Why CISabroad

We guarantee great value, exceptional support, cultural immersion, and a personalized advising experience when choosing your courses or internship. You're going places with CISabroad!

Overseas Staff

In addition to our U.S. based staff that prepare you for your overseas experience, CISabroad also employs on-site staff in our program locations. These staff are there to greet you and welcome you to their home and culture, taking care of you from the moment you see the "CISabroad" sign waiting to pick you up at the airport to helping you process all that you've experienced before returning home. Our in-country staff, or Site Directors, work in conjunction with other staff on the ground - staff at your institution of study or your internship support team - to ensure you make the most of your time overseas.

Click a country below to learn about our Site Director in that location:

Argentina Hawaii
Australia Ireland
China Italy
Costa Rica New Zealand
Czech Republic Japan
Ecuador Peru
England Scotland
France South Africa
Germany Spain
Ghana Thailand
Greece Multi-Country



CISabroad’s Site Director in Argentina:

MarinaMarina was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied at the University of Buenos Aires and got her degree in Social Communications. Over the last 8 years she has been working on a small business of her own, dedicated to build travel programs for groups that want to experience Buenos Aires through an alternative way. Nowadays she is also working as an Executive Accountant for a communications agency specialized on digital strategies and contents. She is very happy to be part of CISabroad and offering her travel expertise to build the program. During her free time she practices Yoga, takes drama lessons and enjoy meeting with friends. She is married and has a dog named Dark.

Marina says: "My goal as the Site Director in Argentina is that students get to love my city as much as I do! I want them to take ownership of it, feel local, get to know what it offers and depending on their interests, how to enjoy it the most."




CISabroad’s Site Directors in Australia:

Queensland Area Site Director/Country Director (Sydney & Melbourne)

Jackie was born on the Central Coast, NSW (on the coast half way between Newcastle and Sydney) and now lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Jackie holds a Masters in Communication (Corporate Communication) from Bond University and a Bachelor of Social Science from Newcastle University, NSW. Jackie has a passion for travel and education having worked, lived and studied overseas.

As an undergraduate student Jackie studied abroad at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, upon her return from the US, Jackie kicked off her career in international education working in the International Office at University of Newcastle. Later relocating to Denver, CO for two years she lived and worked in the international education sector, enjoying weekends snowboarding and hiking in the Rockies. Since returning home to Australia Jackie has worked in a support role for US students studying in Australia, along with various marketing and management roles focused primarily on project management, business analysis, large scale events and strategic planning.   

Jackie will welcome you to Australia and along with her onsite team will be available to students for activities, emergencies or simply to discuss any concerns around your program. You will be introduced via your pre-departure webinar prior to the start of your program – so you will know who you are meeting when you land down under!

From Jackie:

“To say I love travel and education is an understatement, it is what I do and the students are the reason why I do it – when you witness first-hand the often profound changes someone can go through when they get outside their comfort zone and take on a study abroad experience it is empowering and it is this connectedness that I love.

My favourite destinations: Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Nepal, NZ, USA, Finland, Spain and Peru

In my free time: I love to get into yoga, run, spend time at the beach, SUP, hike and take family adventures (I have two young boys who are simply amazing!)

My favourite La Vida Local activities to do with students?

I love encouraging our students to ‘live a local’s life’- generally that means a lot of outdoor activities mixed with good food and fun exploring. Sometimes it is as easy as chilling out watching the waves after a swim at the beach, followed up by a hot meat (or vege) pie and chocolate milk from the local bakery – shoes optional. We have a comprehensive on-site arrival orientation and with the ocean such a big part of our lifestyle we ensure that CIS students really get to experience the water from the onset – either snorkelling the reef; kayaking in the harbour, whale watching or learning to surf!  During semester students have the opportunity to discover the real Australia with activities often including personalised city tours, sporting events, visiting cultural sites and getting to know the local culture with our Aussie team – whether we are learning to stand up paddle board or visiting an art gallery - it’s always a fun time!

Charlotte Cox, Site Director in Sydney (Macquarie University)

Charlotte loves working as CISabroad’s Regional Site Director in Sydney. She is studying for her Masters of Environment and also works within the International Office at Macquarie University to facilitate their student exchange programs. Charlotte’s passion for education abroad began when she participated on a semester exchange in Dublin as part of her Bachelor degree. Since then, she has travelled at every opportunity, including two life changing volunteer programs to Peru and Morocco. In her free time you can find Charlotte lazing around the beach, or dancing around the live music scene in Sydney. She loves to show students the smaller, quieter niches of Sydney life.




Indigo Ryan, Regional Site Director in Newcastle (University of Newcastle)

Indigo was born and raised in a small regional town just outside Newcastle, Australia. She is a 4th year arts/law student at the University of Newcastle, Australia, with a passion for international studies and travelling abroad. She spent a semester studying at McMaster University in Canada. Now she wants to help other people reach their study abroad goals. As the Vice President of the Exchange Club, Indigo is enthusiastic about the exchange experience and supporting the creation of a global network of students. She lives by a personal philosophy of grasping every new opportunity with both hands. Indigo plays for the Women’s Hockey team at her university and also volunteers with the university Amnesty and Oxfam clubs. Her life-long goal is to work in the field of international humanitarian relations or public policy with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.



Site Director in North Queensland (James Cook University) coming soon.

Stephanie Hickman, Intern Coordinator, Sydney  

Stephanie was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. While Sydney will always be home, she has an unquenchable thirst for travel, and is always planning her next adventure. She's a recent graduate of a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and Human Resource Management from Macquarie University, where she was a member of the Global Leadership Program. Throughout her time at university she's studied at University of Richmond, Virginia for one year and fell in love with the US. She's also interned with a social enterprise in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and helped to organise a TEDx conference at Macquarie University. 


As well as working for CISabroad, she works in the International Office at Macquarie University. Her favourite thing about both of these jobs is seeing the excitement of students participating in abroad programs, and she's always getting new ideas for things to see and places to go from the students she meets.

CISabroad Travel Tip: "Get out and walk! My favourite way to see a new city is on foot... explore, people watch, get your bearings and work up your appetite for the local cuisine all at the same time"


CISabroad’s Site Director in Beijing:


Asiya is originally from Siberia in Russia and has lived in Beijing for 5 years. She speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Russian and German. She enjoys healthy living, the gym and has a wealth of local knowledge about food and shopping, excursion ideas and is friendly and lovely to deal with.




CISabroad’s Site Director in Shanghai:

Rice Li grew up in the city of Qingdao, a port city north of Shanghai, bordered on two sides by the Yellow Sea and home of the largest bathing beach in
China. Rice earned his bachelor and master degree in business, and has been working in education & culture exchange fields with foreign students for
over ten years, which has given him a very good understanding of western culture. In addition, Rice has an excellent sense of humor in and out of the office, and enjoys watching dramas, doing sports and going mountain hiking.

CISabroad Travel Tip: There is a surprise around each and every corner: Go out and explore!   



Costa Rica


CISabroad’s Site Director in Costa Rica:

Lisa was born in Costa Rica and has lived in the United States on several occasions. She is an alumni of Veritas University, where she majored in photography, and is currently pursuing her bachelors degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. She is passionate about travel, and has had 10 years of experience leading study abroad groups all throughout Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. In her free time Lisa enjoys going to art exhibits, watching movies, dancing and learning new languages. She speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese, and is currently learning French.




Czech Republic

CISabroad’s Site Director in Czech Republic:

Leah Takata was born in Toronto, Canada and graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Arts Management with a major in Art History. She worked for 7 years at the University of Toronto as Cultural Affairs Coordinator organizing arts and cultural events for the students, faculty, staff and surrounding community. During her time at the university she produced and organized four international theatre exchanges with Ypsilonka Theatre and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) in Prague. This unique project brought together theatre students from Canada, Czech Republic, and professional actors from First Nations theatre group "De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group" (Manitoulin Island). Leah is excited to again work with university students and impart the beauty and spirit of the city of a hundred spires. Leah has lived in Prague for 8 years and spends her free time with her two children and partner, as well as her growing photography and graphic design business.





DianaCISabroad’s Site Director in Ecuador:

Diana Balarezo is a trilingual (Spanish, English and French) Ecuadorian that has worked in the tourism industry for many years. She was the Ecuador National Coordinator of a volunteers’ non-profit organization with more than 80 member countries, as well as the US market leader of the biggest tourism company in Ecuador. She lived in the US as a student and, after, as a restaurant manager at a Ski Resort in Idaho, where she learned to snowboard and still misses it. She has traveled extensively around Ecuador, back packed in Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala and Mexico; camped in some National Reserves in the US and Canada, and visited Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Austria, among others, knowing she cannot die before diving at the Great Barrier Reef. She’s also an active volunteer of the United Nations World Tourism Organization and earned a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Development and Hospitality and a Master’s degree in Social and Environmental studies. Diane's hobbies include sports such as trail running and mountain biking, as well as watching movies and reading a nice book.


CISabroad's Site Director in London:

Originally from Texas, Regina Tingle has done her best to make a career out of her love of traveling.  As an undergrad, Regina studied abroad in Alicante, Spain three summers in a row and then spent her junior year studying Italian at Universita’ per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy.  After earning her Bachelor’s in Journalism with a concentration in Advertising from University of North Texas, she moved back to Italy where she spent nearly ten years working for the Umbra Institute as Program Manager.  After earning her Master’s in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Regina moved to New Zealand where she spent some time with the locals picking grapes in Hawke’s Bay.  She has visited over twenty countries and speaks fluent Spanish and Italian. As our site director in London, Regina enjoys showing enthusiastic students and visitors the best of what London and CISabroad has to offer! 




CISabroad's Student Affairs and Internship Coordinator:


Anna holds a B.A. in English and German from Ca’Foscari University of Venice. The Italian village where she was born was never enough for her and from a young age she decided she wanted to see the world and meet a lot of people from different cultures. Fascinated by foreign languages and traveling she first studied abroad in London when she was in high school and then at Humboldt Universität in Berlin a few years after. New York City holds a special place in her heart, ever since he was an intern at the Italian Cultural Institute there. After volunteering and working for the not-for-profit association AFS Intercultural Program helping hundreds of high school students enroll and prepare for their experience abroad, she moved to London and focused on working with university students. She loves musicals, fashion, drinking green tea, studying Korean and backpacking throughout Southeast Asia.




CISabroad’s Site Director in Paris:

Drasko Djurovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and graduated from the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Law, where he also obtained a master's degree in constitutional law. He worked as an associate in a law firm in Belgrade and was hired by the Official Journal to analyze the jurisprudence of the Serbian highest courts. However, he decided to leave his comfort zone, and to come to France, where he obtained a second master's degree in comparative law at Sorbonne University. He fell in love with Paris or more preciously with one beautiful inhabitant of this amazing city and he is currently a Ph.D. student at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences. Drasko was a participant of numerous seminars, conferences and summer schools in Serbia, France and worldwide. He is a national rowing umpire in Serbia and in France and he raced several half marathons. He accomplished skydiving course and has an international diver certificate. Drasko is a self-proclaimed expert in finding the best low-cost train and airplane tickets.

From Drasko: “Money can't buy happiness, but for a few bucks you can buy a low-cost ticket, so explore, dream and discover. That is the best possible receipt for happiness.”

What I love about Paris: “From the beautiful architecture to the endless choice of the exhibitions, plays and operas, Paris offers you a unique experience that will build your memories for a lifetime. Often romanticized as a capital of luxury and prestige, Paris is an incredible mixture of a real big city and a fairy tale.”


CISabroad’s Site Director in Aix-en-Provence:

Originally from Ohio, Meghan Devine first studied abroad in Avignon, France as an undergrad at Ohio University, where she majored in French and public relations, and had no inkling that study abroad would become such a driving force in her life. After graduating, she taught English in France for two years, worked as the program assistant for an Ohio University study abroad program in Grenoble, France, and lived with a Belgian family as their au pair and backyard soccer substitute. Meghan began her career with IAU College, a partner of CISabroad, shortly thereafter, working in their admissions offices in both Chicago and San Diego before accepting the position of Housing Coordinator in the student life department on their campus in Aix-en-Provence. In addition to this role she also serves as the CIS representative for the Aix campus and offers on-site support to the CIS students studying at IAU. 

Travel Tip: "Embrace the unknown, the strange, the slightly uncomfortable. Studying abroad teaches you to adapt to new circumstances, so what first seems bizarre will eventually become familiar, and chances are you may even miss these strange things once you leave."  

What I love about "Aix": "Aix is the ideal city for students to discover France as it is a charming medieval city yet just a hop away from Marseille and the Mediterranean and an easy train ride to Paris."


Carter Hanson joined the Valparaiso English Department in 1999. From 2005 to 2007 he served as the Resident Director of VU's international study center in Cambridge, England, and in 2010 he directed VU's study abroad program in Hangzhou, China. Currently, Professor Hanson is directing VU's study abroad program in Reutlingen, Germany from 2015-2017.

Professor Hanson teaches courses on the English Novel and Nineteenth-Century British literature, Canadian fiction, Young Adult literature, Utopian and Dystopian literature, and Children's literature. He also enjoys teaching general education classes such as Core and the Christ College Freshman Program. In addition to these literary topics, Professor Hanson teaches a graduate course on the history of electronic dance music.

Professor Hanson’s main areas of research expertise are Nineteenth-Century English literature, Canadian literature, and Utopian Studies. In the classroom, Professor Hanson tries to help students fully explore individual texts through discussion, as well as to establish the important connections between texts, history and culture. Some of his favorite books and authors are Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad, The Englishman’s Boy, by Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Giver, by Lois Lowry, and Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne.

Professor Hanson's interest in Canadian literature began when he started researching the history and literature of nineteenth-century English emigration to Canada. He has published articles on this topic in journals like Canadian Literatureand The American Review of Canadian Studies, and his book Emigration, Nation, Vocation: The Literature of English Emigration to Canada, 1825-1900 was published in 2009 by Michigan State University Press. On Utopian literature he has written the articles "The Utopian Function of Memory in Lois Lowry's The Giver," published in Extrapolation, "Memory's Offspring and Utopian Ambiguity in Ursula K. Le Guin's 'The Day Before the Revolution' and The Dispossessed," published in Science Fiction Studies, and "Pop Goes Utopia: An Examination of Utopianism in Recent Electronic Dance Pop," published in the journal Utopian Studies. His most recent article, "Postmodernism, and Human Remembering versus Digital Memory in M. T. Anderson's Feed," will be published in Children's Literature Association Quarterly.

Along with his wife Michelle, Carter spends much of his free time parenting two daughters. His extracurricular passions include dance/electro/pop music and nearly anything related to Star Wars.

Professor Hanson's undergraduate degree was from Luther College, and he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Iowa.


Ph.D. - University of Iowa, M.A.--University of Iowa, B.A.--Luther College


CISabroad's Site Director in Ghana:

Kwasi is a graduate of University of Ghana with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre for Development, Music and Dance. Kwasi’s work experience includes planning logistics, designing and implementing orientation programs, housing and safety issues, and cultural dos and don’ts for visiting study abroad students.

Kwasi has travelled extensively in Ghana, leading Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians to explore his beloved country.  Kokroko, as he is affectionately called, has over a decade of experience in community service having volunteered with the Voluntary Workcamps Association of Ghana (VOLU) doing construction work, planting trees, and educating people on HIV and teenage pregnancy in some of the remotest parts of Ghana.





CISabroad's Site Director in Greece:
Debbie, a Greek-American who was born and raised in Brooklyn has been studying abroad in Athens the last three and half years and holds a bachelors degree in finance and business administration from Hellenic American University. Debbie’s professional background is in human resource management and customer service, and a deep rooted love and passion for Greek history and culture inspired her to start a small taxi and tour company in 2015. She is an eccentric person who loves meeting new people and embracing new opportunities.  

As an American and someone who has studied abroad herself she believes this combined experience of studying and living in a new country such as Greece is one of the best ways to grow, learn, and develop: An experience that will be remembered forever. 

We asked Debbie: "Why Greece?" Here is her response: "Some may call it studying in Greece: I call it studying in paradise. When choosing a university one must consider many different factors. As Americans we often dream about studying in California, New York City, or Florida. What if you could have the combination of what all these cities offer and more? We think about the tuition costs, the environment, the nightlife, and our daily living costs. We very often forget that the whole world is at our fingertips and we have many more choices than we think. In my opinion studying in Greece surpasses all of my expectations. There is sunlight and beautiful weather practically every day of the year! You are surrounded by warm people, amazing fresh food, beautiful clean beaches, green mountains, historical artifacts, cheap cafes, and outstanding nightlife with great variety to choose from. You have the opportunity to visit over 1000 magical islands off the mainland of Greece at a very affordable cost.  The laid back atmosphere combined with the warm weather is the breath of fresh air I was looking for as a native New Yorker. I look forward to welcoming CISabroad students in my paradise!​



CISabroad's Site Director in Hawai'i

Lisa has been the CISabroad Site Director in Hawaii for over 7 years. Lisa is very active in the movement to rejuvenate Hawaiian culture and language and has directed the US Federal Grant devoted to re-integrating the Hawaiian language into the local schools curriculum for several years. She also helps at risk youth as a mentor. She arranges numerous excursions throughout the term that are customized to each group's interests. Past excursions have included surfing or fishing trips, camping, or trips to local restaurants if you love to eat! Lisa also arranges a day of community service for all the students during your time in Hawaii. 





CISabroad's Site Director in Ireland:

John Hayes was born and raised in Ireland.  He grew up on a dairy farm in Tipperary before heading to college. He studied at the National University of Ireland, Galway and University of Limerick.  John adores travelling and has lived and worked in five different European countries.  He has taught in Spain, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom, worked on farms in The Netherlands and has led study abroad programs in the British Isles and Austria.  John believes both International education and travel are essential in today’s world. He is on hand to help smooth your path while you’re abroad. 

John is married to Anja. 15 years and counting! Together they have a teen (Nathan 14) and tween (Lauren 12) 

When John isn’t dealing with teen v tween friction and angst he loves watching westerns, war films and watching/tweeting about sport. He’s completely crazy about almost all sports and will invariably want to take you to games of some description. All in all he’s a very friendly person who always wants to help others achieve their goals.


CISabroad’s Senior Site Director in Italy - Rome:

RominaRomina is a native Roman, who graduated with a degree in International Communications at the University for Foreigners of Perugia in 2005. In the same year, she returned to Rome where she started working for IES. In the following two years she decided to study International Relations and enrolled in the MA in International Affairs at the SIOI school in Rome. In 2007 Romina graduated in International Relations at the same University of Perugia and after completing the MA she undertook an internship at the Italian Development Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome. At the beginning of 2008, after completing the internship, Romina was offered a position to work as a Communication and Public Information Officer within the civilian component of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Herat for the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Between 2008 and 2009 she accomplished two missions in Afghanistan. In 2009 she started working for the Italian Development Cooperation Office at the Italian Embassy in Beirut. In Lebanon she worked as a Communication and Public Information Officer and she was also in charge of the joint projects which were later carried out together with the Italian troops within the United Nations mission in Southern Lebanon. In the summer of 2010 Romina left Lebanon to work in Yemen, where she held the same office within the Italian Development Cooperation Department of Sana’s. In the spring of 2011, due to the serious and uncertain situation in Yemen, all the Italian Embassy staff was ordered to leave the country for security reasons. Because of the consequences of the Arab Spring in all Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula, and in Northern Africa, Romina has decided to work in Rome and enjoy with her friends and family the beauty of the Eternal City.

Romina will be present in Italy and available to students for activities, emergencies, issues or concerns around your program, or just if you’re feeling out of place and need some support. All students will be formally introduced to her prior to the start of the program and she will maintain contact with you throughout the program, to ensure that everything is going well.

Site Director - Florence

Linda was born and raised in Skanör, Sweden, but has spent the past sixteen years studying and working in the United States, Australia, and Italy. An international student for more than seven years, she holds a Masters in International Relations from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and a Bachelors degree in History and Political Science from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. Most of her professional experience is within the field of Student Development, but she has also spent more than six years directing a travel program aimed at offering American study abroad students abundant travel opportunities throughout Europe and beyond. As a result, Linda has traveled extensively, visiting more than 60 countries across the globe. The last eight years, Linda has called Florence, Italy her home where she has worked within the field of international education, specifically with American study abroad students. In her spare time, she enjoys to read and write and is an avid runner and coffee drinker.

Travel Tip: No matter where you are traveling to, spend some time doing research - learn about the culture, the history, and the people. Connect with locals, explore, and experience. Be prepared, but always expect the unexpected!

Assistant Site Director - Florence & Perugia 

Alessandro Bruno was born in Maryland and raised in Rome, Italy. He has traveled extensively through Europe, Central America, North America and China and considers himself a citizen of the world. During his travels, he acquired a passion for the environment and its preservation, cultures and languages. This passion led him to obtain a BA in Geography with a minor in Chinese Studies from Humboldt State University. In 2010 he spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Shanghai in China and has since become an even stronger proponent of study abroad programs, no matter where. Alessandro has also successfully completed the National Park Service Law Enforcement Training Program and a Wilderness First Responder course. Among Alessandro’s favorite activities are wake-boarding, kayaking, diving, traveling and getting lost on purpose in new places, eating sushi, learning new languages and cooking. 




CISabroad's Site Director in Japan:


Jeff was born in central New Jersey and moved up to northern New Jersey after graduating from Rider University where he studied Business Administration. In his first job after graduation, he worked for a small College in northern New Jersey where he started the Office of International Programs, Study Abroad programs, language programs, and established international exchange programs with the College. He was sent to tour Asia to establish international educational exchanges and within ten years working at the College, he established many partnerships and coordinated exchanges for humdreds of students from all over Asia. After establishing over fifty exchange partnerships and after traveling throughout Asia extensively, he decided to move to Tokyo to expand on the business. Since then, he has developed many programs and support systems for students from all over the world to study in Japan as well as specializing in study abroad programs, human resources, teacher management, and language and exchange programs in Japan and in other Asian countries. 


Travel Tip: Traveling in Japan can be expensive but if you stay in share apartments, share houses, motels, or capsule hotels, they are safe, clean, nicely equipped and the cost can be economical. Also, convenient stores are stocked with a great variety of good quality food that can be heated up on location and every day conveniences for whatever you may need, all for very low costs.   

New Zealand


CISabroad’s Site Director in New Zealand:

Alexandra Hill (Alex) was born in Perth, Western Australia and spent the first two years of her life in Lae, Papua New Guinea before returning to Australia. Although born in Australia, she considers herself more a Kiwi, as she has lived in New Zealand for most of her life and now calls Wellington home. 

Alex has worked in international education for twelve years, nine working directly with US study abroad students and more recently with scholarship students. She feels privileged to have also supported students from Africa, South East Asia, Central and South America and the Pacific. At the start of 2014, Alex commenced a Masters in International Development at Victoria University of Wellington and is particularly interested in scholarship programmes and the role international education plays in development.

In 2011, Alex and her family moved to Singapore where they lived for two years. Living and working cross-culturally furthered her understanding of the challenges that international students face when studying overseas. Although demanding at times, living and travelling in Asia, sampling amazing food and making friends with people from all over the globe was a fantastic experience, which like studying abroad, has had a marked impact on Alex, her husband and children’s lives.

Travel is one of Alex’s favourite activities, but even when she is not travelling she furthers her knowledge of other cultures through reading, listening to current affairs, meeting international students, volunteering and through cooking international dishes. Having two boys keeps her active and as a family they enjoy wharf jumping, swimming, day walks and exploring the outdoors. 

Alex looks forward to welcoming the CISabroad students intending to study in New Zealand and will be on hand to provide support during the semester, as well as hosting a range of excursions that will give students a real taste of New Zealand’s unique culture and landscape.



CISabroad's Site Director in Cusco, Peru:

Originally from Peru, Cristian studies Tourism in his native Cusco, where students undertake in-depth studies of Peru's archaeology, flora, fauna and history. Cristian will soon complete his Master’s degree in administration with mention in tourism management, and he is also currently a teacher in the Private University of Cusco (Universidad Andina).  In addition, Cristian has been guiding visitors for 11 years. He has three children: two daughters and one boy.

Cristian says, “I want to thank everyone who likes to travel because it gives me the chance to meet them!”





CISabroad's Site Director in Lima, Peru:

For almost thirty years Patricia has been working in the field of international education. She loves her country and enjoys sharing the generosity and variety of Lima cultures to her students.  She has lived in Chile three years, Washington D.C. almost four, Florence for eight months and Rome two years, Guayaquil, Ecuador six years and Holland other six more. Patricia is a mother of three children, now grown, and each of them have been students abroad so she knows what it is like. 





CISabroad's Site Director in Scotland:

JeannaJeanna was born overlooking Loch Ness and grew up in the Highlands of Scotland on the West Coast. She studied in Edinburgh, and after majoringscience degree, went on to work as a local and central government officer often giving lectures to undergraduates in local Universities.

“My family has a strong Scottish heritage on one side one Clan MacDougall ( who once owned and controlled vast lands in the West of Scotland, the Clan now ‘impoverished’ nobility ) and on the other a lineage of Cuthberts going back to St. Cuthbert ( whose legacy still influences society today). My Celtic roots give my family our language, music, fun, compassion and culture which continue to this day. Learning and education has been a strong influence in the family over generations.

Like many Scots I enjoy the fantastic landscape here, from great sailing in the West, to off-road motorcycle and skiing in the Highland. The rivers and lochs are second to none for a range of leisure and sports.

I have been fortunate to travel, and love many parts of our world and Europe; however, I choose to reside in Edinburgh for many reasons, including the wonderful architecture, history, the people the arts , theatre, restaurants, pubs, writing, thinking and learning that flourishes here.

I delight in meeting visitors to our city and country, and share with them the real Scottish experience.”

South Africa

CISabroad’s Site Director in South Africa:

AthenaEver since her big brother started darting his journeys on a globe, Athena knew she wanted to travel.  Through her adolescence, she spent summer breaks visiting her yiayia (grandma) in Greece and road tripped through Europe with her uncle, Terry.  She migrated North from her hometown, Evanston, IL and attended Michigan State University to study Education and theories around the globe.  She used studying abroad as a vessel to experience different parts of the world, and with her camera in tow, she completed short and long-term programs in Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Brasil, South Africa, Greece, and Spain.  After college, she taught 2nd grade in Honduras and travelled through Central America.  Later, she founded an after-school arts & environment program and managed a surf Eco-lodge in Nicargua with her South African husband, Chris.  In 2008, they returned to South Africa to begin a new adventure, where her passion for food, film, language and nature collided in the city of Cape Town.




CISabroad’s Site Director in Barcelona (The Barcelona Semester, Semester at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, University of Barcelona):

Elena Villaescusa, Barcelona Onsite Director 
Elena was born in Girona, but has lived in a variety of cities in Spain. She has her B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona and a M.A. in Communication, Tourism and New Technologies (e-Tourism) from the University of Barcelona. Her work experience is focused on Place Branding Online and she is the co-founder of the association International Exchange Erasmus Student Network at UPF, which helps to welcome university students to Barcelona. She worked and studied in various countries throughout Europe and is a world traveler. Currently, she lives in the dynamic city of Barcelona, and loves languages, dancing, traveling, culture and, above all, people.

CISabroad’s Site Director in Madrid (Universidad Antonio de Nebrija):



Adrián Gómez earned a BA from Seville University and his MA in Applied Linguistics (Teaching of Spanish as a second language) from Nebrija University. He has taken courses from Cervantes Institute about digital competence for teaching Spanish, participated in seminars and conferences, has been evaluator in official exam LETRA and has presented papers in the fields of Pragmatics and Conversation on Chinese speakers.

In addition, He has worked as Spanish teacher in Trinity College (Dublín) and, currently, works as professor in Centro de Estudios Hispanicos at Nebrija University. Adrián coordinates language exchanges among students, organizes workshops and collaborates on cultural visits in Madrid and excursions in different cities such as Segovia, Toledo and Salamanca, among others.

“I like to help students get involved in the experience of living and enjoying a new city abroad. Madrid is well-known for making its visitors feel comfortable and offers them a huge variety of activities in order to enjoy every single day in the city. My different experiences as a student abroad and my current position as Spanish teacher will help them to discover this fantastic experience!”

In addition to CISabroad's excellent site director who will get you acquainted with Spain, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija also has a very involved support staff who will give you their own orientation as well as take you around the city as part of your classes and even outside of them. You can be sure that someone will always be available should you need help or just need someone to talk to.


CISabroad’s Site Director in Thailand:

David was born in the UK and moved to the US when he was 16 and completed high school and University in Colorado. As an avid traveler, his first thought on graduation was to travel to Asia. He volunteered and lived with a family in Kathmandu for 2 months before travelling to Thailand. He quickly fell in love with the country and for the last 12 years has worked as a teacher, as a development officer in NGOs, and has worked with volunteers and study abroad programs for the last seven years. He has an MA in Asia Pacific Studies and is fluent in Thai. He loves his work because it allows him to share his love of Thailand and its people with participants and at the same time support the great things that people all over Thailand are doing every day.




Bangkok City Site Director

YahyaYahya was born Thailand, and holds a BA in International Relations from Thammasat School of Political Science. He was also an exchange student at National University of Singapore. He has traveled overseas to explore different parts of the world such as Copenhagen, Cairo, Hawaii, Colorado, Washington D.C., Hong Kong, Japan, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Yahya has worked with many foreigners from various backgrounds and experiences on different projects in including NGOs, the Thai embassy and Google. He is strongly passionate about Social Enterprise and Sustainable Development. He is optimistic, friendly, outgoing and loves to share Thailand with others and enjoys spending time with his friends and family. Yahya speaks Thai, English and is currently learning French.




Multi-Country (Discover Europe! Summer Series, and January Term)

These programs are unique in their travel-study combination. Students on these programs are supported by the country's Site Director, usually additional CISabroad support staff, and in some cases the faculty that teach these programs also support students.