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Director: Angie Markley Peterson
Angie Peterson has worked in international and higher education since 2000. Most recently, she was the Fellowship Coordinator for the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Manager of Student Services as the Institute of International Education in Chicago, Illinois, where she worked on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and other international exchange and scholarship programs. Angie holds an M.A. in French literature and an M.A. in French linguistics. Most recently, she graduated from the KC World Trade Center Global Leadership Opportunities for Business Executives (GLOBE) program in 2008.
Angie has been studying the French language since she was 6 years old. She studied abroad in France when she was a junior, pre-med major, and she fell in love with Paris. It was there she realized she did not want to become a doctor. She later lived in Paris for two years, teaching English in a public high school and completing one of her master's degrees. She speaks fluent French, and some Italian. Angie is an experienced traveler, and has visited countries like Barbados, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Poland, and Hungary, among many others.
Angie has been with Global Education and Study Abroad since September 2005. She is responsible for the study abroad programs, and the daily oversight of most student programs, such as Global Connection, Model UN, and the International Classroom Partnership Program. For anyone interested in studying abroad, her office is the place to be. She helps students learn about programs and opportunities available to them in more than 40 countries, as well as finding scholarships fellowships for international study. Nothing could make her more excited.
"I think studying abroad is one of the best experiences you can have, ever," she says, "not only just as a student, but as a person. It's not easy to live in a foreign country. Everything from how you open the door, to how you wait in line, to how you speak to people is different. Experiencing that changes how you look at yourself, and at life, and makes you a more tolerant, knowledgeable, and interesting person."