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Staff : Emily Tooy

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Emily Tooy


M - F- 8:30am - 5:00pm


I joined EIU's Office of Study Abroad in April 2018. Prior to my appointment at EIU, I was the Associate Director of the Office for Global Engagement at Utah Valley University. I specialize in faculty-led study abroad program development, student recruitment, international risk & emergency management, and policy compliance. I enjoy collaborating with campus departments to increase study abroad program visibility to underrepresented students, students of color, and students with disabilities. I am committed to working with campus stakeholders to overcome barriers to studying abroad, to promoting the benefits of study abroad, and to providing resources that address the needs of students from historically underrepresented groups.

I have worked and studied abroad in four countries on three continents comprising a total of five years. I earned a BA in French from the University of Iowa where I studied abroad at institutions in Pau and Lyon, France, & Quebec, Canada. After I completed my degree, I moved to French Guiana, South America- an overseas department of France- where I was employed by the French Ministry of National Education (le Ministere de l'Education Nationale). While I worked as a teacher for the French government, I was also a French - English interpreter for the local Military Police (la Gendarmerie). During my career in South America, I was asked by the US Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname to serve as Warden, which I happily agreed to do.  I am a TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France) alumna & greatly enjoy speaking with students about applying to teach in English in France & its overseas departments through the Embassy of France in Washington DC and France's Ministry of National Education. 

I am a dedicated polyglot and enjoy speaking French, Serbo-Croatian, Surinamese Creole, and Eastern Maroon Creole. I am learning Spanish. My academic interests include African American history and the history of Maroon societies in the northern Amazon rainforest.

My door is always open to any student who wishes to explore their study abroad program options. Please don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions