Sara Bosshart

UK & Ireland Program Manager 

Sara is half Swiss, half American and spent her childhood living abroad, including Switzerland, Germany, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Trinidad & Tobago.

Sara loves to travel and work with students. In graduate school, she co-taught classes on the environment and gave lectures at local high schools and museums. For the past few summers, she's led ocean conservation programs for National Geographic Student Expeditions.

If she's not travelling, you're most likely to find her scouting out exciting new eateries, learning how to free dive, sipping craft beer or getting lost in a good book.

“At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.”
— Warsan Shire


  • Support study abroad students throughout their stay in the United Kingdom and Ireland
  • Liaise with sending universities, visiting faculty and adjunct teaching staff
  • Develop new programming for US university partners
  • Manage ‘Engagement Unit’ dedicated to internships, community service learning, voluntary experience and other forms of cultural engagement
  • Organise and facilitate student orientations, excursions and activities for our study abroad students in the UK and Ireland
  • Promote and market activities and programs


  • MSc Marine Geology, Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT)/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program
  • MSc by Research, Paleoceanography/Climatology, University of Edinburgh (with distinction)
  • BA, Earth Science, Northwestern University (with departmental honors)

Study Abroad Experience

  • Fall Semester at University of Edinburgh, 2008
  • Researcher at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ), Switzerland, Summer 2008
  • St George's School, Switzerland, 2000-2005
  • International School of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, 1997-2000
  • Surabaya International School, Indonesia, 1992-1997
  • Extensive travel in Europe, Asia, Caribbean

Work Experience

  • Business Development Specialist, Frontiers, UK
  • Journal Manager, Frontiers, Switzerland
  • Trip Leader (Australia, Belize, Bali), National Geographic Student Expeditions, USA
  • Scientific Advisor, National Network for Climate Change Interpretation, USA
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Summer Intern, Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation