Mollie Ullestad

International Student Advisor

Mollie has been at Grinnell College since 2018. Her main areas of responsibilities include supporting international students’ successful transition and engagement at Grinnell College­ – both in and out of the classroom and in the local community. This includes creating opportunities for programming and outreach, supporting co-curricular engagement through the International Student Organization (ISO), building relationships with students, serving on the Academic Success Team, and collaborating with staff and faculty partners to enhance this “international student friendly” campus. Mollie also coordinates the Fischlowitz Travel Fellowship, and facilitates the Cultural Attaché Program. 

Mollie’s favorite part of Grinnell College is “how it brings such a strong international component to small-town Iowa. The diversity and different life perspectives from the students and worldly community bring a spirit that is catching”.

Mollie grew up in Jewell, Iowa, a small town 90 minutes away from Grinnell. She attended the University of Northern Iowa, where she earned her B.A. in Social Science Education, studied abroad in London and Paris, and taught English in Dongguan, China. Mollie then earned her M.A. in Geography and a graduate certificate in Higher Education Administration at the University of Missouri, where she conducted Master’s thesis research in New Zealand. These international experiences sparked her passion for international education. In her free time, Mollie enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog, Henry.

The Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) is located on the first floor of the Humanities and Social Studies Center (HSSC), within the Institute for Global Engagement. For more information, stop in the office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call 641-269-3712.

Education and Degrees

B.A. University of Northern Iowa; M.A. University of Missouri

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