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Alicia Stanley, Interim Director

Alicia StanleyAlicia graduated with a B.A. in French from Rice University and a M.A./M.S. in International Public Service Management from DePaul University, and spent several years studying, teaching and working in France after completing her undergradate degree. Prior to joining Northwestern as Associate Director in 2008, she worked in Chicago for the French Technology Press Office, IES Abroad (Institute for the International Education of Students), and DePaul University’s Study Abroad Program. Alicia oversees academic policies and procedures, manages the office's administrative and program budgets, and leads the team to ensure smooth operations and quality services. She advises students who are interested in studying abroad in China, Czech Republic, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam and is serving as interim adviser for the Middle East and North Africa in Fall 2016. Alicia serves as Membership Co-Chair of the Association for Northwestern University Women (ANUW) and as a Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Advisor. She is also a member of Northwestern's Office of Fellowships Advisory Board, the University Hearing and Appeals System Board, the School for International Training (SIT) Partnership Council, and AACRAO: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and has served on the IES Abroad Academic Council and the Executive Committee of IFSA-Butler's National Advisory Board. In addition, she's a member of the Forum on Education Abroad's Advocacy Committee and was elected as Vice-Chair of the Forum Council in June 2016.


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.

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, 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, STudy abroad adviser

 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 advises for programs in the following countries: Denmark, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Ireland and the United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Sweden, and Uganda. When not at work, she loves spending time with her husband and kids, playing games, listening to live music, watching sports, and reading.


Laura Barron received her B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During college she participated in a summer seminar at Oxford University. As Program Assistant in the Study Abroad Office, Laura manages the front desk, oversees the study abroad transfer credit process and manages registration, billing and payments. Laura previously worked in the Northwestern Office of the Registrar, most recently as transfer credit evaluator. 

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.


tori latham, administrative aide & communications assistant

Tori Latham

Tori is a Medill senior 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.




Emily is a sophomore 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 sophomore 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.