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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 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Students may also make appointments with us using the link below or at 413-585-7598.

Questions can also be addressed to peer advisers by email.

Meet the Fall 2022 Peer Advisers


Naomi Giancola ’23

Naomi is a senior double majoring in Government and Statistical and Data Sciences. This past Spring semester, Naomi studied abroad in Denmark and studied Humanitarian Law and Armed Conflict. While in Denmark, she stayed with a host family and traveled to six other countries. When she was not traveling, Naomi enjoyed spending time with her host family: cooking, watching soccer, winter bathing (going swimming in barely above freezing water!), and exploring the public spaces Denmark had to offer. Naomi had a wonderful experience but initially she was very hesitant about studying abroad. Because of the pandemic, she had only been on campus for a total of three semesters and was worried about missing out on the Smith experience. She was also nervous about being in a new country and not having her support systems from home. But after having such a positive experience abroad and growing more as a person, she wouldn’t trade it for anything. Naomi would love to share her experiences and help work through any worries Smithies have about studying abroad.


Phoebe John ’23

Phoebe is a senior majoring in Africana Studies. She’s just returned to Smith after completing her junior year abroad in London at SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies. At SOAS, Phoebe studied a wide breadth of topics such as English Literature of Southeast Asia, Global Hip Hop, K-pop, and Contemporary African Literature. She gained the unique combination of Zoom teaching and faculty strikes, shaping her academic experience and providing her with the tools to navigate changing conditions. During her time abroad, Phoebe traveled to places like Spain, Germany, France and Italy, visiting landmarks, eating fantastic food and learning about the local culture. After spending a year studying abroad, Phoebe is eager to aid in preparing future study abroad students!

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.