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Meet your UK EA Advisor

If you already know what you want to do abroad, schedule an appointment with your advisor by emailing them. Not sure who your advisor is? Check the advisors "advising areas", as advising is done based on your major.

Please be aware, you must first attend a First Steps Session before meeting with an advisor.

Allison Peoples

Advisor & Curricular Alignment Coordinator

307 Bradley Hall

(859) 323-2142

Advising Areas: Explore First: Careers, Cultures and Connections Program; Lewis Honors College; Colleges of: Communication & Information, Design, Fine Arts, Nursing, Public Policy

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Allison graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA in International Studies and Spanish. During her sophomore year, she spent a semester studying abroad in Granada, Spain on an ISA Partner Program where she studied Spanish language and interned with a sports tourism agency. After returning from her study abroad, Allison worked in the UKEA office as an Education Abroad Peer Ambassador. Studying abroad helped Allison earn enough academic credit to graduate a year early! After graduation, she spent a year teaching English at a primary school in Madrid, Spain.

Allison is a 2x UK alumna, as she completed a Master of Science in Higher Education with a focus in Student Affairs and International Education in May 2022.

Jon Hibbard

Advisor & Ongoing Orientation Coordinator

(859) 323-2136

Advising Areas: Colleges of: Arts & Sciences; Agriculture, Food & Environment; Health Sciences

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Jon graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2010 with a BA in International Studies and French Studies as well as a minor in History. His junior year of undergrad was spent studying abroad in Saint-Etienne, France for an academic year on an ISEP Exchange. After finishing at UK, he finished his MA in French Studies through Middlebury College in Vermont, which included studying for a year in Paris and Poitiers, France. All of his undergraduate and graduate research focused on the relationship between identity and language.


Since graduating, he has had several international experiences in Europe, North America and Australia, but Asia is at the top of his wish list… closely followed by all the other parts of the world he hasn’t visited. From 2015 - 2018 he worked as a study abroad advisor at the University of Cincinnati. Jon is now an Education Abroad Advisor and On-Going Orientation Coordinator in the UKEA office.

Laurence Tuccori

Advisor and Exchange & Direct Programs Coordinator

302 Bradley Hall

(859) 323-2133

Advising Areas: College of Education, College of Social Work, National Student Exchange, International Exchange Programs, Direct Programs

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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 previously worked in the Education Abroad office at Ohio University before moving to UK. Laurence flew before he could walk, taking his first flight abroad as a baby, and in the intervening years he’s traveled extensively (including 49 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.

Olivia Ellis

Advisor & Scholarships Coordinator

306 Bradley Hall

(859) 323-2104

Advising Areas: Colleges of Business & Economics, Engineering, Public Health

Drop-In Advising Hours: Currently Unavailable

Olivia Ellis, an Education Abroad Advisor, advises for the Colleges of Business & Economics and Engineering, though she has past experience advising for the university's colleges of Communication and Information, Design, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Nursing, Public Health, and Social Work. Olivia also oversees and coordinates UK EA Scholarships and serves as the University of Kentucky Staff Senate Chair (2021-2023).

Olivia earned her Bachelor's degree in International Affairs and German Studies at Transylvania University and completed her Master's degree in Diplomacy and International Commerce from the University of Kentucky's Patterson School.

As an active member of the international education field, Olivia has attended several conferences hosted by NAFSA, Diversity Abroad, and Forum. She is also a member of the NAFSA Academy for International Education Class 17.​