Rachel Gould

Senior Director, Study Abroad, International Programs and Extended Studies
Phone: 607-274-3306
Office: 206 Job Hall

Background

Welcome! I am director of study abroad in the Office of International Programs. In addition to my work in International Programs, I also occasionally teach Italian in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. I have an M.A.T. in Italian from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a B.A. in Italian from the State University of New York at Albany.

Having had extraordinary study abroad experiences as part of my own undergraduate education, I strongly believe that study abroad is the best thing a student can do while in college. Regardless of major, current interests, or future plans, a summer, semester, or year abroad is an invaluable experience for any student. My goal is to make the possibility of study abroad a reality for all Ithaca College students who are interested in pursuing this unique educational experience.

Study Abroad

I encourage all students who are interested in studying abroad to begin planning for study abroad as early as possible.  We are available to meet with students for individual advising appointments every day of each semester.  Before scheduling a study abroad advising appointment, however, we recommend that all students do two things:

  1. Consult with an academic advisor to discuss how study abroad will fit into your academic plan. Your academic advisor, or a staff member in the Academic Advising Center, can help determine which semester is best for you to go abroad and which degree requirements you will need to fulfill while abroad.
  2. Attend an informational session, in order to learn about the range of study abroad options available at Ithaca College (dates and times available here).

After you have done these two things, the next step is to schedule an appointment to meet with a study abroad adviser, either me or Mimi Wright, so we can discuss your individual study abroad interests and needs. Appointments can be scheduled here.

Study Abroad Resources

Italian

For students in my Italian classes, I encourage you to see me during my office hours for extra help or to discuss any problems you may encounter in class. If my office hours are inconvenient for you, let me know, and we can set up an appointment at a time that will work for both of us. Please keep in mind that our classes are about learning to communicate in Italian. Don't concentrate too much on getting it right - the most important thing you can do is to use the Italian you are learning to express yourself as best you can. Ask questions, and don't be afraid of mistakes - it's impossible to learn a new language without making many of them! I strongly believe that everyone is capable of learning another language, and will work with you to help you find the method of language learning that will work best for you.