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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Caryn Lindsay, Director

With a diverse background of experiences from around the world, Caryn has been Director of International Programs since 2005. She has worked internationally for the U.S. Information Agency and for the State Department in Washington, D.C. and New York City. One of her most valued experiences was volunteering for a year with a women's center in Prishtina, Kosovo. Caryn has lived in Germany, Chile, and Italy and has been fortunate to visit Australia, China, Ghana, Scotland, New Zealand and many European countries. She speaks German, Spanish and Albanian.

Mandy Prorok, Education Abroad Advisor

Mandy is the primary point of contact for both outbound study abroad and incoming exchange students in the International Programs Office. She joins us after working in international education at both the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and Arizona State University.  As an undergraduate student, she studied abroad for a semester each in Germany and Scotland, and completed her graduate program internship at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.  She also lived in Orebro, Sweden for one year and spent four years teaching English in elementary and middle schools in rural Japan through the JET Programme.  Mandy has an MA in Intercultural Relations and is familiar with Swedish, German and Japanese languages.

Filip Georgiou, Peer Advisor

Filip is an undergraduate student studying Political Science and Government.  Filip is originally from the Republic of Serbia in Eastern Europe and has spent his study abroad experience in the United States during the last two years.  He has traveled around Europe, including but not limited to the Netherlands, Italy, Greece and Spain.  Filip thoroughly enjoys reading and is currently the President of the MNSU Model United Nations Club. 

Kiersten Larson, Peer Advisor

Kiersten is an undergraduate student with a major in Psychology and a minor in Child Development & Family Studies.  She had the opportunity to travel to her dream destination of New Zealand for the Spring 2014 semester.  Her favorite memory abroad was bungee jumping off the Kawarau Bridge, visiting Middle Earth, and going on a Hobbiton Tour.  Because of her experience overseas, she currently serves as a student advisor for those interested in studying abroad.  She also plans to continue traveling post-graduation and hopes to do volunteer work in needed areas.

Panhia Lee, Peer Advisor

Panhia is a senior studying Anthropology and Psychology.  In the Fall of 2014, through MSU's Exchange Programs, she studied abroad at the University of Seoul in South Korea for a semester and absolutely fell in love with traveling.  In her free time, she enjoys nature through camping, hiking, ripstiking, and rollerblading.  She has a sweet tooth and loves cake, ice cream and chocolates!


Katelyn Spooner, Graduate Intern

Katelyn is a graduate student in Counseling & Student Personnel, College Student Affairs.  She had the opportunity to travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland to complete an internship at Queens University.  While overseas she had the opportunity to travel to Spain, Italy, Ireland, Scotland and England.  One of her favorite moments while abroad was crossing the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Northern Ireland.  Katelyn is a graduate intern in the International Programs Office and is interested in working in the field of study abroad.

Andrea Vasquez, Peer Advisor

Andrea is an undergraduate student majoring in International Relations.  She hopes to study abroad in Latin America during the Fall 2016 semester.  Traveling and helping others is a passion of hers, and she hopes to include those things in her future career.  Andrea is working as a Peer Advisor with the study abroad office here at MSU and is very excited to be helping students with their study abroad plans.

 Office Hours

HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm             (Summer Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm)


Appointments can be made with Caryn or Mandy by calling the International Center reception desk at 507-389-1281507-389-1281, stopping by CSU 250, or sending an email to

Contact Information

The Elizabeth and Wynn Kearney International Center
250 Centennial Student Union
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001
Ph: 507-389-1281 507-389-1281