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Our team of advisors are here to help you through every step of the study abroad process.

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.

How can we help you get started?


Getting started with General Advising

​Need help searching for programs? Don’t know where to start? General Advising has you covered. 

GlobeAttend a Study Abroad 101

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Emily GarciaD'Kiya BynumEmily GarciaMeet 1:1 with a General Advisor

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Region & Program-Specific Advising

Once you have done some initial review of study abroad program options, you can meet with an advisor based on your program and/or region of interest. 

 Details about your appointment with an EA Advisor.

Important Notes

  • Appointments will take place over Zoom unless you indicate your preference for an in-person meeting in the meeting request.
  • You will receive the link to your Zoom appointment prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Our system does not send appointment reminders. Make note of your appointment date and time.
  • Advisors reserve this time especially for you. Please give at least 24 hours notice if you can no longer make your appointment.
  • Same day appointments cannot be guaranteed.


Study Abroad Advising by program Type


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D'Kiya BynumD'Kiya Bynum

Advisor for France, Canada, India, Russia, Japan, Korea & Multi-country programs
Please address me as "D'Kiya" or "Ms. Bynum"
Pronouns: she,her,hers
Make an appointment with D'Kiya |  301-314-7775  |
As a Caribbean-American, D’Kiya takes pride in sharing aspects of her culture with others as well as learning about other cultures. She has studied the French language for 17 years which has increased her desire to learn other languages including studying the Russian language for 3 years. She believes that learning a country's language helps one dive deeper into learning a country's culture and practices. In addition to learning new languages, she enjoys trying new restaurants and new styles of dance. She looks forward to assisting students in finding ways in which they can immerse themselves into a country's culture and ensuring that programs are accessible to a diverse group of students.. 

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Emily GarciaEmily Garcia

Advisor for Germany, Netherlands, Northern, Central & Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Middle East & Northern Africa
Please address me as "Emily" or "Ms. Garcia"
Pronouns: she,her,hers
Make an appointment with Emily |  301-314-2153  |
Emily joined the EA team in May 2022 and serves as the advisor for Northern, Central, and Eastern Europe, Germany, and Scandinavia. She is a Texas native and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Human Development & Family Sciences in Fall 2019. During her time there, she participated in a faculty-led program in Italy and extended her stay throughout the summer to continue traveling around Europe. After her return, she went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Higher Education at the University of Houston where she also worked as a graduate assistant in the Learning Abroad office. Emily is excited to continue helping students discover their academic goals, personal aspirations, and professional development within the field of international education.

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Joy GurskyJoy Gursky

Advisor for Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Southeast Asia & Sub-Saharan Africa
Please address me as "Joy" or "Ms. Gursky"
Pronouns: she,her,hers
Make an appointment with Joy |  301-314-9708  |
Joy joined the Education Abroad team in 2022 and serves as the advisor for Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, as well as regions including Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Joy first became passionate about world affairs through reading as a child, and this is largely what has driven her to work in the field of international education. During her time as an undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she studied, conducted research, and interned abroad for a whole school year in Dakar, Senegal during fall semester, and Paris, France in the springtime, receiving the Gilman Scholarship from the U.S State Department and other scholarships through the University of California Education Abroad Program. She comes to the University of Maryland after two years of teaching English to middle schoolers in the outskirts of Paris, France, bringing with her a passion for increasing accessibility and equity within this field. In her freetime, she enjoys stress cooking while listening to Tiny Desk concerts, practicing her French, going to live music performances and exploring new places.

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Natalie BradyNatalie Brady

Advisor for Spain, Portugal, Greece, Latin America & the Caribbean
Please address me as "Natalie" or "Ms. Brady"
Pronouns: she, her, hers
For students interested in Maryland-in-Barcelona, please do not schedule an individual appointment. Students interested in this program must attend a group advising session.
Make an appointment with Natalie |  301-405-8326  |
Natalie became interested in Spanish and Latin cultures after a ten day high school trip to Spain, just as the Spanish National team won the World Cup in 2010. She went on to study Spanish and English during her undergraduate career at Salisbury University, spending a semester of her junior year studying in Madrid, Spain. After graduation, she moved to Austin, Texas to work with Academic Programs International (API) and her love for helping students study abroad began. Natalie pursued her Masters in International Education at the Universidad de Alcalá outside of Madrid and has just returned to the United States after two years there. She enjoys cooking, crafting, dancing, and of course, everything that comes with traveling.

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Natalie BradySally Roberts

Advisor for United Kingdom, Ireland & Italy
Please address me as "Sally" or "Ms. Roberts"
Pronouns: she, her, hers
For students interested in Maryland-in-Italy programs, please do not schedule an individual appointment. Students interested in this program must attend a group advising session.
Make an appointment with Sally |  301-405-7917  |
Sally joined the EA team in August 2022, and advises for the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Italy. Previously, she worked in the study abroad offices at William & Mary in Virginia and DePaul University in Chicago. Sally has a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College and an M.A. in International Education from New York University. Sally has studied abroad for a semester in Scotland, on short-term programs in the Dominican Republic and South Africa, and spent a year teaching English at a high school outside of Bangkok, Thailand. Sally is excited to help all students find the right study abroad program for them. In her free time, she likes caring for her growing family of plants, dabbling in various crafts, and seeking out flight deals for more travels abroad. .

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Katherine SchwarzentraubKatherine Schwarzentraub

Advisor for ENGR Exchanges and Clark-in-Madrid
Please address me as "Katherine" or "Ms. Schwarzentraub"
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Make an appointment with Katherine  |  301-405-0786  |
Katherine is a study abroad enthusiast, having studied abroad twice during her time as a Government and German double-major and Art History minor at Wofford College. She is now wrapping up her MA in International Education Policy at UMD. At Wofford, 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. Since 2017, Katherine has supported UMD students in studying abroad, and now she looks forward to helping Engineering students find program options that align with their goals and interests!

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Meet Our Peer Mentors

If you still have questions or can't make a Getting Started session, drop in to speak with a peer mentor to learn how to get started with study abroad and hear about their experiences or reach out via email to

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