Oglethorpe fosters and supports the concept that international study, travel, and global explorations remain a vital part of a rigorous academic education. Through a growing global network of partnerships, agreements, and for-credit, short-term trips sponsored by the university, Oglethorpe offers an exciting array of opportunities for international education.

The mission of Global Education at Oglethorpe University is to provide academic and experiential opportunities and guidance for all students in study abroad. This department dedicates itself to a global reach for study which introduces, illuminates, integrates, exposes, and ultimately enriches our students in their quest for cultural understanding.

Our programs attempt to integrate the traditional classroom experiences with travel, language use, and direct encounters with international customs, history, and people.

Furthermore, we provide a study abroad program framework through a growing global network of partnerships, agreements, and for-credit, short-term trips—all of which serve as viable, significant investments of time and study. The A_LAB subscribes to the idea that study abroad remains a meaningful, balanced, and enlightening approach for the synthesis of theory and praxis, for both academic and personal explorations. The A_LAB aligns itself with the overall Oglethorpe University mission by providing a rigorous format and platform for structuring specific study abroad itineraries and excursions, enabling students to make a living and make a life, here and abroad.

The department strives to insure students balance their academic and experiential experiences and excursions, insisting upon careful construction of study abroad agendas. The study abroad program also enables students to initiate and build their own intellectual foundations for assessing and evaluating the cultures they wish to study or live in; the program focuses on researching universities and colleges abroad that make a sensible and feasible “fit” with Oglethorpe University and its liberal arts mission.

Dr. Ronald P. Bobroff
Director, Global Education
Associate Professor of History

Ronald P. Bobroff is an associate professor of history, with specialties in Russia and European International History, especially that of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He has published on Russian diplomacy and the origins of World War I.

Ronald earned his BA in Slavic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an MSC in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA and PhD in History from Duke University. He has taught at Duke as well as at Wake Forest University.

office: 404-364-8899
cell: 336-905-1292 (emergency only)
office hours: Wednesday 10:00 – 12:00, 3:00 -5:30 and Friday 10:00 – 12:00, 1:00 – 3:00

Robbie Reese

Nancy Boyken
Global Education and International Student Services Coordinator

Faculty contacts

The following professors may also be consulted for advice:

Professor (email) especially for exchanges with… office ext.
Chandler Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico Hearst 320 8382
Maher Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico Hearst 306 (504) 3473
Plotnik Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico Hearst 303 8378
Collins Austria, Iceland, Italy, Greece, Mediterranean Robinson 107 (504) 3452
Bobroff Belgium A_LAB 240 8899
Herschler China Lupton 301 8433
J. Knippenberg Europe Lupton 309 8341
Orme Europe Lupton 313 8342
Lutz France, Monaco, the Netherlands Hearst 307 8395
B. Smith Germany Lupton 317 8384
Steen Japan Hearst 314 8394