Education Abroad, U.Va.

Education Abroad

A Division of the International Studies Office



Location: 208 Minor Hall (2nd Floor), Charlottesville VA 22904

Mailing Address: PO Box 400165, Charlottesville VA 22904-4165

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm EST

Phone: 434-982-3010

Fax: 434-982-3011


Emergency: 434-982-3010 (In the event of an emergency outside of business hours, your call will be directed to a message center for emergency assistance)


Stacey HansenAssistant Director for Operations, Education Abroad

Stacey Hansen's interest in international journeys begin at the age of 10 with a family trip to Canada which motivated her first to join a summer high school study trip to northern Spain and then spend a year of college studying at the University of Queensland, Australia. Acutely aware of the impact these experiences had on her personal and professional development, Stacey sought to help provide this opportunity for other students. She began her career as an intern at AHA International, worked as an Education Abroad Advisor at Washington State University, and joined the University of Virginia's ISO team as an Education Abroad Advisor in January 2006.  She is now the Senior Education Abroad Advisor and Operations Coordinator.

Stacey hopes to continue her international journey in Denmark and Vietnam.

Ryan HathawayEducation Abroad Advisor

Ryan Hathaway joined the International Studies Office in April 2013. He was born in New Jersey but spent eight years of his early childhood living in Tokyo, Japan, and Jakarta, Indonesia. Growing up abroad gave him a perspective that fueled later interest in an internationally-focused career. He received his BA in Anthropology from Georgetown University, and as an undergraduate spent two semesters abroad, returning to Japan and Indonesia but gaining more immersive experiences in new cities. Ryan spent five years working for the Institute of International Education on the Fulbright Scholar Program, sending US faculty to lecture and research in the Asia/Pacific region. He received his MA in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University, and later worked in Liberia for a small NGO providing refugee education programming.

If you would like to discuss your ideas about studying abroad with Ryan, please request an appointment (after completing the Education Abroad Workshop). In your request, please include the following information: primary goals for international study, program interests, your major and year, and any specific questions you would like to discuss. 

Advising Responsibilities:
  • East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea
  • South Asia: India, Bhutan
  • South East Asia: Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, etc.
Abby Leake Education Abroad Advisor

Abby Leake joined the International Studies Office in February 2015. Although she is a native of Virginia, she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, North Carolina. At ECU, Abby studied both Hispanic and Asian Studies as an undergraduate student and went on to pursue her masters in International Studies with a concentration in International Higher Education Administration. During her time as graduate student, Abby was able to work in the Office of International Programs at ECU and to intern at the University Oulu, Finland in the International Relations division. These experiences equipped her to begin her career in international education. Before coming to UVA, Abby worked at Presbyterian College in South Carolina and Western Kentucky University with both incoming international and outgoing domestic students. In addition to Finland, Abby has visited England, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Mexico, Brazil and Chile. She is excited to return to her home state and to be a part of the UVA community!

If you would like to discuss your goals for studying abroad with Abby, please complete the Education Abroad Workshop and request an appointment. In your request, please include the following information: academic, personal and professional goals for international study, the program(s) of which you are interested, your major and year, and any questions or concerns you wish to discuss. This information is important in order for you to receive advising specific to your individual goals/interests. 

Advising Responsibilities:
  • Russia and NIS
  • Eastern Europe
  • Scandinavia
  • Western Continental Europe (EXCEPT Spain, Portugal, and Francophone countries)
Kathleen McLaren-HawkingEducation Abroad Advisor

Kathleen McLaren-Hawking received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia. She traveled to both Canada and Mexico as a teenager, but it was not until she worked abroad in Scotland that the travel bug truly took its grip. While earning her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Ohio State University, she had the opportunity to go abroad again and completed a summer internship program at Lancaster University in England. Post Scotland and Ohio, she was feeling a bit chilly and took a job as a Residence Hall Coordinator in San Diego. She was able to strengthen her connections in the field of International Education by volunteering at the International Student Center and co-creating and managing the International House on campus. In spring 2004, Kathleen had the amazing good fortune to sail as a staff member with Semester at Sea. Kathleen is excited and thankful to have returned to her alma mater as an Education Abroad Advisor and happy to have the opportunity to work with all of you and your endeavors abroad! 

Advising Responsibilities:
  • UK
  • Ireland
  • Semester at Sea
Martha SadlerEducation Abroad Advisor

Martha Sadler began working at the University of Virginia as an Education abroad Advisor in October 2016. Previously she worked at Hollins University, her alma mater, as Coordinator of International Programs for two and a half years. She graduated from Hollins in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a minor in French, having completed a semester in Paris with Hollins’ own program, one of the oldest in the nation. Subsequently she obtained a Master’s of Education from the University of Missouri in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with a focus in Higher Education Administration; she then attended Virginia Tech and completed a Master’s in Public and International Affairs in the Governance and International Affairs program with a focus on Governance and Global Security. She is a native of Virginia, and is enjoying getting to know Charlottesville.

Advising Responsibilities:
  • France, Belgium, Switzerland
  • Canada
  • Central and South America
  • Mexico and the Caribbean
  • Multi-Country (except Semester at Sea)
Margaret WalterEducation Abroad Advisor

Margaret Walter joined the Education Abroad team in January 2016. Previously, Margaret worked in the study abroad office at Fordham University and in the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University, and held brief stints in UVA’s Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of Undergraduate Admission upon relocating to Charlottesville. Previous international experience includes study abroad in Madrid and Cambridge, short-term experiences in Panama and Nicaragua, and a summer work-abroad program in London. At Arcadia, Margaret managed programs in New Zealand, Tanzania, and South Africa, as well as England, France, and Mexico. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (with a focus on the Middle East) from Fordham University and Master’s in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute.

Advising Responsibilities:
  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • Australia & New Zealand
Liz WellbelovedEducation Abroad Advisor

Liz Wellbeloved has worked as the Assistant Director of the UVA Hispanic Studies Program in Valencia, Spain since May 2000. A 6th generation Californian, she moved from California to Charlottesville in 1980 and graduated from Charlottesville High School in 1983. Liz studied in Valencia with the Hispanic Studies Program for the academic year 1985-86 and received a BA in Spanish from UVA in December 1987. Liz has  two children, James and Claire, both of whom also studied in Valencia. Liz advises for other programs in Spain and Portugal.

Advising Responsibilities:
  • UVA in Valencia
  • Spain
  • PortugaI
Dr. Catarina KrizancicCORE Director; Coordinator, Projects Abroad
Erica GoldfarbEducation Abroad Promotional Coordinator
Carol BrownISO Fiscal Manager
Dr. Dudley DoaneDirector, International, Summer & Special Academic Programs

Dudley Doane is Director of the International Studies Office (ISO) and Summer and Special Academic Programs. He oversees Education Abroad, the International Students and Scholars Program, the Lorna Sundberg International Center, Summer Session, January Term, and Center for American English Language and Culture.

Dudley came to UVA in 1999 and has directed the ISO since the fall of 2008. He holds an AB from Bowdoin College, MAT from the School for International Training, and PhD from the University of Virginia. He left North America for the first time as an undergraduate to study in West Germany and was away 11 months. The next summer he joined a course in the former East Germany. A few years later, it was a teaching practicum and home stay in Quito, Ecuador. Then to Korea and after that to Indonesia for work. His most recent education abroad experience was an executive education seminar at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Dudley teaches a COLA class on Globalization and Higher Education and GSGS 4961 & 4962 Education Abroad Advising and Administration I & II.

“The benefits of education abroad are significant, diverse, and lifelong. Students commonly tell us that their time away was the most important in their UVA career. These students bring a broadened perspective and knowledge base to key issues and questions in their fields of study. They also demonstrate greater understanding of cultural differences, are more adaptable, and have greater coping skills and self-knowledge than their peers who didn’t study abroad.

Get the most out of your UVA education, make time to study abroad.”