year-long projects.

Continuing international students can contact them to connect with someone from their own country/region and U.S. students can reach out before studying abroad. The Ambassadors host quarterly events to bring the entire UCLA community together to make friends from all over the globe! Feel free to contact any Ambassador!

Follow the International Student Ambassadors on Instagram and Facebook!

For general inquires, panel discussions, focus groups, interviews, and other media requests please contact intlambassadors@saonet.ucla.edu.

Applications for 2021-22 are now closed

The International Student Ambassador Program application for 2021-2022 is now closed. We will review applications and notify those selected. For questions on the program or the application, email intlambassadors@saonet.ucla.edu.

Africa

Botswana Flag Botswana: Lebogang Mooketsi

UCLA.Botswana.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Serowe

Major:

Financial Actuarial Mathematics

About Me:

Hello, I’m Lebogang. I was born and raised in Botswana. I love South African house music. I’ve just picked up traveling, I’d like to visit all the SADC countries before I graduate! You would probably bump into me running, working out or out exploring the LA scene. Welcome to UCLA, looking forward to meeting you!

Egypt Flag Egypt: Mariam Aref Mahmoud

Mariam Aref Mahmoud

UCLA.Egypt.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Cairo

Major:

Economics and Public Affairs

About Me:

Hello! My name is Mariam and I was born and raised in Cairo. I love reading, writing, and watching movies (I’m currently trying to watch the highlights from the Egyptian golden age of cinema!). When I’m home I love walking in Zamalek, sitting with my cat, and practicing my baking skills. If you have any questions about coming to UCLA, living in Egypt, or if you just want to practice your Arabic, please feel free to contact me! I’ve been through the transition of adapting to a new culture and I’d love to help.

East Asia

Taiwan Flag Taiwan: Ellen (Liang-Yi) Tsai

Ellen (Liang-Yi) Tsai

UCLA.Taiwan.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Taipei/Taichung

Major:

Computational and Systems Biology

About Me:

Hi there, this is Ellen! I was born and raised in Taipei, but my family moved to Taichung just before I entered UCLA. For high school, I went to a local high school at Taipei, so I had a rather different high school experience. I’m passionate about mental health, and such passion has led me to being a part of the Resilience Peer Network since my second quarter here. Other than that, I enjoy watching musicals, photography, and playing the guitar. If you’re curious about anything at UCLA, feel free to reach out to me! I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

Japan Flag Japan: Hozumi Oshida

UCLA.Japan.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Tokyo

Major:

Sociology

Minor:

Global Health

About Me:

Hi! My name is Hozumi, and I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. I went to a community college in Northern California before transferring to UCLA last year. I love playing sports, eating ice cream and pastries, and learning languages. In terms of academics, I am passionate about global health issues. If you have any questions and concerns about academics and life at UCLA as an international student or transfer student, feel free to reach out to me! I am always here for you!

Hong Kong Flag Hong Kong: Rhea Joshi

Rhea Joshi

UCLA.HongKong.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Singapore

Major:

Psychobiology

About Me:

Hi! My name is Rhea Joshi, and I'm an ethnically Indian-Persian third-year student at UCLA. I was born in India, and lived in the cities of Bombay, Delhi and Chandigarh until my family relocated to the island of Mauritius, where I spent the majority of my childhood. I later relocated to Hong Kong, and lived there for most of early teenage-years until high school, when my family shifted to Singapore, and have been based there ever since! I was exposed to a variety of different sociocultural and economic norms at an early age, having to learn Hindi & Punjabi in India, English & French in a dual program in Mauritius, a bit of Cantonese/Mandarin in Hong Kong, and Spanish throughout high school in Singapore, which I have continued in LA. While I am the first to acknowledge the challenges with adjusting to a new place or culture, I am so grateful for the versatility and adaptability that one acquires with being international, which ultimately peaked my fascination for human behavior & anatomy, and led to my choice of major: Psychobiology! At UCLA, I love being involved in a variety of different disciplines, I'm the Co-founder of UCLA Biobusiness, a licensed EMT, a medical volunteer at Ronald Reagan Hospital, and a GRIT mental health coach. In my free time, I love exploring LA (the mountains, beach and snow are all a drive away!), going to music festivals with my friends, and watching shows on Netflix. I would love to answer any questions you may have about finding a space for yourself on campus and generally adjusting--I look forward to meeting you!

China Flag China: Shizhe (Alex) Chen

Shizhe (Alex) Chen

UCLA.China.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Guangzhou

Major:

Computer Science

Minor:

Cognitive Science

About Me:

As of my third year at UCLA I have spent roughly half my life in China and half in the U.S. It has been a thrilling balancing act for me, and in turn I'm excited to be there for you during this formative period of life. I personally enjoy getting out of LA into the beautiful surrounding regions, to the sunshine, waves, and rolling hills and so many have fell in love before. That, and computer games. Ask me for recommendations in either, or chat with me about life here.

China Flag China: Yuerong (May) Xiao

Yuerong (May) Xiao

UCLA.China.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Chongqing

Major:

Ecology, Behavior and Evolution

About Me:

Hi! I am Yuerong, and I also go by May. I was born in Chongqing and raised in Shanghai, China. I love Chinese culture, books, mountains, food! I enjoy studying plants and animals, listening to people's stories, and collecting postcards. Some experiences I've had at UCLA include residential life, the student garden, a research about environmental DNA, and Botanical Garden volunteering. Ask me anything! I've had a lot of unforgettable adventures with friends here, such as rushing to the beach for a nice sunset right after lecture and all those "you only live once" moments. I know that being away from your home is a special journey, and every day there's so much to learn, so much to talk about! I'm here when you want to chat about anything (:

Europe

Switzerland Flag Switzerland: Andreas Daniel Langenbacher

Andreas Daniel Langenbacher

UCLA.Switzerland.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Zürich

Major:

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

About Me:

Hi there :) I was born and raised in the German part of Switzerland. After two years of high school, I decided to go for an exchange year in the Bay Area and eventually decided to stay there, dropping high school in Switzerland. I studied at a community college (College of San Mateo) and took the GED to catch up to some sort of high school equivalency diploma. And now, I’m a rising senior at UCLA studying Molecular, Cell, and Developmental biology with the goal to become a doctor. My hobbies are doing sports—like soccer, volleyball, calisthenics, etc.—and playing the piano. I actually have a super unpopular YouTube channel where I post piano compositions and transcriptions (if you’re interested in checking it out, please let me know lol). In my free time I like to learn random skills like juggling or solving the Rubik’s cube…and when I’m lazy I just hangout with friends or watch shows. I also love to travel! I just did an Asia trip last summer to visit my international friends from community college. I went to Singapore, Bali, Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, and Manila! I’m always excited to meet new people and learn from them, so please come talk to me!

Italy Flag Italy: Costanza Boncompagni Ludovisi

Costanza Boncompagni Ludovisi

UCLA.Italy.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Milan

Major:

Milan

Minor:

Psychology

About Me:

After being born in London, I was fully raised in Milan. I am fluent in both Italian and English and I have some basic skills in French. After completing the International Baccalaureate Diploma in a boarding school back in the United Kingdom, I moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA as a pre-Psychology student and I am currently planning to double major in Communication too. Coming to the US has been an incredible turning point in my life and, thanks to my experience in traveling, I managed to easily adapt to the different cultures and values in the country. Even though there are many things that I miss about Italy and the people back home, I love everything about Los Angeles and UCLA. It's a place full of opportunities and inspiring people that help me pursue the goals and passions I've been carrying around with me since high school. However, having lived my whole life in Europe I completely understand how hard it can be to feel at home and part of a very different community. I've been helping many students to adjust to different cities and countries since I moved to my boarding school at the age of sixteen, so please do not hesitate in contacting me for literally anything. My aim is to show you how being far from home doesn't matter when you can find yourself in so many different places!

United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom: Evelyn Wan

Evelyn Wan

UCLA.UnitedKingdom.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Cambridge

Major:

English

About Me:

Hey everyone! My name's Evelyn, and I've lived in Canada, England, and China. I love traveling, volunteering, writing, and graphic design, and I'm a huge bookworm and moviegoer! Having transitioned to living in LA, I understand firsthand the culture shock and challenges international students may face. I love meeting new people, so if you have any questions or concerns, or want to talk about films and books, feel free to reach out!

Ukraine Flag Ukraine: Valeriia (Valerie) Filippska

Valeriia (Valerie) Filippska

UCLA.Ukraine.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Kyiv

Major:

Neuroscience

About Me:

Hi! My name is Valerie and I grew up in Ukraine but moved to England when I was 12 to attend a boarding school. I am currently a third-year neuroscience major here at UCLA and I’m hoping to eventually go into the medical field as a neurosurgeon. In my spare time, I love traveling, meeting new people, and discovering fun places to eat! Having moved to two countries by myself with virtually no guidance, I know first hand what a system shock it can be. I hope that as an International Student Ambassador, I can help soften your transition to UCLA. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have about UCLA or Los Angeles in general.

Middle East & Western Asia

Jordan Flag Jordan: Adnan Shabib

Adnan Shabib

UCLA.Jordan.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Amman

Major:

Mathematics of Computation

About Me:

Hey! My name is Adnan and I am from Amman, Jordan. In my free time, I enjoy watching and playing football (soccer!), running cross country, sleeping, playing chess and watching TV shows, my favorite show being Money Heist. My favorite Arabic dish by far is Maqluba (Google it!), and my favorite color is green. Deciding to attend UCLA was a huge deal for me, because it meant being far away from my family in Jordan, but after some time I was able to find my own family here and I am glad that I made that decision. If you want to talk about anything, whether you have a million zillion questions about UCLA, or just to have a chill conversation about football (no I will not call it soccer), please do contact me!

Oman Flag Oman: Kedaar Chaitra Sridhar

Kedaar Chaitra Sridhar

UCLA.Oman.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Muscat

Major:

Computer Science, Minor: Digital Humanities

About Me:

I was born and raised in Muscat, Oman my entire life and attended an international school there. I am a Computer Science major with a minor in Digital Humanities. I am interested in the connection between finance, business and technology and looking to pursue an interdisciplinary career in these fields. During my free time, I enjoy playing racket sports, hiking, programming and exploring new places in and around LA. I know the transition might seem hard but LA is great and you will have so much fun. Please reach out to me if you have any questions!

United Arab Emirates Flag United Arab Emirates: Maral Daneshpazhouh

Maral Daneshpazhouh

UCLA.UAE.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Dubai

Major:

Microbiology Immunology and Molecular Genetics

Minor:

Theater studies and Iranian studies

About Me:

Hi there! My name is Maral and I have been at UCLA for 3 years. Despite being born in Iran, I was raised in Dubai for all of my life and truly consider it to be my home. I’m fluent in Arabic and Persian, and deeply celebrate both cultures. I love stepping out of my comfort zone and indulging in new activities and meeting new people. I like to remain active and my hobbies include dancing, figure skating, watching a good show or movie (I tend to host many movie nights) or going for a drive around the city. One of my favourite things to do in Dubai is participating in FIFA tournaments. Having moved to LA right before college, I’ve had my fair share of struggles in adjusting to a new environment, so please feel free to contact me regarding any concerns you may have, or if you simply want to get karak and play FIFA with someone!

Turkey Flag Turkey: Yavuzhan Zaman

UCLA.Turkey.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Istanbul

Major:

Business Economics

About Me:

Hi everyone! I'm Yavuzhan from Istanbul, Turkey. This is my 3rd year in Los Angeles. Traveling is my favorite hobby and I lived in France, Austria and Turkey before. I love snowboarding and reading about history. I am a biz econ&history double major and I would be more than happy to help anyone in these classes.

North, Central & South America

Brazil Flag Brazil: Carolina Shiguti

Carolina Shiguti

UCLA.Brazil.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Barueri

Major:

Psychology

About Me:

I was born in the big city of São Paulo but raised in a suburb called Alphaville in Brazil. I was used to a small and relatively closed off community, so my first year at UCLA was a challenging experience. Thankfully I was able to find a home in this huge campus and student body especially within the international community. I relish my study hours at YRL and love exploring LA with my friends. During the week you'll find me between lectures taking in the sun in the sculpture garden or getting something to eat in the bomb shelter (I enjoy both North and South campuses). I will always be down for a movie night and a chat over coffee! I love to meet new people and hear their stories. If you do too, let's hang out!

Venezuela Flag Venezuela: Isabella Gago

Isabella Venezuela

UCLA.Venezuela.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Valencia

Major:

Political Science and Geography/Environmental Studies

Minor:

GIS&T

About Me:

I was born and raised in Valencia so moving to a big city like LA was a bit intimidating. In the (almost) four years I have been at UCLA I have managed to feel more at home than I would have ever imagined; so feel free to reach out if you need some help navigating life here! At UCLA, I have been a part of the Daily Bruin, Residential Life, the Latin American Student Association, Colleges Against Cancer, and some others and would be happy to talk to you about any of those clubs/organizations or help you find one for you!

Panama Flag Panama: Nitya Mehta

Nitya Mehta

UCLA.Panama.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Colon

Major:

Global Studies

Minor:

Environmental Systems and Society

About Me:

I was born and raised in Colón my entire life, and making the big move to Los Angeles for university was incredibly daunting. However, I knew that I would have to move to be able to study what I am most passionate about: international relations and diplomacy. Moving to Los Angeles was scary, but it was one of my best decisions. So far, UCLA and the city of LA have had a lot to offer me, and I definitely encourage all of you to take advantage of all the opportunities that are available here. If you have any questions, whether it is about college life or what places to eat at in LA, or if you just want to talk to me about music, politics, or F.R.I.E.N.D.S, don't hesitate to reach out to me!

Argentina Flag Argentina: Pietro Luzarreta Leal Mendes

UCLA.Argentina.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Buenos Aires

Major:

Business Economics, Entrepreneurship, Accounting

About Me:

I was born in São Paulo Brazil, but since a young age had great interaction with Argentine culture, since most of my family is from Argentina, including my mom. In Argentina I studied in the international school Asociación Escuelas Lincoln, and lived in el Centro, in Buenos Aires. I am a big fan of sports (especially soccer) and playing/watching is one of my favorite hobbies. During holidays I alternate my time between Argentina and Brazil, and after I get an MBA I plan on going back to one of these countries.

Canada Flag Canada: Seerat Chawla

Seerat Chawla

UCLA.Canada.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Toronto

Major:

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

About Me:

Hi! My name is Seerat and I am from Toronto, Canada. My childhood, however, has been split between Canada and the United States and I now live in Palmdale, California. I understand the struggles and celebrations of constant moves and a double (or triple!) -hyphenated identity and I would love to be a part of your supportive network here at UCLA. Besides classes, I work in a neurochemistry lab and enjoy traveling, Netflix binging, and all kinds of music. Feel free to talk to me about places to explore in LA or new music!

Colombia Flag Colombia: Veronica Fernandez de Soto

UCLA.Ambassador.Colombia@gmail.com

Hometown:

Bogota

Major:

English and History

About Me:

My name is Veronica, and I am from Bogota, Colombia. I am a second-year English major and minor in history. I enjoy running and exercising, especially along the coast, from Palisades to Marina del Ray. I also really enjoy going to flea markets around Silver Lake and Echo Park. If you ever need anyone to take a walk with, I'm your girl. I love walking around a city, while talking to my friends, having a good cup of coffee, or relaxing with a good book, AKA anything Sally Rooney writes. If you like dancing and Latin music, we will probably get along, because even though I still haven't mastered Shakira's hips, I will at least try.

South & Southeast Asia

Vietnam Flag Vietnam: Chris (Khoa) Dang

Chris (Khoa) Dang

UCLA.Vietnam.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Da Nang

Major:

Economics

About Me:

Hey there! My name is Chris Dang and I'm your International Student Ambassador this school year, representing Vietnam. At UCLA, I'm currently a rising junior majoring in Economics. But before that, I was born and raised in a beautiful coastal city called Da Nang in Vietnam for 14 years (please go visit if you have an opportunity to! I mean, we literally have a Dragon Bridge that breathes fire/water weekly). When I'm not struggling with school, work, extracurriculars or adulting, I love playing Super Smash Bros with my roommates, though I'm button-smashing half of the time. Also, I probably watch an unhealthy amount of anime, but I'm always open to new anime recommendations anyway! Feel free to reach out to me on just about anything: business scene at UCLA, my experience as an international student, gaming, anime,...etc. Looking forward to connect with you all!

Indonesia Flag Indonesia: Imelda Widjanarko

Imelda Widjanarko

UCLA.Indonesia.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Jakarta

Major:

Business Economics

About Me:

Hey all! My name is Imelda and I was born and raised in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. I went to a community college in the Bay Area and I transferred to UCLA after 2 years. Studying abroad was one of my biggest challenge in my life but turns out it was fun and I am enjoying it. I enjoy meeting people also music very much. And I love coffee and dessert. Please don't hesitate to talk to me especially about dessert!

Thailand Flag Thailand: Jeth Arunseangroj

UCLA.Thailand.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Bangkok

Major:

Astrophysics

About Me:

Hello! My name is Jeth, but I don’t mind if you call me by my actual Thai name, “Boss.” (Yes, Thai people are extra with names sometimes) I was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand until when I came here to the U.S. for a senior year in high school in Michigan and now at UCLA! I enjoy playing basketball, swimming, doing magic tricks, and video editing. Currently, I am a junior in Astrophysics major, dreaming of conducting revolutionary research on Cosmology and Particle physics one day. I understand how exciting and exhausting it can be to adjust yourself to a new environment, and I think I know things that might help smooth the transitioning process. I am also part of UCLA Judo Club. Please feel free to contact me if you need help with anything, or if you want to learn about Thai culture or how to pronounce my last name, or just to hang out!

Myanmar Flag Myanmar: John Chang

John Chang

UCLA.Myanmar.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Yangon

Major:

Business Economics

About Me:

Born and raised in Myanmar, I finished high school in Myanmar before coming to the US to attend college at UCLA. Having faced vast cultural shocks, I understand the struggles international students encounter so don't ever hesitate to reach out to me for help. I am always down for anything whether it may be grabbing lunch/dinner, touring around LA, playing ball, or even just a casual late night conversation. I hope that my small lending hand would make an impact no matter how small or big.

India Flag India: Meher Kaur

Meher Kaur

UCLA.India.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

New Delhi

Major:

Business Economics

Minor:

Philosophy

About Me:

Hi, my name is Meher. I was born and raised in Delhi, India, and moved to LA for school. I love my country and feel India has the largest assemblage of cultures in the world. We have different cuisines, traditions, cultures and languages for every state! I love to travel and explore new cultures and make friends from all over the globe. My hobbies include singing, writing, photography, discovering new places, and spending time with friends. I'm a third year Business Economics major and am pursuing a minor in Philosophy. My ultimate goal is to pursue an MBA in Finance from Harvard. Please feel free to talk to me about anything- be it classes, fun things to do, campus involvement, and just about anything. I always love to have a great conversation!

Singapore Flag Singapore: Muskaan Mehra

UCLA.Singapore.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Singapore

Major:

Neuroscience (Global Health)

About Me:

Hi there! I'm Muskaan and I'm a 3rd year Neuroscience major and Global Health minor. I was born in India, but have lived in Singapore for almost all my life! I'm pre-med and am currently doing research on telemedicine for an anesthesiologist! Apart from that, I love dancing, going to concerts, playing tennis, traveling around, hiking and anything to do with the outdoors! If you want to try something new or adventurous, or have any questions about being pre-med, you can reach out to me! You can also always contact me with any doubts, concerns or help you need with coming to UCLA, moving to LA or even about the numerous opportunities on campus! I really hope you and your family are safe during this pandemic and am always here if you need someone to talk to. Go Bruins!

Malaysia Flag Malaysia: Sarah Zhari

Sarah Zhari

UCLA.Malaysia.Ambassador@gmail.com

Hometown:

Kuala Lumpur

Major:

Biochemistry

About Me:

Hello there! I'm Sarah and I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur. In my free time, I love exploring museums, watching movies, baking, and also cross-stitching! Coming to UCLA last year was the first time that I've lived outside of Malaysia, so I completely understand if you have any concerns about moving to a new country. If you need any help, or just need someone to talk about Malaysian food with, don't hesitate to contact me!