Meet Our International Student Ambassadors

Our International Student Ambassadors are excited to chat with you about any questions regarding academics or life as a College of Charleston international student. Feel free to contact them via email or Instagram.

bain Ethan Bain

 Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas
 Languages I speak: English
 Major: Economics Minor: Business Administration, Data Science



Instagram: CofCEthan







What are your favorite CofC classes?

My favorite class thus far has been ECON 310: International Economics with Dr. Mark Witte. However, I am currently taking ECON 324: Game Theory with Dr. Calvin Blackwell which I am very excited about.

At the moment, what is your career goal?

I have a passion for numbers and the business of professional sports. As a career, I would love to work in a setting in which I can combine these two loves. I hope that I can work in sports or economic data analysis.

Hobbies and interests:

I love the game of baseball and watch lots of New York Yankee Baseball in my free time. I love learning about different cultures and nuances of the Spanish language.

What CofC clubs/organizations are you part of?

In addition to being an International Student Ambassador, I am currently a Peer Advisor in the Academic Advising and Planning Center. Additionally, I am the Executive Chair of the Success Mentoring Program Student Advisory Board and a Peer Advisor, both in the Student Success Center in the School of Business.

What is your favorite thing to do at CofC on the weekends or after class? 

I love to explore and go on walks around the peninsula and try new foods around the city.

About me:

The reason that I chose CofC is because I thought that this would be a perfect environment for me to thrive. Coming from a small island in the Bahamas, Charleston seemed like the perfect place for me to be. The climate is very similar to that of the Bahamas so I thought that it would be an easier adjustment. In addition to the city of Charleston, I thought that the College of Charleston could be a perfect size school for me. With the population of around 10,000, I thought that it would be small enough so that I do not feel overwhelmed in a new city, but just big enough so that I am constantly meeting new people from all over the world.


 Alexandros (Alex) Katsikaris

 Hometown: Athens, Greece
 Languages I speak: Greek, English, Spanish 
 Major: Bachelor of Science in Psychology
 Honors College student


 Instagram: cofcalex


What is your favorite CofC class? Abnormal psychology

What is your career goal? Not a set career goal yet, but I am thinking about going to medical school and becoming a psychiatrist.

Hobbies and interests: Sports (especially basketball and soccer), traveling, spending time with my friends, and meeting new people.

What CofC clubs/organizations are you part of? Intramural basketball and the REACH program

What is your favorite thing to do at CofC on the weekends or after class? I love exploring the city of Charleston and going to the beach in my free time.

About me:

Why did you choose College of Charleston?

One of the main reasons why I chose the College of Charleston was the atmosphere of Charleston. The city really reminds me of Europe, and the people are always happy.  

International Alumni

Meet Dona Toteva Lacayo '05. She's the Chief Commercial and Public Affairs Officer at the Port of Huemene. Originally from Bulgaria, Dona's first time in the United States was when she enrolled at the College of Charleston. She studied international business and had an internship with the Port of Charleston. These experiences prepared her for her career at the Port of Huemene. 

Meet Jose Chiriboga, a recent graduate from Ecuador. He’s shaking up the fashion industry by paying his employees a living wage and using second-hand denim to eliminate waste and offer a beautiful product. Through the entrepreneurship program he found great mentors who helped him succeed. 

Meet Roland A. Cruickshank '94. As president of University Methodist Hospital in Tennessee, he is a community leader with a passion for patient care. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Roland was a member of the College of Charleston basketball team. He remembers is time at the College positively, despite the grueling basketball practices. For Roland, the College was a place where he developed the skills he needed to follow his dreams.