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


Study Abroad Advising by program Type

Brittany LashleyBrittany Lashley

Advisor for Latin America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, & 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 traveled 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, UK & Ireland 
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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Greg RafalGreg Rafal

Program Manager, Center for Global Business, Smith School of Business and Advisor for BMGT short-term programs, BMGT exchange, and BMGT internship programs
Make an appointment with Greg  or attend CGB 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
Friday, June 8, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm HJP 1102
Friday, June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm HJP 1102
Friday, June 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm HJP 1102
Friday, June 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm HJP 1102

Meet Our Peer Mentors

General Advising - you can make an appointment to meet with one of our peer mentors this summer, or drop in to learn how to get started with study abroad and hear about their experiences. If you still have questions or can't make a Study Abroad 101 session you can visit our office in 1118 H.J. Patterson Hall during business hours (8:30 - 4:30 - Monday - Friday) or reach out via email to

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.

Madeline Case

Madeline is a peer mentor in Education Abroad Office. She studied abroad the fall semester of her freshman year in Rome,Italy. She is part of the class graduating in 2021, and is a psychology major on the pre-med track. Aside from traveling, her hobbies include singing and theater, as well​ as being an advocate for LGBTQ+ issues.

Alexa Brenner

Alexa is a senior Government and Politics major with minors in International Development and Conflict Management and Spanish. She studied abroad on the winter program to Chile to learn about Chilean Democracy and Culture during winter 2017 and participated in the Maryland-in-Seville Program in spring 2018. Her favorite part about studying abroad was being able to learn the language and learn how the locals live by living with a host family in Seville. On campus, she is a Maryland Images campus tour guide and an Honors Ambassador. She is also participating in the 5 Year Master's Bachelor's program where she will be getting her Master’s degree in Public Policy! Studying abroad gave her the travel bug and she cannot wait for her next international experience.