Mari Keyser

Program Coordinator - Spain, Portugal, Latin American and Caribbean
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Mari Keyser, Program Coordinator, holds a M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College and a B.A. in Spanish and History from Nebraska Wesleyan University.  Her main duties include advising students and coordinating programs with destinations in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.

Mari joined Study Abroad & Global Engagement in March of 2011.  As an undergraduate, she participated on both short term and long term study abroad programs.  Mari studied for a Summer in Querétaro, Mexico at the TEC de Monterrey, and on university-sponsored short term service learning trips to Honduras, El Salvador, and Panama.  She also studied in Salamanca, Spain for a year as an undergraduate.  Mari studied abroad for a year in Madrid, Spain to complete her Master’s degree and lived for two years in Valladolid, Spain working as a Language and Cultural Assistant.  She previously worked in the Study Abroad Office at Nebraska Wesleyan University.


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