Connect with UCLA students who have recently returned from a program abroad. Ask them about their program, the countries they visited, living abroad, managing costs, or anything!

IEO Ambassadors

Chika Matsumoto

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Travel Study Outreach Coordinators

Joseph Auer

French Language & Culture, Travel Study

joeyauer@gmail.com

Bio

Joseph Auer is a Political Science and Economics double major at UCLA. He is in his third year of study after returning from the Intermediate French Language Program in Paris, France this past summer. He has brought a piece of France back with him to the United States and is now interning with a local organization that seeks to share French culture in the Los Angeles area. Joseph has always loved to travel, from visiting his grandparents in New York as child to taking his first trip abroad to Germany with his family before entering high school. The trip to Paris was his first time abroad without his family, and he is incredibly excited to share the many experiences and memories from his travels last year. Joseph took French at UCLA with the goal of becoming bilingual, and the classes at UCLA have done a wonderful job in teaching so much in so little time. The total immersion of his study abroad program has been a huge help in achieving his goal, and he cannot wait to continue communicating in French for the rest of his life.

Erin Herkimer

Spanish Language & Culture in Spain, Travel Study

erherkimer@gmail.com

Bio

Erin has entered her third year at UCLA after returning from her Spanish in Granada Travel Study Program. She is planning on double majoring in International Development Studies and Political Science. Following UCLA, Erin is interested in attending law school, with a special interest in international law. Traveling has always been a passion for Erin, as she has been fortunate enough to volunteer in countries around the world such as Costa Rica and Tanzania. She hopes to continue traveling and exploring all the beauties of the world in the future!

Katie Melnick

German Language & Culture Across Europe, Travel Study

katie.melnick14@hotmail.com

Bio

Katie is sophomore at UCLA majoring in Political Science with a minor in German and has hopes of becoming a lawyer in the future. Ever since leaving the country for the first time when she was 15, she has had a passion for traveling. Katie chose the Germanic Cultures travel study program so she can experience the culture in Germany and Austria while also practicing her German with locals in the region. In her free time, Katie enjoys discovering coffee shops, exploring LA, and spending time with friends. She cannot wait for her trip this summer.

Anna Nordstrom

Spanish in the Mexican Context, Travel Study

nordstromanna1@gmail.com

Bio

¡Hola! My name is Anna Nordstrom and I am very excited to share my experiences of when I explored Mexico and learned Spanish through Travel Study. I am currently studying psychology here at UCLA. I am also a Resident Assistant on the Hill (Catch me in Dykstra!) and am involved in Cru on campus. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about Travel Study, or any other UCLA related questions!

Latrice White

Business Leadership & Communication in Hong Kong, Travel Study

katie.lmb4ever98@yahoo.com

Bio

Latrice White is a Business Economics major who is in her second year at UCLA. She is involved in UCLA’s African Student Union, Academic Supports Program and University of Culture and Life Abroad (U. C. L. A.). This past summer she traveled to Hong Kong with the International and Area Studies Department to learn about business leadership and communication. It was her first time travelling outside of the United States. Latrice aspires to take what she learns from her trip and apply it to the UCLA community to broaden the audience of students interested in studying abroad and provide the resources necessary for others to be able to take part in such a life changing experience! Please feel free to email her with any questions, comments and concerns!

Allison Wood

French Lanugae & Culture, Travel Study

allisonjvs@yahoo.com

Bio

Hi friends! I call myself an explorer, traveling to where my heart desires. I participated in the French Language & Culture program where I headed towards Paris for my French Minor and traversed through the side roads to discover Parisian Cafés and sights. I’m majoring in International Development Studies and hope to be fluent in 5 languages before I graduate! I believe that learning a language is the best way to understand another’s culture, heritage, and background. If anything, it’s a good start! I am grateful to have had the opportunity to study in Paris, followed by a journey to Xinjiang, China to learn Uyghur.

Joseph Auer

French Language & Culture, Travel Study

Joseph Auer is a Political Science and Economics double major at UCLA. He is in his third year of study after returning from the Intermediate French Language Program in Paris, France this past summer. He has brought a piece of France back with him to the United States and is now interning with a local organization that seeks to share French culture in the Los Angeles area. Joseph has always loved to travel, from visiting his grandparents in New York as child to taking his first trip abroad to Germany with his family before entering high school. The trip to Paris was his first time abroad without his family, and he is incredibly excited to share the many experiences and memories from his travels last year. Joseph took French at UCLA with the goal of becoming bilingual, and the classes at UCLA have done a wonderful job in teaching so much in so little time. The total immersion of his study abroad program has been a huge help in achieving his goal, and he cannot wait to continue communicating in French for the rest of his life

Erin Herkimer

Spanish Language & Culture in Spain, Travel Study

Erin has entered her third year at UCLA after returning from her Spanish in Granada Travel Study Program. She is planning on double majoring in International Development Studies and Political Science. Following UCLA, Erin is interested in attending law school, with a special interest in international law. Traveling has always been a passion for Erin, as she has been fortunate enough to volunteer in countries around the world such as Costa Rica and Tanzania. She hopes to continue traveling and exploring all the beauties of the world in the future!

Katie Melnick

German Language & Culture Across Europe, Travel Study

Katie is sophomore at UCLA majoring in Political Science with a minor in German and has hopes of becoming a lawyer in the future. Ever since leaving the country for the first time when she was 15, she has had a passion for traveling. Katie chose the Germanic Cultures travel study program so she can experience the culture in Germany and Austria while also practicing her German with locals in the region. In her free time, Katie enjoys discovering coffee shops, exploring LA, and spending time with friends. She cannot wait for her trip this summer.

Anna Nordstrom

Spanish in the Mexican Context, Travel Study

¡Hola! My name is Anna Nordstrom and I am very excited to share my experiences of when I explored Mexico and learned Spanish through Travel Study. I am currently studying psychology here at UCLA. I am also a Resident Assistant on the Hill (Catch me in Dykstra!) and am involved in Cru on campus. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about Travel Study, or any other UCLA related questions!

Latrice White

Business Leadership & Communication in Hong Kong, Travel Study

Latrice White is a Business Economics major who is in her second year at UCLA. She is involved in UCLA’s African Student Union, Academic Supports Program and University of Culture and Life Abroad (U. C. L. A.). This past summer she traveled to Hong Kong with the International and Area Studies Department to learn about business leadership and communication. It was her first time travelling outside of the United States. Latrice aspires to take what she learns from her trip and apply it to the UCLA community to broaden the audience of students interested in studying abroad and provide the resources necessary for others to be able to take part in such a life changing experience! Please feel free to email her with any questions, comments and concerns!

Allison Wood

French Language & Culture, Travel Study

Hi friends! I call myself an explorer, traveling to where my heart desires. I participated in the French Language & Culture program where I headed towards Paris for my French Minor and traversed through the side roads to discover Parisian Cafés and sights. I’m majoring in International Development Studies and hope to be fluent in 5 languages before I graduate! I believe that learning a language is the best way to understand another’s culture, heritage, and background. If anything, it’s a good start! I am grateful to have had the opportunity to study in Paris, followed by a journey to Xinjiang, China to learn Uyghur.