Meet with an Education Abroad Adviser

There are many types of education abroad experiences and requirements associated with them. Learn who you can speak with about your overseas experience.

Office Hours

During the Summer 

Students interested in speaking with their education abroad adviser over the summer should contact them directly to schedule an appointment or email The Education Abroad office does not have regularly scheduled appointments or walk-in hours available in the summer. All appointments must be made directly with the correct adviser during this time.

During the Academic Year (fall and spring semesters)

Scheduled Appointments (with a specific adviser):

Tuesday 1:00pm-4:00pm
Wednesday 1:00pm-4:00pm

Walk-ins (general questions):

Monday 1:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm

Types of Meetings

The Education Abroad Office offers two types of meetings – scheduled appointments and walk-ins.

Scheduled Appointment Information

  • Schedule an appointment to speak with an Education Abroad Adviser who specializes in a certain region/country. See the section “Find Your Education Abroad Adviser” on this page to determine who you should meet with.
  • Scheduled appointments are available Tuesday and Wednesday from 1pm-4pm.
  • Appointments must be made online through Starfish (see the section "How to Make an Appointment" on this page for instructions)
  • Appointments will be 20 minutes in length; please be punctual and prepared.
  • All advising offices are located in 422 Boucke Building (across the street from the HUB) at University Park. 

Commonwealth Campus Students

As it is difficult for you to attend an in-person appointment, advisers are available to talk to you on the phone. Please schedule your appointment through Starfish and call your advisers’ number at your scheduled time. 
Most Penn State campuses also have a contact person on the campus for advising on Education Abroad programs, and you can find their names on the campus representative page of our site.

Walk-in Information

  • Walk-ins are available Mondays 1pm-4pm and Thursdays 9am-12pm in 422 Boucke Building, University Park.
  • They are only for general information about study abroad – for example: program search, site selection, application questions, costs and funding, etc.
  • You will meet with whichever Education Abroad Adviser is on duty that day – you CANNOT meet with a specific adviser during walk-ins. If you would like to meet with a specific adviser, please schedule an appointment with them.

General questions or unsure of study abroad location?

General questions can be directed to or you can come to walk-ins!

Find Your Education Abroad Adviser

Please schedule an appointment with the correct adviser based on a location or program you are interested in. Make sure to indicate in your appointment which program or country you are interested in.

Renata Horvatek (

  • International Internships
  • Field Study/Research Programs
  • EuroScholars
  • PIRE

Tineka Lebrun (

  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Latin America
  • Barcelona (summer 2019 terms and later)

Erica Nikolaisen (

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Middle East
  • Africa
  • CIEE: Global Institutes

Jamie Weaver (

  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Croatia
  • Greece

Johnna Weston (

  • Asia 
  • Belgium 
  • Canada 
  • Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland)
  • France
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Spain (except Barcelona; Barcelona is advised by Tineka Lebrun)

How to Make an Appointment

  1. Once you have selected who you need to meet with, log in to Starfish
  2. Search for the Service “Global Programs - Directorate of Education Abroad”
  3. Find your adviser
  4. Please list the following in the description box when scheduling the appointment:
    • Write the name of the region(s) or program(s) you are interested in
    • List any topics of discussion
      • For example: application process, costs & funding, travel logistics, health & safety, etc.
    • Please be as detailed as possible
    • If you do not write anything in the description box, your appointment will be canceled
  5. Come to 422 Boucke and check in at the kiosk at your scheduled time

Full Education Abroad Staff List

Visit our staff directory in order to see the full list of Education Abroad staff.