Alyssa Shaff, Program Coordinator

Alyssa Shaff, Program Coordinator

Alyssa Shaff joined the UW-Platteville Education Abroad Office in July 2015 as the UW-Platteville Education Abroad Program Coordinator. Alyssa advises UW-Platteville students on education abroad options and application procedures, coordinates short-term faculty-led study abroad programs, and oversees all education abroad on campus programming.

Alyssa earned her M.Ed. degree in College Student Personnel Administration and her B.A., magna cum laude, in English Literature and Spanish from Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She has previous experience in international education as the Marquette University Office of International Education Graduate Assistant, Marquette en Madrid Study Abroad Ambassador, and as a study abroad participant at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain. Alyssa has a passion for learning about new cultures, languages, and all things international.

Contact Alyssa at or 608.342.6151 for one-on-one advising, application assistance, or more information on the UW-Platteville exchange, affiliate, or short-term faculty-led education abroad programs.

Robert Johnson, Associate Outreach Specialist

Robert (Bob) Johnson, Associate Outreach specialist

Robert (Bob) Johnson joined the UW-Platteville Education Abroad Office in August 2016 as the UW-Platteville Education Abroad Associate Outreach Specialist. Robert advises on our UW-Platteville Education Abroad programs to Spain, Japan, Australia, Fiji, England, and Italy .

Robert earned his B.A. in Political Science with a focus on Peace studies from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. While in university, Robert participated in Yonsei University's Global Village exchange program in South Korea. Robert returned to be elected into Student Government as Speaker of Student Senate, lead UW-Superior's Model United Nations team, and assisted with both international and national organizations. Then upon graduating he returned to South Korea to teach English in Seoul. He returned to work as an International Student Advisor in an English Language Studies (ELS) program inside the University of St. Thomas.

Robert is excited to begin working at UW-Platteville. He hopes to reach out to allow Platteville students to experience the world. Contact Robert  or check walk-in hours to learn more!

Stephanie Prochaska, Professional Writing Intern

Stephanie Prochaska, Professional Writing INTERN

Stephanie Prochaska is a double major in Spanish and International Studies with a minor in Latin American Studies at UW-Platteville. After graduation, she has aspirations to complete her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in her fields of study. From the time she was in high school, Stephanie always knew she wanted to study abroad, and she had always wanted to study abroad in Argentina. However, she did not know where to go from there. During her first semester at UW-Platteville, she learned of the Education Abroad Office in one of her classes, and with their guidance she decided to complete a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina for Latin American Studies, a program which coincided with her minor.

While in Buenos Aires, Stephanie took an array of courses, from Basic Portuguese to Latin American Cinema to Latin American History of the Twentieth Century. These classes propelled her forward personally, but they also increased her knowledge of Argentina, Latin America, and their shared culture. Additionally, she learned of the impact the United States has had on Latin America, for better or for worse. During her free time outside of classes, Stephanie traveled to Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, and Chile, as well as Patagonia. She spent this time visiting main sites, seeing museums, and even getting the chance to see penguins and climb a glacier! Stephanie firmly believes that her education abroad experience has improved her life, and being able to study abroad has been one of her biggest accomplishments. She hopes that others like her can share in the amazing experience as well.

Coming back to the United States, Stephanie knew that she wanted to help her peers be able to study abroad, so she applied and was chosen as the Professional Writing Intern. This opportunity will allow her to stay up to date with international topics and affairs, and now she will be able to help students who were in her shoes just a short while ago.

Contact Stephanie at for more information about studying abroad in Argentina or for general advising.

Kathryn Bartels, Marketing and Outreach Intern

Kathryn bartels, Marketing and Outreach Intern
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Kathryn Bartels is a junior majoring in History and Criminal Justice and minoring in Forensic Investigation. After graduation, Kathryn plans to continue her education. Kathryn had no plans to study abroad while at UW-Platteville, but was convinced by a presentation that was given in her Introduction to College Life class early in her freshman year.

During her freshman year, Kathryn went on the Short-Term Faculty-Led Visual Arts in Rome Winterim Program. This program was two and a half weeks and three credits. This class fulfilled a General Education requirement. Kathryn enjoyed the structure of the Short-Term Faculty-Led program, as it was her first time abroad. During her sophomore year, Kathryn studied Irish Culture and Society in Dublin through CIEE. Similar to the other program, it was during the Winterim and was three credits. Kathryn loved her time in Dublin, and enjoyed being with college students from all across the United States, and the world.

After two wildly positive experiences abroad, Kathryn is anxious to continue to travel. She is planning to do her last semester of undergraduate studies abroad in Scotland.

Kathryn accepted the Education Abroad Marketing and Outreach Internship in hopes of providing students with information and resources so they can study abroad and create their own amazing memories.

Contact Kathryn Bartels at for more information about studying abroad in Italy, Ireland, Short-Term Faculty-Led Programs, or for general advising. 

Sylas Swank, Marketing and Outreach Intern


Sylas Swank is fifth year mechanical engineering major. He plans on continuing his traveling goals by working as an engineering sales representative or a consultant after graduating in spring 2018. Sy studied at Dublin City University spring 2017 where he traveled to 5 other countries while during his semester. He then backpacked through an additional 10 countries after his semester.

While studying in Dublin Sy finished his general education requirements for graduating and traveled as much as possible throughout Ireland seeing countless museums, rolling hills, cliffs, and sheep. Sy was able to see the city that his heritage can be traced back to in Cork, which gave him the inspiration of studying in Ireland.

During his travels, he decided that he wanted to help promote as many students to study abroad as he could due to his life changing experience. Sy accepted the Marketing and Outreach Internship to achieve this goal. Contact Sylas Swank at for more information about studying abroad in Ireland, Europe, or for general advising.


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