Jill Fischer


Since fall of 2007, Jill Fischer has served as the study abroad advisor in the CICE. In that role she advises students one-on-one; directs the semester program advising, enrollment and billing services; creates and coordinates outreach, pre-departure and re-entry programming; and manages the co-sponsored programs and relations. She also coordinates study away statistics (post-graduation, Open Doors, IES, departmental), manages the StudioAbroad data management system, and collaborates with CICE and college staff on student, risk, liability and general office policy issues.

In collaboration with her team of peer advisors, Jill works closely with students who study off-campus for a semester or year, from their program search and application, through their return to campus. She has an M.S. in experiential education/educational leadership from Minnesota State University-Mankato and a B.A. in psychology and theatre with a Spanish minor from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota (formerly St. Mary's College.)

Jill is an unyielding advocate for study abroad and is passionate about ensuring that all students are aware of and given access to off-campus study opportunities. She firmly believes that a study away experience is integral to a liberal arts education in today's world and vital to a student's preparation for life beyond Gustavus.

Involved in international education for over 18 years, Jill started her career at the University of Minnesota’s Learning Abroad Center (formerly The Global Campus) where she worked from 1990-1996 as a study abroad assistant and then program manager. In 2003, she co-created and directed the Summer Study Abroad Office (short-term faculty led programs) at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. In the fall of 2007, Jill came to Gustavus to work at the CICE in semester study abroad, following her husband who is a professor of theatre at Minnesota State University-Mankato. At Gustavus she is thrilled to be part of an education abroad program that enjoys national recognition, a rich history and outstanding institutional and faculty support.

Jill is actively involved in international educators' regional and national organizations, including NAFSA, Forum on Education Abroad, MSAP, and the Minnesota Returnee Conference. She was the NAFSA Region IV EA representative during 2007-2008, served as NAFSA Academy VII Coach in 2010 and as a NAFSA Academcy Application Reviewer (2011-2014). She co-created the reentry workshop Digging Deeper: Stories and Identities, and has taught or co-taught the Gustavus re-entry class (Intercultural Issues) four times. She is passionate about student learning and program design in study abroad.

Jill has traveled internationally for study, work, and pleasure to Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, England, France, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Turkey. During January 2013 she was a co-leader for a short-term study abroad program in Ireland where she created and facilitated a culture learning curriculum. In 2013, she created Engaging Study Abroad, a reflection-based curriculum designed to help students learn more deeply from their study abroad experience.

A Minnesota native, Jill has also lived for extended periods in Iowa (2001-2007), and also California (1996-2001) where she worked in the film and theatre industries. During college she spent a formative summer in Chicago, and has also had the pleasure of spending several weeks across two summers in Creede, Colorado enjoying their amazing reperatory theatre. She has three children: Danny, Elizabeth and Lydia.


M.S. Experiential Education/Educational Leadership, Minnesota State University-Mankato; B.A. St. Mary's University of Minnesota;

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Course Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
NDL-200Intercultural Issues52014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA