First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) Arcadia Staff
- Jan Finn, Associate Dean for International Affairs
- Anna West, Program Manager for First-Year Programs, The College of Global Studies
FYSAE students in London receive the benefits and value added services of the experienced and caring England staff. The office, located in Holborn, is open Monday through Friday, and an Arcadia staff member is available for emergencies 24/7.
Kimberley Aparisio, Student Services Officer for First-Year Programs at the London Center, is a University of Pennsylvania graduate with bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology. As an undergraduate, she spent a semester abroad at Goldsmiths College, University London. She recently completed master's degree in Education and International Development at the Institute of Education, University of London. Kimberley has almost ten years experience in the field of international education, and has held various positions with study abroad organizations, including the London Center, where she has served as a Resident Life Assistant since 2012.
Dr. Peter Leuner, UK and Ireland Regional Director, is responsible for overseeing all academic, administrative, and business functions across the British and Irish offices. He also supports existing relationships with partners and explores new opportunities for meaningful collaboration in international education. With more than 40 years of significant administrative, managerial and teaching experience in the field of international education, Dr. Leuner has served in a variety of academic and administrative posts; specifically Syracuse University, Richmond, The American International University in London, the Foundation for International Education and the American Institute for Foreign Study as well as numerous consultancies to a variety of international educational institutions and organizations.
FYSAE students in Stirling receive the benefits and value added services of the experienced and caring Scotland staff. The office, located in Edinburgh is open Monday through Friday, and an Arcadia staff member is available for emergencies 24/7.
John Bennett, Special Programs and Housing Officer at the Edinburgh Center, is originally from Greenville, South Carolina: the Foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. He completed an M.A. (Honors) in Arabic and Middle East Studies at the University of St Andrews in 2006, then continued his studies by undertaking an M.A. in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. After graduation, he took up the position of Assistant Director of Middle East Studies at Greenville Technical College back in his home state of South Carolina. Near the end of John’s time in the U.S., he took on the role of International Student Coordinator where he was responsible for providing the academic and cultural orientation for international students joining the college, a role which allowed him to pursue his passion in international education. John joined Arcadia’s Scottish office in November 2012 and is excited about working with Arcadia study abroad students in Scotland, the country where he first fell in love with global study.
Hamish Thompson, Resident Director of the Edinburgh Study Center, was born and brought up in Scotland, earning his first degree at the University of St. Andrews and then completing his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh. Additionally, Hamish has taught at the universities of Stirling, St. Andrews, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Hamish held faculty appointments in Departments of Philosophy in Tennessee and Kentucky, where he led and taught on study tours to the United Kingdom.
Arcadia's College of Global Studies Great Britain Program Staff.