GEO (Global Education Oregon)

GEO Study Abroad


At Global Education Oregon, we create pathways to international, experiential learning for students, faculty, and university partners. Founded on the belief that international engagement is integral to developing global citizens, we prepare students for a 21st century workforce, creating exceptional academic and professional development opportunities abroad.

Global Education Oregon (GEO) is a proud partner of Generation Study Abroad.


5209 University of Oregon
300W Oregon Hall
Eugene, OR 97403
United States


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Yes, I recommend this program

My name is Moses and I was a participant in this study abroad program in 2018. I decided to do this program because of the outside the classroom experiences it offers. With this program I got to study and do research in handful of countries across the western Balkans. There was something new to discover in each of the destinations we visited. I fell in love with the food, the people, and all beautiful architecture. It’s important to note that this region has a tough past. Not too long ago this region was at war. As many people still remember the war, and openly talk about what happened, there are others who just want to move on. This program gave me a deeper understand of the war crimes and difficulties this region faced in the 1990s. This program is truly one of a kind!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Wake up everyday willing to try new things. Every so often take time to reflect on what you are experiencing. Also, keep a journal.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Yes "Unforgettable" is one of those "Well duh!" descriptions about spending three months living in a city you've always wanted to travel to. But I truly cannot think of a better descriptive word or phrase to sum up this whole experience. Not unless I take you through my life there in painstaking detail accompanied by nearly 2000 pictures, each and every single one worth a thousand words. Don't worry I'll spare every one that review. This is not something that can be recreated or mimicked. You get to live in London, and if you do an internship like I did work in London, but with all the big terrifying things like bills and housing and other adult stuff already taken care of. It's not possible to bored as long as you're willing to step outside your door because there is always something to see, something to do while there. If you somehow manage to get bored of London the rest of the UK and Europe await. Just a train or ridiculously cheap plane ride away. The professors are people who know what they teach backwards and forwards and have the most fascinating life stories. The host families are caring and kind and full of knowledge and questions. The staff at the center is personable and wonderful.

I wanted to study abroad from the time I was in middle school, and this program was everything I could have hoped for and more. It was an experience that changed me, in the best way possible.

What would you improve about this program?
The one thing that got rather annoying was that there were days when I would have to bring a big bag to class because I had my internship that day and then right after finishing at my internship I would have to go a play. Those days were extremely long and quite exhausting and having a large bag at a play was rather inconvenient.
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Yes, I recommend this program

This program truly goes above and beyond. It exceeded my expectations in so many wonderful ways. We got to go on excursions all over the UK, seeing everything from castles to Scottish countryside to cast footprints that are copies of actual prints left behind by when dinosaurs roamed Britain. We learned about Shakespeare and got to see many of his plays. We even got to stand on stage at the Globe! We learned about British politics and got to attend political gatherings both in London and Edinburgh. We walked in the footsteps of many great writers, including Mary Wollstonecraft and Virginia Woolf. You get a little bit of everything in this program, and it all combines to create a truly amazing, memorable experience.

I also did an internship while I was in London. Doing an internship was an excellent way to meet British folks and get to know British culture. You get the opportunity to learn a lot about a field you are interested in and make connections that will last for years to come. I recommend doing an internship because you get to meet great people and see another side to British culture that you just don't get inside the classroom.

Overall, this program was amazing. I highly recommend it!

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would improve is possibly the timing of outings. Sometimes we wouldn't get back from plays until after midnight, and it sometimes felt weird to be walking back in the dark on empty streets.
Yes, I recommend this program

I spent this past summer in Dublin, Ireland attending a comprehensive film course at the Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT). I had never been out of the country prior but I always knew I wanted to go abroad, I just never really imagined it possible. This particular course caught my eye, for one Ireland, I think for many is a dream destination to visit and second, having the opportunity to study film with professionals is a once in a lifetime experience. Aside from attending the course, traveling around Ireland with a new group of about 20 friends is pretty awesome. You meet new people and see new things around every corner. One of the highlights was heading down to the forty-foot after class to swim and bum on the beach, not something you'd picture for a typical day in Ireland!

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Yes, I recommend this program

The Genius of Study Abroad: Revolutionary Imagination program was an enriching and enlightening experience for me. Dr. Mossberg is a master of creating a class that, while applicable to all students, feels unique for each individual student. I enjoyed the setup of one city per week, especially since I had never been to Europe before. If someone is looking for a more immersive, longer stay in one location this is not the program for you. One thing the program could improve is the housing situation — at certain hostels six students would stay in a room built for four people. All in all, the Revolutionary Imagination program was one of the highlights of my college experience.


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Alumni Interviews

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Amanda DeRego

Amanda DeRego has travel in her blood. She's from a small town in Hawaii, but has ancestral ties all over the world and loves to see the places that her family started.

Amanda DeRego

Why did you choose this program?

I'm a student at the University of Portland in Oregon and this program is the one UP advocates for us to utilize. It's worthwhile to listen to the advice of the study abroad department, considering over half of the UP students participate in one study aboard program or another during their time at UP.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The help from UP was enormous, telling us exactly what forms we needed, where to access them, how to fill them out properly, and were always on hand to help us if we had further questions. They made the whole process straightforward and comprehensive.

Since I was in London for a semester of school, as well as doing an internship in my time there, I had to get a formal work visa. The UP study abroad department helped me with this as well, not just informing me that I needed visa, but which one would be best, when to start the process of obtaining it, and how best to go about the whole thing. I just had to make sure my flight tickets were for the correct days and have all the necessary paperwork on hand when I arrived in London.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?
  • I have always loved to travel and had been wanting to participate in study abroad programs since I was in middle school. I had already been away from home for two years by the time I went to London and so had already dealt when any homesickness. This allowed me to fully enjoy every single moment to the utmost.
  • Before going work and save like never before, it is SO worth it.
  • Phone plans are fairly reasonably priced and worth getting.
  • Know yourself, if you need and like your down time be sure to give yourself some. It can be hard to take a break because you are aware you're only there for a short amount of time, but taking that time for yourself is important.
  • Plan ahead to some extent, but also be flexible. You may think you have your dream list of locations you HAVE to go see, but that might change if you reach out an get a local's perspective. Get a local's perspective, you won't regret it.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

An average day... Well, I'm not sure I ever had an average day. As soon as I had thought I had settled into a routine, something changed a bit. Which I loved - I dislike anything that's too routine. But an average week had me commuting 45 minutes to an hour on the Tube from Harrow to go to classes near city center in London Monday through Thursday. On Wednesday and Thursday, I would finish classes around 1pm and head to my internship about 20 minutes away. I would spend a full day at my internship on Fridays.

On the weekends, My friends and I would travel and explore other parts of England. Sometimes I would finish my internship and head straight to the train station to meet my friends in whatever place we had chosen that week; other times, I would start out early Saturday morning. It was absolutely lovely and I wouldn't change that pattern at all.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

This one is difficult for me because there wasn't anything that I really did worry about or fear. I suppose that, before I got there, I sometimes worried that Londoners would just look at me and judge me for a "stupid American." Or during the summer, when I was working like crazy to save up for London, I wondered now and again if it would be worth it.

Neither of these were particularly strong or constant and practically vanished as soon as the plane touched down on the runway at Heathrow airport. It's a big city; not everyone is extremely pleasant or polite, but I also never felt negatively judged while going about my life in London. It's a big city, it's easy to blend in and difficult to truly stand out.

Is there any other advice you'd like to share with prospective travelers?

Travel. It's so much cheaper and easier to travel in Europe as compared to the US. And it can be stressful, but try not to stress over it. The number of great stories and memories that my friends and I have because of misadventures is incredible. Almost every single trip we took included some amount of misadventure. None of us knew each other before meeting in London, but we built solid and lasting friendships because we took those trips together and, when things went not according to plan, we all went with it and made the best of it. Life happens, things go wrong, but that's no reason not to live it and kind of just roll with the punches. (Or however, that saying goes.) I hope that your time abroad is as incredible and unique to you as mine was to me.

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Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Silvia Minucci

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Site Director
Silvia Minucci earned her BA in foreign languages and literature from the University of Siena and Advanced Specialization in literary translation (Russian) from the University of Siena. Silvia serves as the Site Director at the GEO Siena Program. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment teaching the program’s Cross-Cultural Communication/Cross-Cultural Perspectives course. Having studied abroad herself, Silvia understands students’ adjustment difficulties as they adapt to living in another country.
SIlvia from GEO Siena

What is your favorite travel memory?

When I went to Dublin, Ireland, where I studied while working as an au pair, I was very young and I had the hardest and best time in my life. It was very challenging at the beginning but it turned out to be a great learning experience.

When I came back I felt completely changed, much stronger and since then I have never stopped traveling and participating in study abroad programs in Oxford, London, Avignon and St. Petersburg, pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have grown very much since I started to work for this program in 1999. I love my job, as I love being with students and seeing how much they grow personally and academically. Each quarter I’m dealing with different personalities and it’s a continuous exchange of enthusiasm and energy which always renews my passion for this job.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

It’s a collection of stories that express their enthusiasm for an experience that has changed their life, but the sweetest story is about a student who was supposed to stay only one term but decided to stay one more to improve his language, and met the love of his life, another student in the program.

They have been engaged for many years and then they came back to Siena to get married! I feel so grateful to be part of a such an important experience. There is nothing more rewarding than a letter, a card or a just few words to thank you - “thank you again for the most wonderful, beautiful, amazing time I had. To this day, it is still the best experience of my entire life and I hold such a special place in my heart for Siena”.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Of course, I would choose the Siena program if I wasn’t from there! I would be really excited to go to Ghana, because it’s such a different culture and I have never been there. However, I would go to any GEO programs, as I know that all the Site Directors have my same passion, enthusiasm and engagement for this job and their sites are in locations full of history and traditions.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our most unique feature is our location: Siena is an ideal town for a study abroad program, large enough to offer many opportunities to study art, history, culture, tradition and Italian language, but small enough to be safe, friendly and packed with architecture and artistic treasure.

Students can walk around Siena and really “live” what they are studying in class.

Our team is like an extended family whose common goal is to offer a high quality program in a familiar environment. We're always ready and happy to help students with any needs.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Working with enthusiasm, with engagement and with passion for the best of our students. Treating students with kindness and patience and always being available to meet their needs – this is what always seems to come back to us in positive evaluations from our students.

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