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When in doubt, reach out!

Students, parents, and faculty/staff can reach our team via email at Email is often the best way to reach our advisors initially, especially if we need to follow-up with other campus departments or program providers and host institutions abroad (which can mean communicating across different time zones) before we can answer your question. Please be sure to include your name and student ID number in all emails.

We are are committed to responding within 1-3 business days, but are often able to reply much sooner.  Students, parents, and faculty/staff can also chat directly with our advisors in real time! To use the Live Chat feature, click the blue "Live Chat" button in the right-hand corner of our website during Live Chat Hours.

Business Hours

 Live Chat

Advising and Email

Monday - Friday

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Health & Safety Emergencies: If you have a health or safety emergency while abroad, please contact Campus Safety at (408) 554-4444 who will then notify the appropriate Study Abroad Emergency Personnel. ***


Advising Resources

While Study Abroad Advisors are often the first point of contact for students interested in educational opportunities abroad, other departments at SCU also play critical roles in helping students make choices that ensure their experiences abroad are meaningful, purposeful, and successful. 

Advising for Study Abroad

SCU Study Abroad Newsletter

Students who sign up for our newsletter will receive weekly newsletter issues every Thursday from August - July with resources, announcements/reminders, and special topics. 

Guardians of nominated SCU students studying abroad will receive a monthly newsletter on the first Monday of every month from January - May about their student's current phase of the study abroad process, with additional announcements in between, as needed.

**Guardians are added to the family newsletter (in keeping with FERPA) using the emails provided by the student's in the Emergency Contacts section of their SCU application.** 

Study Abroad Commitments

Through international academic experiences, Santa Clara University prides itself on inspiring students to explore and transform their lives, the Santa Clara University, and the world.  Below are some examples of SCU Study Abroad’s commitment to creating a more inclusive and holistic study abroad experience.

The Forum on Education Abroad 

The Forum on Education Abroad develops and disseminates comprehensive Standards of Good Practice for the field of education abroad. It promotes best practices and excellence in curricular design, engages in data collection and research, conducts program assessment and quality improvement, and advocates on behalf of its members and the field of education abroad. The Forum serves institutions and organizations that sponsor and support education abroad programs for students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The Forum also collaborates with international member institutions and organizations to identify and facilitate best practices and standards for education abroad.

Diversity Abroad Network

The Diversity Abroad Network's goal is to ensure that students from diverse economic, educational, ethnic and social backgrounds are aware, have equal access, and take advantage of the benefits and opportunities afforded through global education exchanges.

Meet Our Team

SCU Study Abroad staff strive to provide students the opportunity to study, explore, and engage with other cultures to broaden their perspective and involvement in the world. Our team members each have unique global experiences to share with the SCU community!

  • Sara Branley

    Director of Study Abroad

    Sara joined SCU Study Abroad in 2016 and has filled the role of Director since 2019. She has been in the field of higher education since 2006 and has over eight years of experience in study abroad. During her undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara, Sara studied abroad in Galway, Ireland. She later worked in Dublin, Ireland prior to returning to the U.S. to complete her Masters in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California. As Director, Sara oversees the SCU Study Abroad team, manages the program portfolio and budget, and leads health and safety efforts. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her two children, dancing hula, and reading.

  • Chris Hanson

    Assistant Director of Study Abroad

    Chris has worked in the field of international education for over eight years. He has a B.A. in European History from UC Santa Cruz and an M.A. in International & Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. As an undergraduate, Chris studied abroad on three short term programs in Italy, Spain, and France and a semester-length program in Sweden. A NorCal native, Chris enjoys hiking with his dog, Maximus, and spending time with his niece and nephew.

  • Natasha Civ

    Study Abroad Staff Advisor

    Nat is originally from Cincinnati, OH, and graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2018 with a B.A. in Political Science. During her undergraduate career, she studied abroad twice in a total of four countries (Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Ukraine) and worked as an International Education Student Ambassador. Post-grad, Nat joined the field of International Education as a Study Abroad Advisor, and participated in a unique opportunity as an On-Site Program Coordinator for a faculty-led program in Scotland & Northern Ireland. In her current role as SCU's Study Abroad staff advisor, Nat connects students with global opportunities and helps them identify how they can incorporate their international experiences into personal, professional, and academic goals. In her spare time, you'll find Nat studying democracy, building her Russian language skills, and volunteering with local environmental groups.

  • Jack Hartline

    Study Abroad Peer Advisor

    Why I wanted to be a study abroad advisor: I was lucky enough to grow up abroad and it was an experience that I believe everyone should be able to have. Living in Singapore gave me the opportunity to experience the world in a way I could never get living in America. This allowed me to see the world in a whole different perspective than growing up in America and I think everyone should at least have the opportunity to get this same experience. I joined the team so that I could help others get abroad to see the world. For those who are thinking about traveling to the Eastern Hemisphere I have a lot of experience over there and will hopefully be able to answer any questions.

  • Tatum Petti

    Study Abroad Peer Advisor

    Hello! My name is Tatum Petti. I am a sophomore and studying Environmental Science in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am from Darien, CT which is near New York City. This summer I went on a camping and hiking trip on the Inca Trail in Peru!

  • Geovanni Usher

    Study Abroad Peer Advisor

    My name is Geovanni Usher and I am a senior Civil Engineering student from the beautiful country of Belize. I am interested in sustainable material engineering as it is related to infrastructural development in developing countries and low income areas of the world. I am passionate about global perspectives on development, sustainability and education.