Dr. Mandy Nydegger

Assistant Director
Faculty-Directed Programs
Curriculum Integration

Mandy works with faculty and staff in colleges and schools across the university to design and implement faculty-directed programs during all terms. She also focuses on curriculum integration efforts for the office, helping to build and strengthen connections between study abroad and academic units. 

Before joining the Study Abroad Office team at ASU, Mandy coordinated a domestic study away program at Duke University and taught literature and composition courses at Baylor University, Milligan College, and Northeast State Community College. Teaching provided her with the incredible opportunity to get involved with study abroad programs. She taught Baylor students during a semester-long program in the Netherlands, and she led Milligan students on a month-long program throughout Europe. Through these study abroad opportunities, Mandy found a true passion for international travel and saw firsthand what a formative experience studying abroad is for students.

Education

  • B.A. English and Humanities; Milligan College
  • Ph.D. English; Baylor University

International Experience

  • Traveled abroad within Western Europe, Morocco, Cuba, Iceland and Colombia
  • Led Humanities study abroad program across Western Europe at Milligan College
  • Taught abroad for a semester in Maastricht, the Netherlands with the Baylor in Maastricht program

Professional contributions to the field of international education: 

  • CIEE Annual Conference - Workshop Presentation "Moving with the Tide: Faculty-Led Programs That Maximize Learning and Support a Diversity of Study Abroad Students," November 2016
  • MCC Global Engagement Conference - Conference Presentation "Curricular Focus, Global Access: Diversifying Study Abroad Program Models to Include Embedded Courses," February 2017
  • Henry, Adam, and Mandy Nydegger.  “Online Students and Study Abroad: Expanding Access Through Innovation,” IIE Networker, Spring 2018, pp. 14-15
  • International Studies Association Pedagogy Conference – Conference Presentation “Global Ed: Short-Term and Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs,” November 2018

Advice for students preparing to go abroad: Do your research! Have a plan for your free time so that you can maximize your experience. Your time abroad is going to go by so quickly, so you'll want to take advantage of every minute! Also, pack light. You probably don't need as much as you think you do!

One of the most important lessons Mandy learned while studying abroad or traveling: Write it down! Keeping a written record of your experience is so important. It helps you process what you are experiencing in the moment, reflect on the lessons you've learned abroad and remember those amazing adventures long after you've returned home. Another lesson I've learned is that attitude matters. Embrace your experience--the good and the bad. Don't let a rainstorm or taking the wrong train get you down. And don't forget the sight of that incredible mountain vista or the feeling of connecting in genuine conversation with a local. You're abroad... relish every moment!

Request an appointment

Office Hours: Tuesdays: 8-10 a.m.; Wednesdays: 1-3 p.m.

Email: Mandy.Nydegger@asu.edu
Phone: (480) 727-4751

Need an appointment outside her availability? Send her an email to request one.

Meet with Mandy to discuss semester faculty-directed programs, Global Intensive Experience programs for College of Integrative Sciences and Arts and summer programs in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  — Social Sciences.