International Education & Engagement

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International Education Ambassadors (IEAs) are current UWL students that will serve as the first point of contact for students interested in studying abroad and international students. IEA's are responsible for providing students with general knowledge about UWL's Study Abroad programs and of International Education & Engagement (IEE) policies and procedures. They serve as a resource to our current and prospective students. This can include assisting new international students in acclimating and adjusting to campus life, the La Crosse community, and United States culture.  IEAs assist new international students in a number of ways, including greeting new students at the airport, leading small student groups through orientation week, and being available to answer questions and concerns.  

IEA Group Photo


Hatim Alruwaili 

ALMAZROU, Abdulaziz October 2015 PhotoYear: Junior
Major: Nuclear Medicine Technology 
Home Country: Sakaka, Saudi Arabia

I’m a junior International student from Saudi Arabia majoring in Nuclear Medicine Technology. I never say no to new experiences. I love outside activities especially sports. I'm also a Customer Service Representative at Rec Sports Center. Ambitious, outgoing and I’m struggling in learning how to swim. My favorite quote is “ Patience is a key element of success.”



Megan Buchberger

Year: Senior
Major: Spanish
Home Country: USA

I am a free spirit that is constantly searching for a new place to explore. Studying abroad Sophomore year changed my life completely. Now, my main interests in life include Spanish and any type of cultural study. I have had the opportunity to travel the world and I hope to continue to do so when I graduate! Some of the best things about being a student at UWL include small class sizes, feeling like the professors know who you are, and also the beautiful camps that we have. I enjoy the fact that at UWL there is always someone willing to guide students with their future plans. I have always felt like I have found great help and encouragement when I needed it.

Katelyn Nadeau

NadeauYear: Senior
Major: Biology and Spanish
Home Country: Shakopee, MN USA

My name is Katelyn Nadeau and I am from Shakopee, Minnesota. I am a senior Biology and Spain major here at UWL and I am captain of the Woman's Swim and Dive team. In my free time I enjoy hiking the bluffs, reading, and hanging out with my friends.Over the years UWL has become home to me. I love the atmosphere here in La Crosse and I have loved my time here. 

Solvei Stenso-Velo

Solvei STENSO-VELO IEA October 2015 PhotoYear: Junior
Major: Community Health Education with a minor in Environmental Studies
Home Country: Hudson, WI USA

Hey! My name is Solvei and I’m a junior here at the great school of UWL. I’m a Community Health Ed major with a minor in Environmental Studies, and I’m participating in the constant adventure that is trying to figure out what I want to do after I graduate! Life always has a way of working out, though, so I’m not too worried. “Life happens for you, not to you,” is a phrase that I find myself repeating. I value this phrase because I find it easy to get in a rut and get kind of passive or lazy. But this phrase gives each day and action meaning, and reminds me that I get the privilege of having this specific day to live and that I shouldn’t waste it. All of the opportunities that present themselves give me the chance to be the best version of myself.

Bridget Webster

Bridget WEBSTER IEA October 2015 PhotoYear: Senior
Major: Psychology/International Studies
Home Country: USA

I am a motivated student with a passion for international cultural experiences. I enjoy trying new things and meeting people. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, and I recently returned from Australia, where I was on exchange. “In the world through which I travel I am endlessly creating myself.”This quote inspires me to find who I am through experiencing other cultures, places, and meeting new people.