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Advising

During the fall semester, students can drop into our office in the Student Life Center for in-person advising from 1–4pm, Monday through Friday. (Note: University offices are closed on Labor Day).

Advisors will continue to offer 1:1 advising appointments via Zoom. 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)

Schedule an advising appointment with Tyler

Email Tyler

Caroline Nikolaus

Advising:

General study abroad questions, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Spain (Barcelona, Granada & Seville), South Africa

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, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, IHP, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, Samoa, 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

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

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

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

Margaret Sturm '23 CET Florence, Fall 2021

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

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

Jordan

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

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

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

Lauren Cerda '22 CASA Seville, Fall 2021

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

Switzerland

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