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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.

Tajir Abduwahid, Peer Advisor

Tajir is an undergraduate student majoring in International Relations and Ethnic Studies with an emphasis on International Community Service.  He is originally from Kenya in East Africa and had a chance to travel around neighboring countries in Africa.  He is currently a peer advisor in the International Programs Office and hopes to pursue a career in international relations or work overseas in the future, either in Africa or South East Asia.  Tajir is happy to be part of the study abroad peer advisor team to help students with their plans to explore and experience life outside the United States.

 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 Assistant

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 assistant 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.

Michael Windsperger, Graduate Intern

Mike is a Master's degree candidate with the Counseling and Student Personnel program, College Student Affairs track.  He traveled to Germany in high school where he had the amazing opportunity of staying with a host family.  Mike joined the U.S. Army after high school and was deployed to Kosovo for a year where he experienced multiple cultures within the region.  He loves to travel but wishes he had more time to do so.  Mike's dream destination to learn about the world would be either Antarctica or learn about his geneology in Austria/Hungary.

 Office Hours

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


Appointments can be made with any of the above staff by calling the International Center reception desk at 507-389-1281507-389-6669, 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 507-389-6669