According to the most recent Open Doors report, Italy is the second leading destination for U.S. study abroad students. Join members of NAFSA’s Consular Affairs Liaison Subcommittee on May 10, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. (EDT) as they answer your questions regarding the student visa process for Italy. Get the critical information you need for smooth visa processes before the summer rush.
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Iowa State University
Danette Bontrager serves as the business manager for the Study Abroad Center at Iowa State University and has had changing roles since she began working for the center in 2005. Bontrager assists faculty and staff with group and individual travel, and administers the center’s finances and the university’s international insurance program. She advises students on student visas for several different countries, including Italy. In 2012, Bontrager began serving as the NAFSA consular liaison for the Spanish consulate in Chicago, Illinois, before becoming the Chicago NAFSA consular liaison for the Italian consulate in February 2017. She earned her BA in international management and French from Central College in Pella, Iowa. In addition, she studied abroad for a year at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, while attending Central College.
Aliki Karagiannis is interim assistant director of international programs in the Office of International Programs at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. She is the Boston representative for the NAFSA Consular Affairs Liaison Subcommittee's Italy team and previously served as the Region XI conference chair. She holds bachelors’ degrees in psychology and Spanish from Boston University, and a master’s degree in Spanish literature from Middlebury College’s campus in Madrid, Spain. After studying in Spain, Karagiannis moved to Italy and began working for John Cabot University, a U.S.-accredited institution, where she spent five years assisting both full-time and study abroad students in their transition to college life in Rome. She later moved back to the United States and completed a master’s degree in administration of higher education at Suffolk University.
Gael Noyes is a senior admissions counselor with Syracuse University's SU Abroad program. She has worked at SU Abroad for 11 years, specifically with the university’s center programs in France and Italy, sending approximately 300 students per semester from more than 65 partner schools. Noyes has invested a large amount of time working on the visa process for the students, developing relationships with the Italian and French consulates in the United States, and collaborating with and advising other U.S. schools in this area. In 2014, Noyes joined NAFSA's Consular Affairs Liaison Subcommittee as the New York liaison and took the position of country coordinator in June 2016. Noyes holds a bachelor’s degree from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom, and after graduating, spent several years working and teaching in Japan.