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List of Mentors

The mentors who answer questions on this site consist of a diverse group of students, parents, faculty/staff, government, and business leaders from all over the United States. Students who recently studied abroad offer their insights into their experiences, parents answer questions regarding their concerns and feelings around their child going abroad, and professionals in the field share their expertise on topics such as choosing the right program, coping with concerns prior to, during, and after studying abroad, and many others. We hope that the information they provide will help answer your most important questions and give you valuable insight on the importance of study abroad for all students!

  • mentor picture Yating Haller
    Yating Haller
    Assistant Director
    Global Engineering Program, Purdue University

    Having been born in Taiwan and growing up in Singapore, Yating has had the opportunity to experience different cultures on the first-hand basis. Earning the reputation of “The Global Nomad”, she decided to leave Asia and come to...
  • mentor picture Hans Hoeller
    Hans Hoeller
    Former Vice President of Corporate Recruiting and Sourcing
    Siemens AG, Corporate Human Resources

    Hans Hoeller is the former Vice President of Corporate Recruiting and Sourcing at Siemens Corporate Headquarters in Munich.

    Before taking over this responsibility in HR Mr. Hoeller held positions in the area of...

  • mentor picture Karen Parfitt Hughes
    Karen Parfitt Hughes
    Former Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
    U.S. Department of State

    Karen Parfitt Hughes (born December 27, 1956) is a Republican politician from the state of Texas. She is the former Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the U.S. Department of State with the rank of...
  • mentor picture Jessica
    Graduate Student
    Loyola Marymount University

    As a bi-racial female from Baltimore, Maryland, I didn’t grow up with too many people who looked like me (and sometimes mistook being different as being marginal). I majored in fine arts at Towson University and had the...
  • mentor picture Additional Mentor
    Additional Mentor
    Various students and administrators
    interviewed by the Center for Global Education

    Here you can watch video clips of mentors who have answered questions about studying abroad. Simply click on the video and hear what others have to say about many aspects of the study abroad experience.
  • mentor picture  Marilyn Jackson
    Marilyn Jackson
    Assistant Director, Office of International Programs
    San Francisco State University

    Marilyn is Assistant Director at the Office of International Programs at San Francisco State University (SF State). She has over 15 years of experience in the field of international education. At SF State she is responsible for...
  • mentor picture Angelina Jolie
    Angelina Jolie
    Actress and Goodwill Ambassador
    UN Refugee Agency UNHCR

    Angelina Jolie is an American film actress, a former fashion model, and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency. She is often cited by popular media as one of the world's most beautiful women and her off-screen life is...
  • mentor picture Amie
    Senior Year Student
    University of California, Los Angeles

    I am an undergraduate women’s studies major at UCLA. I transferred here from Pasadena City College where I studied abroad for a semester in Florence, Italy. Living abroad has been the single best thing I have ever done, personally...
  • mentor picture Tony Laing
    Tony Laing
    Ph.D. Candidate at Education Policy Studies and AFRO Studies
    University of Illinois – Urbana, Champaign

    Tony "kwame" is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign. Previously he was a Diversity and Programs Exchange adviser at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In this role, he worked with...
  • mentor picture Thomas Peter Lantos
    Thomas Peter Lantos
    Former Ranking Member
    House International Relations Committee

    Thomas Peter "Tom" Lantos, Ph.D, was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 2008, representing California's 12th congressional district, located in the southwest part of San Francisco County...
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