Office of International Programs
Gandhi-King Center for Diversity & Global Engagement
1509 Chapel Drive, Harre Union 209
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
Julie Maddox, Director of Study Abroad Programs
Julie manages Valpo's Study Centers in England, Germany, China and Costa Rica and coordinates various exchange, third-party provider and faculty-led, short-term programs world-wide. Prior to Valpo, she worked at the Illinois Institute of Technology's International Center advising both international students and study abroad participants. She earned a B.A. in French and International Economics & Cultural Affairs and an M.S. in International Commerce & Policy from Valparaiso University. While a student at Valpo, she studied and interned abroad in France, Germany, Poland and China. In high school, she participated in a French language immersion program through Indiana University's Honors Program in Foreign Languages.
Erasmo Mendez, International Education Programs Advisor
As the International Education Programs Advisor here on campus Erasmo advises students on all programs that go through the IEP office, primarily CIS Abroad. He helps students with the application process from beginning to end, in addition to being the program coordinator for faculty-led programs that have been customized through CIS abroad. He manages enrollments of participants who go abroad as well as providing pre-departure and re-entry advising for students. Erasmo studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a year. During his undergrad career, he was a volunteer with Global Brigades in Honduras from 2010-2011 and later worked for the same non-profit organization as a coordinator for the Medical program based in Panama. Erasmo earned B.A. in International Studies and in Spanish from University of California Irvine. He also earned an M.A. in International Education and Training from American University in Washington, DC.
Calin Florek, Study Abroad Office Assistant
Calie is a full-time Global MBA student here at Valpo and is working as a part-time staff member in the Office of International Programs as the Study Abroad Office Assistant. She helps advise students on where they can study abroad, runs pre-departure orientation, and helps organize the Study Abroad Peer Advisor group. Calie is a a Valparaiso University graduate with a degree in Communications and minors in German & Gender Studies. She studied abroad at VU's Study Center in Reutlingen, Germany, and also spent the last year working at Reutlingen University's International Office. During her time there, she traveled to ten countries outside of Germany.
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