Education Abroad (EA)


Beyond Study Abroad: Engaging Returnees & Alumni

Thursday, November 14
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Columbia

As a field education abroad is adept at pre-departure and on-site orientations and processes, but one of the greatest challenges for any study abroad office is how to engage students upon their return, let alone continue engagement beyond their international experiences. We will emphasize the importance of continued engagement and will present on three ways of engaging returnees and alumni through involvement upon return, career focused thinking and programming beyond graduation. Examples will come from different entities at a public institution (Study Abroad Office – University of Pittsburgh), a private institution (Institutional Advancement – University of Pennsylvania) and a third-party provider (AIFS Study Abroad).

**Not a part of the abstract: Our AIFS presenter is currently on vacation with limited internet access, but they will joining us later. To prevent any issues with submission we have left his name off the list.

Learning Objectives:

Laura Foltman

Associate Director
Alumni Relations

Working in both the academic and institutional advancement, Laura Foltman as worked in the field of higher education for thirteen years. Each role has had an international component either in service learning programming and community development. In my current position, I have been focusing on sustainable and meaningful exchanges with alumni internationally. Laura recently completed her MSOD in organization dynamics with a focus on global leadership management.


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Oksana Stalczynski

Study Abroad Program Manager
University of Pittsburgh Office of International Services

Oksana Stalczynski is a Study Abroad Program Manager at the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive experience in the field of international higher education, and worked with students pursuing global opportunities both in Russia and in the US.
Oksana holds a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from St. Petersburg State University. Currently her professional interests include intercultural learning and global engagement opportunities for students beyond study abroad.


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Jessica Sun, Master of Education

Exchange Program Manager
University of Pittsburgh -Pittsburgh Campus

Across four institutions, Jessica Sun has worked in the field of higher education for over eleven years and within international education for over eight. More recently, she has been working with both domestic and international students within area of international exchange. She also advises graduate students on nationally competitive international fellowships, such as the Fulbright and Boren. In 2015, she completed her M.Ed. in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2016, she was awarded the Fulbright IEA grant to Germany.


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