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The Yale Study Abroad team is available to support undergraduate students before, during, and after their time abroad. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Kelly McLaughlin (he/him/his)

Director, Study Abroad; Deputy Director of the Center for International and Professional Experience; Assistant Dean for Assessment

Kelly McLaughlin advises students who are interested in studying abroad in France and Asia (except Light Fellowship sites). He serves as Director of Study Abroad and Deputy Director of the Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE). He is also the Assistant Dean for Assessment in Yale College.

Kelly joined Yale's CIPE in 2002 and has previously held the positions of Director of Fellowship Programs and Director of the Light Fellowship. Prior to Yale, he worked in South Korea's Higher Education sector for five years, culminating in a stint in the Fulbright Commission in Seoul. He received both an M.A. and a B.A. in English Literature from UCLA. Kelly still considers sunny Southern California his home base.


Allie Agati (she/her/hers)

Senior Associate Director, Study Abroad

Allie Agati advises students who are interested in studying abroad in Spain, Portugal, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa. She also advises on IHP multi-country, comparative programs.

Allie joined Yale Study Abroad in 2017. She previously held positions as Manager of Curricular Programs in the Office of the Dean of the College at Brown University, Assistant Dean of International Studies and Study Abroad Advisor at Providence College, and Study Abroad Coordinator at Northeastern University. She received an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a B.A. in English from Providence College. As an undergraduate, Allie spent a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia.

Kripa Bhagat (she/her/hers)

Assistant Director, Richard U. Light Fellowship

Kripa helps manage and advise on the Richard U. Light Fellowship. She joins the CIPE after receiving her M.A. in Chinese Linguistics from the University of Hawai'i. She has contributed to language education communities by serving as Resident Director of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth Program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and as an Educational Ambassador in Yiwu, China for the Ameson Year in China program. Kripa also holds a B.A. from Barnard College and spent time working and learning in language immersion environments.

Susan Evans (she/her/hers)

Associate Director, Study Abroad

Susan will be on summer leave from June 13 until August 15. Please contact studyabroad@yale.edu for assistance during this time.

Susan Evans advises students who are interested in studying abroad in Oceania, Sub-Saharan Africa, and twelve European countries (see the full list on her appointment page). In addition to her study abroad responsibilities, Susan serves as a College Adviser to first-year undergraduate students in Berkeley College.

Susan joined Yale Study Abroad in 2006 and has previously held the positions of Assistant Director and Study Abroad Adviser. She received an M.A. in International Education through the SIT Graduate Institute and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As an undergraduate, Susan spent one semester abroad in Indonesia and another semester in Independent Samoa.

Kathy Trputec (she/her/hers)

Associate Director, Study Abroad

Kathy advises students who are interested in studying abroad in seven European countries (see the full list on her appointment page). She also advises on the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Courses. In addition to her study abroad responsibilities, Kathy serves as a College Adviser to first-year undergraduate students in Trumbull College.

Kathy joined Yale Summer Session in 2007 and has previously held the positions of Assistant Director and Study Abroad Coordinator for Faculty-Led Programs Abroad. Prior to Yale, she worked as a middle school Spanish teacher and a college academic advisor. She received an M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in Student Development in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Connecticut. As an undergraduate, Kathy spent a year abroad in Granada, Spain.

Katie Van Dermark (she/her/hers)

Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad Coordinator

Katie Van Dermark manages programmatic logistics related to all Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad.

Katie joined Yale Study Abroad/Yale Summer Session in 2022. Prior to Yale, Katie held the positions of Admissions Counselor and Site Specialist at Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA) in Phoenix, AZ. She received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in International Education and Intercultural Communication from Coastal Carolina University. As an undergraduate, Katie spent a summer abroad at Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.