Mission Statement

With a focus on supporting as many students as possible in becoming effective and influential leaders in civil society, SAO strives to: internationalize the curriculum through program opportunities on six continents; engage UIC's highly diverse student population to become intentional learners with increased global awareness; and assure student access to scholarship and grant support for an international academic experience.

Our vision
is that studying content in context, with the right linkages to text-based curricula, can best develop and enhance the critical literacies students need for success regardless of academic discipline: comprehension skills of drawing inferences, finding the main idea, making analogies, resolving contradiction, and distinguishing fact from opinion.

Our goal
is to provide access to a variety of international academic programming opportunities and remain committed to making overseas study and international cultural immersion an integral part of the undergraduate educational experience, better preparing students to meet the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly global society.

Our protocols
, from program, student, and course approval, through registration and transcripting, are in response to those established in a range of UIC administrative units and colleges but also guided by international education standards and best practices. See full Approval Protocols document here.

Our staff of advising professionals have spent considerable time living and working abroad, in addition to participation on study abroad programs. Collectively, our formal work experience in international education exceeds forty years and we have fluency in six languages (English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Lithuanian, and Hindi.) Our academic degree experience includes: Doctoral research in History and Geography in central India; Oriental Studies and Chinese Linguistics in Russia; and Economics and Baltic Studies in Lithuania; Spanish and International Studies in Spain; Higher Ed Administration; and Psychology.

International Study Advisory Group

The Study Abroad Office is guided by university protocols in working with students who want to earn credit abroad toward their degree. In addition to established professional standards for international education nationwide, SAO relies on the individuals of this advisory group as the key contacts for advice and guidance on university policy, administrative procedure, and student affairs, including emergency situations which may arise while a student is abroad.  The advisory group works collaboratively across colleges and units to ensure accurate flow of information and implementation on any changes in university, department, unit protocols or policies as they refer to international study activity.

Bette L. Bottoms, Vice provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Dean of the Honors College
Mary Lou Bareither, Dir. of Underg. Studies in Kinesiology, College of Applied Health Sciences
Nora Bonnin, Associate Director, Office of International Affairs
Milly Crespo, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, College of Architecture and the Arts
Linda Deanna, Assoc. Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students 
Chris Deegan, Director, Study Abroad Office
Rob Dixon, University Registrar
Tim Ericson, Director, Center for Global Health, College of Medicine
Jim Hammerschmidt, Director, Office of International Services
Renee McCarthy, Associate University Council.
Bruce Neimeyer, Special Project Coordinator for Chancellors, Academic and Enrollment Services
Patricia Menguito, Special Projects Coordinator, Academic and Enrollment Services
Tim Opgenorth, Director, Financial Aid Office
Babette Neuberger, Assoc. Dean of Academic Affairs & Dir. of Grad. Studies, School of Public Health
Beth Powers, Director, Office of Special Scholarships Programs
Susanne Rott, Acting Associate Director, School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics

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