Molly completed her undergraduate degree at Miami University (OH) in International Studies and French language, which included a semester study and internship abroad program in Southwestern France. After graduating, she moved to Boston, MA to work for a non-profit international internship provider; and later, she moved to Cape Town, South Africa to pursue her master’s degree at the University of Cape Town. She completed a master’s degree in Climate Change & Sustainable Development and wrote her thesis on ethical consumption in Global South, with a specific focus on how students in Cape Town understand and express ethics through their everyday food and grocery shopping choices. She joined the UK Education Abroad team in September 2016 as the Curriculum Integration Coordinator and Advisor for the Colleges of Design, Fine Arts, Communication & Information, and Engineering. She enjoys reading, traveling, and eating (not a foodie, just an eater). Her most rewarding travel experiences have been her first solo trip where she explored Namibia for a week (and met the lighting and sound engineers for a Boyz II Men tour), camping at the foot of an extinct volcano in Iceland, and serving with UK students on an Alternative Service Break to Nicaragua. Her best travel/packing advice is to always pack a raincoat (even for the desert) and to never ask what’s in a dish before you try it.
Meet your UK EA Advisor
If you already know what you want to do abroad, schedule an appointment with your advisor. Not sure who your advisor is? Check the advisors "advising areas", as advising is done based on your major.
Education Abroad Advisor & Alumni Engagement/EAPA Program Coordinator
316 Bradley Hall
Advising Areas: College of Agriculture, Food & Environment, Gatton College of Business & Economics
Susan Meredith is an alumna of the University of Iowa, graduating with her B.A. in International Studies. After graduating, she spent three years completing environmental fieldwork, research, and service with AmeriCorps and Student Conservation Association. Which is a fancy way of saying she hiked 30-50 miles a week in the woods creating trail maps and emergency evacuation plans all over the country. A fun fact about Susan is she is just 4 states shy of visiting all 50 U.S. States! However, there is only one state like Kentucky, and she is going on her third year at the University of Kentucky, working in UK Education Abroad. She found her passion for education abroad during her semester study abroad program in Australia. While reflecting on her own experience she realized that there were many ways she could contribute to the field and provide student support. A bit of hard work and wooing, she landed her dream job with UK Education Abroad. She now challenges to students to really think critically how this experience will push them further in their education and career. She does not stop there, she also continues to push herself and grow in her education. UK offers so many wonderful resources and opportunities; she is now currently working to complete the Professional MBA program.
Education Abroad Advisor and Exchanges Coordinator
302 Bradley Hall
Advising Areas: College of Education, National Student Exchange, International Exchange Programs, Direct Programs
Laurence brings the UK to UK. A British passport holder with a lifelong passion for all things USA, Laurence graduated from the University of Reading in England with a Bachelor of Arts degree in United States Studies. The degree included an exchange program to Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and – after a career in broadcast radio in Great Britain as an announcer, journalist and news director - Laurence returned there to earn his Master’s degree in Liberal Arts. He comes to the University of Kentucky from Ohio University, where he worked as an Education Abroad Program Coordinator.Laurence flew before he could walk, taking his first flight abroad as a baby, and in the intervening years he’s traveled extensively (including 48 of the 50 US states). He rates Venice, Italy; Pismo Beach, CA; and Lock Haven, PA as among his favorite places, with Cuba as the most fascinating country he’s visited to date.
Education Abroad Advisor & Curriculum Integration Coordinator
303 Bradley Hall
Advising Areas: College of Arts & Sciences, Lewis Honors College, College of Law, Martin School of Public Policy & Administration, Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce
Education Abroad Advisor & Scholarships Coordinator
306 Bradley Hall
Advising Areas: College of Dentistry, College of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, College of Social Work, GME, Rotations, Clerkships, Alternative Service Break (ASB), and Shoulder to Shoulder Global
Olivia Ellis is an Education Abroad Advisor and Scholarships Coordinator in the UKEA office. Olivia advises for all UK Healthcare colleges and undergraduate medical colleges. Olivia also oversees and coordinates UKEA Scholarships.
With a lifelong passion for understanding culture and international affairs, and having studied abroad in Germany, Olivia has discovered that being involved in an international community is truly an experience – and not just because of great food. Olivia has grown to believe that international education is an opportunity for every student to explore not only the world, but themselves and the cultures that shaped them. For Olivia, the importance of education abroad is to bring the outside world a little closer to home, and to spread a little bit of home into the outside world. As a member of the UK Education Abroad and Exchanges office and a proud alumna of Future Problem Solving Program International, Olivia hopes to make an impact on students, and campus in general, in order to foster a greater understanding and excitement for continued international learning, understanding, and problem solving.
As a new face to the international education career field, Olivia has become a participant in NAFSA and the Forum on Education Abroad conferences and sessions. Olivia has also received the “Health, Safety, and Risk Management in Education Certificate” from NAFSA, and plans to pursue further training and experience.
A native of Van Lear, Kentucky, Olivia holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and German Studies from Transylvania University.