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Please visit Bentley Abroad to schedule an appointment with an advisor, or contact us at 781.891.3474. For general inquiries, contact us at study_abroad@bentley.edu.

Natalie Schlegel
Natalie Schlegel
Director

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!

Lauren Schuller
Lauren Schuller
Associate Director

Advisor for: Latin America, Africa, External Programs, Faculty-led Programs

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!

Laura Bentley
Laura Bentley
Assistant Director

Advisor for: Italy, Asia, Domestic Programs

Education:
MA, Intercultural Relations, Lesley University  
BA, International Studies, Stonehill College

How long have you worked at Bentley? 
Since May 2015.

Tell us about why you chose a career in International Education at Bentley.
Studying abroad was such a transformative experience for me that I knew immediately I wanted to pursue this as a profession. I have always loved to travel and explore new cultures, and I wanted to share this with others. Helping students step outside their comfort zones is the best part about this job!

Where have you lived/traveled/worked/studied abroad? 
In college I studied abroad in Paris, France and have traveled throughout Europe. Most recently, I backpacked through Costa Rica practicing my terrible Spanish!

Advice for students studying abroad: 
Don’t get your coffee at Starbucks! As hard as it is to avoid, take the opportunity to try the local coffee and tea. You might just discover you love the slow pace of a café or the boldness of an authentic shot of espresso. Studying abroad is all about experiencing new things, so don’t hold back. The more you put into your semester abroad, the more you will grow to love your host culture! 

Kathleen C. Shields
Kathleen C. Shields
Study Abroad Advisor

Advisor for: Spain, Australia, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Semester at Sea

Education: 
BA, English, Bentley University

How long have you worked at Bentley? Since February 2019

Tell us why you chose a career in International Education at Bentley.  Like most people in the field of International Education, we are drawn to help others after our own powerful international experiences. This was definitely true for me, and for nearly 20 years I have been fortunate to help students and teachers make the most of their study abroad experiences. As a graduate, my career has come full circle back to Bentley.

Where have you lived/traveled/worked/studied abroad? I participated in Semester at Sea, during which I circumnavigated the globe and travelled to 10 countries in S. America, Africa, and Asia. My work has also taken me to many countries in Europe and the South Pacific, so I just have one more continent on my list!

Advice for students studying abroad: You can do difficult things! In my years working with college students, I consistently hear that the most challenging situations experienced while abroad are some of the most formative. Whether it was navigating a new city not knowing the language, meeting people from many different cultures, or being far away from home for the first time, you will remember these experiences for the rest of your life. Believe in yourself and you will return more confident, resilient, and mature.

Dionne Daniels
Dionne Hart
Study Abroad Advisor

Advisor for: France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Greece, Switzerland, Hungary, Internship Programs, and Summer Programs

Education: 
MA, International Education Management, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Master of Public Administration, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
BA, International Studies and Japanese, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

How long have you worked at Bentley? Since February 2020

Tell us why you chose a career in International Education at Bentley.  As our world continues to become more interconnected, it is important for us all to seek understanding and learn from each other. I gained many of my life lessons and skills from my own experiences as a student abroad. Even when I travel for leisure, I go for fun of course but I primarily go with the intention to learn. At Bentley, I want to continue expanding educational experiences abroad that are inclusive for all students.

Where have you lived/traveled/worked/studied abroad? I studied abroad in Nagoya, Japan as an undergrad and in Tokyo, Japan as a graduate student. Also, I taught English to high school students in Yamanashi, Japan. Before coming to Bentley, I worked in Russia, India, and China for a month in each of those countries. My personal travel includes visiting Canada, South Korea, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Advice for students studying abroad: Take a moment to learn from the community you are residing in now. Sign up for a cooking class, learn a new creative skill, or find out how to volunteer your time in your new neighborhood. You may be surprised by who you meet or what you discover.

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Casey Talay
Study Abroad Coordinator

Advisor for: Incoming exchange students, general advising

Education:
MEd, Comparative Education, University of Pittsburgh
BA, Rhetoric and Communication, University of Pittsburgh

How long have you worked at Bentley?
Since September 2019.

Tell us about why you chose a career in International Education at Bentley.
When I went to college, I had no idea what I wanted to major in or pursue as a career; all I knew was that I wanted to study abroad (which I ended up doing twice before I'd even declared a major!). When I returned and started working as a peer advisor, I realized quickly how passionate I am about making study abroad a reality for every student. It's an incredible advantage to have in your life and career, and working to make it accessible to everyone is something I feel very strongly about. 

Where have you lived/traveled/worked/studied abroad?
I am fortunate enough to have parents that are travel-crazy - and know how to use their credit card miles! Growing up, we traveled to over a dozen countries, mostly in Europe and the Caribbean. In college I studied abroad twice - first in Prague, Czech Republic, and then again in Dublin, Ireland, and Belfast, Northern Ireland. As an adult I've mostly traveled domestically - I reached my milestone of visiting 25 states by the age of 25, and now I'm trying to get to all 50 by 50!

Advice for students studying abroad:
As fun as study abroad is, it's not a vacation - and it's not a right. It's an opportunity that you have because you're a Bentley student, but that doesn't mean you don't have to earn it and work hard at it. Come up with specific academic and pre-professional goals that you want to accomplish along with all the amazing, fun things you want to do abroad, and you'll really feel the rewards when you return.