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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs


Blythe Knott

Blythe attended Lewis and Clark, where she majored in biology and studied abroad in Kenya. This experience inspired her to change her intended career path from wildlife biology to international education. She earned a Master’s degree in International Education from the University of Colorado and has worked in study abroad at Naropa University in Boulder and, most recently, at Portland State University. She has traveled to over 50 countries and is passionate about travel in general, and study abroad in particular. She greatly enjoys working with students and faculty to plan their overseas experiences.

Kaitlin Sommerfeld

Assistant Director

Kaitlin grew up in a rural town west of Portland, but has always loved the City of Roses. She completed her undergraduate studies at Lewis & Clark, where she majored in Hispanic Studies and spent a semester in Alicante, Spain. She continued her studies in Monterey, California as she pursued a Master of Arts in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. In the last semester of her graduate studies, Kaitlin had the opportunity to return to Spain and work as the Onsite Programs Assistant at the Middlebury School in Spain in Madrid and Córdoba. In her free time, Kaitlin loves spending time outdoors and exploring the Pacific Northwest, practicing her Spanish, and eating food from all around the world. Kaitlin is excited to help LC students expand their horizons by studying off-campus. 

Erica Schroeder
Graduate Assistant

Erica attended Lewis & Clark as an undergraduate where she majored in Biology. After graduating, Erica worked as a research assistant at a biotechnology company for three years. Last year, she discovered a new passion for higher education. Erica will earn a Masters degree in Student Affairs Administration from Lewis & Clark Graduate School in Spring 2021. She is interested in pursuing government relations in institutions of higher education. She currently works as the Graduate Assistant in Overseas and Off-Campus Programs, as well as a Fulbright Coordinator and SAAB Tutoring Coordinator. In her free time she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding and playing with her dog.

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Abdulrahman Al Rayyis

Abdo is a sophomore from Kurdistan, Iraq. He's pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Economic...

Abdo is a sophomore from Kurdistan, Iraq. He’s pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Economics. He’s lived in Iraq, Turkey and the United States. He loves traveling and has been to over 35 U.S states! Abdo enjoys swimming, playing soccer, chess and exploring Portland’s restaurants, comedy clubs and food-trucks! He’s excited to assist students in whatever way he can and hear about their experiences in their study abroad programs.



Brenna Ketchum

Brenna is a sophomore International Affairs major, who grew up in India and Cambodia, and now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. She loves to read, do hand lettering, and be outside, whether walking, hiking, or running. Her passion for international education will hopefully help you figure out where and how to study abroad!




In remembrance of…

Emma Hamel                                                                                                                           

Emma is a sophomore German studies major/English minor who is most recently from Greensboro, North Carolina. She loves traveling, and reading about new places. She was born in Germany, and visits often, and can’t wait to study there on her abroad trip! She is excited to help you figure out where you want to study abroad, and hear all about it when you get back! 

For more information on the Emma Hamel Munich Scholarship, here.