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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.

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.

Gabriela Luis
Gabriela Luis
Associate Director

Gabriela serves as the Associate Director of the Global Education Office. She holds a B.A. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Policy from Vanderbilt University. Previously, Gabriela worked with an international human rights organization in D.C. and a higher education access non-profit in the Bay Area. She has also studied and lived abroad in Florence, Italy and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Gabriela has been with the Global Education Office since 2015.

Yuanqi (Suzy) Wang
Yuanqi (Suzy) Wang
Senior Advisor for Experiential Learning

As senior advisor, Suzy leads GEO’s advising team to facilitate student’s learning and development through advising, pre- and post-experience interventions, mentorship, and assessment. Suzy is also the point person for Maymester faculty-led programs and incoming exchange. Prior to joining GEO in 2014, Suzy worked at the Vanderbilt International Office and Vanderbilt’s inaugural US-China Center. A native of Henan, China, Suzy’s own life journey has taken her around the globe. Formally trained in second-language acquisition and international education, Suzy continues to find intercultural learning at the crosspoint where her personal and professional passions meet. Suzy has presented at the Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement Conference, and has previously served on the Diversity of Global Education Task Force with Diversity Abroad. Suzy earned her B.A. from Shanghai International Studies University, and an M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University.

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

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.