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

Education Abroad remains open remotely and EA staff are available for appointments via Zoom or phone during business hours.

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.

Not sure where to start?

Study Abroad Advising by Region


Study Abroad Advising by program Type


Katherine SchwarzentraubKatherine Schwarzentraub

General Advisor
Please address me as "Katherine" or "Ms. Schwarzentraub."
Pronouns: she, her, hers
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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Maria BarraMaria Barra

Advisor for Maryland Short-term Programs 
Please address me as "Maria." 
Pronouns: she, her, hers
|  301-405-8283  |
Maria joined the Education Abroad team in April 2019. Maria’s passion for international education was first fueled at the age of sixteen when she spent a year in Austria. Later on, she sailed with Semester at Sea as a student on the Spring 2007 voyage and as a staff member on the Fall 2017 voyage. Other experiences include working in Germany and volunteering in South America. Besides travel, Maria enjoys the beach, meeting new people, learning new languages, playing board games, hiking and attending comedy shows.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone about Maryland Short-term Programs, please email Maria at

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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
Pronouns: she, her, hers
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, Singapore, Japan, Korea & India​
Please address me as "Conrad" or "Mr. Zeutenhorst."
Pronouns: he, him, his
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 Freshmen Abroad Programs
Please address me as "Malik." (pronounced Ma-leek)
Pronouns: he, him, his
|  301-314-7794  |
Malik was introduced to international education during an alternative spring break program to Dominican Republic during college, which was his first time on a plane. Since then it's been hard to keep him off of planes. During college, Malik studied abroad in Madrid, Spain for a year and soon after worked at a non-profit in Dominican Republic for 6 months, so both of these countries have special place in his heart. 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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Lindsey SitlerLindsey Sitler

Advisor for Italy, Greece, Mediterranean, UK & Ireland 
Please address me as "Lindsey" or "Mx Sitler."
Pronouns: they, them, theirs
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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Malik BlueNatalie Brady

Advisor for Spain, Portugal, Netherlands & South East Asia (except Singapore)
Please address me as "Natalie" or "Ms. Brady."
Pronouns: she, her, hers
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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Greg RafalGreg Rafal

Assistant Director, Center for Global Business, Smith School of Business and Advisor for BMGT short-term & semester programs
Please address me as "Greg" or "Mr. Rafal."
Pronouns: he, him, his
Make an appointment with Greg  |  301-405-8849  |
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

Assistant Program Director, Office of Global Engineering Leadership, A. James Clark School of Engineering 
Please address me as "Brian" or "Mr. Dillehay."
Pronouns: he, him, his
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.

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Getting Started

Not sure where to start? Attend a Global Ed 101 session! These sessions will give you the tools and information you need to get your global journey started. Stop by any session - no prior research or preparation required:

Dates Time Location
Thursday, March 25, 2021 11:00am-11:45am Online - Register here
Monday, March 29, 2021 10:30am-11:15am Online - Register here
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 2:00pm-2:45pm Online - Register here
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 5:00pm-5:45pm Online - Register here
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 2:00pm-2:45pm Online - Register here
Monday, April 19, 2021 10:30-11:15am Online - Register here

Meet Our Peer Mentors

If you still have questions or can't make a Global Ed 101 session, drop in to speak with a peer mentor to learn how to get started with study abroad and hear about their experiences. Stop by our Virtual Walk-in Advising hours or reach out via email to

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.