Janelle Papay

International Programs Advisor
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
jpapay@elon.edu (336) 278-6700

Brief Biography

Robert Frost once said, "I'm not a teacher, I'm an awakener." As an educator, I strive to encourage students to broaden their worldview and concept of self. Working in international education is my calling, and I'm enthusiastic about collaborating with people from all walks of life to inspire positive change through global initiatives. Student success and increasing access to education abroad opportunities are at the root of my work alongside fostering student engagement on a global frontier.

Pennsylvania may be where I was born and raised, but my life experiences span borders and cultures.  My parents, both Rotarians, taught me how to think outside myself by engaging our family in local and global service initiatives. You could say that now, working for Elon as an International Programs Advisor, I'm paying it forward.

Having studied and worked in Germany and Austria, my regional expertise is in Europe; however, I also advise a portfolio of long and short-term study abroad programs that span 5 continents! To learn more about the programs Elon offers, please visit our website at www.elon.edu/studyabroad, or check out the programs I advise.

Should you want to connect, please refer to my LinkedIn Profile.


Gettysburg College, 2010
Bachelor of Arts:  Globalization Studies and German

The Pennsylvania State University, 2013
Master of Education: College Student Affairs

During my undergraduate studies at Gettysburg College, I double majored in German and Globalization Studies with a concentration in ecotourism, minoring in environmental studies. Having just returned from a year abroad in Austria as a Rotary Exchange Student, I was eager to take on the world--in an almost literal sense. For all four years I worked for the Office of Experiential Education as a student facilitator, leading kayaking, climbing, backpacking, hiking and challenge course experiences. 

After graduating in May 2010, I moved to Germany as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, and spent a year teaching American Cultural Studies and English language to students aged twelve to nineteen. It was during my time abroad that I decided to pursue a graduate degree in College Student Affairs at The Pennsylvania State University. 

At Penn State I worked with the Undergraduate Admission's Marketing & Recruitment Team for two years and completed my Master's of Education in College Students Affairs. I also spent a copious amount of time in the Global Programs Office as a Promotions and Outreach Intern, and focused most of my research on international students and study abroad.

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