Center for International and Cultural Education

Row of white doors with one yellow doorIn the CICE we utilize Appreciative Advising to engage students earnestly and get to know them comprehensively. Through open-ended questions and guided reflection, we help students formulate their strengths, skills, abilities, interests, goals, and experiences to connect them to the study away program that best fits them. Through Appreciative Advising we also provide steady, positive encouragement to help students through the application process, prepare them for their experience, support them while they study away, and to build on their experiences upon returning.

Most students' first stop on their study away journey is to meet with a Study Away Intern. SIs are returned study away students who use their own experience to advise their fellow students by acquainting them with their program options and the application process. No appointment is necessary to meet with an SI – check their page for walk-in advising hours and locations.

The next step is to meet with a study away advisor to guide you through the rest of your program selection, application process, and preparation for your experience. You can schedule an appointment by phone (507-933-7545) or by clicking on the appropriate link below.

You can meet with either advisor, depending what works for your schedule.

The current advisors are:

Matt Hirman - Study Away Program Coordinator
Schedule advising with MattTakes the lead on:

  • exchange programs
  • semester programs
  • summer programs

Bryan Messerly - Director for International and Cultural Education
Takes the lead on:

  • faculty-led J-Term courses
  • Gustavus semester program in Sweden ("Sweden Today")
  • Global Nursing clinicals
  • Global Educators student teaching placements