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Undergraduate Learning Abroad (ULA)
1800 Sherman Avenue, Suite 4-400
Evanston, IL 60201 | View campus map

Phone: +1-847-467-6400
Fax: +1-847-467-6410
Emergency (University Police): +1-847-491-3456
Email: learningabroad@northwestern.edu

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NamePhoneEmailAdvising Responsibilities
Whitney Bennett

A proud Kentuckian, Whitney joined the office in June 2016 following the completion of her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy at Northwestern. Whitney received her BA in Anthropology with a minor in Psychology from the University of Louisville. During her undergraduate years, Whitney studied abroad in Istanbul, Turkey and wrote her thesis on concepts of ethnicity and citizenship within Turkey. Prior to joining ULA, Whitney taught English at a university in southwestern Turkey as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA), worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at a community center in Louisville, Kentucky, and worked as a Graduate Assistant at IES Abroad, and Northwestern's Study Abroad Office and Buffett Institute for Global Studies. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys cycling everywhere, volunteering at an educational bike shop called the Recyclery Collective, and taking art classes.

Bennett, Whitney
Study Abroad Program Manager & Information Systems Analyst
847-467-6953whitney.bennett@northwestern.eduSerbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Turkey, and Unaffiliated programs in all regions/countries
Krista Buda Bethel

Originally from New Jersey, Krista was a first-generation college student and the first in her family to study abroad. She received her B.A. in Linguistics and German Language & Literature from Haverford College, spent her junior year abroad in Freiburg, Germany and completed her M.S.Ed. degree in Higher Education Administration & Policy at Northwestern. After a number of years working in banking and financial services, Krista interned at IES Abroad in Chicago and joined Northwestern Study Abroad in 2007. As the Senior Assistant Director in the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid, Krista is a member of both the Study Abroad and Financial Aid/Financial Wellness teams.

Responsibilities:

  • Advising students and families on study abroad financial aid, scholarships, billing, and budgeting
  • Managing and awarding study abroad financial aid, certifying scholarship applications, and liaising with programs regarding fees and invoices
  • Ensuring access to study abroad, particularly for students with high financial need and first-generation students
  • Senior Assistant Director in the financial aid office: counseling students and families on all aspects of financial aid,collaborating on financial wellness programming, campus financial aid mentor for Posse Scholars and Gates Scholars
Buda Bethel, Krista
Manager, Study Abroad Financial Services
847-491-7400krista@northwestern.eduStudy abroad financial aid, scholarships, billing, and budgeting (all programs and terms)
Catrina DeBord

Catrina received her BA in International Relations, International Studies and Italian from University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MS in Communication from Northwestern University. She has studied or worked abroad in various locations throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America. Most recently Catrina was selected for a Fulbright International Education Administrators grant and served as a part of a US delegation in Germany focusing on German higher education. Before joining Northwestern, Catrina was the Associate Director of International Programs at Columbia College Chicago where she focused on centralizing and streamlining faculty-led programs and budgets running across six continents. With over a decade of experience in the field, Catrina is also actively involved in professional organizations, most recently serving as the International Educators of Illinois (IEI) Study Abroad Representative from January 2015- July 2017. Catrina loves to travel, learn about people and cultures, and taste foods from around the world.

DeBord, Catrina
Assistant Director, Operations & Development
847-467-4913catrina.debord@northwestern.eduAustria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland
Jessica Fetridge

Jessica graduated with a MEd in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago and a BS 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. Jessica is a member of the Forum on Education Abroad and serves as the Shared Programs Abroad (SPA) Coordinator for the Big Ten Academic Alliance, on the Executive Committee of IFSA-Butler's National Advisory Board, and on the Northwestern Education Abroad Crisis Management Council. In her spare time she likes cooking and exploring the city for activities to help her two young children burn energy and satisfy their curiosity.

Fetridge, Jessica
Associate Director
847-491-4130jessica.fetridge@northwestern.eduhttps://live.vcita.com/site/30ycby4r2bzq1u1c/online-scheduling?staff=3d17e69a27a69276Middle East, North Africa and Spain
Karey Fuhs

Originally from Michigan, Karey graduated with a BA in Environmental Science from Northwestern and an MA in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University. Inspired by her study abroad experiences in Chile and Ecuador, while an undergraduate, Karey returned to Ecuador after graduation, where she worked for SIT Study Abroad for several years. She also worked at the Chazen Institute for International Business at Columbia Business School, Social Justice Initiatives at Columbia Law School, and the Cloud Institute of Sustainability Education before returning to Northwestern in 2010. Karey is a member of the Forum on Education Abroad and NAFSA, and has served on a number of committees including the Diversity Abroad Faculty Development Task Force, IES Abroad Annual Conference Program Planning Committee, Northwestern Education Abroad Crisis Management Council, and others. She loves scuba diving and volunteering at her community food pantry and animal shelter.

Additional responsibilities:

  • Overseeing operations and evaluation of ULA's specially-designed, faculty-led, and exchange programs.
Fuhs, Karey
Senior Associate Director
847-467-1973k-fuhs@northwestern.eduFrance and Belgium
Sara McGuinn

A proud alumna of Northwestern, Sara studied abroad for a full year in Seville, Spain as an undergraduate and received her BA in Spanish. After completing her MA in Applied Linguistics at 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. Currently, she is part of the leadership team of International Educators of Illinois, where she co-coordinates the association's mentorship program. When not at work, she love spending time with her husband and kids, playing games, listening to live music, watching sports and reading.

McGuinn, Sara
Senior Study Abroad Program Manager
847-491-4677sara.mcguinn@northwestern.eduAfrica (south of the Sahara), Denmark, Ireland, Scotland and Sweden
Francesca Miroballi

Francesca graduated with a BA in French and Communication from Elmhurst College and a MA in Communication and Media from Northeastern Illinois University and spent part of her undergraduate studies in Nantes, France and Italy (Florence and Milan). Before joining Northwestern, Francesca worked for IES Abroad in the Recruiting & Advising as well as academic departments. In her free time, Francesca enjoys reading, taking French classes and exploring her neighborhood.

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Miroballi, Francesca
Assistant Director, Advising & Diversity
847-467-2947f-miroballi@northwestern.eduAmericas, Australia, and New Zealand
Lauren Worth

A native of Illinois, Lauren joined Northwestern after living and working around the US and the world for a number of years. She completed her BA in Political Science at Colorado State University and a MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Miami University (Ohio). Before joining the staff, she was a study abroad adviser at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked closely with programs in Asia and Eastern Europe. She spent four years living in beautiful Fukushima, Japan and completed a one year round-the-world trip. Lauren loves the adventure of traveling to remote or non-traditional destinations like North Korea, Siberia, Antarctica and the West Bank.

Worth, Lauren
Study Abroad Program Manager
847-467-6949lauren.worth@northwestern.eduAsia, Czech Republic, England, Kazakhstan, and Russia
NamePhoneEmail
Laura Barron

Laura joined the office in September 2016. She received a BA in English with a minor in Art History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During college Laura studied abroad at Oxford University. Before starting at ULA she worked at Barnes & Noble, the Evanston Public Library and Northwestern's Office of the Registrar. In her free time Laura enjoys reading, travel and trapeze class.

 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Handling payment and financial records
  • Managing student billing and registration
  • Coordinating a variety of administrative processes including credit transfer, the office newsletter, and front desk scheduling and coverage
Barron, Laura
Study Abroad Operations Associate
847-467-6625l-barron@northwestern.edu
Whitney Bennett

A proud Kentuckian, Whitney joined the office in June 2016 following the completion of her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy at Northwestern. Whitney received her BA in Anthropology with a minor in Psychology from the University of Louisville. During her undergraduate years, Whitney studied abroad in Istanbul, Turkey and wrote her thesis on concepts of ethnicity and citizenship within Turkey. Prior to joining ULA, Whitney taught English at a university in southwestern Turkey as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA), worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at a community center in Louisville, Kentucky, and worked as a Graduate Assistant at IES Abroad, and Northwestern's Study Abroad Office and Buffett Institute for Global Studies. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys cycling everywhere, volunteering at an educational bike shop called the Recyclery Collective, and taking art classes.

Bennett, Whitney
Study Abroad Program Manager & Information Systems Analyst
847-467-6953whitney.bennett@northwestern.edu
Krista Buda Bethel

Originally from New Jersey, Krista was a first-generation college student and the first in her family to study abroad. She received her B.A. in Linguistics and German Language & Literature from Haverford College, spent her junior year abroad in Freiburg, Germany and completed her M.S.Ed. degree in Higher Education Administration & Policy at Northwestern. After a number of years working in banking and financial services, Krista interned at IES Abroad in Chicago and joined Northwestern Study Abroad in 2007. As the Senior Assistant Director in the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid, Krista is a member of both the Study Abroad and Financial Aid/Financial Wellness teams.

Responsibilities:

  • Advising students and families on study abroad financial aid, scholarships, billing, and budgeting
  • Managing and awarding study abroad financial aid, certifying scholarship applications, and liaising with programs regarding fees and invoices
  • Ensuring access to study abroad, particularly for students with high financial need and first-generation students
  • Senior Assistant Director in the financial aid office: counseling students and families on all aspects of financial aid,collaborating on financial wellness programming, campus financial aid mentor for Posse Scholars and Gates Scholars
Buda Bethel, Krista
Manager, Study Abroad Financial Services
847-491-7400krista@northwestern.edu
Catrina DeBord

Catrina received her BA in International Relations, International Studies and Italian from University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MS in Communication from Northwestern University. She has studied or worked abroad in various locations throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America. Most recently Catrina was selected for a Fulbright International Education Administrators grant and served as a part of a US delegation in Germany focusing on German higher education. Before joining Northwestern, Catrina was the Associate Director of International Programs at Columbia College Chicago where she focused on centralizing and streamlining faculty-led programs and budgets running across six continents. With over a decade of experience in the field, Catrina is also actively involved in professional organizations, most recently serving as the International Educators of Illinois (IEI) Study Abroad Representative from January 2015- July 2017. Catrina loves to travel, learn about people and cultures, and taste foods from around the world.

DeBord, Catrina
Assistant Director, Operations & Development
847-467-4913catrina.debord@northwestern.edu
Jessica Fetridge

Jessica graduated with a MEd in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago and a BS 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. Jessica is a member of the Forum on Education Abroad and serves as the Shared Programs Abroad (SPA) Coordinator for the Big Ten Academic Alliance, on the Executive Committee of IFSA-Butler's National Advisory Board, and on the Northwestern Education Abroad Crisis Management Council. In her spare time she likes cooking and exploring the city for activities to help her two young children burn energy and satisfy their curiosity.

Fetridge, Jessica
Associate Director
847-491-4130jessica.fetridge@northwestern.eduhttps://live.vcita.com/site/30ycby4r2bzq1u1c/online-scheduling?staff=3d17e69a27a69276
Karey Fuhs

Originally from Michigan, Karey graduated with a BA in Environmental Science from Northwestern and an MA in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University. Inspired by her study abroad experiences in Chile and Ecuador, while an undergraduate, Karey returned to Ecuador after graduation, where she worked for SIT Study Abroad for several years. She also worked at the Chazen Institute for International Business at Columbia Business School, Social Justice Initiatives at Columbia Law School, and the Cloud Institute of Sustainability Education before returning to Northwestern in 2010. Karey is a member of the Forum on Education Abroad and NAFSA, and has served on a number of committees including the Diversity Abroad Faculty Development Task Force, IES Abroad Annual Conference Program Planning Committee, Northwestern Education Abroad Crisis Management Council, and others. She loves scuba diving and volunteering at her community food pantry and animal shelter.

Additional responsibilities:

  • Overseeing operations and evaluation of ULA's specially-designed, faculty-led, and exchange programs.
Fuhs, Karey
Senior Associate Director
847-467-1973k-fuhs@northwestern.edu
Carmen Hernandez

Mexican-American and first-generation college student, Carmen received her BFA and a minor in Spanish Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Carmen joined the office after completion of her second master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University. She also holds a master’s degree in Linguistics. As an undergraduate student, she studied abroad twice, the first time in Rome, Italy where she studied Italian film and art history and the second time in Santiago, Chile where she studied photography and Spanish Literature at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Before coming to Northwestern, Carmen worked as a Financial Aid Coordinator at Northeastern Illinois University, where she advised and promoted financial literacy. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, photography, cooking, wine-tastings, camping, and hiking.

Hernandez, Carmen
Advising Associate
847-491-7945carmen.hernandez@northwestern.edu
Stephanie Kaczynski

Stephanie holds a BA in Communication & Journalism and Spanish from the University of St. Thomas, a graduate certificate in Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusion from the University of Colorado, and an MA in Multicultural and Relational Communication from DePaul University. During her undergraduate studies, Stephanie studied abroad in both Rome and Costa Rica. Her responsibilities at ULA include managing marketing and communications for the office and managing ULA’s major events, including Northwestern’s annual Study Abroad Fair. When not at work she enjoys exploring Chicago, volunteering with refugee youth, and planning her next trip.

Kaczynski, Stephanie
Marketing & Communications Manager
847-467-3061stephanie.kaczynski@northwestern.edu
Sara McGuinn

A proud alumna of Northwestern, Sara studied abroad for a full year in Seville, Spain as an undergraduate and received her BA in Spanish. After completing her MA in Applied Linguistics at 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. Currently, she is part of the leadership team of International Educators of Illinois, where she co-coordinates the association's mentorship program. When not at work, she love spending time with her husband and kids, playing games, listening to live music, watching sports and reading.

McGuinn, Sara
Senior Study Abroad Program Manager
847-491-4677sara.mcguinn@northwestern.edu
Francesca Miroballi

Francesca graduated with a BA in French and Communication from Elmhurst College and a MA in Communication and Media from Northeastern Illinois University and spent part of her undergraduate studies in Nantes, France and Italy (Florence and Milan). Before joining Northwestern, Francesca worked for IES Abroad in the Recruiting & Advising as well as academic departments. In her free time, Francesca enjoys reading, taking French classes and exploring her neighborhood.

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Miroballi, Francesca
Assistant Director, Advising & Diversity
847-467-2947f-miroballi@northwestern.edu
Sara Tully

Sara received her BS (Foreign Service) in History and Diplomacy and her MA in German and European Studies from Georgetown University. During this time, she spent two years studying at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich and the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn and completed a year-long internship with the German parliament. Sara joined Northwestern in August 2017 after 18 years as Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for International Education and an early career as Program Officer for the US Department of Education’s Title VI grant programs. Sara is a member of AIEA, NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, and the Global Leadership League, and has served as a consultant for US colleges, universities and government agencies seeking to strengthen international education programs.

Responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the development and management of Northwestern’s overseas undergraduate curriculum and its alignment with Northwestern’s global strategy
  • Expanding access to degree-relevant study abroad reflective of students’ needs and interests
  • Strengthening learning abroad as an integral part of the undergraduate experience
  • Engaging Northwestern faculty as partners, participants and advocates
Tully, Sara
Director
847-491-8293sara.tully@northwestern.edu
Lauren Worth

A native of Illinois, Lauren joined Northwestern after living and working around the US and the world for a number of years. She completed her BA in Political Science at Colorado State University and a MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Miami University (Ohio). Before joining the staff, she was a study abroad adviser at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked closely with programs in Asia and Eastern Europe. She spent four years living in beautiful Fukushima, Japan and completed a one year round-the-world trip. Lauren loves the adventure of traveling to remote or non-traditional destinations like North Korea, Siberia, Antarctica and the West Bank.

Worth, Lauren
Study Abroad Program Manager
847-467-6949lauren.worth@northwestern.edu
Name
Joel Alvarez-RinconeƱo

Joel Alvarez was born and raised in the South-East side of Chicago, IL. He is now a third year student who studies sociology, creative writing, Portuguese, and marketing. Joel studied abroad in Granada, Spain in 2017. He also spent the summer of 2017 interning as an English teacher in Lopburi, Thailand. His most recent abroad experience was in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where he designed and created drug prevention educational materials for local high school students. In his free time, Joel enjoys swimming, hiking, taking photographs, and attending concerts.  

Alvarez-RinconeƱo, Joel
Fellow
Andrea Biancalana

Andrea is a junior at Northwestern and double-majoring in Biological Sciences and Spanish. After graduating, she hopes to attend veterinary school. On campus, she is the Director of Survivorship for Relay For Life and is a member of the Pre-Vet Society. Last fall, Andrea studied in Barcelona, Spain on the CASA program. In her free time, Andrea loves to go to concerts, volunteer at PAWS Chicago, practice speaking Spanish and taking her three dogs on walks.

Biancalana, Andrea
Student worker

Emily is currently a junior at Northwestern University studying Political Science, International Studies, and Global Health Studies. She is the co-executive producer of Mayfest Productions and  is involved in Globemed and SHAPE. Emily has studied abroad in both Udaipur, India (summer 2016) and Paris, France (fall 2017). In her free time Emily enjoys exploring the city, attending concerts and traveling.

Davidson, Emily
Student worker
Saya Federbush
Saya Federbush was raised in the small town of Cornville, AZ. Currently, she is a freshman at
Northwestern majoring in Journalism with a possible minor in Environmental Policy & Culture.
Though she has not yet studied abroad, Saya has traveled to places
such as Mexico, Haiti, and Japan – the latter is where much of her mother’s family resides. In her free time, Saya enjoys hiking, taking photographs, and traveling.
Federbush, Saya
Student Worker
Sabrina Matsuda

Sabrina is currently a senior at Northwestern double majoring in linguistics and German. She is involved in the German Undergraduate Advisory Board (GUAB) and works as a copy editor at The Daily Northwestern. Sabrina studied abroad AY 2017-18 in Freiburg, Germany with the IES Abroad Language and Area Studies program. She enjoys learning languages, swimming, and bubble tea!

Matsuda, Sabrina
Fellow
Naira Ovsepyan

Naira Ovsepyan is pursuing a Master’s degree in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She was born in Turkmenistan and has studied abroad in Russia on two exchange programs. Before starting her master’s program, Naira worked at American Councils for International Education, where she managed assessment projects and developed foreign language proficiency tests for academic exchange programs.

Ovsepyan, Naira
Graduate Intern