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.

Education Abroad professional advising staff provide comprehensive and accessible resources that guide, inform and empower students to make decisions about study abroad that maximize academic, personal, and professional development.

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  Australia & New Zealand |​Southeast Asia | China, Hong Kong & Taiwan | Japan | Korea |Canada | Caribbean | Northern, Eastern & Central Europe | France | Germany & Austria | Greece & MediterraneanIndia |  Italy | Latin AmericaMiddle EastRussia | 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 | Global Entrepreneurship Programs | Multi-country Programs | ​Retroactive Credit Approval


Diana DaiseyDiana Daisey

Program Assistant and Advisor for General Inquiries and the UK and Ireland
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, Sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, & programs with multiple destinations
Make an appointment with Brittany  |  301-314-9708  |​
*Australia advising walk-in hours: Tues/Thurs 3:00 -4:00 pm & Fri 2:00 -3:30pm *Appointments may be with 1-2 other students.
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, Japan, Korea & 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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Malik BlueMalik Blue

Advisor for Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, & South East Asia
Make an appointment with Malik  |  301-314-7794  |
Malik joined the EA team in October 2017. He advises students interested in studying abroad in Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Southeast Asia. Malik is also the coordinator for Maryland-in-Barcelona and Maryland-in-Sevilla. Malik studied at Northeastern University in Boston for both his undergraduate degree in International Business and his Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. As an International Business student, Malik lived in Madrid, Spain for a year exchange where he studied at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) and completed an internship at L’Oreal Spain. Over the past few years, Malik has worked seasonally for educational travel and service organizations in Dominican Republic, Thailand, and Cuba. Malik is passionate about creating access and supporting students who are traditionally underrepresented in international education programs.

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Deborah McConnellDeborah McConnell

Freshmen Abroad Programs
Email Deborah |  301-314-7790
Deborah studied about in France, Canada, and Morocco. She joined the team in 2012 and loves being a cheerleader for her local teams and always supporting her alma mater, the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!). She also has a Master's degree in International Education with a concentration in Non Profit Management from SIT Graduate Institute. Her international travels include many European countries, South Africa, and Australia. She is passionate about helping first-year students study abroad and looks forward to answering all of your questions.  

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Lindsey Sitler

Advisor for Italy, Greece, Mediterranean, Middle East, & North Africa 
Make an appointment with Lindsey |  301-405-7917  | ​
Lindsey was new to international travel when she studied abroad in London during her junior year at Susquehanna University. Since then, she’s been passionate about all things travel and particularly deeper cultural understanding through study abroad. She’s been working in study abroad since summer of 2013, beginning as an intern and moving onto advisor roles. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and enjoys reading (and writing) poetry in her free time as well as watercolor painting. 

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Rose MaloneRose 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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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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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
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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

4:00 - 5:00 PLS 1129

Thursday, August 31, 2017

11:00 - 12:00 PLS 1129

Friday, September 1, 2017

2:00 - 3:00 ATL 1410

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

4:00 - 5:00 PLS 1129
Friday, September 8, 2017 2:00 - 3:00

ATL 1410

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 4:00 - 5:00

PLS 1129

Thursday, September 14, 2017 11:00 - 12:00

PLS 1129

Friday, September 15, 2017 2:00 - 3:00

ATL 1410

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 - 5:00

PLS 1129

Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:00 - 12:00

PLS 1129

Friday, September 22, 2017 2:00 - 3:00

ATL 1410

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

4:00 -5:00 PLS 1129
Thursday, September 28, 2017 11:00 - 12:00

PLS 1129

Friday, September 29, 2017

2:00 - 3:00 ATL 1410
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 4:00 - 5:00

PLS 1129

Tuesday, October 5, 2017 11:00 - 12:00

PLS 1129

Friday, October 6, 2017 2:00 - 3:00

ATL 1410

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 4:00 - 5:00

PLS 1129

Thursday, October 12, 2017 11:00 - 12:00

PLS 1129

Friday, October 13, 2017

2:00 - 3:00 ATL 141
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:00 - 5:00

PLS 1129

Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:00 - 12:00

PLS 1129

Friday, November 3, 2017 2:00 - 3:00 

ATL 1410

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 4:00 - 5:00

PLS 1129

Thursday, November 16, 2017 11:00 - 12:00

PLS 1129

Thursday, November 30, 2017 11:00 - 12:00 

PLS 1129

Friday, December 1, 2017 2:00 - 3:00

ATL 1410

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 4:00 - 5:00

PLS 1129

Thursday, December 7, 2017 11:00 - 12:00

PLS 1129

Friday, December 8, 2017 2:00 - 3:00

ATL 1410

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. 

Harriet Dadzie

Harriet is a senior Finance major and Law and Society minor. She went abroad to Vienna, Austria's University of Economics and Business for the Fall 2016 semester and went to Brisbane, Australia during the summer. 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.

Tolwanimi (Tolu) Obalade 

Tolu is an international student from Lagos, Nigeria. He is a senior Economics major with a minor in Global Poverty at the University of Maryland. Prior to moving to the United States in 2014, he lived in Nigeria for 16 years and the United Kingdom for 2 years. Tolu studied abroad in Nicaragua for 2 months as part of the Maryland Social Entrepreneurship Program in the Summer of 2016. He is a Global Semester Fellow and the former President of the Economics Association of Maryland. In his free time he loves to watch Arsenal Football Club and play games on his PlayStation 4. His favorite part about studying abroad was stepping outside of his comfort zone and living with host families.

Kellie Holovac

Kellie is a senior at University of Maryland majoring in Bioengineering and minoring in French Studies. She studied abroad in spring 2017 at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain. Her favorite part of studying abroad was traveling to different countries on the weekends and exploring new cultures. At UMD, she is involved with Engineers Without Borders and is a member of Theta Tau. After graduation, she hopes to go to medical school and become a physician.

Madison Hearney 

Madi Hearney is a Senior majoring in Hearing and Speech Sciences with a minor in Leadership Studies. She spent the Fall 2016 semester at the International Studies Institute in Florence, Italy, through the Maryland-in-Florence program. One of her favorite things about being abroad was meeting the locals and learning the best non-touristy spots to explore and eat in Florence. At UMD, Madi is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, an intern at the University of Maryland Golf Course, a Teaching Assistant for UNIV100, and recently graduated from the College Park Scholars program. She spends most of her free time researching new travel destinations and planning her next trip abroad.