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Office for International Study

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

Phone: 413-585-4905
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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Rebecca Hovey

Rebecca Hovey

Dean for International Study

Dean Hovey is responsible for overall operations and programming, including program evaluation and student advising. She serves on the Committee for Study Abroad and is responsible for Smith’s Junior Year Abroad programs. She also serves as director of the Lewis Global Studies Center.

Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson

Assistant Dean for International Study

Dean Johnson oversees applications and participation in study abroad programs, including student advising, approval for study abroad and transfer of academic credit earned through study abroad.

Nathan Hammond


Nathan Hammond

Student Enrollment and Program Manager

Nathan is available to answer questions about study abroad options and procedures. This includes advising on selecting a study abroad destination, application and approval processes, visa application support and organizing study abroad information sessions.

Susan Pouliot


Susan Pouliot

Budget & Enrollment Coordinator

Contact Sue if you have any questions relating to tuition or stipend payments, or general information about the costs of study abroad.


Drop-in advising hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Students may also make appointments with a staff member at 413-585-4905.

Questions can also be addressed to peer advisers by email.

Meet the 2018–19 Peer Advisers

Eliana Gevelber ’19

While at Smith, Eliana has spent time studying Buddhism in India, Nepal and China. One concrete skill Eliana has gained from recent travels is the ability to somewhat successfully haggle with a grin in both Hindi and Tibetan languages. Eliana gets excited about intercultural exchange, and loves sharing about their own Ashkenazi Jewish-American upbringing. Eliana is a senior majoring in environmental science and policy and minoring in Buddhist studies.


Kaen O ’19

Kaen (like the pepper) is Japanese and lives in Shanghai, China. She returned from spending last year on the Smith in Florence program. Kaen feels that studying abroad is a self-exploratory and maturing experience. It is fun, challenging, scary, rewarding, and many things at the same time. She enjoys learning and immersing herself into new cultures because it allows her to reflect and clarify her own identity. Before studying abroad, Kaen researched different programs before dedicating herself to the study abroad process and hopes that what she encountered and experienced can help prospective study abroad students. Kaen is majoring in neuroscience, minoring in Italian studies and is completing the premed curriculum.


Gaea Ridenhour ’19

Gaea is originally from Idaho. Having moved around a lot during her childhood, she appreciated how much people can learn through travel and exposure to different cultures. This past year Gaea participated in the Smith in Hamburg Program and feels it is immeasurable how much she has gained from her year abroad, not only in her academic growth but also in her personal growth. Gaea is excited to work with students to help them fulfill their study abroad wishes and preparation requirements, in the hopes that they will be able to have just as valuable a study abroad experience as she did. Gaea is a senior majoring in engineering and German.


Shirene Shomloo ’19

Shirene (Shishi) is true West Coaster, born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Los Angeles. Growing up speaking four languages and having family all over the world, she has always known that international travel was going to be a fundamental part of her life. Shishi spent her junior year abroad in Cordoba, Spain, with PRESHCO, where she got to travel all over Europe, work on her Spanish, eat lots of new and different foods, and even join a local rugby team. At any given point you can probably find Shishi photographing her friends, doing her homework at a coffee shop downtown or playing rugby (ask her about Smith’s team!). She is a senior majoring in government and minoring in Spanish.

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.