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Advising

During the academic year, students can drop into our office in the Student Life Center for in-person advising from 1–4pm, Monday through Friday. GEO advisors also offer 1:1 advising appointments in person or via Zoom.

Prior to meeting with a GEO advisor, you are highly encouraged to attend an in-person Study Abroad OverVU session (offered every Monday at 4pm in GEO). Alternatively, you can review resources on the Getting Started page before scheduling an advising appointment.

Scroll down to meet our advisors and book an appointment. If you can't find a time that works for you or you'd prefer to meet in person, please click the Email link below the advisor's name to request alternate arrangements.

Advising appointments are offered to Vanderbilt undergraduate students only. Others, including parents and family, are requested to email us at geo@vanderbilt.edu.

GEO Staff Advisors

GEO staff advisors provide support and guidance to students on all aspects of the study abroad experience. We 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!

Tyler Walker

Advising:

General study abroad questions, Czech Republic, England, South Korea, Spain (Madrid, Palma & Bilbao)

Schedule an advising appointment with Tyler

Email Tyler

Caroline Nikolaus

Advising:

General study abroad questions, Austria, France (American University of Paris and Georgia Tech Lorraine only), Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, and CIEE Open Campus programs

Schedule an advising appointment with Caroline

Email Caroline

Yuanqi (Suzy) Wang

Advising:

General study abroad questions, Incoming Exchange, Maymesters, Cameroon, China (Including Hong Kong), Denmark, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, Sweden, Taiwan, Uganda, Vietnam

Schedule an advising appointment with Suzy

Email Suzy

Gabriela Luis

Advising:

General study abroad questions, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France (Columbia in Paris and CIEE Toulouse only), IHP, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore

Schedule an advising appointment with Gabriela

Email Gabriela 

Arik Ohnstad

Advising:

General study abroad questions, India, Nepal, Serbia, Switzerland,  Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

Schedule an advising appointment with Arik

Email Arik

Health and Safety Guidance

Vanderbilt’s Office of Global Safety 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

Director of Global Safety and Security

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

Contact Andrea

Isabelle S. Crist

Assistant Director of Global Safety and Security

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

Contact Isabelle

GEO Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors are the student representatives of GEO on Vanderbilt’s campus. Peer Advisors lead study abroad outreach events around campus and hold office hours at GEO to assist prospective students.

Nathan Miao

Nathan comes from a suburb just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. He is a Public Policy Studies and Cinema and Media Arts double major in the College of Arts and Sciences. He studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland during the fall semester of 2021. Nathan loves watching movies, cooking, photography, hiking, and reading non-fiction books.

Contact Nathan

Grace Kim

Grace Kim is from Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. She is a junior in the Blair School of Music, and a flute performance major in the 5-year music education program and minoring in special education. She was a student at DIS Copenhagen Fall 2021 in the Child Development and Diversity core course.

Contact Grace

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!

Chile

Maia Czarnecki CASA Santiago, Chile, Spring 2022

Czech Republic

Erica Yeagley CET Prague, Spring 2022

Denmark

Niya Burney DIS Copenhagen, Spring 2022

Sydney Takemoto DIS Copenhagen, Spring 2022

Grace Kim '23 DIS Copenhagen, Fall 2021

Isabelle Guicherit '22 DIS Copenhagen, Fall 2021

Kristi Maisha '22 DIS Copenhagen, Fall 2021

Chamberlyn Barnett '22 DIS Copenhagen, Fall 2021

Melanie Fann '22 DIS Copenhagen, Fall 2021

England

Eden Roberson IFSA University of Leeds, Spring 2022

Italy

Leydi Alatorre Medina CET Siena, Spring 2022

Margaret Sturm '23 CET Florence, Fall 2021

Jordan

Agneetta Moisio '22 CET Jordan (Amman), Fall 2021

South Africa

Spencer Harrison CIEE Open Campus: Cape Town, Spring 2022

South Korea

Grace Lamont '22 CIEE Seoul: Arts and Sciences (Yonsei University), Fall 2021

MacKenzie Gleason '22 CIEE Seoul: Arts and Sciences (Yonsei University), Fall 2021

Spain

Julia Lorio CIEE Barcelona: Advanced Liberal Arts, Spring 2022

Natali Lanfir CIEE Barcelona: Advanced Liberal Arts, Spring 2022

Stuart Waller CIEE Madrid: Engineering & Society, Spring 2022

Lauren Cerda '22 CASA Seville, Fall 2021

Sweden

Christopher Chen DIS Stockholm, Spring 2022 

Switzerland

Nathan Miao '23 SIT Switzerland: International Relations and Multilateral Diplomacy, Fall 2021