Jill Fischer


Since fall of 2007, Jill Fischer has served as the study abroad advisor in the CICE. In that role she advising students one-on-one, directs the semester program advising services and manages the co-sponsored programs and relations.

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.

Jill is an unyielding advocate for study abroad and is passionate about ensuring that all students are aware of their many off-campus study opportunities. She firmly believes that a study abroad 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 16 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 until August of 2007 the Summer Study Abroad Office at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. In the fall of 2007, Jill came to Gustavus to work 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.

She is actively involved in international educators' regional and national organizations, including NAFSA, Forum, MSAP, and the Minnesota Returnee Conference. She was the NAFSA Region IV EA representative during 2007-2008 and served as a NAFSA Academy VII Coach in 2010. She co-taught the Gustavus 're-entry class' with Prof. Patti English during 2012. 

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 June of 2013, she created Engaging Study Abroad, a reflection curriculum designed to help students learn more deeply from their study abroad experience.

A Minnesota native, Jill has also lived in Iowa (2001-2007), Chicago (1989) and California (1996-2001) where she worked in the film and theatre industries. 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;

Course Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
NDL-200Intercultural Issues42013/FA, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA