Advising

We are committed to providing high-quality advising and resources to all students. We ground our advising practices in the Forum Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.

Advising Overview

Our staff approaches advising as a collaborative process in which you are responsible for being an active, reflective, and educated participant in your education abroad experience. We provide professional, inclusive guidance and resources throughout the entirety of your education abroad experience.

Advising Process

Step One: Visit the Advising & Resource Center

Our Advising and Resource Center (112 International Studies Building) is staffed by Program Assistants who are students who have studied abroad on one or more Illinois-sponsored programs. Program Assistants can help you:

Walk-in hours can be found on our Calendar.

Step Two: Schedule an Appointment

Once you have chosen a region, country, or program, schedule an appointment with an Education Abroad Coordinator for more specialized advising. Each Coordinator is assigned to a portfolio of programs located in different regions of the world. Our Education Abroad Coordinators can:

Before you schedule an appointment with an Education Abroad Coordinator, you should first meet with a Program Assistant or attend a First Steps Workshop.

How to Schedule an Appointment

Make sure to select the appropriate Coordinator based upon their regional portfolios. Please provide a clear explanation of which program/countries you are interested in and what you hope to accomplish during the appointment. Same day appointments are not guaranteed.

Cancellations

If you cannot keep your appointment, please cancel it in your My Study Abroad account at least four hours in advance.

Schedule an Advising Appointment

Click on each region below to find the appropriate Education Abroad Coordinator and schedule advising appointments. The following staff advise on IAGE-sponsored programs only. For advising on college-sponsored programs, visit the College Study Abroad office page.

Andy Hinnant is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • Morocco
Schedule an appointment


Sommer Ireland is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania
Schedule an appointment

Sommer Ireland is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand
Schedule an appointment

Sommer Ireland is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • Australia and New Zealand
Schedule an appointment

Andy Hinnant is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy (except Rome)*, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey
Schedule an appointment


Erin Leonard is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • Spain
Schedule an appointment


Stacy Billman is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • The UK, Ireland, and *Rome, Italy.
Schedule an appointment

Andy Hinnant is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • Israel, Jordan, and United Arab Emirates
Schedule an appointment

Erin Leonard is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, and Turks and Caicos
Schedule an appointment