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Office for International Study

Lewis Global Studies Center
Wright Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-7598
Fax: 413-585-4982

For emergencies, call Campus Police at 413-585-2490 and ask to have a study abroad staff member contacted.

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Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson

Associate Dean for International Study

Dean Johnson oversees the Office for International Study, including management of the Smith Programs Abroad (Florence, Geneva, Hamburg, Paris, and the Global FLEX programs). She advises and prepares students for their experiences abroad.


Angelo Pisano

Study Abroad Coordinator

Angelo is ready for your questions and wants to hear your story. He is responsible for programming events, student advising, tuition and stipend payments, and can help answer questions about funding study abroad programs.

Drop-in advising hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Students may also make appointments with a staff member at 413-585-7598.

Questions can also be addressed to peer advisers by email.

Meet the Spring 2022 Peer Advisers


A Headshot of Audrey Muhirwa

Audrey Muhirwa ’22

Audrey is a senior double majoring in Economics and Government with a concentration in Global Financial Institutions. She is a passionate trilingual global citizen from Rwanda that aims to globe trot for the foreseeable future. She spent her senior fall semester studying abroad at the University of Oxford specializing in Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa and on the Government and Politics of China. The papers, tutorials, lectures, and connections she developed not only enriched her first-hand experiences growing up on the continent but they gave insight to the intricacies of local and international relational complexities that continue to play out in African politics. “Studying abroad is truly a unique experience that teaches you so much about yourself, your culture, and character, whilst simultaneously opening your eyes to so many different cultures and teaching you so many new and unexpected lessons you would’ve never thought to seek. I want to share my experience and help encourage and guide other smithies to have an experience of a lifetime!”

A Headshot of Abby Powers-Lowery

Abby Powers-Lowery ’23

Abby is a senior majoring in Government and Russian, Euasian, and East European studies. Initially she intended to study abroad in Russia, however it became unfeasible due to the pandemic and she had to get creative. During her junior year Abby studied abroad in Costa Rica for a semester, taking Smith classes remotely. While abroad she spent a lot of time exploring the national parks, too much time in zoom classes, and ate a lot of delicious fried plantains with her host family. A highly untraditional Smith study abroad experience, Abby is passionate about helping other smithies overcome pandemic obstacles to be able to take advantage of current study abroad opportunities to broaden their horizons and globalize their studies. Abby is looking forward to studying in Oxford, England her last semester as part of a formal program.

Our Goals

  • To promote study abroad opportunities that are in keeping with the educational aims of the college.
  • To provide program options that offer outstanding academic content, instruction, language learning and cultural immersion opportunities in the host countries.
  • To ensure first-rate study abroad opportunities that accommodate a range of disciplines and include diverse regions of the world.
  • To integrate study abroad into a student's four-year plan of study to the fullest extent possible.

We are a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Institute for International Education (IIE), the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and the Forum on Education Abroad.

Standards & Ethics in Study Abroad

Smith College adheres to the Forum on Education Abroad's Standards of Good Practice (PDF) and Code of Ethics (PDF) for Education Abroad in providing study abroad opportunities to Smith students.