From Teacher to Study Abroad Director + Study Abroad in the Age of Trump with Angela Perryman

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Teacher Turned Study Abroad Director - Angela Perryman - Inside Study Abroad

I’m so excited to bring you today’s episode with Angela Perryman, Director of Study Abroad at the University of Kansas. As many of you know, I’m a huge Kansas Jayhawks Men’s Basketball fan so getting to talk to Angela about two of my favorite topics: KU basketball AND study abroad...I’m done. Life goals unlocked.

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As I mentioned, Angela Perryman is director of study abroad at the University of Kansas. Before returning to KU as Director, Angela worked for several years as a senior administrator in the study abroad office of Colorado State University where she oversaw study abroad curriculum integration initiatives.

In this interview, I talk to Angela about how she successfully transition from an elementary and secondary school teacher to a university administrator, how she and her team at KU market study abroad to a campus community that is committed to an on-campus experience (i.e. KU Men’s Basketball), the impact of DACA changes on international programs and the broader campus community, how anyone can get a “yes” to an internship opportunity at a university office like hers, and what Angela has been doing to continually up-level her career in international ed.


  • What sparked Angela’s interest in study abroad administration
  • How to transition from teaching elementary and secondary schools to a career in study abroad in higher education
  • How to remain relatable to students with such a different study abroad experience
  • The value of working at large public research universities
  • How to advise students when competing with a deep sports culture at a university
  • Why Angela believes in transferrable skills - and which ones to focus on
  • Advise on how to get involved in a study abroad office as a student - and after graduation
  • How to get to a “yes” for an internship with a study abroad office
  • Study Abroad and the impact of new DACA guidelines on participation
  • How Angela continued to uplevel her career from coordinator to director
  • What she’s still working on growing and learning in her own career
  • Working with star athletes in study abroad and academic environments





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