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About GEO

The Global Education Office (GEO) is committed to preparing global citizens by providing innovative and high quality international learning experiences that build on Vanderbilt University's commitment to academic excellence, global engagement and community service. Learn more about all aspects of Vanderbilt's global engagement at the Global VU website.

Location & Hours

The Global Education is located in the International Suite (Suite 103) of the Student Life Center and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time. *Through summer 2021, the Global Education Office is closed, and all staff are working remotely. 

Global Education Office Staff

Arik Ohnstad
Arik Ohnstad
Director

Arik is the Director of the Global Education Office. He holds a master’s degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt and a bachelor’s in English literature from Macalester College. He has done archaeological fieldwork in Bolivia, Guatemala, and Belize, and previously has done editorial work both inside and outside academia. Arik has been with the Global Education Office since 2010.

Isabelle S. Crist
Isabelle S. Crist
Assistant Director

Isabelle S. Crist is the Assistant Director for Operations for the Vanderbilt University Global Education Office and has been with the office since 2001. She earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt in Anthropology and Fine Arts. Before her position at the Global Education Office, she worked as a Project Coordinator for the Sigaux Collection in the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies. She is bilingual in French and English.

Yuanqi (Suzy) Wang
Yuanqi (Suzy) Wang
Senior Study Abroad Advisor and Maymester & Incoming Exchange Coordinator

Suzy grew up in China and earned her B. A. from Shanghai International Studies University. As a Japanese major in college, Suzy studied abroad in Tokyo for a semester. Her pursuit for graduate studies brought her to the U.S. where she completed an M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Management at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Suzy joined GEO after several years at the Vanderbilt International Office and the U.S.- China Center where she managed institutional partnerships, led faculty delegation overseas and coordinated international symposiums. From learning foreign languages to living overseas and working in international education, Suzy continues to straddle multiple cultural shores, and believes that intercultural learning is a journey that never ends.

Gabriela Luis
Gabriela Luis
Senior Study Abroad Advisor and Scholarships Coordinator

Gabriela completed her B.A. at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying abroad in Florence her junior year. Prior to Vanderbilt, she has worked with an international human rights organization, a higher education access non-profit, and completed her M.Ed. in Higher Education Policy at Vanderbilt. Beyond advising students on studying abroad, Gabriela also coordinates the need-based scholarship program for GEO. Gabriela is excited to put all of the skills she’s acquired to good use in facilitating international experiences like the one she took part in as an undergraduate!

Tyler Walker
Tyler Walker
Study Abroad Advisor

Tyler hails from the sunshine state of Florida, and earned her B.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a minor in Global Communication at the University of Southern California. As an undergraduate she participated in summer, year-long and maymester programs in Seoul, South Korea, and in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. She firmly believes in the education abroad experiences and that all students should have the opportunity to immersive themselves in different cultures and educational styles, while creating their own understanding of our globalized world. Outside of work, Tyler enjoys many outdoor activities, reading, writing, and all things artsy, visual and performative.

Caroline Nikolaus
Caroline Nikolaus
Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator

Caroline is a Third Culture Kid (TCK) who grew up in Japan, the USA, and Germany. She has visited around fifty countries over five continents. Caroline has a BS in Psychology with a music minor from Abilene Christian University. As an undergraduate, she completed two summer internships in Africa and studied abroad in Oxford, England. After graduation, she became Assistant Director of the Oxford program and gained her MA in Global Service online while working and traveling abroad. Caroline has also lived and worked in Los Angeles, CA, and Edinburgh, Scotland. She has been with Vanderbilt since Fall 2021 and is excited to help students embrace their global learning experiences, as she knows firsthand how impactful and rich those experiences can be. Outside of Vanderbilt, Caroline is a songwriter, music teacher, photographer, and florist. She loves to cook (and eat), hike, explore cities, write travel guides, and create with others.

Sharon Manlove | Administrative Assistant
Sharon Manlove
Administrative Assistant

Sharon is a Nashville native. She has been with Vanderbilt since 2001. With over twenty years of administrative assistance experience, she is now using that skill in the Global Education Office. Sharon enjoys vicariously traveling the world through the experiences of our students, and hopes to be abroad herself one day.