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Study Abroad

Amy Benck

Contact for F-1/J-1 students
H-1B/J-1 Scholars
Amy Benck received her master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago. She has always been interested in traveling, but became passionate about international education after studying abroad and working in Scotland. When Amy is not dreaming about her next traveling adventure, she likes to explore Chicago, make jewelry, and spend time with her friends and family.

Kara Johnson
Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

Contact for F-1/J-1 students, J-1 Scholars, and H-1Bs
Kara Johnson has a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She has studied and/or worked abroad in Canada, France, and the UK. As a new Chicago resident, she spends most of her time exploring the city, trying new restaurants, and learning her way around. She loves to travel, learn new languages, and experience other cultures.

Karen Spreitzer
International Student Advisor

Contact for F-1/J-1 students
Karen Spreitzer received a B.S. in Anthropology from Loyola University of Chicago. She worked as an archaeologist throughout the Midwest and western U.S. regions for ten years. She became interested in international services while advising graduate students from all over the world while working as the physics graduate program advisor at UIC. She has spent several months traveling in Europe. When she's not working, she enjoys writing, walking, biking, playing guitar and singing. She finished writing her first novel in 2007.

Tanya C. DePass
International Student Advisor/SEVIS Coordinator

Contact for F-1/J-1 students

Safe Space Certified for LGBTQ Student Issues
Tanya DePass received her B.S. in Human Computer Interaction from DePaul University. Previously she worked in the International Programs Office at DePaul University. She became interested in international education after studying abroad in Osaka, Japan at Kansai Gaidai University, and loved it so much she extended a semester abroad into a year. She’s also traveled to Panama, Canada and Ecuador. In her spare time Tanya knits, games, reads science fiction and fantasy, and hangs out with her brown and black tabby, Genki, in Andersonville.

Jennifer Sherdan
Study Abroad Coordinator

Contact for current IIT students wishing to spend a term outside the United States
Jennifer Sherdan first studied abroad as an undergraduate at the University of Sheffield in northern England. During the experience, she made many international friends and became passionate about travel, having since spent time in more than twenty countries. For nearly four years, she managed international research and development for the certification arm of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, which included developing partnerships with universities and other organizations abroad. Following graduate internships at the University of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago, she received her master’s degree in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Communication Studies from DePaul University.

Shannon Ingleby
International Student Advisor

Contact for F-1/J-1 students
Shannon Ingleby received her B.A. in Psychology from Central College in Pella, IA. During college she studied abroad in China and a few years after graduation she moved back to China where she taught English and traveled around Asia for 3 years. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Counseling Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. In her free time, Shannon can be found planning her next international trip, reading a good book, attending a Zumba class or exploring the city with her husband.

Ryan Rounds

Ryan Rounds received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a minor in Spanish. A high school musical tour of Spain gave her the travel bug and a passion for cultural exchange. As an undergraduate she returned to Spain to study and after graduating returned again to teach English and North American culture. She has also travelled to Italy, England, and China. Ryan is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in International Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago and working for an international non-profit organization. When she is not studying or working, Ryan loves to read, watch movies, and be owned by her French bulldog, Daisy.
Adeeba Dhalech
Student Assistant
Adeeba joined IIT in the Spring of 2013. She is currently pursuing her masters in Biology-Microbiology. She loves reading, travelling, making new friends, trying out various cuisines and sleeping. According to her, there is nothing that cannot be solved with a cup of tea.

Devon Nobles
Student Assistant
Devon joined IIT Stuart Business School in fall of 2012. He is pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration on Business Analytics. Fascinated by the triple bottom line, his goal is to become a social entrepreneur. In his spare time he likes to go to concerts, practice violin, and contemplate the vastness of possibilities in the universe.

Eddie Ho
Student Assistant
Eddie joined IIT in Fall of 2011. He is pursuing a Bachelors in Psychology. He is orignally from Portland, OR and so likes to spend his time exploring the city. In his free time he likes to practice his Korean and Japanese. His favorite aspect of internationality is the food.

Kiran Ramamurthy
Student Assistant & Web Developer
Kiran joined Illinois Institute of Technology in Spring 2013. He is pursuing his masters in Computer Science. His favorite pastime is to play tennis and badminton.

Nandiesh Kumar C
Student Assistant & Web Developer
Nandiesh joined Illinois Institute of Technology in Fall 2012. He is pursuing his masters degree in Computer Science. He spends his free time at MTCC playing table tennis and pool. He likes backpacking, exploring places and meeting new people.

Sindhuja Pamulapati
Student Assistant
Sindhu joined IIT in Fall 2012. She is pursuing masters in mechanical engineering. She graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad in India with a B.Tech. in mechanical engineering with minor in economics. Sindhu enjoys travelling, reading fiction, learning new languages and meeting people from different cultures. She is passionate about psychology and business management.

Junjun Rui
Student Assistant
Jun joined IIT in Fall 2012. He is pursuing masters in Industrial Technology and Management. He is passionate of mechanics and mathematics. In his free time, he likes practicing violin and seeing movies. A cup of good coffee always makes Jun a whole day.
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