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Office for Education Abroad
Michigan State University
International Center
427 N. Shaw Lane Rm 109
East Lansing, MI 48824
Tel: 517-353-8920
Fax: 517-432-2082
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Sandy Tupper Program Coordinator
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center

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Biography: Sandy Tupper assumes primary responsibility for administering education abroad programs offered through the College of Social Science. She works closely with faculty directors on budgets, logistical matters and academic issues, collaborates with international partner institutions, and provides assistance and support, as needed, with all student health, safety, security, and behavioral issues. Sandy also advises students and assists with curriculum integration. In addition, she co-facilitates the Education Abroad Advisory Council Committee on Diversity and Underrepresentation that monitors enrollment trends and recommends strategies with regard to student advising, portfolio management, promotion and outreach for traditionally underrepresented populations.

Sandy began her work in the field of international education at Lansing Community College working with the Japan Adventure and Japan Horizon Programs. She later worked on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme as a Coordinator for International Relations in a Japanese Government office in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. Before coming to MSU, she worked in Western Michigan University's International Office.

Sandy earned a BA in Social Sciences and an MA in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University.

Elizabeth Wandschneider Assistant Director, Finances and Operational Management
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center

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Biography: Elizabeth Wandschneider is the assistant director for finances and operational management in the Office of Study Abroad. As such, she supervises the Business Manager and oversees financial transactions for the office, including program budgets, student financial transactions and the office’s operational budget. She also supervises the Office Manager and oversees the daily operational strategy to ensure the implementation of important initiatives and priorities. In partnership with the Office of International Health & Safety, she is responsible for the development and maintenance of OSA-specific health, safety, security and risk management protocols, including student conduct issues.

Elizabeth has taught in five different universities and published on data collection issues around post-program student evaluations. She has presented at numerous regional and national/international conferences on topics ranging from group dynamics in study abroad programs to exchange agreements. In addition, Elizabeth is certified to administer both the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the Beliefs, Events and Values Inventory (BEVI). Each fall semester, she offers a three-credit introductory course through the College of Arts and Letters on cultural difference and study abroad.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, Elizabeth's international experiences began as a high-school student in 1982, when she was awarded an all-expenses-paid month-long trip to Germany through a competitive worldwide competition organized by the PAD (Pädagogischer Austauschdienst). She received her PhD in German Language and Literature from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1995. She moved to East Lansing in 2000 to work at MSU's Office of Study Abroad as a program coordinator and became a proud US citizen in 2016.