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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


Katherine SchwarzentraubKatherine Schwarzentraub

General Advisor
Make an appointment with Katherine  |  301-314-2153  |
Katherine is a study abroad enthusiast, having studied abroad twice during her time as a a Government and German double-major and Art History minor at Wofford College. Katherine lived and learned for a semester in London, England and spent her junior year in Vienna, Austria, where she completed an internship with a local NGO, Frauen Ohne Grenzen. Here, she transcribed interviews of women from around the world, helping enhance her proficiency in the German language. Katherine has always enjoyed learning about cultures different from her own, especially through art and food - from Tea and Crumpets to Kaffee und Kuchen! She is excited to assist students at the beginning of their study abroad experience, and navigate the various program options.

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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 they studied abroad in London during their junior year at Susquehanna University. Since then, they've been passionate about all things travel and particularly deeper cultural understanding through study abroad. They've been working in study abroad since summer of 2013, beginning as an intern and moving onto advisor roles. They hold a BA in Creative Writing and enjoy reading (and writing) poetry in their free time as well as watercolor painting. 

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Maryland Short-term

Advising for Maryland Short-term Programs
For advising for MD short-term programs, please watch this video
If you still have questions after watching the video, you can email 

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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, September 7, 2018 2:00-3:00pm PLS 1129
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 3:00-4:00pm BPS 1238*
Thursday, September 13, 2018 4:00-5:00pm TWS 1320*
Friday, September 14, 2018 2:00-3:00pm PLS 1129
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 3:00-4:00pm BPS 1238*
Thursday, September 20, 2018 4:00-5:00pm TWS 1320*
Friday, September 21, 2018 2:00-3:00pm PLS 1129
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 3:00-4:00pm BPS 1238*
Thursday, September 27, 2018 4:00-5:00pm TWS 1320*
Friday, September 28, 2018 2:00-3:00pm PLS 1129
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 3:00-4:00pm BPS 1238*
Friday, October 12, 2018 2:00-3:00pm PLS 1129
Thursday, October 18, 2018 4:00-5:00pm TWS 1320*
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 3:00-4:00pm BPS 1238*
Thursday, November 1, 2018 4:00-5:00pm TWS 1320*
Friday, November 9, 2018 2:00-3:00pm PLS 1129
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 3:00-4:00pm BPS 1238*
Thursday, November 29, 2018 4:00-5:00pm TWS 1320*
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 3:00-4:00pm BPS 1238*
Thursday, December 6, 2018 4:00-5:00pm TWS 1320*

Meet Our Peer Mentors

If you still have questions or can't make a Study Abroad 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

Gabrielle Hernandez

Gabrielle is a junior double majoring in Journalism and Government and Politics. She studied grand energy challenges on UMD’s Terrapin Takeoff program in Berlin, Germany. While abroad, she enjoyed trying German food and experiencing German culture. More recently, she traveled to Havana, Cuba to learn more about family law, public health, and the impacts of poverty. On campus, she is involved with the Society of Professional Journalists, OMSE, Delta Gamma, and Phi Alpha Delta. 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.

Shiri Huber

Shiri is a Senior majoring in Operations Management/Business Analytics. She studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland during the Spring '18 semester and developed a strong appreciation for the Scottish highlands and haggis, but not whiskey. Besides being a Peer Mentor, she is a part of UMD's Global Fellows program and on campus you can find her in a hammock. She can't wait to live outside of the U.S. again someday and is excited to help students have a fantastic study abroad experience!

Ivy Li

Ivy is a junior triple majoring in Finance, Economics, and Operations Management and Business Analytics (OMBA). She studied abroad her freshman year in Berlin, Germany as a part of the Terrapins Take-Off program. More recently, over the past summer, she was able to not only study abroad but also intern abroad in Auckland, New Zealand as a Gilman Scholarship recipient. Her favorite activities while abroad included meeting new people, eating new foods, finding scenic spots, and more! Meanwhile, on campus, she is involved with the Smith Undergraduate Students Association, Model United Nations, and the Taiwanese American Student Association. Her fun fact is that she can speak 4 languages, including three dialects of Chinese!

Margaret Crosson

Margaret is senior majoring in Psychology and Family Science and getting a certificate in Women’s Studies. She studied abroad in Sydney, Australia during the Spring ’18 semester. Her favorite part about studying abroad was meeting new people, hiking through Sydney’s numerous national parks, and hanging out with Australia’s most adorable, non-venomous, animals. Besides being a peer mentor, she is an intern at America Reads and enjoys volunteering with the coed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. Studying abroad has given her the travel bug and she cannot wait to travel to all the continents one day!