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Bill AnthonyBill Anthony, Director

Bill is a graduate of Colby College (BA) and The Johns Hopkins University (MA, PhD) and was a Senior Lecturer in Northwestern's Department of German from 1986-1997 where he taught German language and literature, served as the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, co-produced documentary videos in Germany and Switzerland and chaired the Council on Language Instruction. In 1995, he was named a Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Lecturer. As the founding director of Northwestern's Study Abroad Office (1997), Bill takes great pride in being part of a small team of dedicated study abroad professionals. He has served a leadership role on the Standards Committee for the Forum on Education Abroad since its formation in 2002 and was elected to two terms on the Forum Council. Bill has played an active role in the Forum’s development of the Standards and a Code of Ethics for the study abroad field.

Alicia Stanley, Associate Director

Alicia StanleyAlicia graduated with a M.A./M.S. in International Public Service Management from DePaul University and a B.A. in French from Rice University and spent several years studying, teaching and working in France. Prior to joining Northwestern in 2008, she worked in Chicago for DePaul’s Study Abroad Program, IES Abroad, and the French Technology Press Office. As Associate Director, Alicia oversees academic policies and procedures, manages the office's administrative and program budgets, and coordinates the team's efforts to ensure smooth day-to-day operations. In addition, she advises students who are interested in studying abroad in China, Czech Republic, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam, and is currently serving as interim adviser for Denmark, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Ireland and the United Kingdom, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Sweden, and Uganda. Alicia serves as a Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Advisor and is currently a member of the Office of Fellowships Advisory Board, the University Hearing and Appeals System Board, the Forum on Education Abroad Council and Advocacy Committee, the SIT Partnership Council, and AACRAO: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. 

Jessica fetridge, assistant director 

Jessica graduated with a M.Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago and a B.S. in International Business and Spanish from the University of Dayton. She has studied abroad twice, first as an undergraduate studying Spanish and business for a semester at the University of Deusto in San Sebastián, Spain and later as a graduate student studying International Education at Loyola’s campus in Rome. Before coming to Northwestern she served as the Training Director of the Urban Chicago Chapter of Amigos de las Américas, training students to lead community development projects in Latin America, and worked as an adviser at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Study Abroad Office. At NU, Jessica advises for programs in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Peru, Spain, and Uruguay. In addition, she oversees the Peer Adviser program and the Student Advisory Board for Study Abroad (SABSA), serves as the office's lead adviser, and collaborates with academic departments and Student Affairs to coordinate campus resources for study abroad students. During the 2014-2015 academic year- Jessica is participating in the Change Makers program and serving on the University Hearing and Appeals System Board.

Francesca Miroballi, Study Abroad Adviser & Coordinator of campus outreachFrancesca Miroballi

Francesca received her B.A. in French and Communication from Elmhurst College and spent part of her undergraduate studies in Nantes, France and Italy (Florence and Milan).  Before joining Northwestern, Francesca worked for the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad).  She advises for programs in the following countries: Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Madagascar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Senegal, and Switzerland.  She also manages the Study Abroad Office's major events - including Northwestern's annual Study Abroad Fair, pre-departure orientations and reentry activities - in collaboration with various offices on campus and partner organizations.

SARA Mcguinn, program assistant

 Sara McGuinnA proud alumna of Northwestern, Sara studied abroad for a full year in Seville, Spain as an undergraduate at NU and received her BA in Spanish. After completing her MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts Boston, she tutored Spanish and taught English as a second language (ESL) for several years before returning to Northwestern, this time as a staff member. Sara manages the front desk of the Study Abroad Office and assists both advisers and students with a variety of administrative tasks. When not at work, she loves spending time with her husband and kids, playing games, listening to live music, watching sports, and reading.


KRISTA BUDA BETHEL, Assistant Director of Study Abroad Financial Services Krista Buda

Krista completed her Master of Science in Education degree in Higher Education Administration & Policy at Northwestern.  She received her B.A. in Linguistics and German Language & Literature from Haverford College and spent her junior year on the IES Abroad program in Freiburg, Germany.  Krista oversees study abroad billing and financial aid, and counsels students and families about the financial considerations of studying abroad.  As an Assistant Director in the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid at 1801 Hinman Avenue, Krista is a member of both the Study Abroad and Financial Aid teams.  Prior to working in financial aid, Krista also worked in the NU Study Abroad Office and in banking and financial services.

LUSHA ZHANG, research and communications graduate assistant

Lusha ZhangLusha is a current international graduate student in Northwestern’s Higher Education Administration and Policy. She received her B.A. in English Translation from Beihang University in Beijing, China. Lusha studied abroad in Perth, Australia and had taught English in Xiamen, China for a year. In her free time she enjoys jogging along the lake, skiing with friends, cooking Chinese food and watching adorable videos about puppies and kittens.  


tori latham, administrative aide & communications assistant

Tori Latham

Tori is a Medill junior majoring in Journalism and English, with a minor in History. She has loved all things French (especially the food and fashion!) since childhood and is currently studying abroad in Paris. In her free time, Tori loves to read, explore Chicago's museums and find new ways to use Nutella while baking.


EMELYN BARRIENTOS, Administrative Aide & Marketing Communications Assistant, Peer Adviser

Emelyn photoEmelyn is a senior in the School of Communication majoring in Radio/Television/Film. She recently returned from study abroad at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand during Winter/Spring 2014. Having been inspired by her experience, Emelyn hopes to return to New Zealand after graduating from Northwestern University to work in their emerging film and entertainment industry as well as to pursue a graduate program in cinema studies. In her free time, Emelyn loves watching films, writing screenplays, biking, outdoors activities, and most importantly, playing with her cats when she goes home for school breaks.



Emily is a freshman in Weinberg, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Global Health. This summer, she plans to study abroad in India with GESI, and she plans to study abroad again throughout her college career as well. In her free time, Emily likes to go to concerts, spend time outdoors, travel and watch Buzzfeed videos.


Andrea BiancalanaAndrea is a freshman in Weinberg, majoring in Biology (Pre-Med) and minoring in Spanish. She loves to travel and is thinking of studying in Barcelona over the summer. In her free time, Andrea likes to go to concerts, volunteer at animal shelters, read, see musicals, and spend time with her two dogs at home.