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Education Abroad
912 W. Grace St., 4th Floor
P.O. Box 843043
Richmond, Virginia 23284

Phone: (804) 827-7882
Fax: (804) 828-2552
Emailabroad@vcu.edu

When contacting us for an advising appointment, list the days and times you are available to meet over a three week period.
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Stephanie Davenport Tignor

Director
Email: davenportse@vcu.edu

Stephanie Tignor

Stephanie Tignor has worked at VCU, her alma mater, in the Global Education Office since 2005 in a variety of education abroad positions including Advisor, Assistant Director, and Director.  In her current role as Director of Education Abroad, Stephanie oversees administration of the university's study abroad and exchange programs. She earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees at VCU and first discovered her passion for international education as an undergraduate music student on a semester study abroad program in Edinburgh, Scotland through ISEP at Edinburgh Napier University. Later, as a graduate student in English, she studied abroad in Peru and spent time volunteering in Ecuador as a teacher of English as a foreign language. She has led students on service and/or study abroad programs to Mexico, France, and Malaysia, and has led programs in the US for international exchange students. Stephanie developed and teaches UNIV 291: Maximizing Your Study Abroad, a study abroad planning course for first-year students. 


Simone Biasuzzi

Adviser
Email: sabiasuzzi@vcu.edu

Simone Biasuzzi

Simone Biasuzzi joined the Global Education Office in 2016. She graduated from VCU with a B.A in International Relations and French, minor in Italian. She studied the performing arts in England, studied and conducted research in France on the basis of La Francophonie as a Benjamin E. Gilman scholar, lived in Italy, and travelled to many countries in South America and the Caribbean. She has worked in global education with Academics Programs International and KEI Abroad.  Simone has always had an understanding and appreciation of culture, as a native of Nassau, Bahamas. She passionately promotes cultural exchanges and believes that global education should be possible for all individuals. Simone is excited to be back at VCU and to support the connection between VCU and the global community.

Simone's advising areas

Regional advising areas:

  • First Advising Sessions
  • General advising
  • UK and Ireland
  • Australia, New Zealand and Oceania
  • Middle East
  • Asia
  • France and French-speaking locations

Major advising areas:

School of Allied Health Professions (all)

School of the Arts:

  • Communication arts
  • Dance and choreography
  • Music
  • Theatre

School of Dentistry (all)

Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs (all)

Robertson School of Media & Culture (all)

School of Nursing (all)

School of Social Work (all)

School of World Studies:

  • Anthropology
  • French
  • International studies, world cinema
  • International studies, international social justice
  • International studies, general studies
  • Religious studies

College of Humanities and Sciences:

  • African American studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • Gender, sexuality, women's studies
  • History
  • Kinesiology and health sciences
  • Liberal studies for early and elementary education
  • Military science and leadership
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistical sciences and operations research

Regional advising areas:

  • First Advising Sessions
  • General advising
  • UK and Ireland
  • Australia, New Zealand and Oceania
  • Middle East
  • Asia
  • France and French-speaking locations

Major advising areas:

School of Allied Health Professions (all)

School of the Arts:

  • Communication arts
  • Dance and choreography
  • Music
  • Theatre

School of Dentistry (all)

Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs (all)

Robertson School of Media & Culture (all)

School of Nursing (all)

School of Social Work (all)

School of World Studies:

  • Anthropology
  • French
  • International studies, world cinema
  • International studies, international social justice
  • International studies, general studies
  • Religious studies

College of Humanities and Sciences:

  • African American studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • Gender, sexuality, women's studies
  • History
  • Kinesiology and health sciences
  • Liberal studies for early and elementary education
  • Military science and leadership
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistical sciences and operations research


Annia Dowell-Wiltshire

Adviser
Email: lasdowellwilt@vcu.edu

Annia Dowell-Wiltshire joined VCU Education Abroad in August 2015. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a B.A. in History and Italian, and again in 2014 with an M.Ed. in Higher Education. She studied in Lisbon, Portugal and worked in Rome, Italy as an undergrad, coming back to the U.S. committed to helping other students access transformative experiences abroad. Annia has also served as a college access counselor in rural Virginia; taught English and fine art in Spain; and worked for Semester at Sea. Throughout that time, she has combined her passions for international education and diversity, and she is excited to help the VCU community engage globally.

Annia's advising areas

Regional advising areas

  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Europe (except UK, Ireland and France)
  • Africa
  • Multi-country programs

Major advising areas

School of the Arts

  • Art education
  • Art history
  • Cinema
  • Craft and material studies
  • Fashion
  • Graphic design
  • Interior design
  • Kinetic imaging
  • Painting and printmaking
  • Photography and film
  • Sculpture and extended media

College of Humanities and Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Interdisciplinary science
  • Math and Statistics
  • Forensic science

School of Business (all)
School of Engineering (all)

 

 

Regional advising areas

  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Europe (except UK, Ireland and France)
  • Africa
  • Multi-country programs

Major advising areas

School of the Arts

  • Art education
  • Art history
  • Cinema
  • Craft and material studies
  • Fashion
  • Graphic design
  • Interior design
  • Kinetic imaging
  • Painting and printmaking
  • Photography and film
  • Sculpture and extended media

College of Humanities and Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Interdisciplinary science
  • Math and Statistics
  • Forensic science

School of Business (all)
School of Engineering (all)

 

 

Sarah Young Carrier

Email: syoung8@vcu.edu

Sarah Young

Sarah Carrier joined the Global Education Office in 2008 after graduating from Allegheny College with a degree in International Studies and Spanish. Sarah studied abroad with American University’s Washington Semester Program and has traveled through Western Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. She is also a graduate of the VCU School of Education’s Counselor Education program where she focused on the importance of cultural exchange and the career development of college students. Sarah joins the Education Abroad staff in assisting returnees with their career development and professional goals, as well as working with incoming exchange students.

Sarah's advising areas

Erin Robson

Education Abroad Coordinator
Email: ebrobson@vcu.edu

Erin Robson joined Education Abroad in September 2015.  She is a VCU alumna with a B.A. in French and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.  As a student, Erin participated in study abroad programs in France, Switzerland, and Haiti.  After studying in Switzerland through ISEP, she returned to VCU and worked as an intern in Education Abroad, beginning her love for international education.  She worked in International Admissions before leaving to live in Germany for three years, where she traveled across Europe and taught English as a foreign language.  She is excited to be back at VCU!

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