Our Staff

Welcome to the Office for Study Abroad staff listing. Our mission is to provide and facilitate quality international educational opportunities at The George Washington University. As educators, we promote the academic, personal, professional, and intercultural development of students before, during, and after their study abroad experiences. We respond effectively to student needs, contribute to campus internationalization, and foster cultural understanding and self-awareness among the student body.

You can meet with our staff through express advising, office hours or at one of our events. Please review our Advising Services for more information. 

Below you will find a listing of our staff members. Click the staff member's name for contact details and information on office hours.

Meet Our Staff

Jonathan Benjamin

Jonathan Benjamin

Jonathan Benjamin is the Technical Coordinator for the Office for Study Abroad (OSA).

Jill Hyman

Jill Hyman

Jill currently serves as the Express Advisor/Resource Room Assistant.

Savon Jackson

Savon Jackson

Savon Jackson is the study abroad advisor for students in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Vanessa Rappleyea-Otto

Vanessa Rappleyea-Otto

Vanessa Rappleyea-Otto is the study abroad advisor for students in the Business School and the School for Engineering and Applied Sciences. She is also the Focus On Fall Abroad Community (FOFAC) and Study Abroad Peer Advisor manager.

Daniel Riley

Daniel Riley

Daniel manages the GW Study Programs in Chile, England, France, and Spain.

Amaris Vázquez Vargas

Amaris Vázquez Vargas

Amaris Vázquez Vargas is the Exchange Program Assistant working with incoming undergraduate exchange students.

Kayla Whitney

Kayla Whitney

Kayla is the program assistant for the GW Study Programs.

Hilary Wilson

Hilary Wilson

Hilary Wilson is the exchange coordinator and works with the inbound exchange student program. She also is the liaison for undergraduate student exchange partners.

Recent News

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15 GW Students Receive Critical Language Scholarship

The GW Office for Study Abroad would like to congratulate the 15 students recently awarded the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) by the U.S. State Department.

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Apply to be a SAPA!

Searching for a volunteer opportunity when you return to campus? Study Abroad Peer Advisor applications are open from May 15th until June 15th!

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Spring 2017 Gilman Info Sessions

Join us for Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship information sessions to learn about eligibility, the application process, and gain helpful tips on how to write a winning essay!

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Scholarship Applications Now Open!

Students planning to study abroad during the Spring 2017 term can apply for GW scholarships online until December 1st.

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Apply for FOFAC!

Interested in studying abroad? Planning to do so over a Fall semester? Looking for extra opportunities to fund your experience? Join the Focus On Fall Abroad Community!

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OSA's Taylor Woodman Receives IES Professional Development Award

Today we are proud to announce that The Office for Study Abroad's Manager of Advising Services Taylor Woodman has been named the recipient of this year's IES Abroad Professional Development Award.