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Resource Room

office of international programs

The Advising Assistants stand ready to talk with you about general aspects of going abroad. We recommend that you schedule an appointment that fits your schedule. Please note that your appointment is not confirmed until you receive an email confirmation from the appointment system.

The Resource Room is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 10 AM to 5 PM and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 AM to 4 PM. You can find program evaluations, program information guides, scholarship information, and other materials there.

Meet our advising assistants

Shannon Stern
Shannon Stern

Shannon is pursuing her Master's in Mental Health Counseling here at Boston College. As an undergrad at the University of Vermont, Shannon spent a semester living in Galway, Ireland. While taking courses in Psychology, European Human Rights, and Irish History in Galway, she had the opportunity to travel to Belfast, England, France, Spain, Scotland, and many towns throughout Ireland. Her time also included a brief stay with a host family in County Mayo. Shannon graduated from UVM in 2012 with a degree in Psychology and Business Administration, and credits her time abroad as the best learning experience during her college career. She is happy to share her personal experiences, and looks forward to working with students in developing their semesters abroad.

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Laura Brond

Laura is pursuing a Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, at Boston College. She studied abroad in Paris, France, during the summer of 2011 while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the College of William and Mary. She loved every part of her study abroad experience – her first time out of the United States! – so much that she wants to be able to help other students enjoy the adventure of studying abroad, as well. She has also worked with international students at William and Mary in conversation partner and international orientation programs, and has traveled to Spain and Italy. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her international experiences and is excited to be a resource for students planning to study abroad.

Justin Casale

Justin is pursuing a Master's degree in School Counseling at Boston College. He graduated from Muhlenberg College with a degree in Psychology and Education in 2013. In 2012, he had the opportunity to live in Florence, Italy and travel throughout Europe. These experiences, coupled with his counseling skills, have inspired him to advise prospective study abroad students. During his semester abroad, Justin traveled to the cities of Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre, Cagliari, Sorrento, Barcelona, Dublin, London, and Amsterdam. He looks forward to helping students select their ideal study abroad program.


We are now able to assist students
with general information, application questions and quick inquiries online
during business hours. To get started
click on the green "Chat with me" button below. You will be connected to an OIP trained representative via live Skype
chat session.

Dedicated hours:

Monday & Wednesday: 9am-11am
Thursday: 2pm-4pm
Tuesday & Friday: 11am-1pm

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Montserrat Liaison and Scholarships Assistant

JoAnn Lopez

This is JoAnn’s 7th year studying abroad! She is an international student from Singapore, and attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where she studied Political Science and International Relations. As an undergraduate, she spent a semester abroad in Belgium, learning about and interning at the European Union. She served from 2011-2012 with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Houston, working with asylum seekers and refugees from all over the world, and is now pursuing a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) at BC’s School of Theology and Ministry. She is looking forward to working with Montserrat Coalition students and students applying for scholarships to help navigate the financial aspects of studying abroad. She has lived, studied, and worked in 6 cities across 3 continents so far, and is excited to be part of your study abroad journey.

JoAnn Lopez is available by appointment at Hovey House (258 Hammond St) on Mondays 2:00-5:00 PM and Thursdays 9:00-11:00 AM, or at Brock House (78 College Rd) on Tuesdays 4:20-6:20 PM. Schedule an appointment online:  or email