Bryan Messerly


Bryan Messerly directs the Center for International and Cultural Education, which serves international, domestic multilingual, and study away students. Bryan came to Gustavus in 2015 as a study away coordinator and later served as assistant director for study away programs. Before joining CICE, Bryan worked in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Government's flagship educational exchange program. There he contributed to the program's public affairs and outreach team and later managed Fulbright exchanges with countries in the Middle East and North Africa. He also has several years of experience in higher education, teaching Italian language, English composition, and U.S. literature.  As an Italian instructor at the University of Kansas, Bryan also took students abroad to Florence, Italy, on the university's Italian-language Summer Abroad program.

Bryan has always been interested in other cultures and the world beyond the United States' borders, and has been fortunate to travel for work or pleasure to Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. His favorite part of working in international education is the opportunity to hear students' intercultural experiences and learn from the insights they gain from crossing borders and exploring new cultures.


B.A., English and Italian, University of Kansas; M.A., English, Boston College; M.A., Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs, American University