Kyle Sturges

Assistant Director, Study Abroad
 

Kyle Sturges


My role: I facilitate study abroad and exchange in Australia and non-China Asia (currently Japan, Singapore, and South Korea). Aside from my portfolio of programs, I'm also interested in discussing issues of support while abroad for students of various identities, with a specific interest in LGBTQ student support, as well as supporting other underrepresented groups, such as students with disabilities, students of color, and first-generation students. My goal is to make study abroad opportunities accessible for all students.

Why I find my work important: During college, I spent an academic year in Madrid, Spain, and at first it was rough. Really rough. I had never left the U.S. prior to studying abroad and I had committed to ten months away. After gaining much personal growth through this experience, I developed a passion to encourage others to seek opportunities abroad, and I take particular pride in helping students who are unsure of whether a an experience abroad is for them. I believe that the return on investment is incredibly worth it.

Professional background: I earned my bachelor's degree in Spanish and master's in education, both from Indiana University Bloomington. I worked my way up through multiple roles in IU Bloomington's Office of Overseas Study and also served as financial coordinator and culture instructor on the IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages in Valencia, Spain. Immediately prior to joining Notre Dame International, I worked in the Education Abroad Office at the University of Maryland-College Park. In my career in international education, I've been fortunate to work with programs located across the globe including Spain, Portugal, Latin America and the Caribbean, France, Italy, Greece, Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, Australia, and non-China Asia. I'm fluent, albeit a bit rusty, in Spanish, and have also studied French, Italian, and Basque at a beginner level.

My favorite place: My favorite place is at the top of Parc Güell in Barcelona, Spain. I remember entering through an odd entrance up many stairs and escalators and reaching the top of the park as the sun was continuing to rise. I had an early start to the day and was one of few people in the park. I stopped at a small bakery for a fruit cup and fresh croissant which I ate at the top of the park, where there is a stone cross marking the highest point overlooking Barcelona toward the Mediterranean. It was a very stark contrast to the electricity of the city I felt at all other times!

About me: I think we all enjoy travelling, but I like to discuss the difference between being a traveler and a tourist. It always sparks some interesting conversation. Additionally, instead of purchasing traditional souvenirs, I always seek either locally made art or cultural artifacts, or local cookbooks, as I enjoy global cuisine and like to try at my hand at various recipes upon my return. I think food culture is fascinating.

Email Kyle +1 574 631 8416 • 105 Main Building