Jessica York

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Jessica grew up in a bilingual family in Munich, Germany before graduating from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. After further study at the University of Bologna, she knew Italy was the place she wanted to live. It took a while; Jessica taught modern foreign languages at international schools in England and Thailand and later worked as a university counselor in Germany. However, since all roads lead to Rome, she is finally living where she always wanted to live with her Italian (what else?) husband and two kids.


Andrea Ricci

International Admissions Counselor

Andrea was born in Rome. After completing a BSc in Economics at Tor Vergata University in Rome, he moved to the UK where he got a MA in Marketing Management from Middlesex University in London. Andrea joined AUR in 2017 as an International Admissions Counselor, where he is responsible for the recruitment in EU and MENA regions.
Prior to joining the American University of Rome, Andrea worked as a Student Recruitment Manager in the UK Higher Education sector, collaborating with top UK universities to improve communication and increase engagement and conversion rates.

Andrea's background is also characterized by professional experience in a leading Australian education agency, which completed his international profile in the field. He is passionate about travelling and discovering new cultures. After living in different countries (including the UK, Belgium and Australia) Andrea decided to relocate to Rome and join AUR: He is proud to represent a leading American education provider in his home town!


Yesenia Serna

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

Born in Los Angeles, Yesenia attended a community college before transferring to The American University of Rome. At AUR she was part of the Volunteer Club and loved both cooking and trying new foods.

Yesenia graduated in December 2016, with a Bachelor in Italian Studies. She worked as a student assistant for Admissions and then was hired as an Operational Support Officer before becoming Undergraduate Admissions Counselor.


Kirsty Young

Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Counselor

Kirsty was born in Northumberland, UK, and studied English at Kingston University London before completing a CELTA qualification in Newcastle and moving to Rome in 2015 to teach English as a foreign language. She joined the AUR team in September 2017 and currently holds the position of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Counselor.

Kirty's career has been driven by the fact that she is fascinated by different languages and cultures, as well as her passion for sampling many different cuisines!