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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 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 will be on maternity leave from late July 2022 until January 2023. During this time, please contact studyabroad@yale.edu or Kelly McLaughlin at kelly.mclaughlin@yale.edu.

Allie Agati advises students who are interested in studying abroad in Spain, Portugal, Latin America and the Caribbean. 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 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.

Ivona Pankova (she/her/hers)

Senior Administrative Assistant

Ivona Pankova oversees administrative logistics and manages communications for Yale Study Abroad.

Ivona joined Yale Study Abroad in 2022. She was previously in a similar role within the Northwestern Office of Fellowships in Evanston, IL. Ivona received her B.A. in Global Affairs and East Asian Studies from Yale University in 2013, and her MPhil in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge in 2018. She studied abroad in Japan as an undergraduate student and pursued independent research at the University of Tokyo after graduation.

Lauren Perrino (she/her/hers)

Associate Director, Study Abroad, Visiting International Student Program

Lauren Perrino advises students who are interested in studying abroad in France, Asia (except Light Fellowship sites), the Middle East, and North Africa. She also manages the Yale Visiting International Students Program (Y-VISP), which brings undergraduate students from Yale's partner institutions to study at Yale for a semester or academic year.

Lauren has been at CIPE since August 2018 but started her advising role on the Study Abroad team in Fall 2022. She received an M.A. in International Education from the George Washington University and a B.A. in French and Education with an Italian minor from Gettysburg College. As an undergraduate, Lauren spent a semester abroad with IES Nantes. After her undergraduate graduation, she spent a year in Nîmes, France, teaching English through TAPIF. She has previously held positions at the George Washington University and World Learning.

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.