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John Sunnygard


​​​​​John Sunnygard, MIM, is Executive Director of the Office of International Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. He has been actively involved in international education for 26 years, seven at the University of Colorado. During this time, he has organized programs on six continents that have involved more than 15,000 students living and learning abroad.

His work centers around intercultural learning and student growth through international education program design, strategic partnership development, marketing, risk management, implementation and evaluation. John’s career started as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. A relentless explorer, John has also lived, studied and worked in Belgium, Japan and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, John worked for the Institute for the International Education of Students and the University of Texas Austin. He has presented and written on international education trends, cross-cultural development, study abroad program evaluation, international risk management and engaging faculty in short-term study abroad programs.

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"Living and learning in another country is one of the greatest challenges and opportunities a person can add to their life’s journey. Whether we are welcoming you to Denver, or putting an American on a plane to study abroad, we are committed to building the bridges that make these journeys rewarding, life changing experiences. Together, we can build a stronger learning community at CU Denver and a more engaged, peaceful world, one person at a time. Welcome to International Affairs! "

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