Study Abroad Staff

Susan Benne, Montana State University Study Abroad

Susan Welker

Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges

Susan is the Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges at Montana State University. In this position she works with both incoming/outgoing exchange and faculty-led study abroad students, facilitates orientations, credit transfer, and health and safety issues related to study abroad.  She has worked in the field of International Education since 2002, when she served as a JET participant in Tsushima, Japan. Prior to joining the Office of International Programs at Montana State University she worked at Wittenberg University. Originally from Ohio, she earned her bachelor of arts degree in East Asia Studies from Wittenberg University. A true believer in the study abroad transformation, she spent two years studying abroad in Japan as an undergraduate student, and speaks conversational Japanese.  Susan holds a Masters in Adult and Higher Education from Montana State University.  When not in the office she can be found exploring the mountains of Montana. She loves spending time outdoors with her two sons.

Alyson Roberts, Montana State University Study Abroad

Alyson Roberts

Study Abroad Advisor & Outreach Coordinator

As the Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator, Alyson works with MSU students in preparing for their time abroad as well as coordinating engagement activities across campus that promote study abroad and international exchange. Alyson earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree with a major in History and a minor in Religion from Colorado College and a Master's of Public Administration from Montana State University. During her junior year at CC, she studied abroad in Pune, India and has since returned to visit her Indian family and explore more of the country that she loves so dearly.

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Krysta Gorder

Faculty-Led Program Coordinator

Krysta is the Faculty-Led Program Coordinator at Montana State University, where she collaborates with faculty to facilitate short-term study abroad programs.  An alumnus of MSU, Krysta holds a B.A. in Modern Languages & Literatures with a major in Spanish K-12 Teaching and a minor in Global Studies.  During her undergraduate career, Krysta studied abroad in Spain for two semesters at Universitat de Barcelona and Universidad de Salamanca.  Following graduation, she became TESOL certified and taught K-8 English in Chile at Colegio San Sebastián de Los Andes.  Based on her own experiences, Krysta became an advocate for the personal, professional, and academic transformation that occurs through experiential learning abroad.  In 2014, she received an M.A. in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT where she pursued putting her passion into practice.  A North Dakota native and long-time southwest Montana dweller, Krysta most recently returns to Bozeman from Pace University in New York City and is excited to be back in wide open spaces.

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Colin Moravec

Study Abroad Program Coordinator 

As the Study Abroad Coordinator, Colin works with outbound MSU students in general study abroad advising, preparation, and assists with campus outreach. Colin earned his B.A. in Philosophy, Political Science, and Spanish from Washington State University and a minor in Ethics. In addition to studying abroad twice during his undergraduate education, Colin has worked as a student ambassador and most recently volunteered in the study abroad office at Gonzaga University. Colin speaks Spanish which he learned through his studying abroad in Santiago,Chile and Cadiz, Spain. Having experienced the positive transformative process that results from studying abroad as a young adult, he is driven to help students have successful experiences around the globe. Colin, originally from Spokane, WA, recently moved to Bozeman and is enjoying having a sister in Montana. Colin enjoys the outdoors of Big Sky Country by skiing, rock-climbing, and hiking.

Global Ambassadors - Fall 2016

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Noelani Boise

Noelani is a double major in Environmental Studies and German Studies. She spent the 2015 Academic Year at Phillips-Universitat Marburg in Germany through the ISEP Exchange program.

She is available during Drop-In Advising on Tuesdays from 2pm-4pm in Culbertson 401.

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Kevin Burt

Kevin is a Civil Engineering major with the Bio-Resource option. During Fall 2015, he studied through ISEP Exchange in Switzerland at the Universitat Bern.

He is available during Drop-In Advising on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm in Culbertson 401.

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Mary Cates

Mary is a Modern Languages major with a focus in Spanish and French. During Spring 2016, she did a direct enroll option at the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico.

She is available during Drop-In Advising on Thursdays from 10am-12pm in Culbertson 401.

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Ryan Chauner

Ryan is a double major in Economics and Political Science. She studied abroad at Kadir Has University in Turkey during the fall 2015 semester.

She is available during Drop-In Advising on Mondays from 12pm-2pm in Culbertson 401.

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Esther Oloff

Esther is a Chemical and Biological Engineering major. She has spent two summers in Kenya with the MSU Chapter of Engineers Without Borders and participated in two faculty led programs. The first was in summer 2015 in Leon, Nicaragua and the second was Multidisciplinary Study Engineering and Spanish in Peru in summer 2016.

She is available during Drop-In Advising on Mondays from 10am-12pm in Culbertson 401.

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Max Parelius

Max is a Hispanic Studies major who has spent three semesters abroad while at MSU. In Spring 2014, he attended Flinders University in Australia through direct exchange. In fall 2015 he studied at the International College of Seville in Spain through CCIS, and at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia in Spain through direct enroll in spring 2016.

He is available during Drop-In Advising on Tuesdays from 11:30am-1:30pm in Culbertson 401.

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Ross Sellers

Ross is an English Writing major with a minor in Literature. In spring 2015, Ross spent a semester at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand through the CCIS program. In summer 2016, he participated in the direct exchange program at Lanzhou University in China.

He is available during Drop-In Advising on Fridays from 9am-11am in Culbertson 401.

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Klare Von Busch

Klare is a Business Marketing major. In fall 2015, she studied abroad at the International College of Seville in Spain through CCIS.

She is available during Drop-In Advising on Fridays from 1pm-3pm in Culbertson 401.

Weston Willekes

Weston Willekes

Weston is a double major in Cell Biology & Neuroscience and Hispanic Studies. During the fall 2015 term, he studied at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara through CCIS.

He is available during Drop-In Advising on Thursdays from 3pm-5pm in Culbertson 401.