UMD: A Globally Connected University

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Meet our advising team to learn how you can start your next fearless journey with study abroad.

Schedule an appointment with a regional EA advisor by clicking on your region of interest below. 

Once you select an appointment time, you will not receive a reminder for your appointment, so be sure to make a note of the time and date. Same day appointments cannot be guaranteed. If you cannot keep your appointment, please cancel it in your MyEA account or send an email to the appropriate EA advisor.

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Study Abroad Advising by Region

Africa Southeast Asia | China, Hong Kong & Taiwan | Japan | Korea | Australia & New Zealand | Canada | Caribbean | Northern, Eastern & Central Europe | France | Germany & Austria | Greece & MediterraneanIndia |  Italy | Latin AmericaMiddle EastIsrael | Netherlands | Russia | Scandinavia | Spain & Portugal | Turkey | United Kingdom & Ireland | Multi-country Programs

Study Abroad Advising by Program Type

Short-term Programs | Engineering Programs  | Business Programs | Freshmen Programs | ​Retroactive Credit Approval


Diana DaiseyDiana Daisey

Program Assistant for Advising and Outreach
Make a general advising appointment with Diana |  301-314-2153  |

Diana studied sustainable agriculture on UMD’s alternative winter break in Guatemala, literature and democracy on UMD’s winter term in Chile, and education systems on SIT’s semester in Chile and Argentina. She has lived with host families in Los Andes, Santiago, Temuco, and Buenos Aires. Diana is available for general advising: she can help prospective students reflect on their goals and program research, assist those interested in multiple regions to find a good fit, and support admitted students with additional preparations. Diana is also the advisor for any student seeking retroactive credit approval.

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Brittany LashleyBrittany Lashley

Advisor for Latin America, Caribbean, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Middle East (except Israel), & programs with multiple destinations
Make an appointment with Brittany  |  301-314-9708  |​
Brittany's love for study abroad started in high school when she did her first short term abroad in the UK. Since then, she has studied abroad in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, China and France. She has also travelled around South East Asia, Morocco, and Brazil. After graduating in the Fall of 2014, she was a Fulbright recipient, and lived in Taitung, Taiwan from 2015-2016. Some of Brittany's favorite things are travelling, studying languages, and learning as much as she can about photography.

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Conrad ZeutenhorstConrad Zeutenhorst

Advisor for France, Russia, Scandinavia, Northern, Central & Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan, & India​
Make an appointment with Conrad  |  301-405-0596  |
A French and European Studies major from the University of Washington, Seattle, Conrad studied abroad his junior year in Rennes, France where he lived with a host family, attended classes at the local university, and learned something of French cuisine. Now he is energized by advising and preparing students for study abroad and enjoys supporting them through providing cultural and historical knowledge of their future host countries.

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Deborah LakeDeborah Lake

Assistant Director for Operations and Interim advisor for the UK & Ireland
|  301-314-7790  |
To schedule an appointment with Deborah, please send her an email.
Despite being from the Midwest, Deborah’s first study abroad experience also included her first time living on a farm in Coaticook, Quebec learning local Québécois. Since then she’s studied and lived in France, Morocco, and South Africa. Deborah received her BA in French and anthropology from the University of Kansas and her MA in international education and nonprofit management from SIT Graduate Institute. In her free time Deborah loves to salsa dance (learned in France), read, and explore her adoptive city. She’s a cheerleader at heart and is great at providing tidbits of information on most topics.

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Ilana Waldman

Advisor for Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, & Israel
Make an appointment with Ilana  |  301-405-7917  |
Ilana joined the EA team in 2014. Ilana is a UMD alum who graduated with a BA in government and criminology and a minor in Spanish. Through study abroad experiences in the Maryland-in-Sevilla program, Ilana had the opportunity to immerse herself in Spanish language and culture. Ilana has also had international experience including taking classes in Israel and teaching English for a year in Madrid, Spain.

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Rebecca La CretaRebecca La Creta

Advisor for Korea, Italy, Greece & the Mediterranean
Make an appointment with Rebecca  |  301-314-7794  |
Rebecca (or Becca) has two primary goals – to journey outside the U.S. as much as possible, and to encourage students to do the same. Her study abroad experiences include studying community development in the Dominican Republic, and then joining an immersive summer program to France while earning her BA in English and her BA in French from Virginia Tech. Rebecca spent time teaching English in South Korea before receiving her MA in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute. While she doesn’t like her food touching, she enthusiastically samples a wide variety of foods across the globe (some tips: don’t knock fried scorpion until you try it, and plug your nose before trying the rotten shark).

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Rebecca La CretaRose Malone

Advisor for Maryland Short-term Programs
Make an appointment with Rose  |  301-405-8309  |
An alum of the University of Maryland, Rose graduated in December 2016 with a B.A. in Anthropology. During her sophomore year at UMD, she participated in her first study abroad program in Fall 2013 when she lived in London for a semester. During this experience, she traveled to several locations in Europe and enjoyed the spontaneity that study abroad provides. One year after returning from London, Rose joined the EA team as a Peer Mentor and began advising prospective study abroad students. In Summer 2016, she studied abroad again on a short-term program to Skibbereen, Ireland where she completed an archeological dig while exploring Ireland. She understands the study abroad process from a student perspective and looks forward to advising students interested in Short-term programs.

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Lauren RuszczykLauren Ruszczyk

Assistant Director for Advising and Outreach
|  301-405-0381  |
Lauren studied abroad in Alcalá de Henares, Spain during her time as an undergraduate at UMD and lived and studied in Australia and Chile during her graduate studies. She holds a Masters in International Studies from the Institute for International Studies at the UTS in Sydney, Australia. Throughout her travels, Lauren has gone zip lining in Slovenia, tasted chicken feet in China, found Nemo at the Great Barrier Reef, and picked olives in Argentina. She loves food, adventures, daylight savings and exploring the unknown. 

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Chris OlsonChris Olson

Program Manager, Office of Global Initiatives, Smith School of Business and Advisor for BMGT exchange and BMGT internship programs
Make an appointment with Chris or attend OGI walk-in advising hours  |  301-405-4824  |
Appointments with Chris will be held in 2410 Van Munching Hall.
Chris' international experiences began with a semester program in Paris as an undergraduate at the George Washington University. After graduating with a degree in international affairs, he returned to France as an English teaching assistant working in a middle and high school in Tours, about two hours southwest of Paris. While in France, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and developed a taste for extravagant pastries and Wiener Schnitzel. Chris is currently pursuing his Masters in Public Policy at UMD. He continues to explore new places in the world and enjoys working with Smith School of Business students on achieving their goals of becoming savvy global citizens.

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Greg RafalGreg Rafal

Program Manager, Office of Global Initiatives, Smith School of Business and Advisor for BMGT short term programs
Make an appointment with Greg  or attend OGI walk-in advising hours   |  301-405-8849  |
Appointments with Greg will be held in 2410 Van Munching Hall.
Greg's interest in international education began during his senior year of college when he studied abroad for a semester in Seville, Spain. While abroad, he developed a strong cultural curiosity only matched by his passion for diversity in higher education. After graduation, Greg began his career engaging students at his alma mater, Christopher Newport University before trekking to Washington, DC. Greg earned his MA in International Training and Education from American University where he also had the pleasure of working with international law students. When Greg isn't running marathons or cross-country relays you can find him exploring new restaurants in DC.

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Ramsey JabajiRamsey Jabaji

Assistant Director, Office of International & Leadership Programs, A. James Clark School of Engineering and Advisor for the Clark-in-Madrid program
Make an appointment with Ramsey  |  301-405-0234  |
Appointments with Ramsey will be held in 1131 Glenn L Martin Hall.
Ramsey manages the engineering study abroad program and the Minor in Engineering Leadership Development. He teaches several leadership courses each year including the Clark School’s annual winter international business and global leadership seminar. He graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a double-degree in Sociology and Environmental Studies and a master’s degree in Counseling & Personnel Services from the University of Maryland. He is a doctoral candidate in Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education at UMD.If you are interested in the Kassel International Winter or Summer University, please reach out to Jane Fines to set up an advising appointment.

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Brian DillehayBrian Dillehay

Program Manager, Office of International & Leadership Programs, A. James Clark School of Engineering and Advisor for engineering majors
Make an appointment with Brian  |  301-405-8921  |
Appointments with Brian will be held in 1131EE Glenn L Martin Hall.
While pursuing his BA in International Affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Brian spent a year studying abroad and living with a host family in Dakar, Senegal. He used his time abroad to develop his French and Wolof language skills while visiting eight countries in West Africa. After graduation, he moved to Taiwan and spent the next eight years exploring East Asia and teaching English. In 2014, he returned to the US to pursue his MA in International Training and Education at American University. Brian is excited to support engineering students who are interested in studying abroad.If you are interested in the Kassel International Winter or Summer University, please reach out to Jane Fines to set up an advising appointment.

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Getting Started

Not sure where to start? Not sure if study abroad is even for you? Attend a Study Abroad 101 session! These sessions will give you the tools and information you need to get your study abroad journey started. Stop by any session - no prior research, preparation, or sign-up required:

Dates Time Location

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

4:00 - 5:00 1102 HJP

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

11:00 - 12:00 1102 HJP

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

4:00 - 5:00 1102 HJP

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

11:00 - 12:00 1102 HJP
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 11:00 - 12:00

1102 HJP

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 4:00 - 5:00

1102 HJP

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 11:00 - 12:00

1102 HJP

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 4:00 - 5:00

1102 HJP

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 11:00 - 12:00

1102 HJP

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:00 - 5:00

1102 HJP

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 11:00 - 12:00

1102 HJP

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

4:00 -5:00 1102 HJP
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 11:00 - 12:00

1102 HJP

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

4:00 - 5:00 1102 HJP
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 11:00 - 12:00

1102 HJP

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:00 - 4:50

1102 HJP

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11:00 - 12:00

1102 HJP

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 4:00 - 5:00

1102 HJP

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 11:00 - 12:00

1102 HJP

Meet Our Peer Mentors

If you still have questions or can’t make a 101 session, drop in to speak with a peer mentor to learn how to get started with study abroad and hear about their experiences. Visit our office in 1118 H.J. Patterson Hall during business hours (8:30 - 4:30 - Monday - Friday) or reach out via email to

Mary Woolsey

Mary is a sophomore at UMD, hoping to major in Finance in the Business School. She studied abroad in London as part of the Destination London Freshman Program in the fall of 2014. She is a member of the Real Estate Club and is playing for the Women’s Ice Hockey Team. Her favorite part of studying abroad was traveling and experiencing many different cultures and she looks forward to doing it again. 

Gessica Fleurival

Gessica is a Senior at the University of Maryland and double majors in Community health and Family Science. She studied abroad at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England during Spring of 2015. She plans to pursue a career in global health and obtain her masters abroad as well. One of her favorite parts of studying abroad was being able to travel to other neighboring European countries and capturing every unique moment on camera. 

Harriet Dadzie

Harriet is a junior Finance major and Law and Society minor. She went abroad to Vienna, Austria's University of Economics and Business for a semester. One of her favorite things is to discover and explore cultures that are different from her own. On campus, she is an Images tour guide, serves on the University Student Judiciary, and is a member of Alpha Phi Omega. She plans to go to law school and concentrate in international law.

Gabrielle Hernandez

Gabrielle is a freshman majoring in journalism and government and politics. She studied grand energy challenges on UMD’s Terrapin Takeoff trip in Berlin, Germany. While abroad, she enjoyed trying German food and experiencing German culture. On campus, she is involved with the Society of Professional Journalists, OMSE, and she has taken part in Terp Thon events. She enjoys doing volunteer work, traveling, and playing field hockey.