Kelly Jo Bahry
Senior Study Abroad Advisor
Kelly Jo grew up near the Mexican border in California, and in childhood, took for granted learning American Sign Language and Spanish. Kelly Jo traveled by herself to Greece when she was 16 years old and has appreciated learning about other cultures ever since. She studied abroad in Zimbabwe and lived and worked in Kenya and Nigeria, collectively for about eleven years. She also spent a summer in Dhaka, Bangladesh working on human trafficking issues. Her professional life has included working with an education non-profit in rural Kenya, interviewing refugees throughout Africa before becoming the inaugural director for AU Nairobi programs in 2005, starting an internship and study abroad program with the American University of Nigeria, and moving to the AU Abroad office on the American University, D.C. main campus in 2011. She can greet people or say 'thank you' in about ten languages, but now when she tries to speak Spanish, Swahili comes out. Kelly Jo has a fascination with migration of all kinds and believes students grow the most when they find appropriate ways to meet the challenges they face abroad. Kelly Jo advises for England (all programs except Oxford and BADA), Belgium & Kenya Transcontinental Program, Greece, and Kenya.