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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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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 413-585-7598.

Questions can also be addressed to peer advisers by email.

Meet the 2019–20 Peer Advisers


Headshot of Sydney Abraham ’21

Sydney Abraham ’21

Sydney is a junior studying environmental science and policy with a minor in Jewish studies. She recently returned from a semester at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in southern Israel, where she met incredible activists from all over the world, ate lots of hummus and fell in love with the desert. While abroad, Sydney worked to make her program a safer space for other LGBTQ+ students. Additionally, she spent the previous summer conducting climate research in rural Morocco. Sydney is glad to have both feet on the ground for a little while, and she’s excited to be able to help students plan their own international experiences.


Kate Niemiec ’20

Kate Niemiec is a senior theater major from Connecticut. Some fun facts about her include: she has been skydiving, her favorite food is Mini-Wheats, she loves roller coasters and she can pogo stick with no hands. Last year, she studied abroad in Kathmandu, Nepal, for the first semester, and Glasgow, Scotland, for the second. She is thankful to Smith for allowing her these incredible opportunities and experiences and can’t wait to help other students take advantage of all that the college has to offer.


Paige Pryor ’20

Paige has returned to Smith after studying abroad for a year in London. She found it an extremely rewarding experience and will talk about her time there to anyone who will listen! As a woman of color, Paige hopes that her unique experiences abroad will be of help to prospective study abroad students, particularly those of color. She enjoys learning about different countries and cultures, and is happy to be in a position to encourage other students as they embark on their own study abroad journeys. Paige is a government major and a member of the tennis team at Smith.


Lynn Van Wey ’20

Born in China and raised in Miami, Florida, Lynn knew she wanted to study abroad for her junior year. She spent last year in Switzerland with the Smith in Geneva program. During her time abroad, Lynn had the opportunity to intern at an international NGO, take Zumba classes at the University of Geneva, and travel throughout Switzerland and Europe. Lynn loved the chance to grow personally and academically, hone her language skills and experience other cultures. Her favorite part about studying abroad was the unlimited supply of Swiss chocolate and cheese. Lynn is a senior majoring in government and is happy to answer any of your questions about the program and life abroad.

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.