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Study Abroad Staff


Kallan Picha, MPA/MA

Director of Studies Abroad

 Kallan Picha, Director of Studies Abroad

Kallan is from everywhere and nowhere, having lived on three continents and in three states by the time she was 5. She continued to bounce around, mostly between Germany and Colorado, before landing at a small liberal arts college in Hastings, Nebraska for her BA in International Business and German and then at Indiana University for dual Master’s degrees in Public Administration and European Studies.

Kallan was first bitten by the study abroad bug the summer between her sophomore and junior year and studied abroad seven times between undergrad and grad school (highly recommend) all in Europe…(do not recommend – there is so much else out there)! She has served in various roles in higher education over the last 10 years, including grants administration, recruitment, marketing, student services, partner and provider relationship development, study abroad program management, and strategic planning. Most recently, she spent four years in the Global Programs Office at the Pepperdine University Business School where she had the privilege of traveling to six continents (still working on getting to Antarctica!) during her tenure as director.

 Kallan is thrilled to transition to Portland from Los Angeles, not only because she hates the beach, heat, and sun, but mostly because of the incredible community at UP which is so passionate about internationalization and increasing opportunities for students from all walks of life to study abroad.


Amy Wruck, MSEd

Amy Wruck

Studies Abroad Assistant

Amy grew up near Chicago, Illinois before moving downstate to attend Illinois College, where she completed her BS in International Studies, focusing on Political Science, Religion, and Economics. During college, she studied abroad in Morocco, Austria, and New Zealand before realizing that she wanted to spend her career helping students have the same kind of amazing, transformative experiences that she did. Amy earned her Master’s degree in International Higher Education Leadership from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and spent most of her time there working in Campus Recreation and International Student Services. One week after her program ended in Virginia, she jammed everything she owned into the back of her car and drove cross country to Portland to join the UP community.

Over the years, Amy has also traveled to Hong Kong, Australia, Fiji, all over Europe (favorites include France, Belgium, and the Czech Republic), and all over the U.S. – both for work and for fun. Despite her extensive travels, she has never visited Canada or Mexico and hopes to make it to both sometime soon. 

Student Coordinators

Erick Berrelleza - Program Coordinator for Granada, Spain

Kelsi Cruz - Program Coordinator for Tokyo

Clare Kessi - Program Coordinator for Salzburg Year & Semester

Ashley Lincoln - Program Coordinator for Salzburg Summer

Shannon McVicar - Program Coordinator for Australia

 Carina Pineda - Program Coordinator for Seoul Semester and Engineering programs