Education Abroad (EA)


Overcome Study Abroad Barriers with Local University and College Collaborations

Wednesday, October 16
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Big Horn

Despite the known benefits and educational impact of study abroad, such programs are frequently only considered viable at large, four-year universities. However, small regional universities and community colleges, with limited budgets and resources, can collaborate in mutually beneficial ways to enhance joint study abroad programming. By developing partnerships with institutions in your state or region, study abroad can be available to students at all types of institutions.

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Abby Cook

Immigration Specialist, Study Abroad Coordinator
Montana State University-Billings

Abby Cook is the International Student and Faculty Mobility Coordinator for Montana State University Billings (MSUB). In this capacity, she is the Immigration Specialist and Advisor for F-1, M-1 and J-1 international students and scholars and coordinates MSUB’s student and faculty exchange programs. Mrs. Cook started her career in international education in 2013 and currently works in the MSUB Office of International Studies, where she plays an important role in providing immigration expertise and management, new program development and managing existing programs, including study abroad, faculty-led programming, mentor and family pairing programs, campus-wide internationalization efforts, strategic planning efforts, and more.


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Kara Ryf

Intercultural Program Coordinator
Northwest College

Kara is the Intercultural Program Coordinator at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. She specializes in international student admissions, F-1 student immigration, and academic advising. Her role also includes international student retention, intercultural programming on-campus and in the community, recruitment, study abroad advising, and teaching an American culture class for international students.

Kara is the co-adviser to the Multicultural Club and a member of the Internationalization Advisory Committee and Intercultural House Committee.

Kara has a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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