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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 Israel, Jordan, Morocco, and Spain. In addition, she oversees the Peer Adviser program, serves as the office's lead adviser, and collaborates with academic departments and Student Affairs to coordinate campus resources for study abroad students. She also serves as the Shared Programs Abroad (SPA) Coordinator for the Big Ten Academic Alliance and on the Executive Committee of IFSA-Butler's National Advisory Board.

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

Francesca graduated with a B.A. in French and Communication from Elmhurst College and a M.A. 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.  She advises for programs in the following countries: Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, 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: Czech Republic, 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 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. Before joining the Study Abroad team Laura worked at the Evanston Public Library and Northwestern's Office of the Registrar, most recently as a transfer credit evaluator. 

KRISTA BUDA BETHEL, Manager of Study Abroad Financial Services

Krista Buda

Krista was a first-generation college student and the first in her family to study abroad. She completed her Master of Science in Education degree in Higher Education Administration & Policy at Northwestern, and received her B.A. in Linguistics and German Language & Literature from Haverford College. Krista also spent her junior year on the IES Abroad program in Freiburg, Germany. Krista oversees study abroad financial aid, scholarships, and billing, and counsels students and families about the budgeting and financial considerations of studying abroad. As the Senior 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/Financial Wellness teams. Krista has previously worked in the NU Study Abroad Office and in banking and financial services.



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.