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GW England has two staff members based in country, who are there to provide academic and personal support as well as arrange cultural activities and excursions. GW England staff members offer a two-day orientation program in London at the start of each semester to prepare students for life and study in the UK and introduce participants to the capital city! They also organize activities throughout the semester for GW students at all of GW's partner institutions. This gives students a great opportunity to maintain a connection to the GW family, even while abroad. GW will reimburse students studying at universities outside of London for travel expenses related to participation in GW England program activities.


Robin Buck is the Director of GW England. She looks forward to helping students navigate the various US-UK educational differences, which she has studied closely through her work in study abroad but also as a university counselor. Robin's own study abroad was in Paris as part of her coursework at Duke University, and she later earned a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations. Since moving to London in 2001, she has traveled to many corners of Europe (and beyond) and enjoys getting off the beaten path to experience cultures more deeply. Favorite trips have involved volunteer work through Habitat for Humanity, but recently she has stayed closer to home. She is active in her south London community and can often be found in an edible garden or at her local food market.



Ria Bourne PhotoRia Bourne is the Assistant Director of GW England. A native Brit, Ria grew up on an Air Force Base in Germany but spent her formative years in the twice-voted “Most Boring Town in Britain”. Little surprise then that she chose a career with a global focus. While earning her BA hons in American Studies from the University of Essex, Ria spent a year at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She has lived and worked in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Spain, but the UK will always be home. Ria has been hosting study abroad students coming to the UK for a number of years. She finds particular glee in helping them live like locals rather than tourists.