Our Ambassadors

Language Ambassadors are motivated Yale-NUS students with a passion for a particular language offered at the College. They are in charge of organizing small activities around campus to promote interest in language studies and enhance the language learning experience happening in the classroom. If you are interested in becoming a Language Ambassador, please contact Eduardo Lage-Otero.


Aruzhan Shalabayeva

Class of 2024

Hi! My name is Aru, and I am from the Class of 2024. I speak Russian and English, and I would understand you if you talked to me in Kazakh. Like many students in Yale-NUS, I enjoy picking up new languages and believe that it is important to recognize the effort and commitment necessary to truly master a language. As a Language Ambassador, I hope to show students that they can pursue any interest that involves languages with the help of resources that our Programme offers, no matter the level of fluency!

So Kuon

Class of 2021

Hi! I am So, from the Class of 2021. I speak Khmer, English, and a little bit of French. I have always been interested in learning languages, mainly because I was raised in a community where only one language (Khmer) is predominantly used. As a current senior, I hope to be a source of guidance to my peers and juniors, so they can maximize their use of resources provided by the college specifically by the Languages Programme. I am amazed to hear stories of people who were taking a completely foreign language for the first time in Yale-NUS and managed to take classes in that language during their semester abroad in Chile. As a Language Ambassador, I look forward to encouraging students to pursue their interest in languages through various projects and initiatives.

Ruella Che Xinrui

Class of 2021

Hello! I’m Ruella, from the Class of 2021. I speak English, Mandarin, some French, and a very tiny bit of Japanese. Learning foreign languages has always been a passion and a valuable process for me, and I am grateful to be able to contribute to our college community through promoting the many language learning opportunities available here. Be it academically or through language tables and casual conversations, I find it important to take advantage of the opportunities and the linguistic diversity we have here within the Yale-NUS community.