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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
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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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​
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 Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, South East Asia, & Freshmen Abroad Programs
Pronouns: he, him, his
Make an appointment with Malik  |  301-314-7794  |
Students interested in the Maryland-in-Barcelona program should RSVP to an Information Session
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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Lindsey Sitler

Advisor for Italy, Greece, Mediterranean, UK & Ireland 
Pronouns: they, them, theirs
Make an appointment with Lindsey |  301-405-7917  | ​
Students interested in the Maryland-in-Rome, Maryland-in-Florence, or UK & Ireland UMD exchange programs should RSVP to an Information Session: Maryland-in-Italy | UK & Ireland exchange
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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Maria Barra

Program Management Specialist, Short-term Programs 
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 about Maryland Short-term Programs, please view this presentation as a first step. For additional support, Maria offers group advising sessions (in-person and virtual) and walk-ins: Short-term Programs Group Advising Schedule.

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Greg RafalGreg Rafal

Assistant Director, Center for Global Business, Smith School of Business and Advisor for BMGT short-term programs, BMGT exchange, and BMGT internship programs
Pronouns: he, him, his
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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Harrison GillHarrison Gill

Engineering Abroad Advisor, Office of Global Engineering Leadership, A. James Clark School of Engineering 
Pronouns: he, him, his
Make an appointment with Harrison  |  301-405-0786  |
Appointments with Harrison will be held in 1131FF Glenn L Martin Hall.
Harrison joined the EA team in January 2019 and serves as the Engineering Abroad Advisor for students in the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Harrison is excited to support engineering students at the Clark School through their own education abroad experience. He studied abroad for on a short-term program in Cuba and for a semester in the Czech Republic. He has also lived in Israel and has had the opportunity to visit four of the world’s continents. Outside of advising students looking to study abroad, Harrison enjoys learning more about the world both here and abroad through travel, food, film, and cross-cultural volunteer opportunities.

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Brian DillehayBrian Dillehay

Assistant Program Director, Office of Global Engineering Leadership, A. James Clark School of Engineering 
Pronouns: he, him, his
|  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? 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 14th, 2019 11:00am-12:00pm HJP 1102
Monday, June 17, 2019 1:00-2:00pm Online - Webex
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 10:00-11:00am HJP 1102
Monday, July 8, 2019 2:00-3:00pm Online - Webex
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 10:00am-11:00pm HJP 1102
Monday, July 22, 2019 10:00-11:00am Online - Webex
Monday, July 29. 2019 1:00-2:00pm HJP 1102
Thursday, August 8. 2019 1:00-2:00pm HJP 1102
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 11:00am-12:00pm HJP 1102
Monday, August 19, 2019 1:00-2:00pm Online - Webex

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.

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!

Rana Hardnett

Rana Hardnett is a junior Broadcast Journalism Major with a minor in Black Women Studies. She studied abroad the summer after her sophomore year in London on the CIEE London Open Campus Program. While in London, Rana studied British Literature. She enjoyed trying the many multicultural foods, visiting historic theaters, and practicing the traditional British culture. On campus, she is involved with the National Association of Black Journalists and writes for the Black Explosion Newspaper and the National Black Unity Newspaper. In her free time, she enjoys community service with the youth and advocating for black feminists.