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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, offering advising appointments by Zoom. Upon request, EA can accommodate in-person advising sessions. EA staff are also available by phone and email 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 an EA advisor by clicking on your region/program 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. Appointments are by default scheduled to occur on Zoom, however, if you prefer to meet in-person you can share that preference in your appointment request. You will receive the link to your Zoom appointment prior to your scheduled appointment. 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


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D'Kiya BynumD'Kiya Bynum

Advisor for France, Canada, Middle East, India, Africa, Russia, Japan, Korea
Please address me as "D'Kiya" or "Ms. Bynum"
Pronouns: she,her,hers
Make an appointment with D'Kiya |  301-314-7775  |
Being 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, Northern, Central & Eastern Europe, Scandinavia
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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Lindsey SitlerLindsey Sitler

Advisor for Italy, UK & Ireland, multi-country programs
Please address me as "Lindsey" or "Mx Sitler."
Pronouns: they, them, theirs
For students interested in Maryland-in-Italy programs, please do not schedule an individual appointment. Students interested in these programs must attend a group advising session.
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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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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Katherine SchwarzentraubKatherine Schwarzentraub

Coordinator, Global Leadership Programs, Office of Global Engineering Leadership, A. James Clark School of Engineering 
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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Brian DillehayBrian Dillehay

Assistant Director, Office of Global Engineering Leadership, A. James Clark School of Engineering 
Please address me as "Brian" or "Mr. Dillehay."
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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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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Lewis RankinAlyssa Taylor

Student Assistant
Pronouns: she, her, hers
 Alyssa joined the EA team in Spring 2022. She is a sophomore at the University of Maryland majoring in Government and Politics with a Concentration in International Relations and pursuing a certificate in East Asian Studies. She is passionate about learning new cultures and traveling. Although she has not yet studied abroad she hopes to study abroad in South Korea in her junior year. Alyssa hopes to be an amazing resource for students navigating their study abroad program. 

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