Contact Us

    • Location: 403 Richards Hall
    • Hours of Operation: 8:30am-5pm Monday through Friday
    • Phone Number: 617-373-5276
    • Central email account:

In the case of a true emergency abroad, please call AON World Aware at 312- 470-3108

Walk -in Hours (no appointment necessary)

  • GEO Coordinators 
    • Tuesdays: 9:00am-12:00pm
    • Thursday: 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Peer Advisors:
    • TBD

Appointments with a GEO Coordinator (scheduled via Self Service tab of myNEU)

  • Mondays:
    • 10:00am - 11:00am with Mike
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm with Emily, Katherine or Lane
  • Tuesdays:
    • 2:00pm - 3:00pm with Emily, Katherine or Mike
    • 3:00pm - 4:00pm with Lane
  • Wednesdays:
    • 11:00am - 1:00pm with any Coordinator
    • 5:00pm - 7:00pm (for students on Co-op) with any Coordinator (2 Coordinators available per week) starting 9/2 ( there will be appointments on Thursday 9/10)
  • Thursdays:
    • 10:00am - 11:00am with any Coordinator

Study Abroad Coordinators

  • Mike Miller ( Austria, Belgium, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, South Korea,  Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States, and countries in East Asia
  • Katherine Pruess ( Australia, Belarus, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Russia, Vietnam, and countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania
  • Emily Ferraro ( Albania, Bosnia, Cameroon, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Macedonia, Montenegro, Morocco, Sea Semester, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey, Zambia and countries in Africa and the Middle East
  • Lane Marder ( Argentina, Brazil, Canada,  Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Peru, Scotland, Trinidad and Tobago, Wales, and countries in the Americas.



Brian Gibson,  Director (617) 373-7854

Brian Gibson is a professional with nearly a quarter century of experience in international education including both scholarship and administration. For over a decade, Brian developed, designed and implemented international programs that were instrumental in the fight against and transition from apartheid in South Africa.  In the ensuing decade he directed similar programming on a worldwide basis at the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and as an assistant dean at Columbia University’s School of Law.In terms of scholarly pursuits, Brian has taught a range of courses in international and comparative law, customary law, and alternative dispute resolution at the University of Amsterdam, La Sapienza, Seton Hall, and the City University of Hong Kong.  At present Brian is exploring how the attachment to local custom affects the rule of law in the modern nation state. Brian holds a PhD in legal puralism from the University of Amsterdam as well as advanced degrees in law and conflict resolution from Georgetown and Columbia Universities, respectively.

Maureen Underhill

Maureen Underhill, Senior Associate Director of Finance and Administration (617) 373-6365

As Senior Associate Director of Finance and Administration for the Global Experience Office(GEO), Maureen is responsible for managing all financial and administrative matters concerning GEO programs. She works closely with faculty to plan their Dialogue of Civilizations programs and is the liaison between Student Billing and this office. She has been at Northeastern for over twelve years working in various budget and finance capacities. Recently, she became a member of the Northeastern Parents Leadership Council and is actively involved in helping parents make the most of their Northeastern experience. She particularly enjoys speaking with parents of our study abroad students.  Before Northeastern she worked in public accounting and spent 10 years at AT&T as a financial systems analyst. She has a B.A. in English from UMass/Amherst, a Certificate in Accountancy from Bentley University, a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and a Certificate in Non Profit Management from Northeastern. Having a strong interest in international travel and global education, she is thrilled to be working here at GEO.


Andre Barbic, Associate Director of New Program Development, Logistics, and Operations (617) 373-8086

Andre Barbic previously served as Assistant Director of the Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy, where he developed and managed a range of international programming for the University of Georgia School of Law.  He also has experience working overseas, primarily in China and Europe, as well as at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, where he worked for both Conference Services and on co-op in the Office of Legal Affairs.  Immediately prior to joining Northeastern University, Andre was in charge of an educational media startup in Atlanta, GA.  He is thrilled to be returning to international higher education, and to be joining the Global Experience Office at Northeastern.  Andre speaks fluent French, and holds a BA from Loyola University Chicago and a JD from the University of Georgia School of Law.



Garrett Margliotti,  Senior Associate Director of Advising and Program Administration (617) 373-8781

Prior to working at Northeastern, Garrett worked at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the Director of the Center for Global Learning. He has his B.A. in French and History from the University of Pittsburgh.  During his undergraduate degree at Pitt, he participated in a summer study abroad program to Nantes, France.  After graduating, he spent time in southern France teaching English.  He also has his M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Garrett is thrilled to work in the office to help promote global education.


Katherine Pruess, Study Abroad Coordinator (617) 373-6876

Katherine joined GEO after working with study abroad programs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Indiana University Bloomington. She holds an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies and an M.L.S. in Library Science, both from Indiana University Bloomington. Katherine studied abroad for a summer in Russia during college, and then returned to the country for two years after graduation to teach English on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. She is passionate about helping Northeastern students have meaningful international experiences and looks forward to working with you.

Ferraro_Bio PicEmily Ferraro, Study Abroad Coordinator (617) 373-3377

Emily has a B.A. in International Studies and a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Emily found her calling during her study abroad experience in Florence, Italy while traveling and learning her way throughout Italy. She comes to GEO after working as an advisor in Career Services with both the University of South Florida and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She has advised on topics in career development as well as working with employers and students through Federal Work Study, co-op, and internships. Emily is excited to be a part of the global community at Northeastern University and is looking forward to helping students find their passion through education abroad.

Kelly Lyons

Kelly Lyons, Budget Analyst (617) 373-7997

Prior to working at Northeastern University, Kelly spent five years planning and leading study abroad programs for American University students in London. Kelly earned her B.A. in History and Theatre Studies at Liverpool University and her M.S. in Global Studies and International Affairs at Northeastern University . Working in international education has provided her with a great passion for travel, and the hunger to experience new cultures. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cycling, and watching the Boston Celtics.

Untitled-1Valeria Suarez, Budget Coordinator (617) 373-5310

Val is  originally from the heart of South America, Bolivia. She moved to South Florida with her family ten years ago. This experience has allowed her to appreciate and embrace different cultures. She relocated to Boston in September 2012 as a transfer student at Northeastern University to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting Management. She is thrilled to be part of the GEO team because she loves traveling and meeting people from other countries. She believes that the Dialogue of Civilizations and Study Abroad programs are  great and  enriching opportunities for students to learn about and  understand other cultures and to see the world from a different perspective.

 SA BlurbLauren McDonald, GEO Office Assistant

Lauren is currently studying a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies at Glasgow Caledonian University and is originally from Scotland. As part of her degree Lauren participates in a yearlong industrial placement and was offered the exciting opportunity to spend this as a GEO intern at Northeastern University. Although still in University herself and new to Northeastern, Lauren aims to make the most of this experience both in work and by using her spare time to explore and travel.  Prior to working with Northeastern Lauren spent 2 and a half years working for the Royal Bank of Scotland gaining significant financial sector experience and great people skills allowing her to assist in all aspects of the office. Lauren loves to travel although this is her first time in Boston. She is passionate about education and delighted to be part of the GEO team promoting excellent opportunities to study abroad.

Meisha (2)Meisha Swaby, Administrative Coordinator (617) 373-2117

Meisha graduated from Northeastern University in 2012 with a B.S. in Political Science and minors in International Affairs and African American Studies. During her time at Northeastern, she participated in Dialogue of Civilizations to Trinidad and Tobago, Italy, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. After graduating, she returned as a teaching assistant for a Dialogue of Civilizations to Grenada. She is currently pursuing an M.S. in Global Studies and International Affairs from Northeastern University. She enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. She is also passionate about global education and loves working in an office that promotes valuable international experiences for students.

JPM Website PicJustin MacDowell, International Travel Coordinator (617) 373-6465

Justin comes to the Global Experience Office after spending the previous 6 years working in operations for Boston area start-ups.  Prior to that, he attended Stonehill College in Easton, MA where he earned degrees in both International Business and Spanish Language.  During his time at Stonehill, he spent a semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain studying at the Universitat Autònoma and also spent time in Mexico City, Mexico as part of an academic program.  Justin loves to travel and is excited to help the GEO office provide Northeastern students with the opportunity to experience different cultures and global perspectives.

K  Smith photoKristin Smith, International Operations Administrator (617) 373-7173

Before joining the Global Experience Office at Northeastern, Kristin spent several years facilitating international exchange experiences through a cultural exchange agency after graduating from Quinnipiac University with a B.A. in Communications. In 2013, she decided it was time for a change, and decided to get back into higher education— pursuing an M.A. in International Relations at King’s College London in the heart of London, England. With a wealth of travel experience, including an undergraduate study abroad semester in Cork, Ireland, she is excited to join the GEO and help students to broaden their horizons through international experiences and global interactions.