Christiane Buessard

Assistant Director, Study Abroad

Main Campus

Study Abroad Programs

Semester: France, Italy, and Switzerland
Summer: Italy and Poland

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My role: I manage the study abroad programs in romance language countries in Europe (i.e. France, Italy, and Switzerland). In this role, I inform and advise students of the specificities of each program, considering their background, personality, and goals, to help them determine which program would best suit their academics and interests. I then guide them throughout their experience.

Why I find my work important: From my own international experience, I am convinced that a study abroad experience is transformative, potentially life changing. The University of Notre Dame offers many different study abroad programs and I hope to spark students’ interest on a program they would not have thought about, challenge them with new endeavors, and open their horizons.

Professional background: Before coming to Notre Dame, I worked with the French diplomatic services, with a specialty in consular international agreements and French law. Through this position, I was posted in Atlanta, Montevideo, Paris, and Toronto, before finding a more permanent home at Notre Dame.

I have a B.A. in intercultural studies and applied languages from Paris West University Nanterre La Défense and I am currently working on a Master’s in language didactics. I am trilingual in English, French, and Spanish, and have a basic level of Portuguese and Italian.

My favorite place: There is no place like home. I love to take a scroll or run on the trail along the beaches of my hometown, Anglet, or to admire the panorama from the Rock of the Virgin Mary in Biarritz, especially when the ocean is in fury.

About me: I grew up in France in a beautiful coastal city of the Basque Country that I left to live a more international life. With my husband Miguel, who is from Spain, we are raising a wonderful culturally and linguistically mingled boy, Elliott. I enjoy baking, running (to lose the calories from the baking), and experimenting with old techniques of film and instant photography.