GEO Advising

Just getting started?

  • Explore the Student Guide to help you prepare for a successful study abroad experience
  • Share your interests so we can connect you with the right GEO team member (for UO and non-UO students).
  • Connect with a program coordinator during office hours (5-15 minute conversations), great for quick questions!
  • Email us at with additional questions.

Meet with a peer advisor - remote or in-person!

  • Study abroad alumni are available Wednesday and Thursday 12pm-1pm at 300W Oregon Hall or via Zoom at
  • Great way to learn about different program types and learn about what your experience abroad might be like!
  • Perfect for first conversations

Contact an Advisor

Know who you want to speak with?

Visit one of our program coordinators during their individual office hours or make an appointment in advance through Navigate (UO students). All in-person meetings take place at 300W Oregon Hall unless noted below:


Elizabeth Abbasi (On temporary leave until end of June 2022)


Ben Callaway (Advises for programs in: UK):

Alyssa Červenka (Advises for programs in: UK, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, GlobalWorks Internships, DIS, and USAC):

Dana Elliott (Advises for: First-year students, exploring majors, and students studying abroad in 2023 or later)

Quinne Hauth (Advises for programs in: UK, France, IE3, CIEE and SIT programs):

Jenn Kuan-Petitti (Advises for: Exchange programs and programs in Israel) - not available 5/18 - 5/23:

Patrick McMurdo (Advises for programs in: Africa, Barcelona, Latin America, Oceania, and Wildlands Studies):

Bernice Ofori-Parku (Advises for programs in Spain):

Emma Rinaldi (Advises for exploring students): 

Yifang Zhang (Advises for: GlobalWorks Internships):

Luis Ruiz (Advises for: GEO Scholarships, Boren, Fulbright, Gilman Scholarships, and Mexico exchange programs):

Pre-Advising Questions to Ask Yourself

As you start thinking about studying abroad (your goals, the type of experience you want to have, the programs you might be interested in, the planning process), you may want to consider asking yourself the following questions:

  • What do you want to come away with from this experience? What are your top priorities when it comes to studying abroad? Is it satisfying specific major/graduation requirements? Is it the practical or cultural experience? Perhaps personal growth? Connections to faculty members? Maybe all of the above?
  • How comfortable do you feel traveling and/or living abroad? Are you looking for a program/experience that will be more structured with on-site support? Or are you looking for a more independent experience?
  • Do you have dependents or other special needs that will need accommodation while abroad?
  • How long do you want to be away?
  • Do you want to live in a dorm? With a host family? In an apartment?
  • How important is cost to you? Do you have a personal budget or cost-range in mind?
  • What scholarships and financial resources do you currently have to attend university? What others are you able/willing to apply for to fund this experience?
  • When is the best time for you to go? Have you talked with your major advisor about graduation requirements and perhaps figured out when a study abroad program would fit in nicely with your graduation schedule?