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Study Abroad Program Specialist

Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
Closing date
Jun 8, 2023

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College / University
Job Summary

The Study Abroad Program Specialist will work closely with students at all phases of the study abroad process, including outreach, advising, orientation, and credit transfer. Will become a regional expert on a range of study-abroad opportunities in Europe and Asia. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable about other countries and international travel, including systems of higher education, culture, and health and safety issues. Will also interface with relevant offices, such as Registrar, Financial Aid, Bursar, and College-level study abroad liaisons and academic advisors.

Duties & Responsibilities

Advising outbound students to exchange partners in Europe and Asia:
  • Work closely with students at all phases of the study abroad process, including outreach, advising, orientation, visa applications, and credit transfer
  • Oversee entire student application and enrollment management process; create and maintain web-based orientation information; create and maintain program information in varying formats
  • Become a regional expert on a range of study-abroad opportunities in Europe and Asia

Liaison to Purdue Academic Advisors:
  • Act as a liaison between Purdue Study Abroad and Academic Advisors in Purdue colleges/schools/departments; collaborate with other relevant offices such as Registrar, Financial Aid, and Bursar
  • Implement professional development programs for Purdue academic advisors, including intercultural differences in University structures and international education program goals and design

Represent Purdue Programs for Study Abroad:
  • Represent Purdue off-campus at professional conferences, events, and site visits
  • Promote study abroad by attending Study Abroad and Global Partnerships and Programs functions on campus
  • Meet with other Student Services departments, present study abroad options relative to curricular design and geographic location, and conduct information sessions


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field
  • Two (2) years of work experience in program administration or a related field
  • Strong competency using office software applications, good communication skills, verbally, in writing, in person, and virtually, and the ability to interact effectively in a team environment with diverse groups of people
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and time management and the essential ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Master's degree
  • Experience in International studies, international relations, education abroad, or higher education
  • Overseas experience (at least one semester living, working and/or studying) and understanding of international education essential; language abilities

Additional Information:
  • To learn more about Purdue's benefits summary
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

Why Purdue?

Benefits of a Purdue Career:
  • Competitive benefits package including generous paid sick time and vacation
  • Tuition remission (Purdue University and Purdue Global)
  • Opportunities for promotion and career development
  • A highly supportive work environment that mentors employees to meet their goals
  • Employee discount program

Benefits of Working/Living in West Lafayette:
  • Low cost of living
  • Easy access to Chicago and Indianapolis
  • Variety of local entertainment options

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