OSA provides a number of resources for students to seek advice regarding study abroad. Appointments with Peer Advisors and Staff Advisors are available.
Before attending an advising appointment, we ask that you spend some time reading through our policies, procedures and program list on the OSA website and complete the on-line advising form available here. You can also watch our "Study Abroad 101" video and our helpful video tutorial, How to Research Study Abroad
OSA Peer Advisors are all returned study abroad students who have been trained to help prospective study abroad students in making informed decisions regarding study abroad. Peer Advisors hold office hours and are available to meet with prospective students as you inquire about study abroad opportunities, the application process, OSA policies and procedures, or are simply seeking a student perspective on international education. While Peer Advisors have regional expertise and experience, they are qualified to advise on all programs across the globe. Meetings with Peer Advisors require an appointment, which you can make below. Read about each of our Peer Advisors and schedule an appointment with them!
Click on a peer advisor's name below to learn more about them and make an appointment:
Celinda Chang: Asian Studies Major, Health & Wellness Major, SLAM Minor, Japanese Minor
Class of 2020
Middlebury School in Japan, Tokyo, Japan, Academic Year 2018-19
Lora Starr: English Major, Anthropology Major, Italian Major
Class of 2020
Tulane Summer in Paris, Summer 2017, Italy: BCSP, Bologna, Fall 2018
OSA is staffed with advisors who have experience working with undergraduates from all majors. Our advisors have studied, worked and lived abroad in their own lives, and have spent their careers helping students prepare for and adjust to host countries and academic cultures that are different from our own. Our advisors are available to assist you in clarifying your educational objectives for study abroad and matching them to an appropriate program.
Each OSA advisor has spent a significant amount of time studying, living and/or working in particular world regions. While you can make an appointment with either advisor, you may wish to make an appointment with one whose regional expertise matches your interests. Advisors are available for appointments and also hold walk-in hours.
Ms. Meredith Connelly is currently a graduate student at Tulane pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in Asian Studies—her thesis will explore contemporary gender roles in East Asia as represented in Korean and Japanese otome games. Although Meredith’s undergraduate study abroad experience was primarily concentrated in Western Europe—Paris, Dublin, and Edinburgh—Meredith has since visited sites in Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia. As a Study Abroad Advisor, Meredith is particularly passionate about assisting and supporting LGBTQ+ students in accessing opportunities abroad.
Mr. Joseph Michel is a native New Orleanian who has years of on the ground experience developing Tulane summer programs. Joe spent his time abroad living with a host family in France. As a study abroad advisor, he is dedicated to facilitating international immersion experiences for Tulane students.
Siena Farrar is originally from the Chicagoland area, but moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane (’17), where she studied Public Health and Anthropology. During high school, she studied abroad in Japan and lived with a host family, and hosted several Japanese students when they studied abroad in America. During her spring semester of her Junior year at Tulane, she participated in CIEE Community Public Health in Khon Kaen, Thailand. As a student she was involved in the Asian American Student Union, Gamma Rho Lambda, Tulane Peer Health Educators, and worked and interned in various capacities both on and off campus.
As an advisor, she is passionate about supporting students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, and financially underrepresented students during their study abroad journey. She believes that studying abroad should be an equitable opportunity for all students and works to help students navigate institutional barriers.
Elisabeth Mendes Saigg, Program Coordinator
Elisabeth joins Tulane from Orlando, Fl. She lived abroad in São Paulo, Brazil, during elementary school and later participated in student exchange programs, hosting and visiting students in France. Elisabeth has a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Central Florida, and has previously worked in both the academic and legal fields.
The purpose of walk-in hours are to answer quick questions that may not need a full appointment and can be answered in 10 minutes or less. Due to the volume of walk-ins our office experiences, those in need of more in-depth advising are asked to make an appointment with a study abroad advisor or a peer advisor. Please read through our FAQs before coming in for a walk-in appointment.
Examples of Walk-In Hours Questions:
Examples of questions that require a full appointment:
Before you come in to see us, do you need help...
Deciding on a program? Read through our helpful guide here.
Completing your Tulane application? Watch our website tutorial.
Finding programs for your major? Check out our major guides or use our Advanced Search feature to query programs by area of study.
Understanding the study abroad process? Watch our Study Abroad 101 video.
Joe Michel: Mondays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Global Cafe: Tuesdays 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Siena Farrar: Wednesdays 2:00 - 4:00 PM (Siena's walk-ins on 2/12/20 are cancelled)
Meredith Connelly: Thursdays 10:00AM - 12:00 PM
The Center for Global Education hosts Global Café each Tuesday afternoon during the academic year (September-April) from 2-4 PM in the LBC Mezzanine. Global Café is a meeting-place for internationally-engaged or interested members of the Tulane community. Here, students, faculty and staff come together informally for coffee, tea and a snack and to relax and chat.
Each year the Office of Study Abroad hosts an October study abroad fair. Representatives from Tulane’s overseas partner institutions and program providers, as well as local representatives from cultural and educational institutions are on hand to discuss a wide variety of program opportunities with interested students. Study Abroad Alumni often attend the fair to give students an insider perspective on their program.
OSA Staff organizes information sessions based on major, region, duration and other considerations, throughout the academic year. Sessions may also cover such topics as international scholarship These sessions are open to all students. Check our calendar to see if there is an information session scheduled that interests you!
The Study Abroad Returnee Contact (SARC) Program provides a platform for returnee study abroad students to share their advice and experience with students who are searching for a program and preparing to study abroad. Each semester, the Office of Study Abroad recruits and trains returnees to help prospective study abroad students find the program that is right for them, as well as give insider advice about their host country and its academic culture, history and daily life. Prospective study abroad students can access a list of SARC's and reach out directly via email with their questions!
The Study Abroad Returnee Contact Program is composed of Tulane students that have studied abroad. They are here to share their experiences, help guide students who are interested in applying and answer all questions you may have.