Study Abroad

Meet Our Staff


Heidi Fischer

Director of Study Abroad

Cottrell 146
(336) 841-9636

Heidi serves as the Director of Study Abroad, advising High Point University students to help them find a program that will meet their personal, professional, and academic needs and goals. Originally from Germany, Heidi is a first-generation college graduate of High Point University (International Business & French) and earned her MA in International Affairs at American University in Washington, DC. Prior to her move to HPU, Heidi served as the study abroad advisor for business majors at UNC Greensboro for seven years. She is a long-term member of chancel choirs, and has performed major works with the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Eastern Music Festival.



Chris FergusonChris Ferguson

Study Abroad Advisor

Cottrell 144
(336) 841-9051

Chris is our Study Abroad Advisor and assists High Point University students studying business and foreign languages in finding relevant and impactful experiences abroad. Chris plays a large role in promotional activities for HPU semester programs, but he also assists with other programs, such as EXP 1101: The President’s Seminar on Life Skills, EXP 4999: The President’s Seminar for Seniors, and IDS 1151: Cultural Foundations. After graduating from HPU, he moved to China for a year to work with college students, pursue Chinese language study, and travel to various locations throughout China, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. He enjoys travel, history, dancing, disc golf, and many outdoor activities.



Erin MerrittErin Merritt

Program Coordinator

Cottrell 142
(336) 841-9280

Erin serves as the Program Coordinator, helping keep the office running smoothly and working with the International Ambassador team. Erin earned her BA in German from Wake Forest University and her MA in German Studies from a joint program with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. During her undergraduate studies, Erin studied abroad for one semester each in Berlin, Germany, and Vienna, Austria. After graduation she received a Fulbright grant to teach English in Austria for one year. She enjoys travel, cooking, spending time with friends and family, and watching sports.




Program Developer

Cottrell 145
(336) 841-9421



The Office of Study Abroad is located in Cottrell Hall, Suite 142.
Phone: (336) 841-9280

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