Contact Study Abroad
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5245
Who are we?
We are the people who will assist you in preparing for the seminal experience of studying abroad. We'll help you research destinations and find a program in a particular field. We'll give you some idea of what to expect when you go abroad and guide you in completing the necessary applications and forms for credit transfer, travel health insurance, financial aid, and registration.
Study Abroad is located on the second floor of Ellsworth Hall, just east of the Bernhard Center. We frequently have peer advisors on duty (these are students who have already completed a study abroad program) and we offer information sessions and walk-in advising daily (schedule). Please come and see us! We're here from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday through Friday.
Study Abroad Specialists
Jane Blyth, study abroad director, joined the Haenicke Institute in October 2009, after returning from a yearlong stay in Kyoto, Japan, where she was a Visiting Researcher in the Faculty of Culture and Information Science at Doshisha University. Originally from a small town in upstate New York along the Erie Canal, her first experience with study abroad was in France as a 16-year-old.
As an undergraduate student, she studied at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, where she began her lifelong study of Japanese language and culture. Jane holds a B.A. in East Asian Languages and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Kansas, an M.A. in Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/Language Education from Indiana State University. Her chapter, “Web-based Language Portfolios and the Five C’s: Implementation in Foreign Language College Classrooms” appears in R. Oxford & J. Oxford (Eds.), World language teaching and learning in the N-Generation: Issues and perspectives. National Foreign Language Resource Center, Hawai’i. (2009).
While in Japan, Jane conducted research on using online digital portfolios and podcasts to improve oral English skills in Japanese university students. Jane has taught Japanese, ESL, and linguistics at Kalamazoo College, Japanese and ESL at Indiana State University, as well as Japanese at Moorhead State University and Valley City State University. She has also been a volunteer English teacher at a secondary school in Chiquimula, Guatemala. Contact Jane at: email@example.com
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Ann Ganz, study abroad specialist senior, joined the study abroad staff in September 2006. She lives in Portage and earned her bachelor’s degree with a major in French and a minor in linguistics from Western Michigan University. As part of her undergraduate program, Ann completed a semester at the Université de Haute Bretagne - Rennes II, France, where she studied French language, culture and literature and lived with a French family.
Ann followed up her undergraduate education earning a master’s degree in romance linguistics from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded the Horace H. Rackham Graduate Fellowship and taught French as a graduate student instructor. She returned to Kalamazoo after graduation and taught French for eight years in WMU’s Foreign Language Department. She believes having an international education experience is invaluable and enjoys assisting WMU students and faculty planning their travel abroad. Contact Ann at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anastassia Kaml, study abroad specialist, began working in study abroad in September 2006. She is a Russian native of the Volga region who spent her childhood in Moldova and holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in foreign languages and literature, with a minor in pedagogy from the Pedagogical Institute, Saratov State University, Russia. Following
graduation, Anastassia was employed at her alma mater for seven years by the Office of International Relations, where she worked her way up the ladder to become chief coordinator for international programs, interfacing with faculty, staff and students from various countries, including England, the United States, France, China, Canada and Turkey. She has experience with coordinating faculty and student exchange programs and was involved in grant writing for partnership projects.
Anastassia now resides in Mattawan. She is enthusiastic about implementing her international experience to assist WMU students and faculty in achieving international study goals and objectives. Contact Anastassia at: email@example.com
Sakhi Vyas, study abroad specialist, joined the study abroad team in March 2013. She studied abroad in Japan and China as part of her undergraduate degree in international and East Asian studies from Kalamazoo College. After graduation, she moved to India to work in the non-profit world. Her experiences took her to India, where she worked in an NGO supporting Women Artisans and a MicroFinance research organization interviewing entrepreneurs in urban slums. She followed that experience up by moving to Madrid, Spain to complete her master's degree in marketing and business management. Then she landed in New York City, where she spent the next two years working for a travel magazine. She returned to Kalamazoo in 2012 to work in politics and local community organizing with the Obama re-election campaign. Since joining WMU, Sakhi has been working to extend the message and vision of international education through outreach, social media, and student events.
Sakhi believes that study abroad can expand minds and transform the world in which we live. She likens study abroad to citizen diplomacy, and she is thrilled to inspire and assist students as they embark on this great adventure! Contact Sakhi at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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