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Stephanie Schaaf

International Coordinator
Global Intensive Experience Faculty-Directed Programs

Stephanie has have worked generally in the field of education and study abroad in several roles since receiving her master's degree. She worked as a coordinator of auxiliary programs at a Phoenix area 4th - 12th grade school, served in several short-term administrative positions at several private study and intern abroad organizations helping outgoing students and also in an administrative capacity at a local homestay company facilitating incoming students from all over the world.


  • B.A. Sociology; University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.S. Global Studies; Roskilde University in Denmark

International Experience

  • Studied abroad in Roskilde/Copenhagen for the duration of her master's program
  • Traveled abroad to China, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Italy, France, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the Czech Republic

Why Stephanie works in study abroad: I know how beneficial studying and traveling abroad was for me in so many different ways and I want to help our students have those same rewarding and life-changing experiences. 

Advice for students preparing to go abroad: While it is obviously important to do some research on where you will be traveling, try and go into this experience without preconceived notions and embrace the unknown as much as possible. When you're open to new things and not weighed down by your expectations, you'll find that your experiences become so much richer. 

One of the most important lessons Stephanie learned while studying abroad or traveling: In the years I spent abroad I faced some of the most challenging and humbling times of my life. Being away from family and friends for such long periods while also navigating a new culture - including norms, language, transportation, etc. - is definitely difficult, but the sense of accomplishment and the beautiful life memories you will make are priceless. This experience taught me, or perhaps reaffirmed, that stepping outside my comfort zone and being vulnerable is okay and that in doing so you will likely be rewarded in unexpected and wonderful ways. 

Request an appointment

Office Hours: Wednesdays 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; Thursdays 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

Phone: (480) 965-0457

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

Meet with Stephanie to discuss Global Intensive Experience faculty-directed programs with College of Health Solutions, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, the School of Sustainability and Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions