Undergraduate Learning Abroad (ULA)
1800 Sherman Ave, Suite 4-400, Evanston, IL 60201
Hours of Operation
- Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- 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
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.
- Advising for programs in the following countries: Czech Republic, France (Exchanges), Kazakhstan, Russia, & Serbia/Bosnia
- Overseeing operations and evaluation of ULA's specially-designed, faculty-led, and exchange programs
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 Abraod 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.
- Advising for programs in the following regions/countries: Middle East, North Africa, and Spain
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 acitivities to help her two young children burn energy and satisfy their curiosity.
- 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
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.
- Advising for unaffiliated programs
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.
- Advising for programs in the following countries: Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, and Switzerland
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, and 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.
- Advising for programs in the following regions/countries: Africa (south of the Sahara), Denmark, Ireland, Scotland, and Sweden
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.
- Advising for programs in the following regions/countries: Americas, Australia, Belgium, France (affiliated programs), New Zealand
- Managing ULA'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
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.
- Advising for programs in the following regions/countries: Asia and England
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 advisor 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 recently 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.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
- As 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
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 later 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:
- Lead the student ambassador program
- Marketing, event, communication, and education projects
Laura is a graduate student in Loyola University's International Higher Education master's program. She graduated from Northwestern with a BA in Communication (Radio/TV/Film) and has also completed her diplôme d'études en langue française at the B2 level. She studied abroad as an undergraduate in Montpellier, France and as a graduate student in Vietnam; her master's program will conclude with a course in Rome, Italy. Prior to joining ULA, Laura lead the video production team within Northwestern's IT department to produce custom media projects that support innovation in teaching & learning, research, and outreach & communication. Laura loves urban/travel sketching, fountain pens, and reading.
Student WorkersAshlyn grew up in sunny Palo Alto, California, with her parents and younger brother. Currently a junior at Northwestern University, she is studying Biological Anthropology and Global Health. Over the past two summers Ashlyn traveled to Barcelona for the language and Spanish culture program, and went to Havana, Cuba to study Global Health. In her free time she enjoys exploring Chicago, and engaging in student produced events on campus.Andrea is a junior at Northwestern, 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 take her three dogs on walks.Emily is currently a junior studying Political Science, International Studies, and Global Health Studies at Northwestern. She is the Co-Executive Producer of Mayfest Productions, and she 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.Sam grew up just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently a senior undergraduate student at Northwestern University, studying biology, sociology, and global health. Sam spent this past summer in Arusha, Tanzania doing qualitative field research in public health. There, he learned to speak Swahili at an intermediate level. Sam enjoys playing basketball in his free time, and is a member of the club team at Northwestern.Emilie was born and raised in Rwanda. She is currently a senior undergraduate student at Northwestern University, double-majoring in Psychology and Global health. This past summer, Emilie traveled to Serbia, and Bosnia-Herzegovins for the Comparative Public Health program. In her free time, she enjoys engaging in African students led programs, and attending global health related events.