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GEO advisors are offering virtual office hours via Zoom. See each advisor's office hours details below.

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.

GEO staff advisors maintain weekly open office hours during the academic year. They are also available for advising by appointment throughout the year. Summer advising sessions may be done via Zoom or via phone. 

GEO also offers multiple events throughout each semester for students to learn more about study abroad, including our Study Abroad 101 introductory sessions. Check out upcoming events here!

Virtual Office Hours | Zoom
Monday through Friday, 1–3 pm
Meet with GEO advisors virtually via Zoom.

Yuanqi (Suzy) Wang

Senior Study Abroad Advisor, Maymester and Incoming Exchange Coordinator

Advising:
China (Including Hong Kong), Denmark, Egypt, Japan, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Sweden, Uganda, and Vietnam

Office Hours (drop in for Suzy's virtual office hours via Zoom here)

Monday 1-3pm

Contact Suzy

Gabriela Luis

Senior Study Abroad Advisor and Scholarship Coordinator

Advising:
Argentina, Brazil, France, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Russia, Singapore

Office Hours (drop in for Gabriela's virtual office hours via Zoom here)

Tuesday 1-3pm

Contact Gabriela

Dave Brown

Study Abroad Advisor and Assessment/Agreements Coordinator

Advising:
Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Serbia, Scotland, and Spain (except for Madrid)

Office Hours (drop in for Dave's virtual office hours via Zoom here)

Friday 1-3pm

Contact Dave

Katelyn Slotnick

Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator

Advising:
Australia, Austria, Germany, New Zealand, and Samoa

Office Hours (drop in for Katelyn's virtual office hours via Zoom here)

Thursday 1-3pm

Contact Katelyn

Tyler Walker

Study Abroad Advisor

Advising:
Chile, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, South Africa, Spain (Madrid only) and Switzerland

Office Hours (drop in for Tyler's virtual office hours via Zoom here)

Wednesday 1-3pm

Contact Tyler

Isabelle S. Crist

Assistant Director

Advising:
Costa Rica, Israel, Mexico

Point person for engineering students

Advising by appointment only

Contact Isabelle

Arik Ohnstad

Director

Advising:
Bolivia, India and Nepal

Advising by appointment only

Contact Arik

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