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Advising

GEO advisors are offering virtual appointments via Zoom M-F during Fall 2020. Scroll down to meet our advisors and book an appointment. GEO advisors are happy to schedule time to meet outside of normal hours, especially if you are in a different time zone! Just find the advisor below and click on the Contact link below their name to request an alternate time to meet.

GEO Staff Advisors

GEO staff advisors provide support and guidance to students on all aspects of the study abroad experience. They advise students on topics including: program selection and application, coursework abroad, identity and travel, study-abroad-based Immersion Vanderbilt opportunities, intercultural development, pre-departure preparation, re-entry, and more. In addition to being knowledgeable about opportunities for international engagement, GEO staff have participated in trainings such as P.R.I.D.E, Green Dot, Disrupting Everyday Bias among others to better support students' experiences.

GEO also offers multiple events throughout each semester for students to learn more about study abroad, including our Study Abroad OverVU introductory sessions. Check out upcoming events here!

Yuanqi (Suzy) Wang

Senior Study Abroad Advisor, Maymester and Incoming Exchange Coordinator

Advising:
Cameroon, China (Including Hong Kong), Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden, Uganda, and Vietnam

Schedule a virtual appointment with Suzy

Contact Suzy

Gabriela Luis

Senior Study Abroad Advisor and Scholarship Coordinator

Advising:
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, IHP, Italy, Jordan, New Zealand, Russia, Samoa, Singapore

Schedule a virtual appointment with Gabriela

Contact Gabriela

Isabelle S. Crist

Assistant Director

Advising:
Costa Rica, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Scotland, Serbia, and Spain (Madrid only)

Point person for engineering students

Schedule a virtual appointment with Isabelle

Contact Isabelle

Arik Ohnstad

Director

Advising:
Austria, Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, India, Netherlands, Nepal, Spain (except Madrid), and Switzerland

Schedule a virtual appointment with Arik

Contact Arik

Dave Brown

Study Abroad Advisor and Assessment/Agreements Coordinator

Temporary Leave of Absence

Katelyn Slotnick

Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator

Temporary Leave of Absence

Tyler Walker

Study Abroad Advisor and Marketing Coordinator

Temporary Leave of Absence

Health and Safety Guidance

Vanderbilt’s Global Safety and Security Team provides health and safety guidance to all VU travelers, including GEO study abroad students. They provide individualized health and safety advice to study abroad students, such as traveling with medication, setting up continued care, utilizing Vanderbilt-issued international insurance, addressing identity-based safety and health concerns, and more.  

Andrea Bordeau

Global Safety and Security Manager

Advising:
All VU faculty, staff and student travelers, including GEO study abroad students

Contact Andrea

Tandra Martin

Global Safety and Security Coordinator

Advising:
All VU faculty, staff and student travelers, including GEO study abroad students.

Contact Tandra

Study Abroad Alumni

Talking to peers who have studied abroad, particularly on programs you are interested in is a great way to gather information. The following study abroad alumni have offered to serve as a resource to prospective students interested in their program. Feel free to connect with them via email!

Australia

Victoria Hebert '21 IFSA University of New South Wales, Fall 2019

Katherine Hernandez '20 IFSA University of Sydney, Spring 2019

Tara Mack '20 IFSA University of Sydney, Spring 2019

Laura Abbott '20 IFSA University of New South Wales, Sydney, Fall 2018

Austria

Peter Hill '20 IES Vienna: European Society & Culture, Spring 2019

Chile

Brooke Gest '21  CIEE Valparaiso: Liberal Arts, Fall 2019

Joella Hartzler '21 SIT Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development, Spring 2019

Erin Lallinger '20 CIEE Santiago, Chile: Liberal Arts, Fall 2018

China

Sarah Griffiths '20 CET Shanghai: Chinese studies and internship, Spring 2019

Leah Field '20 CIEE Shanghai: Advanced Chinese Studies, Spring 2018

Daniel Shin '21 CET Beijing: Intensive Chinese Language, Summer 2018

Cuba

Adrienne Parks '20 CASA Cuba, Fall 2018

Denmark

Shuhan Zhao '21 DIS Copenhagen, Fall 2019

Laura Hill '21 DIS Copenhagen, Fall 2019

Amira Vivrette '21 DIS Copenhagen, Fall 2019

Lilian Wen '21 DIS Copenhagen, Fall 2019

Jeffrey Song '21 DIS Copenhagen, Fall 2019

Salasha Dixit '21 DIS Copenhagen, Fall 2019

Becky Hollenberg '21 DIS Copenhagen, Fall 2019

Hannah Rogers '20 DIS Copenhagen, Spring 2019

Lila Johnson '20 DIS Copenhagen, Spring 2019

Jenna Oratz' 20 DIS Copenhagen, Spring 2019

Andrew Harwell '20 DIS Copenhagen, Fall 2018

Angel Asirvatham '20 DIS Copenhagen, Summer 2018

France

GeGe Clements '20 CIEE Toulouse, Spring 2019

Kyle Gavulic '20 Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), Fall 2018

Olivia Cook '20 Georgia Tech Lorraine, Spring 2018

Fernando Mendez Campos '20 Georgia Tech Lorraine, Spring 2018

Jonathan Powles '20 Georgia Tech Lorraine, Spring 2018

Patia Fann '20 Georgia Tech Lorraine, Fall 2017

India

Mong Zhang '21 SIT India: Public Health, Gender, and Community Action, Fall 2019

Ireland

Kelly McHale '20 Trinity College, Dublin (IFSA-Butler), Spring 2019

Jason Seeb '20 Trinity College, Dublin (IFSA-Butler), Fall 2018

Israel

Cory Weintraub '20 Tel Aviv University, Spring 2019

Italy

Emma Kurtz '20 CET Siena: History of Art & Italian Studies, Summer 2018

Qisen Song '20 CET Siena: History of Art & Italian Studies, Spring 2018

Kenya

Kathy Zhang '21 SIT Kenya: Global Health and Human Rights, Fall 2019

Nepal

Emma Hart '20 SIT Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples, Spring 2019

New Zealand

Haley Frey '21 University of Canterbury (IFSA-Buter), Fall 2019

Miranda Mangahas '20 University of Canterbury (IFSA-Butler), Fall 2018

Cyan Baker '20 University of Canterbury (IFSA-Butler), Fall 2018

Madeline Brunson '20 Victoria University (IFSA-Butler), Spring 2018

Brooks Davis '20 University of Canterbury (IFSA-Butler), Fall 2018

Hannah Haecker '20 Victoria University (IFSA-Butler), Spring 2018

Scotland

Marina Troxel '20 University of St. Andrews (IFSA-Butler), Spring 2019

Sarang Harris '21 University of Glasgow (IFSA-Butler), Full Academic Year 2018 – 2019

Jeremy Devin '20 University of Edinburgh (IFSA-Butler), Fall 2018

Serbia

Alejandro Monzon '20 SIT Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans, Fall 2017

Singapore

Avi Gargye '20 National University of Singapore, Fall 2018

Spain

Kaitlyn Stoehr '21 IES Madrid, Fall 2019

Hailey Nichols '21 CIEE Barcelona: Advanced Liberal Arts, Spring 2019

Claire Broderick '20 IES Madrid: Engineering, Fall 2018

Elena Mione '20 CIEE Barcelona: Advanced Liberal Arts, Spring 2019

Cristina Mendez Campos '20 IES Madrid: Engineering, Spring 2019

Monica Gallagher '20 CIEE Barcelona: Advanced Liberal Arts, Spring 2019

Gregory Ridgel '20 IES Madrid: Engineering, Spring 2019

Emily Larson '20 IES Madrid: Engineering, Spring 2019

Sweden

Lily Jaremsky '21 DIS Stockholm, Fall 2019