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Abbey Tillman

Abbey is a senior Finance major who studied International Business in the fall 2015 at the University of Central Lancashire as an exchange student. If you are a student interested in studying in the United Kingdom, as an exchange student, and/or traveling while studying, contact her. When she left the USA, her bags were over 50lbs and when she came home they were less than 50lbs - her dad came and took things back! Education abroad is a valuable experience, and she encourages every student to find a program that fits their needs and interests! 


Kristie Kovarovic

Kristie is a senior Communications major. She studied Italian Culture and Cuisine in Florence, Italy during the fall 2015 semester. Her advising specialties include API programs, and how taking useful electives abroad can keep you on track to graduate on time. During her time abroad, she visited the Kovarovic Villa in Prague and learned the right way to pronounce her own last name. 

Monica Blackmun Visonà

Monica Blackmun Visonà, an Africanist and an Associate Professor of Art History in the School of Art and Visual Studies, supervises the Certificate in Global Studies.  Academic advisors check students’ records to see whether their courses and study abroad qualify students for the CGS, but Dr. Visonà reviews their two reflective essays and helps them troubleshoot the process.  Dr. Visonà is committed to working with individual students who wish to draw upon their international background in their future study, and in their careers.

Zac Jones

Zac is a junior studying Anthropology, International Studies, and Japanese. In the summer of 2014, he participated in the JShIP program (Japanese Short-stay In-session Program) in Osaka, Japan to study Japanese. It lasted two months, during that time he lived in an apartment. Zac's advising specialties include summer programs, programs in Japan, being LGBT abroad, and direct programs. Fun fact: While there, he tried frog, octopus, and squid for the first time. His favorite food abroad? $1 sushi from a conveyor belt. Who says you need to break the bank to eat well abroad?

Taylor Atkinson

Taylor is a junior Marketing/Management double major. She studied International Business in Dublin, Ireland in the spring of 2015 with KEI, and her advising specialties include the business honors programs and traveling within the United Kingdom and Ireland. A fun personal fact about Taylor is that she did a Game of Thrones tour in Northern Ireland on her last day in Dublin and met the direwolves. 

Adam Kiser

Adam is a sophomore at studying Animal Sciences on a pre-vet track. In the summer of 2015, he participated in an ISA program in Valencia, Spain where he studied Spanish grammar and culture. Adam also fosters potential service dogs with 4 Paws for Ability at UK. If you have questions about host families, partner programs, or anything else, come talk to him! 

Ryan Wilder

Ryan is a junior History major at the University of Kentucky. He studied History in the summer of 2015 as part of the KIIS Slavic Europe Program in Poland. His advising specialties include anything related to history, more specifically European and Latin American studies. A fun fact is that he has three dogs (which include a blind, 100 pound, and diabetic pit bull).  


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