College of International Studies

Whitney Franca

Director, Education Abroad 


Whitney Franca interacts with a large number of students, faculty and staff across campus every semester as the Director of OU’s Office of Education Abroad. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Orality Studies from Oklahoma Baptist University and a post-graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) from Oklahoma State University. She has spent a great deal of time studying abroad in and visiting Brazil, and also speaks Portuguese fluently. A fan of traveling, her list of visited places includes Asia, Europe and Latin America.

OUA 2018 Graduate Resident Director, Nela Mrchkovska, started her undergraduate journey at UCO where she got a degree in Finance. She then went to OU for her graduate program in Global Economics and Development. She is currently finishing her Ph.D at the University of Washington. Nela’s job in 2018 was to ensure the safety and well-being of our students but her favorite part of her time at OUA was “getting to know and welcome students to Arezzo!”

Nela Mrchkovska

GRD, OU in Arezzo

In addition to Nela, other past OUA Graduate Resident Directors are: Leanna Payton, Kaydee Dyer, Bridgitte Castorino, Wade Hensley, Colin Dunham, Vanessa Trackman, and Kala Sellers. GRD's have always been dedicated to student’s personal and academic success while abroad. They work hard to offer opportunities to get involved with the local community and to embrace the new experiences students will have during their semester abroad. 

Graduate Resident Directors,

Ou in Arezzo

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