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Business Hours (not including campus holidays)

Students, parents, faculty, and staff can reach our team via email at We are committed to responding during our Business Hours within 1-2 business days. You may also take advantage of our various advising opportunities, or chat directly with our advisors in real time via Live Chat!

  • Monday - Friday 
  • 8 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 5 pm

Live Chat Hours
To use the Live Chat feature, click the blue "Live Chat" button in the right-hand corner of our website during Live Chat Hours.

  • Monday - Friday
  • 9 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4pm
Health & Safety Emergencies:
If you have a health or safety emergency while abroad and need to contact SCU Study Abroad staff, please contact Campus Safety at (408) 554-4444 who will then notify the appropriate Study Abroad Emergency Personnel. *** 

Advising Resources

Study Abroad Advising addresses a wide variety of topics including application procedures, scholarship and financial information, the credit-approval process, pre-departure preparation, program requirements, withdrawal policies, and re-entry.

Campus Partners

While Santa Clara's Study Abroad Advisors are often the first point of contact for students interested in educational opportunities abroad, other departments at Santa Clara University also play critical roles in helping students make choices that ensure their experiences abroad are meaningful, purposeful, and successful. This includes One Stop, Housing, Academic Departments, the Office of the Registrar, etc.

Program Providers & Host Institutions

In addition, study abroad programs are organized by program providers and host institutions abroad. Program providers and host institutions can be contacted via the program contact list and can provide specific details about what it's actually like to be a student on their program (including housing information, internship placements, course offerings, arrival instructions, and more).

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Meet Our Team

Our team strives to provide students the opportunity to study, explore, and engage with other cultures to broaden their perspective and involvement in the world. Each team member has unique global experiences to share with the SCU community!

  • Sara Branley

    Director of Study Abroad

    Sara joined SCU Study Abroad in 2016 and has filled the role of Director since 2019. She has been in the field of higher education since 2006 and has over eight years of experience in study abroad. During her undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara, Sara studied abroad in Galway, Ireland. She later worked in Dublin, Ireland prior to returning to the U.S. to complete her Masters in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California. As Director, Sara oversees the SCU Study Abroad team, manages the program portfolio and budget, and leads health and safety efforts. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her two children, dancing hula, and reading.

  • Chris Hanson

    Assistant Director of Study Abroad

    Chris has worked in the field of international education for over eight years. He has a B.A. in European History from UC Santa Cruz and an M.A. in International & Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. As an undergraduate, Chris studied abroad on three short term programs in Italy, Spain, and France and a semester-length program in Sweden. A NorCal native, Chris enjoys hiking with his dog, Maximus, and spending time with his niece and nephew.

  • Natasha Civ

    Study Abroad Staff Advisor

    Nat is originally from Cincinnati, OH, and graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2018 with a B.A. in Political Science. During her undergraduate career, she studied abroad twice in a total of four countries (Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Ukraine) and worked as an International Education Student Ambassador. Post-grad, Nat joined the field of International Education as a Study Abroad Advisor, and participated in a unique opportunity as an On-Site Program Coordinator for a faculty-led program in Scotland & Northern Ireland. In her current role as SCU's Study Abroad staff advisor, Nat connects students with global opportunities and helps them identify how they can incorporate their international experiences into personal, professional, and academic goals. In her spare time, you'll find Nat studying democracy, building her Russian language skills, and volunteering with local environmental groups.