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Resources and information for family and friends of study abroad students can be found on our "Parents" page.


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OIS Student Workers! Here to answer your questions!

  • Hi Wellesley! My name is Isabela Valencia and I’m a senior from Peabody, MA, studying Environmental Studies and Economics. I spent my junior year abroad at St. Peter’s College at the University of Oxford taking courses with the Geography and Economics departments. I spent my free time training with the university’s varsity gymnastics team, playing tennis, and checking out the city’s robust food scene (from late-night food trucks to fancy formal dinners!). On campus, I am involved with Club Squash, Wellesley College EnAct, and Club Filipina. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re curious about studying abroad in the UK! You can send me a line at or chat with me during my weekly Drop-In hours, which are posted on the OIS calendar.

  • Hello! My name is Lucy Norton and I am a senior majoring in French and Anthropology at Wellesley. I spent my junior year abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France with the Wellesley-in-Aix program, and I cannot say enough great things about it! Not only was I able to immerse myself into French language and culture by taking all my classes in French (from geography to ethnomusicology) and living with a delightful host family, but also engage with student life in Aix by joining a choir, taking dance and piano lessons, and doing student sports classes. I also had the opportunity to explore the southern region of France through both program trips and taking hikes with Friends, as well as travel around Europe and see new parts of the continent. As the OIS Administrative Intern and Marketing Assistant, I am so excited to share my experience and help new study abroad students launch their own adventures! Please reach out to me with any questions you may have, (whether it be about France, study abroad or student life in general!) at

  • Hi! My name is Francelis Morillo Suarez. I’m a senior double majoring in Environmental Studies and Italian Studies. I’m also pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Last year, I studied abroad in Italy during the fall through the Wellesley ECCO Program. In the spring, I was in the SIT IHP: Climate Change program that allowed me to study in San Francisco, Vietnam, and Morocco before I had to head home. Both programs were different in many ways which allowed me to have various study abroad experiences such as living with college students in a dormitory in the fall and also living sometimes with host families in the Spring. I learned so much last year that I couldn’t have in the classroom. I was able to further improve my Italian speaking skills because I was speaking it more frequently and I learned so much about the climate crisis in many communities worldwide while out in the field during the SIT program. I experienced many cultures and made so many connections even with people I couldn’t understand due to language barriers. I hope to be a resource for STEM majors, students of Latinx and/or African descent, as well as low-income and first generation students. If you want to learn more about study abroad in general, school sponsored programs versus programs from other organizations, what my experience was like, and if you are unsure of whether you’d like to study abroad or not, please reach out to me! I’m excited to help you figure out what you’d like to do and what works for your particular situation. You can reach me at Can’t wait to hear from you!

  • My name is Xue Fang Deng (she/her). I am a senior double majoring in Education Studies and Psychology. I am also pursuing my elementary teaching certification at Wellesley. During fall 2019, I studied abroad in Denmark through the DIS Copenhagen program. I was enrolled in child development courses, including a teaching practicum at a public primary school. I also took a course on Danish Language and Culture and another on Ancient Art and Archeology (which gave me free access to many museums!). Outside of my courses, I was able to immerse myself in the Danish culture by living with a host family and by taking road trips with friends via Denmark’s awesome public transportation system! Certainty, studying abroad came with new challenges— ones that have made me become a more responsible person. As an OIS Ambassador, I hope to be a resource for students of Asian descent, FGLI students, and/or any students with similar interests, at any stage of the study abroad process. Please feel free to reach out at

  • My name is Thyme Morton and I am a junior from Tucson, Arizona, majoring in International Relations-Political Science and Spanish. Last fall, I studied abroad in Havana, Cuba through API's study abroad program. I took Art, Film, and Culture classes all in Spanish as was able to improve my Spanish drastically. I loved learning and experiencing a culture that was so different than ours, while meeting people from all over the Latin American community. I am on the varsity softball team and on campus, I participate in the Pre-Law Society, the Political Science Majors Council, and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). I am excited to be an OIS Ambassador because I want to be a resource to both student athletes and to any students that want to study in Latin America. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at

  • Hello! I’m Hannah Nies, a senior double majoring in English/Theatre Studies. On campus, I’m a member of the Shakespeare Society, and can often be found at English Department events, or sitting in Clapp with a book. During Spring 2020, I studied abroad at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) as part of their Shakespeare short course. I spent my term, shortened due to COVID, living on my own in London, and while it wasn’t always perfect, it was always an adventure! I’d love to speak to any of you about adjusting to being on your own, what it means to be LGBTQ+ while abroad, and how to deal with feeling isolated so that you can take full advantage of your abroad experience. If you’re interested in the conservatory acting experience, or programs off the beaten path, I’d be happy to help you figure it out. I’m so excited to be working with OIS this year, and hope to help you in any way I can. I can be best reached at my Wellesley email,

  • Olivia Akinsunmoye is a senior majoring in the Biological Sciences. Last Spring, she studied at the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana.  During her semester in Accra, she learned some Twi, explored  the city, took a traditional dance class, tried out local foods, and traveled to rural regions of Ghana! This image was taken outside of a coffee shop “D Café” in Accra, Ghana.

    She's interested in helping other students of color and/or low-income students to study abroad as well as students with an interest in studying abroad on the continent of Africa. She can be reached at

  • Zara Tarter '21

    Studied with CET Prague

    Econ and Environmental Studies major