Advisors

To schedule an appointment with an advisor, contact us at 781.891.3474 or email ga_abroadappointments@bentley.edu with your name, program of interest and your availablity. For general inquiries, contact us at study_abroad@bentley.edu

Natalie Schlegel, Director
Christine Lookner, Associate Director
Lauren Schuller, Assistant Director
Christine Hollenhorst, Assistant Director
Trish Foster, International Education Advisor
Nicole Chininis, Study Abroad Advisor
Matthias Connelly, Program Assistant

 

Natalie Schlegel, Director
nschlegel@bentley.edu

Education:
MBA, Bentley University
BA, Economics and Spanish, Vanderbilt University

How long have you worked at Bentley?
Since August 2003.

Tell us why you chose a career in International Education at Bentley.
I have worked in the field of international educational exchange since 2000, advising students at high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. At Bentley, I am pleased to have the opportunity to be part of a community that is both close-knit and global at once!

Where have you lived/traveled/worked/studied abroad?
I studied in Argentina for six months as an undergraduate, and I have lived in Germany and Scotland. I've traveled in Africa, Europe, and South America.

Advice for students studying abroad:
Your study abroad experience can be anything you make of it. Set realistic expectations, keep an open mind, and don't be a tourist; learn to live like a local!

 

Christine W. Lookner, Associate Director
clookner@bentley.edu

Advisor for: China, Singapore, Morocco, Egypt, India, Japan, Korea, France, Faculty-Led Programs

Education:
MA, Educational Studies, Tufts University
BA, Psychology, Haverford College

How long have you worked at Bentley?
Since November 2004.

Tell us why you chose a career in International Education at Bentley.
I found myself drawn to this field because it is so exciting to help students have international experiences. I have worked in international education since 2001, and with each passing year at Bentley I continue to grow more enthusiastic about overseas education opportunities for our business students.

Where have you lived/traveled/worked/studied abroad?
My first overseas experience was in high school as an international camper in Russia and Sweden. In college I participated in an international exchange program with McGill University in Montreal, Canada for one semester, and lived and worked in London, England. Through my former job at Tufts, I worked in France (Talloires/Annecy region) for three consecutive summers. I have also traveled to various countries throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Advice for students studying abroad:
An international experience will change your life. You will be amazed at how your perspective changes after living in another culture. Take advantage of even small, simple experiences such as grocery shopping because they will allow you to view your own life in the United States differently.

 

Lauren Schuller, Assistant Director
lschuller@bentley.edu

Advisor for: Australia, Spain, Brazil, Chile, Argentina

Education: 
MA, Higher Education Administration, Boston College 
BA, Spanish, UMass, Amherst

How long have you worked at Bentley?
Since August 2011.

Tell us about why you chose a career in International Education at Bentley.
My own undergraduate study abroad experience is what sparked my passion for international education.  Knowing how life changing the experience was for me, I am excited to help guide Bentley students in their own international endeavors.

Where have you lived/traveled/worked/studied abroad?
My first international experience was a trip to Ireland with a high school class.  I later ventured to Sevilla, Spain for a semester during college, and after college I lived and worked in Buenos Aires, Argentina for 9 months coordinating community service trips for American students.  I have also spent time traveling throughout Western and Central Europe, South America, and southern Africa.

Advice for students studying abroad:
Step outside of your comfort zone on a regular basis.  Make an effort to put yourself out there, try new things, and seek out experiences that you could not have at home.  Studying abroad is often a once in a lifetime opportunity, so be sure to take full advantage of all that is at your fingertips!

 

Christine Hollenhorst, Assistant Director
chollenhorst@bentley.edu

Advisor for: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, C123 Internships, Santander Scholarship 

Education:
MA, Intercultural Relations, Lesley University
BA, English, Colby College

How long have you worked at Bentley?
Since December 2010.

Tell us about why you chose a career in International Education at Bentley.
I have worked in the field of international education since 2000, and have worked in all capacities, including helping exchange students come to the US, leading group travel abroad, and advising students studying abroad. I am thrilled to join the team at Bentley and to help students here pursue experiences abroad.

Where have you lived/traveled/worked/studied abroad?
In college, I spent a semester studying in Padova, Italy. After graduating, I was a bike tour guide in Italy, and had the opportunity to travel extensively there. My favorite spots in Italy are Rome and Cinque Terre. I have traveled throughout Europe, and and most recently visited Morocco.

Advice for students studying abroad:
Your experience abroad will change you in ways you never could have anticipated. Be open-minded about trying new things and meeting new people. Every day can be an adventure if you're up for it!

 

Trish Foster, International Education Advisor
pfoster@bentley.edu

Advisor for: Exchange Students, Domestic Programs, Non-Bentley Programs

Education:
BS, Business Administration, University of Delaware

How long have you worked at Bentley?
Since April 2008.

Tell us why you chose a career in International Education at Bentley. 
I joined Bentley in 2008 to work on unique grant-funded projects supporting student exchanges in South America and Europe. Since then, my work has evolved to include a variety of study abroad responsibilities. It is a pleasure and an inspiration to work with our Bentley students and our international exchange students who we welcome to Bentley each semester!

Where have you lived/traveled/worked/studied abroad?
I have traveled in Europe and South America and traveled and lived in numerous locations throughout the US.

Advice for students studying abroad:
Be flexible and open-minded. Be prepared for challenges, embracing them not only as part of your study abroad experience, but as a critical step in your life journey.

 

Nicole Chininis, Study Abroad Advisor
nchininis@bentley.edu

Advisor for: Greece, England, Ireland, Scotland, Semester at Sea, EUSA London Internship

Education:
BA, Global Studies and Spanish, Providence College

How long have you worked at Bentley?
Since October 2010.

Tell us about why you chose a career in International Education at Bentley.
I have always been passionate about traveling and learning about other cultures. After both studying and working abroad, I truly understand how these experiences have bettered my education and life. I am eager and excited to share my passion about the international experience by supporting those who want to have the same amazing impact on their life!

Where have you lived/traveled/worked/studied abroad?
After traveling with my family to Greece, my first experience with a program was in high school studying for the summer in Spain. In college I returned to Spain to study for the semester in Sevilla, as well as work for the following summer in Greece. After graduation I returned to the city I love, Sevilla, and worked as a Language and Culture Assistant for a Spanish high school. I have also spent extensive time traveling through the rest of Europe and Morocco.

Advice for students studying abroad:
As scary as it may be, don't hesitate to hang out with the locals and test out your foreign language skills! Although you may meet some awesome Americans in your location, the natives will love to learn about you and your culture! They also really appreciate when you are making an effort to speak their language…It really sets you apart!

 

Matthias Connelly, Program Assistant
mconnelly@bentley.edu

Education: BA, Social Science, Providence College

How long have you worked at Bentley?
Since September 2014.

Tell us why you chose a career in International Education at Bentley.
Having been on both sides of international education since 2011, as a student and teacher, I have experienced part of the limitless adventure that study abroad uniquely offers. In each capacity I grew professionally and learned more than I ever could have imagined. I am thoroughly excited to assist Bentley students share in that adventure and shape the world in which we live.

Where have you lived/traveled/worked/studied abroad? 
The first time I left the country was my junior year of college, when I studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain and visited a handful of cities in Western Europe and Morocco. After my college graduation, I became TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) certified and taught high school English in Thailand’s ancient capital, Ayutthaya, for one year. On summer break and ultimately before returning home, I backpacked extensively through Southeast Asia, India and Nepal.

Advice for students studying abroad:
Leave your comfort zone and don’t ever look back! You will be amazed at what you will learn about yourself and how you perceive the world around you. Get ready to meet some fantastic people who may just become your best friends (and visiting them will be another reason to travel in the future!).