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Kristen Olson

 Kristen Olson

International Coordinator
Faculty-Directed Programs

Kristen studied abroad in Granada, Spain during her undergraduate career which sparked her passion for international education. After completing her undergraduate degree, she moved to Arizona to pursue a career in international education. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her dogs, hiking, podcasts, and traveling.


  • B.A. in Spanish; University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • M.Ed. with a specialization in International Education; Northcentral University

International Experience

  • Studied abroad for a semester in Granada, Spain
  • Traveled abroad to Iceland, Ireland, Morocco, the Netherlands, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, and the Bahamas

Why Kristen works in global education: My own study abroad experience changed my outlook on life and it inspired me to help do the same through working in this field.

Advice for students preparing to go abroad: Live in the moment, try new things, and take pictures! Studying or interning abroad is an extremely unique experience that will allow you to grow in more ways than what you might imagine.

One of the most important lessons Kristen learned while studying abroad or traveling: I learned what values are most important to me and gained a different perspective on life and the world as a whole.  

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Appointment Times: Tuesdays (virtual) 2-4 p.m.; Wednesdays 2-4 p.m.

Email: Kristen.Olson.1@asu.edu
Phone: (480) 884-2596

Need an appointment outside her availability? Send her an email to request one.

Meet with Kristen to discuss faculty-directed programs through Cronkite and the Humanities Lab. She also manages programs for select schools in The College — the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, the Department of English and the Department of Psychology.