Mission and vision

Expanding Your Worldview from the Hilltop

Study Abroad supports bringing St. Edward’s to the world and the world to St. Edward’s. The mission of Study Abroad is to actively promote international and intercultural understanding and to enrich the academic and cultural environment of St. Edward’s by facilitating the exchange of people and ideas. To do this, Study Abroad partners with students, faculty, staff, and the broader St. Edward’s community to create a vibrant campus environment in which international perspectives and multicultural understanding are actively integrated into curricular and co-curricular life. Study Abroad seeks to inspire in each member of the St. Edward’s community an expanded awareness, appreciation, understanding, and knowledge of the diversity and interconnectedness of the world's peoples and cultures.

Study Abroad is committed to:

  • Supporting the St. Edward’s University mission in preparing global graduates who recognize their responsibility to the world community with thoughtful minds, caring hearts, and clarity of leadership.
  • Advancing education abroad opportunities that encompass experiential, innovative, and career-focused learning.
  • Developing and integrating education abroad programs into St. Edward’s curricular learning goals.
  • Cultivating institutional partnerships to foster global experiences for the entire St. Edward’s community.
  • Enhancing initiatives that foster intercultural and global competencies for students, faculty, staff, and the local community.

All of these efforts are implemented in the spirit of the Congregation of Holy Cross, from which it acquired distinguishing characteristics: the courage to take risks, an international perspective and the commitment to provide educational opportunities for students of varied cultural, religious, educational and economic backgrounds.

Emily Spandikow Wescott

Emily Spandikow Wescott

Emily is the Director of Study Abroad and collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and our global partners to develop and implement our mission and goals for the study abroad program. Prior to St. Edward’s, Emily served as the Assistant Director of Study Abroad at University of Texas at Austin, and Associate Director of Academic Affairs at Arcadia University, London Center. Emily has earned her Masters of Science in Cross-Cultural Psychology. Her research interests are on value shifts within cultures, and she has taught courses on diversity in multicultural workplaces, as well as cross-cultural learning. Recently, Emily presented at the Standards of Good Practice Institute, Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management on study abroad best practices for emergencies abroad. Emily has lived, worked, and studied abroad in the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom.

Kate Osmond

Kate Osmond

Kate is the Assistant Director of Study Abroad, and serves as the primary contact for students interested in St. Edward’s programs in Angers, France, faculty-led programs, dual-degree programs, the SEU International Internships, and the MBA Global Capstone. Kate also serves as a member of the 2019-2020 LGBTQI+ Task Force for Diversity Abroad. Prior to St. Edward’s, Kate was a Program Coordinator for faculty-led study abroad programs at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and her Master of Arts degree in International Education. She studied abroad in Western Samoa and has lived and worked around the world including China, Belize, and Tanzania. Outside of work, she enjoys doing Brazilian jiujitsu and exploring Austin with her dogs.

Julia Smith

Julia Smith

Julia is the Study Abroad Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad. She serves as the primary contact for students interested in studying abroad through approved exchange and third party provider programs. Prior to St. Edward’s, Julia served as the Program Coordinator for faculty-led, exchange, and third-party provider programs for the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Texas A&M University where she studied abroad in Western Europe. Outside of work, Julia enjoys reading, traveling and exploring central Texas with friends and family!