Study Abroad Advisors
Study Abroad Advisors are available to help and assist you through the study abroad process. Not sure how to get started? Be sure to read our How to Get Advising page.
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As a Study Abroad Advisor, Jessa Boche advises students throughout the study abroad process and manages a portfolio of study abroad programs, mainly in the UK and Australia. Jessa also supervises the Peer Advisors that staff IAP's Study Abroad Resource Center. Jessa’s background includes experience in a variety of areas within student affairs, including residence life and student activities. As a graduate student at the University of Northern Iowa, Jessa completed an internship at the University of Liverpool in Liverpool, England. Her next ideal travel destination changes almost daily - but lately Bora Bora is at the top of the list.
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Kate manages a portfolio of study abroad programs in Africa, India and Scandinavia. As an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, she spent a semester studying abroad in St. Gallen, Switzerland. After graduation, she spent 6 months in Zambia working with rural communities on health and education related activities, following which she joined the Peace Corps as an Education volunteer in South Africa. Kate has spent time camping in the Botswana Okavango Delta, visiting spice farms of Zanzibar, traipsing through the snow in Interlaken, Switzerland and has enjoyed a thrilling hike on the Inca trail in Peru. Kate has a MA in Education and enjoys seeing the world through the eyes of her three children. Her ideal next travel destinations are Thailand, Cambodia, India and Nepal.
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Lindsay manages a portfolio of environmental field studies and Global Health Institute programs worldwide, as well as programs in Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands. She also works with the Peer Advisors who staff IAP's Resource Center. Lindsay studied abroad in Germany and Poland as an undergraduate in natural resources management at UW-Stevens Point. After earning her MA in English at UW-Eau Claire, she spent three semesters teaching English in Shizuoka, Japan. Lindsay joined IAP in 2015 after nearly five years in Study Abroad at UNC-Chapel Hill. In her travels throughout Europe and Asia, she has tracked bison on the Poland-Belarus border, lived in a castle-turned-ecostation in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, kayaked the sea caves of Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam, wandered the Angkor temples near Siem Riep, Cambodia, and watched the sunrise from the top of Mt. Fuji.
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As a Study Abroad Advisor, Angela McNutt manages a portfolio of study abroad programs. She has a B.A. in International-European Studies and M.A. in Communication and Leadership Studies, both from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Angela studied abroad for an academic year in Florence, Italy and participated in a faculty-led program in Cagli, Italy as a graduate student. Angela joined UW-Madison in July 2012. Some of her favorite memories from abroad include: skiing the mountains of France, Switzerland, and Austria; hiking across Elba Island off the coast of Italy; staying overnight on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, Peru; and snorkeling and swimming in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
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As a Study Abroad Advisor, Erin Polnaszek Boyd manages a portfolio of study abroad programs in Latin America, China, the Middle East, and in France, Belgium and Portugal. Erin received her BA in English Literature with a Spanish minor and studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico while an undergraduate. She later received her MA in English with a focus on Postcolonial Literature. She has spent time hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, finding a remote section of the Great Wall in China, cruising through the floating markets in Thailand, soaking in the mineral baths in Hungary and climbing the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico. Erin came to UW Madison in July of 2008 after working in the study abroad office at the University of South Carolina.
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Andy advises students and manages a portfolio of programs in Asia and Eastern Europe. He also works with International Academic Programs' incoming exchange students. Andy completed a BS in Psychology and a MS in Counseling, both from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. After his bachelor's degree, Andy took an opportunity to teach English in Japan's Tohoku (northeast) region through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, and learned to enjoy the people and culture of Miyagi Prefecture. While living in Japan, Andy had the chance to travel widely in Asia. His next travel destination would have to be the Mediterranean, with stops in Greece (including the Cyclades and Crete!) and Turkey.