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Education Abroad Office

Meet Our Staff

Allison Kretschmar

Title: Assistant Director of Education Abroad Advising
Education Abroad Office
Phone: 803-777-7557
Office: Close-Hipp 453
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.

Allison Kretschmar works with students one-on-one to research study abroad programs and opportunities. She manages our pre-departure process to help ensure that students have pertinent information prior to their experience abroad. She also liases with our College of Arts and Sciences and Opportunity Scholars program, providing a link between these departments and the Education Abroad Office.

Previously, Allison worked as an academic advisor on campus while completing her master’s degree. Prior to that she taught English in South Korea after serving as a Civic Engagement Coordinator with the Massachusetts Campus Compact, an AmeriCorps*VISTA program.

Allison left the eastern time zone for the first time for her own study abroad experience in Denmark as an undergraduate student and found her favorite part of exploring new places is experiencing local cuisines. She has since traveled and eaten her way through several time zones. One of her most recent travels took her to Taiwan with the Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar.

In her free time, Allison can be found hiking her way through South Carolina State Parks, quilting, or hanging out at story time with her family.

Educational Background

Master of Education-Higher Education, 2015
University of South Carolina

Bachelor of Arts- International Studies, 2009
Mars Hill College

  • The Beaten Path: An Exploration of Advising Structures. Co-Presenter, NAFSA Annual Conference, Los Angeles, (May 2017)
  • Poster: Inclusivity in Pre-Departure Orientation. NAFSA Annual Conference, Los Angeles, (May 2017)
  • Bridging the Advising Gap: A Student-Centered Approach. Co-Presenter, IES Annual Conference, Chicago, (October 2017)
  • A New Approach to Outgoing Orientation: Innovative Modules and the Pre-departure Conference. Co-Presenter, NAFSA Region VII Conference, New Orleans, (November 2017); additionally, selected to present at the 2018 Diversity Abroad conference and the 2018 NASFA Annual Conference




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