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 staff members will be working remotely and are still available to meet digitally over Zoom. Limited in person appointments will also available in accordance with state and local health measures. Schedule a meeting with a study abroad advisor below.
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 resume during the academic year.
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 year-round (excluding University holidays) and can meet with you during the summer over Zoom. **A note for students: as each advising appointment is tailored to a student's specific study abroad goals and programs of interest, please limit one student per appointment slot. Students should not bring friends, roommates, etc. with them to a scheduled advising appointment.**
Ms. Meredith Connelly graduated with a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Tulane in 2020—her thesis explores 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 increasing accessibility in international education.
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.
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.