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).

Jennifer Bhiro

Jennifer Bhiro

Jennifer Bhiro is the Administrative Assistant for the OSA. In addition to daily support in the office, Jen supports the administration of our short-term faculty-led abroad programs.

Kyndall Cox

Kyndall Cox

Kyndall Cox is the study abroad advisor for students in the Elliott School of International Affairs.

Jill Hyman

Jill Hyman

Jill currently serves as an 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.

Josh Keilholtz

Josh Keilholtz

Josh Keilholtz is the current Focus on Fall Abroad Community (FOFAC) Graduate Assistant.

Vanessa Rappleyea-Otto

Vanessa Rappleyea-Otto

Vanessa Rappleyea-Otto is the study abroad advisor for students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. She is also the Focus On Fall Abroad Community (FOFAC) program manager.

Daniel Riley

Daniel Riley

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

Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith

Courtney currently serves as an Express Advisor/Resource Room Assistant.

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 the study abroad advisor for students in the School of Business and the Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is also the manager of the Study Abroad Peer Advisor (SAPA) Program.

Hilary Wilson

Hilary Wilson

Hilary Wilson is the Interim Director and Exchange Coordinator.

Recent News

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2017 Passport Caravan

Nearly 100 students obtained passports this week as part of GW's 2017 Passport Caravan event sponsored by CIEE and hosted by the Office for Study Abroad.

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Fall 2017 International Photo Contest

The Office for Study Abroad's 2016 International Photo Contest is now underway! Click to learn more about our eligibility requirements!

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2017 Study Abroad Fair

Stop by the GW Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, 9/5 in the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom!

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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!