February 20, 2019SWS alumna Simone Biasuzzi outdoors. [View Image]
Global education has been a huge part of School of World Studies alumna Simone Biasuzzi’s life. Not only did studying abroad form an “impressionable experience” for her as an undergraduate, but it has come to shape her professional career ever since.
Biasuzzi graduated in 2012 with a degree in International Studies and French along with a minor in Italian. She was drawn to the School of World Studies due to her strong “interest in how cultures form… and relate to each other.”
Her time abroad in Grenoble, France proved to be pivotal in her academic and professional life. She not only advanced in French language proficiency,but also conducted research on the post-colonial ties between France and Africa which she later presented at the School of World Studies Student Research Conference.
Furthermore, studying abroad was so important to Biasuzzi she wanted to keep connecting with this experience and pursued a career in global education. She reached out directly to the organization through which she went to France, Academic Programs International, and found work as one of their alumni specialists.
After mentoring students who aspired to study abroad through Academic Programs International, she quickly moved on to become a regional manager with KEI Abroad. In 2016, Biasuzzi rejoined the VCU community by becoming an Education Abroad Advisor with the VCU Global Education Office (GEO).
Through GEO, as well as throughout her entire postgraduate career, Biasuzzi has passionately promoted cultural exchanges and advocated to make study abroad possible for all students. She is currently furthering her education by pursuing an MBA at VCU.