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SES v.2Sarah E. Spencer

Director of Study Abroad

(651) 962-6452

Sarah joined the University of St. Thomas in 1993. As Director, she oversees all Study Abroad activities, including strategic and operational planning and goal setting, policy and procedure development, program management and assessment and staff management. She collaborates with faculty, administrators and professional and overseas colleagues to further UST’s efforts to integrate off-campus study with the curriculum and in support of the university’s internationalization goals. Sarah has served on various university and professional committees, and was elected to the Forum on Education Abroad Council in 2011. She is co-editor of NAFSA's "The Guide to Successful Short-term Programs Abroad," the only publication that supports both faculty and international offices in the development and management of short-term programs. 

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Assistant Director, Advising & Intercultural Learning

(651) 962-6484

Sarah directs the Advising process and manages St. Thomas’ wide range of co-sponsored study abroad programs. She also oversees three St. Thomas-sponsored semester programs based in Rome: the Rome CORE Semester, Catholic Studies in Rome, and St. John Vianney in Rome. Sarah has worked at St. Thomas since 2004 and holds a Leadership in Student Affairs Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas. 

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Assistant Director, Short-Term Programs

(651) 962-6457

Aga manages the St. Thomas Short-term Off-Campus program, including the development and operations of January Term courses, and all faculty and staff program directors’ training and support. She serves as the lead St. Thomas liaison in the UMAIE consortium and also partners with the Office of Service Learning to develop and bridge experiential opportunities. Aga worked for DePaul University’s Study Abroad Program for over ten years before joining St. Thomas in May 2013. She holds a B.S in Biology and an M.A. in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education.

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Marketing and Program Manager

(651) 962-6453

Emerald manages all aspects of marketing and outreach, including oversight of the Study Abroad Fair, J-Term Open House and the Peer Advising team. In addition, Emerald is the program manager for the London Business Semester and lead contact for all off-campus Summer and Spring-embedded short-term courses. Emerald came to St. Thomas in 2012 from the Center for Global Education at Augsburg College where she spent over five years working with short-term program management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from the University of Minnesota and received her Masters in Leadership from Augsburg College.

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(651) 962-6448

Lauren advises students on St. Thomas’ wide range of co-sponsored study abroad programs. She also works closely with departments on course articulations, oversees all pre-departure orientations and manages a portfolio of partner relations. After spending semesters abroad in Spain and England Lauren worked in case management in the insurance industry before coming to St Thomas in 2011. Lauren has a B.A. in Communication Studies and Spanish and Latin American Studies from Texas Christian University and a M.A. in Spanish Linguistics from Middlebury College.

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Enrollment Manager

(651) 962-6450

Suzanne oversees registration and enrollment, including the application, interview and admission decision process, for all students studying off campus. She also works with international insurance and emergency procedure documents, oversees off-campus travel registration and the Study Abroad scholarship process and advises on January-term co-sponsored programs. Suzanne holds a double major from St. Thomas in Irish Studies and English and completed an MA in Irish Studies in 2010 from Queen’s University, Belfast.