Advising

We are committed to providing high-quality advising and resources to all students. We ground our advising practices in the Forum Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.

Advising Overview

Our staff approaches advising as a collaborative process in which you are responsible for being an active, reflective, and educated participant in your education abroad experience. We provide professional, inclusive guidance and resources throughout the entirety of your education abroad experience.

Advising Process

Step One: Visit the Advising & Resource Center

In accordance with advice from the university about slowing the spread of COVID-19, the Advising & Resource Center is temporarily closed to all walk-ins. If you have questions or need assistance, check our calendar for live chat hours, or see below to schedule a virtual appointment with an Education Abroad Coordinator. You can also get in touch with our office by phone (217-333-6322) or email us (iage@illinois.edu) with your contact information and availability for a staff member to respond to your questions via phone or video call.

Our Advising and Resource Center (112 International Studies Building) is staffed by Program Assistants who are students who have studied abroad on one or more Illinois-sponsored programs. Program Assistants can help you:

Walk-in hours can be found on the IAGE Calendar.

Step Two: Schedule an Appointment

Once you have decided on a specific region, country, or program, schedule an appointment with the appropriate full-time staff member, called Education Abroad Coordinators, for more specialized advising. They can:

Before you schedule an appointment with an Education Abroad Coordinator, you should first meet with a Program Assistant or attend a First Steps Workshop.

Schedule an Advising Appointment

Click on each region below to find the appropriate Education Abroad Coordinator and to schedule an advising appointment. Please provide a clear explanation of which program/countries you are interested in and what you hope to accomplish during the appointment. Same day appointments are not guaranteed. The following staff advise on IAGE-sponsored programs only. For advising on college-sponsored programs, visit the College Study Abroad office page.

Andy Hinnant is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • Morocco
Schedule an appointment


Sommer Ireland is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania
Schedule an appointment

Sommer Ireland is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand
Schedule an appointment

Sommer Ireland is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • Australia and New Zealand
Schedule an appointment

Andy Hinnant is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy (except Rome)*, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey
Schedule an appointment


Erin Leonard is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • Spain
Schedule an appointment


Stacy Billman is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • The UK, Ireland, and *Rome, Italy.
Schedule an appointment

Andy Hinnant is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • Israel, Jordan, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates
Schedule an appointment

Erin Leonard is the advisor for IAGE programs in:

  • Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, and Turks and Caicos
Schedule an appointment

Cancellations

If you cannot keep your appointment, please cancel it in your My Study Abroad account at least four hours in advance.