Sarah Olson

Senior Coordinator, International Partnerships
(970) 491-1393

Job Responsibilities

My role is to support faculty internationalization efforts in whatever form they may take. Primarily, I do this through developing international agreements and hosting international delegations when they come to campus. I also maintain our Global Engagement Directory, which highlights CSU’s global footprint of internationally oriented sabbaticals, funded research, agreements, and other special projects.

The main goal of my position is to reduce the barriers for those looking to collaborate internationally with a partner institution. I am the key point of contact when developing new international agreements that are not based on student mobility, understanding policies and protocols for hosting international delegations and for understanding what international partnerships already exist at the university.


Fort Collins, Colorado


B.A., History and Art History, Gonzaga University (Washington)
M.A., Organization and Leadership, University of San Francisco (California)

International Experience

I have had the good fortune to travel to 41 countries so far through a variety of unique personal and professional opportunities. I was a Rotary Youth Exchange student to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia for my senior year of high school and studied abroad in Florence, Italy for my junior year of college. Additionally, I have sailed on two voyages of Semester at Sea (Fall 2013 and Fall 2015) as a Resident Director and have sailed on two partial voyages as well.

Favorite Aspect of CSU

We have incredible human resources here at CSU. The people are wonderful, good at what they do, and are innovative collaborators!

International Initiatives staff