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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 Thursday. GEO advisors also offer 1:1 advising appointments in person or via Zoom, including over the summer.

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 during the school year). Virtual Study Abroad OverVUs are offered monthly during the summer via Zoom. 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, England, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain (Madrid, and Palma), Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, Vietnam, Incoming Exchange

Schedule an advising appointment with Tyler

Email Tyler

Jillian Madden

Advising:

General study abroad questions, Argentina, Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Samoa, Serbia, Spain (Barcelona, Bilbao, Granada & Seville), and Switzerland

Schedule an advising appointment with Jillian

Email Jillian

Caroline Nikolaus

Advising:

General study abroad questions, Africa (Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa), Europe (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Scotland), Mexico, and CIEE Open Campus programs

Schedule an advising appointment with Caroline

Email Caroline

Carmeisha Huckleby

Advising:

General study abroad questions, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Israel, and Jordan

Schedule an advising appointment with Carmeisha

Email Carmeisha

Yuanqi (Suzy) Wang

Advising:

General study abroad questions, Mainland China, Denmark, IHP, Sweden, Taiwan

Schedule an advising appointment with Suzy

Email Suzy

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.  

The Office of Global Safety is a resource for students at any point in the study abroad process. To make an appointment to discuss health, safety, and well-being abroad, please reach out to Isabelle Crist, Assistant Director of the Office of Global Safety. General inquiries can also be directed to globalsafety@vanderbilt.edu.

Isabelle S. Crist

Advising:
Health, safety, and well-being guidance for all VU faculty, staff and student travelers, including GEO study abroad students

Contact Isabelle

Peer Advisers

Peer Advisers are the student representatives of study abroad on Vanderbilt’s campus within the Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt. Peer Advisers lead study abroad outreach events around campus and hold office hours at ELIV to assist prospective students.

MacKenzie

MacKenzie Higgins

Hello! My name is MacKenzie Higgins, and I am a senior studying Medicine, Health, and Society on the pre-nursing track. I am originally from Nashville and studied abroad in Florence, Italy where I learned all about Italian food and wine! Outside of school, I love teaching dance, playing pickleball, and trying new restaurants!

Contact MacKenzie

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

Alisha Saluja, '24 IFSA University of South Wales, Spring 2023

Avery Fortier, '24 IFSA University of New South Wales, Spring 2023

Chile

Eli Apple, '24 CASA Santiago, Fall 2022

Maia Czarnecki, '23 CASA Santiago, Spring 2022

Czech Republic

Rishabh Gharekhan, '24 CET Prague, Spring 2023

Mariah Grover, '24 CET Prague, Spring 2023

Kathir Venkat, '24 CET Prague, Spring 2023

Erica Yeagley, '23 CET Prague, Spring 2022

Denmark

Niya Burney, '23 DIS Copenhagen, Spring 2022

Joel Douglas, '24 DIS Copenhagen, Spring 2023

Maeghan Grady, '24 DIS Copenhagen, Spring 2023

Isabella Hirsch, '23 DIS Copenhagen, Spring 2023

Brynn Jones, '24 DIS Copenhagen, Fall 2022

Sarene Mun, '24 DIS Copenhagen, Spring 2023

Sophie Stachurski, '23 DIS Copenhagen, Spring 2023

Noah Srulovitz, '24 DIS Copenhagen, Spring 2023

Sydney Takemoto, '23 DIS Copenhagen, Spring 2022

England

Aadil Khan, '24 IFSA London School of Economics, Academic Year 22-23

Jamina Hsu, '24 CIEE University College London, Spring 2023

Rebekah Kim, '24 CIEE University College London, Spring 2023

Adam Messinger, '24 CIEE University College London, Spring 2023

Eden Roberson, '23 IFSA University of Leeds, Spring 2022

France

Sonia Kim, '24 Columbia in Paris, Spring 2023

Emma Reidy, '25 American University of Paris, Fall 2022

Fiona Thompson, '25 Georgia Tech Europe, Spring 2023

Ireland

Veronica Figueroa, '24 IFSA University College Dublin, Spring 2023

Kate Lanham, '24 CASA Dublin, Spring 2023

Italy

MacKenzie Higgins, '24 CET Florence, Spring 2023

Leydi Alatorre Medina, '23 CET Siena, Spring 2022

Japan

Tyler Popp, '24 Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS), Spring 2023

Multi-country

Daniel Ardity, '24 CIEE Open Campus (Paris, Singapore), Spring 2023

Sam Curtis, '24 CIEE Open Campus (Kyoto, Paris), Spring 2023

Justin Luckner, '24 CIEE Open Campus (Monteverde, Rome, Sydney), Spring 2023

Alexander Ward, '24 CIEE Open Campus (London, Madrid, Rome), Spring 2023

New Zealand

Rin Kong, '24 University of Canterbury: New Zealand Earth Systems (Frontiers Abroad), Spring 2023

Travis Ho, '24 IFSA University of Auckland, Spring 2023

South Africa

Spencer Harrison, '23 CIEE Open Campus: Cape Town, Spring 2022

Spain

Alison Vaughan, '24 CASA Sevilla, Spring 2023

Anika Mahajan, '24 CASA Sevilla, Spring 2023

Natali Lanfir, '23 CIEE Barcelona: Advanced Liberal Arts, Spring 2022

Julia Lorio, '23 CIEE Barcelona: Advanced Liberal Arts, Spring 2022

Stuart Waller, '23 CIEE Madrid: Engineering & Society, Spring 2022

Eva Hanson, '24 CIEE Madrid: Engineering and Society, Spring 2023

Elise Farley, '24 SLU Madrid, Spring 2023

Audrey Heffernan, '24 SLU Madrid, Spring 2023

Trevor Kasuku, '24 SLU Madrid, Spring 2023

Benjy Kurcz, '24 SLU Madrid, Spring 2023

Maya Levinson, '24 SLU Madrid, Spring 2023

Sophie Peterson, '24 SLU Madrid, Spring 2023

Zack Shatsky, '24 SLU Madrid, Spring 2023

Christina Valentine, '24 SLU Madrid, Spring 2023

Scotland

Anna Mullens, '24 IFSA University of Edinburgh, Spring 2023

Sweden

Christopher Chen, '23 DIS Stockholm, Spring 2022

Switzerland

Zoe Assasie, '24 SIT Switzerland: International Studies & Multilateral Diplomacy, Spring 2023