International Student Ambassadors

International student ambassadors are current Mizzou students who are here to answer your questions. Our international students come from many different countries, speak a variety of languages, and pursue various majors and interests on campus. Ambassadors are knowledgeable about all aspects of Mizzou: degree programs, student clubs, dining halls, arriving in Columbia — you name it. They are excited to talk to you and help you become a Tiger, too. Please feel free to contact anyone below.



Hometown: Colon

Home country: Panama

Major: Business administration, management

Languages I speak: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, English

  • Favorite menu item in a dining hall: Chips and queso from Baja Grill
  • Favorite weekend activity on campus: Watching dollar weekend films with friends
  • Fun fact: I am on a quest to try out different restaurants in Columbia!

Contact Kristy

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Hometown: Subang Jaya

Home country: Malaysia

Major: Business marketing

Languages I speak: Malay and English

  • Favorite professor: Neriman Kuyucu taught my English 1000 class. She was very friendly and helped me improve my writing skills.
  • Why Mizzou: I chose Mizzou because my dad is an alumnus, and he always tells me great stories about going to school here. There are a lot of activities to join, but the best part is participating in the Missouri International Student Council.
  • Fun fact: I love to learn about different cultures and languages. Currently, I am teaching myself Japanese and Korean.

Contact Syitah

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Hometown: Santo Andre

Home country: Brazil

Major: Journalism

Languages I speak: Portuguese and English

  • Favorite spot on campus: Thomas Jefferson's gravestone
  • Favorite weekend activity on campus: Going to the movie screenings
  • Favorite Mizzou Memory: When the Mizzou men's basketball team hit 100 points against Green Bay, everybody went crazy when Adam Wolf — a bench player who rarely plays — scored the 100th point.

Contact Marco



Hometown: Jiaxing

Home country: China

Major: Accountancy

Languages I speak: Chinese, English

  • Favorite class: Management 3540. It’s a business-law class, and you learn a lot useful and interesting things. And the professor is so cool!
  • Favorite Columbia restaurant: 44 Stone
  • Favorite Mizzou memory: Participating in the Homecoming parade

Contact Yifan

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Hometown: Muscat

Home country: Oman

Major: Industrial and manufacturing systems engineering

Languages I speak: Arabic, English

  • Favorite class: Art 1020 was fun because it was outside the scope of engineering. We had to go to different venues to complete assignments, and it gave me a chance to explore Columbia.
  • Why Mizzou: Mizzou is a strong academic school, but Columbia also has a fun environment, atmosphere and college-town vibe. It appealed to me more because I knew I was going for both education and experience. Safety, living spaces and resources were also big factors, and Mizzou fulfilled them all.
  • Favorite Mizzou Memory: International welcome party, where I met my close friends

Contact Muhra

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Hometown: Riyadh

Home country: Saudi Arabia

Major: Chemical engineering

Languages I speak: Arabic, English

  • Favorite class: Peace Studies 3140, "The Art of War and Peace." It was a great class with my favorite professor, Dr. Kerridge. The class was about climate change and global warming and how people should address these issues.

  • Favorite weekend activity on campus: Soccer

  • Why Mizzou: I chose Mizzou because it has a wonderful campus and a strong chemical engineering program. The diversity here helped me to be open and understanding of different world traditions, which made me grow into a better and more cultured person.

Contact Talal

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Hometown: Goiânia

Home country: Brazil

Major: Nutrition and exercise physiology

Languages I speak: Portuguese, Spanish, English

  • Favorite professor: Steve Ball is a fun professor who teaches one of my favorite classes: Introduction to Exercise Physiology. In addition, he is my “moral adviser” who helps me with all of my career curiosities.
  • Favorite campus building: MizzouRec
  • Favorite Mizzou tradition: Kissing the 50 yard line at Faurot Field (the Mizzou football field)

Contact Mari

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Hometown: Seoul

Home country: South Korea, Republic of Korea

Major: Psychology

Languages I speak: Korean, English

  • Favorite Mizzou memory: Watching the Pirates of the Caribbean series overnight with my friends in the engineering building, then taking a picture together in front of the Columns at 5 a.m. right after finals week.
  • Favorite Mizzou tradition: Tiger Walk
  • Why I am an international student ambassador: I'm always interested meeting and talking to new people from diverse cultures. I didn't want to miss the opportunity to meet students from different countries and help bring them closer to Mizzou.

Contact Kiwon

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Hometown: Shanghai

Home country: China

Major: Economics and marketing

Languages I speak: Mandarin and English

  • Favorite weekend activity on campus: Working in Ellis Library
  • Why Mizzou: As a college town, it is far away from the big cities, and that helps me to focus on my studies. But it's also convenient because it’s only two hours from Kansas City and St. Louis. People in college towns are friendlier than in bigger cities.
  • Favorite Mizzou tradition: Yelling at Speakers Circle

Contact Maggie