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Learning Abroad Staff

First-time applicants must complete a Learning Abroad 101 session online or in person before meeting with a Coordinator. Students can learn more and sign up here. Please direct all general inquiries to Learning Abroad ( or call us at 801-581-5849.

Beth Laux, MPA - Director
Beth is a former teacher who has conducted research on learning abroad outcomes and immigration enforcement. Beth frequently presents nationally and internationally on topics ranging from student visa policies to education abroad leadership. She has also served as an onsite director for Learning Abroad Programs throughout Latin America and Europe.Beth graduated with a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science from Aquinas College and has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Toledo. Beth's responsibilities include strategic planning, risk management, program development, policy coordination, and external relations at the Main Campus and the University of Utah Asia Campus. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
Katrina Brown photoKatrina Brown, MFS – Manager for Programs and Operations
Katrina is a Wisconsin native who joined the Learning Abroad team in 2014. She advises students and coordinates faculty-led programs in the Colleges of Science, Mines and Earth Sciences, Social Work, and Law. She is lead member of the Assessment Team and a member of the Scholarship Team, serving as an on-campus representative for the Boren and Gilman Scholarships. She is also involved in strategic planning and coordinates training for faculty, program assistants, and academic advisors. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and Psychology and a Master’s degree in International Education and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
Jessica Keat, MPA – Manager for Finance and Administration
Jessica is a graduate of the University of Utah. She has been working in Learning Abroad since 2012. She oversees financial activities for Learning Abroad. She serves as main contact for finances for the University of Utah Asia campus, David Eccles School of Business, College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, College of Social and Behavioral Science, College of Law, College of Humanities, and University College. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
Alice Jordan photoAlice Jordan – Program Finance Coordinator
Alice moved to Utah from Florida where she worked in higher education for over 15 years. She divides her time in Learning Abroad between administrative and accounting duties. She works on budgeting and finances with Colleges of Architecture and Planning, Fine Arts, Education, Honors, Social Work, Health, and Mines and Earth Sciences. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.

Eric Boscan photoEric Boscan, MA – Learning Abroad Coordinator
Eric is originally from Salt Lake City, and is a graduate of the University of Utah and the University of Denver - Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He has been working in international education since 2014 and joined Learning Abroad in 2016. Eric serves as main contact for the University of Utah College of Health, School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, and School of Dentistry. In addition, he is the primary contact for incoming exchange students from our partner institutions around the world. Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His.

Kathryn Timm PhotoKathryn Timm, M.Ed. – Learning Abroad Coordinator
Kathryn joined the Learning Abroad team in June 2016 and holds a Master of Education in Higher Education from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She advises students and coordinates faculty-led programs in the Honors College, University College, the College of Education and the College of Architecture. She also advises students in the College of Social and Behavioral Science. In addition, Kathryn works with office assessment and peer advisors, and is in charge of office marketing. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Rick Batchelor photoRick Batchelor, MA – Learning Abroad Coordinator
Rick advises students from the David Eccles School of Business, College of Engineering, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and College of Humanities. He also coordinates select faculty-led programs from the College of Social and Behavioral Science.  Rick is on the Pre-Departure Team and is the main contact for outgoing exchanges and student advising for the Utah Asia Campus.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Italian from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master’s degree in International Studies with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon. Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His.

Megan Randall photoMegan Randall, MA – Learning Abroad Coordinator
Megan is a native Vermonter who joined Learning Abroad in January 2016 after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Skidmore College and a Master of Arts in International Education from the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute. Megan has cultivated a lifelong love for learning abroad through experiences in South Africa, Tanzania, Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Spain. At the U, Megan advises students and manages faculty-led programs in the Colleges of Fine Arts and Humanities. Megan is a member of the Pre-Departure Orientation Team, and lead Coordinator of the Re-Entry Team, where she manages the Global U Program and coordinates ongoing programming for returned students. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
Whitney Graves photoWhitney Graves – Program Specialist
Whitney is a graduate of the University of Utah. As a Program Specialist, she provides support and assists with the Learning Abroad application process and programs. Whitney is a travel and adventure addict who has been to over 40 countries on 5 continents. Scotland remains her favorite destination to date. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.


Peer Advisors

Christi Kim – Peer Advisor
Christi is a junior studying accounting and design. She participated in an exchange program at Seoul National University in South Korea during the fall 2016 semester. She plans to go on another program to Africa before she graduates, but before that, she is helping fellow students who want to study abroad. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.