As the Director of Study Abroad, Taryn Roberts leads, administers and coordinates all study, intern and service abroad opportunities for the JMU community. She directs and leads the study abroad team on recruitment, enrollment and preparation of students for study abroad, as well as collaborating with academic departments to identify and develop study abroad opportunities for students. Taryn joined the Center for Global Engagement (formerly oIP) in 2014 where she served as a study abroad advisor. 

Taryn received her bachelor’s degree from High Point University in Hospitality Management and Human Relations. She received her Masters of Education from the University of Virginia. Her capstone thesis focused on the duration of study abroad and its impact on intercultural competencies.

Taryn is passionate about international education and enjoys working with both faculty and students. Her goal is to be the “wow factor” in the lives of young people, encouraging and motivating students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities and to seek the extraordinary. She is honored to lead the study abroad office and to provide global opportunities for the JMU community.

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