Staff Profiles

Jim Sawyer

What do you do in the Education Abroad Office?

I am the liaison to all of the college and universities in the US that send students through Temple’s programs. I maintain relationships with these institutions and endeavor to create new ones.

Where are you from?

Springfield, PA

Where did you go to school and what did you study?

I received my BA from York College of Pennsylvania in 2002 and my MA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2006.

During the fall semester of my junior year at York College, I studied British Literature in York, England at St. John’s College. While completing my graduate degree I participated in a summer program in Wroxton, England at Wroxton College.

What countries have you visited?

Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Austria, Belgium, Morocco, Egypt, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, India, Sri Lanka, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil

What is your most memorable abroad experience?

I have several:

  • Proposing to my wife in London, on Westminster Bridge.

  • Backpacking with my best friend through Europe.

  • Walking the Great Wall of China.

  • Seeing Petra in Jordan.

  • Living in York, England during my junior year semester abroad. Hands down, York is the greatest city in the world!

  • Standing next to and touching the Great Pyramid of Giza (technically it’s illegal to touch them, but I did anyway.)

  • Attempting to balance an egg on the equator in Quito, Ecuador.


What is your favorite part of working in Education Abroad?

My favorite part is getting to know the students before they leave and then seeing them after they return from a study abroad experience. It’s transformative. The person they leave as is not the person they come back as. They come back as a more confident and capable version of themselves.