Welcome to the Programs Abroad!

The Programs Abroad Office is a UCSC student hub for study, intern, volunteer, teach and work abroad resources. Located in the International Education Office (IEO), 101 Classroom Unit Building, the office is open Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 4:30pm.

Visit our Advising Hours page for a current list of drop-in advising hours for staff and IEO Student Assistants.

Meet the Programs Abroad Staff below.

  • Alice Hancock

    Alice Michel
    Director of Programs Abroad

    Alice is the UCSC Programs Abroad Advisor for the Independent Study Abroad programs

    Alice has worked in the field of international education for over ten years. While receiving her B.A. in Anthropology and English from UC Santa Barbara, Alice studied abroad on UCEAP during her junior year at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. After graduating, she participated on the JET Program, teaching English in Japan for two years. She has travelled extensively around Asia, Europe and parts of Africa, totaling over 30 countries. In addition to travel, Alice enjoys hiking, backpacking, attempting to learn French, and any race or activity that involves running.

  • Sara Branley

    Sara Branley
    Programs Abroad Advisor

    Sara is the UCSC Programs Abroad Advisor for the following programs: Australia, Botswana, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, UK-England, UK-Scotland

    Sara earned her B.A. in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara in 2004 and her M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from USC in 2010. She first discovered her love of travel while studying abroad in Galway, Ireland. She later returned to work in Dublin after graduation. Since then, Sara has traveled to Europe, South America, and the Middle East. In her free time, Sara likes running, hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband, daughter, cockapoo, and tortoise.  

  • Christopher Hanson

    Christopher Hanson
    Programs Abroad Advisor

    Christopher is the UCSC Programs Abroad Advisor for the following programs: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden; Multi-City Programs: London/Paris, Madrid/Rome, Buenos Aires/Santiago, Istanbul/Florence/Barcelona, Rome/Istanbul, Queensland/Solomon Islands, and Hong Kong/Shanghai 

    He is a California native who earned his B.A. in History, with a concentration in Europe, from UCSC. While attending UCSC, Christopher discovered his passion for international education while studying abroad through UCEAP at Lund University, Sweden. He began his career at the International Education Office as a Peer Advisor. Since then, Christopher has traveled extensively in North America and Europe. When he is not advising students on study abroad, you can find Christopher traveling or spending time outdoors with his dog Maximus.