Headshot of Matt Hancock

As an International Programs Advisor, Matt Hancock assists students with identifying and preparing for study abroad opportunities around the world. Currently, he also advises on the entrepreneurially focused programs in Portugal and Denmark.

We thought before you reach out to Matt to find out which spot might best suit your summer abroad needs, you’d be interested to learn a bit more about him. So let’s get to it.


What’s something unique about you that most people wouldn’t guess?

I own four egg-laying hens so technically I am a farmer.

What was your first international experience?

Living in Edinburgh, Scotland for five months when I was four.

If you could participate in any IPE program, which one would it be and why?

Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Copenhagen – this part of the world is absolutely beautiful and I love the lifestyle.

Colorful row houses and boats along a canal in Denmark

If you were an Engineer, what type of Engineer would you be and why?

Civil Engineer (Urban Planning) – I am interested in the relationship between cities and their inhabitants.  I am fascinated by the approach Jan Gehl, a Danish architect and urban design consultant is taking to reorient cities to be more pedestrian and cyclist-centric. Check him out!

What is your favorite travel quote?

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”

What is your least favorite food?

Aspic – It is essentially a gelatinous version of the conventional soup.

What are your hobbies?

Hiking, traveling, parenting (this last one is from pre-pandemic days).

Which of the IPE program countries have you visited, if any?

Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, UK, and Kenya.

Woman with wreath on head

Where did you go to undergrad and what was your major?

Albion College – Religious Studies

Where were you born?

Erie, PA

What show are you binge-watching right now?

None 🙁  I’m binge-parenting instead.

Do you have pets?

1 dog (Chelly), 1 cat (Louie), and 4 chickens (Big One, Middly, Fast, Little One).

What is your favorite word that doesn’t have an English translation?

Mangata (Swedish) – The roadlike reflection of the moon on the water.

Full moon in the dark night

Thanks again to Matt for taking the time to chat. If you have any questions about the entrepreneurship-focused programs in Portugal or Denmark during summer 2022 or want to learn more about other study abroad opportunities, feel free to visit the IPE page and schedule an advising appointment here.

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