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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.

Jon Hibbard

Advisor & Ongoing Orientation Coordinator

303 Bradley Hall

(859) 323-2136

Advising Areas: College of Arts & Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Lewis Honors College, College of Law, Martin School of Public Policy & Administration, Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce

Drop-In Advising Hours: Fridays 11am-1pm

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, working primarily with the College of Arts & Sciences and the Lewis Honors College. Being back in Kentucky, he is enjoying all the camping, hiking and kayaking the state has to offer!

Susan Meredith

Advisor & Alumni Engagement/EAPA Program Coordinator

316 Bradley Hall

(859) 323-2143

Advising Areas: College of Agriculture, Food & Environment, Gatton College of Business & Economics, Public Health

Drop-In Advising Hours:

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 sixth 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 didn't stop there, she also continued to push herself and grow in her education, completing her MBA from UK. 

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

Drop-In Advising Hours:

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: Communication & Information, Design, Engineering, Fine Arts, Pre-Nursing/Nursing

Drop-In Advising Hours: CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE Thursdays (Engineering): 2pm - 4pm | Fridays (All): 10am - 12pm (noon)

Olivia Ellis, an Education Abroad Advisor, advises for the Colleges of Communication and Information, Design, Engineering, and Fine Arts. Olivia also oversees and coordinates UK EA Scholarships.

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.​

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