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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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55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Fl.
New Haven, CT 06510  

Yale Study Abroad is open Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Summer Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  (203) 432-8684

Kelly McLaughlin

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, coordinating Yale College's portion of reaccreditation reports to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

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

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.

Susan Evans

Associate Director, Study Abroad

Susan Evans advises students who are interested in studying abroad in Europe (except Spain, Portugal, and France), Oceania, and Sub-Saharan Africa. 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

Associate Director, Summer Session & Study Abroad

Kathy advises students who are interested in studying abroad in the UK (except Yale-in-London). She also advises on the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Global Summer Program.

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.

Megan Carney

Program Coordinator, Summer Session Programs Abroad

Megan Carney works closely with the Director to manage logistics related to Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad.

Megan joined Yale Study Abroad/Yale Summer Session in 2010 after beginning her career at Yale in the Cowles Foundation for Research and Economics in 2008. Prior to Yale, Megan served two and a half years on board a Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) ship as an administrative hostess on the cruise director's staff. She received an M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in Student Development in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University and a B.S. in Marketing Communications from Roger William's University. As an undergraduate, Megan spent a semester abroad at the University of Wollongong in Australia.

Ruth Clifford

Senior Administrative Assistant, Study Abroad & Fellowships

Ruth works closely with advisers to facilitate study abroad through our Year or Term Abroad and Non-Yale Summer Abroad programs.

Ruth joined Yale Study Abroad in 2017. Prior to her arrival in the United States, she worked as a primary school teacher at St. Michael's N.S. in Dublin and St. Canice's N.S. in Kilkenny, Ireland. She received an M.A. in Human Services from Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, and a B.A. in Education from Trinity College, Dublin. Although Ruth has never studied “abroad,” she has earned degrees on both sides of the Atlantic.

Study Abroad Student Outreach Coordinators

Each year, the office hires returned study abroad students to organize events and share information about Yale’s study abroad opportunities. To connect with our Student Outreach Coordinators, check out our calendar of events or send them an email.

Arianna Neal (ES '19)

Student Outreach Coordinator

Arianna is a pre-med senior studying psychology and neuroscience. On campus, she's most involved in a dance troupe called Peristalsis, neuroscience research at Yale School of Medicine, the Alliance for Black Women Scientists, and the Yale Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship. Her study abroad experiences have included a YSS global health and filmmaking course in Swaziland and South Africa in the Summer of 2016 and a comparative public health and medical anthropology program in Vietnam, South Africa, and Argentina in spring of 2017. "These two experiences are two of my most meaningful and rewarding time periods during my time here at Yale, and to be frank, my entire life. I wouldn't change a single thing -- except doing them both again, if I had time!"

Maxine Vainio (TD ‘19)

Student Outreach Coordinator

Maxine is a History and French double major. Maxine is an international student, having grown up in London her whole life. She studied abroad during her Sophomore year, spending the spring semester of 2017 down in the south of France in Aix-en-Provence, and then the summer of 2017 studying in Madrid for six weeks. In addition to gushing about the incredible opportunities that study abroad can offer, Maxine runs the Yale British Undergraduates and is part of the Yale Equestrian Team. "I believe that every Yale student should consider, if not do, study abroad, and I look forward to answering any questions, no matter how big or small, that you might have!"

Romy Vassilev (TD '19)

Student Outreach Coordinator

Romy is from New York City. She studies Art History and Spanish and has been involved with Community Health Educators, the Women's Leadership Initiative and Y Fashion House. She loved studying abroad and spent the summer of 2016 at the London School of Economics (LSE), the summer of 2017 with YSS Abroad in Croatia, and her junior fall of 2017 in Madrid, Spain through IES Abroad. "I think spending a semester abroad is truly one of the most challenging but rewarding things you can do for yourself. When I got back to Yale, I didn't feel like I had missed anything at all and instead felt much more appreciative of my time on campus after being away."