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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

 

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  |  ktraub@umd.edu
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, Japan, Korea, Scandinavia & programs with multiple destinations
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Make an appointment with Brittany  |  301-314-9708  |  blashle1@umd.edu​
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 ARHU-sponsored programs: Arts & Humanities- in- London, American Councils: RLASP, Arabic Flagship, Global Internship, Maryland-in-Nice, UMD Exchange: Freie University(Germany), UMD Exchange: Keio University (Japan), UMD Exchange: Kobe University (Japan), UMD Exchange: Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) (Germany), UMD Exchange: University of Tubingen (Germany), UMD Exchange: University of Vienna (Austria), UMD Exchange: Waseda University (Japan)
Please address me as "Conrad" or "Mr. Zeutenhorst."
Pronouns: he, him, his
Make an appointment with Conrad |  301-405-0596  |  czeut@umd.edu
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  |  mblue@umd.edu
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, France (except Maryland-in-Nice) & Russia
Please address me as "Lindsey" or "Mx Sitler."
Pronouns: they, them, theirs
Make an appointment with Lindsey |  301-405-7917  |  lsitler@umd.edu ​
Students interested in the Maryland-in-Rome or Maryland-in-Florence programs: Please do not schedule an individual appointment. Sign up for a group advising session.
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, Netherlands & South East Asia, India, Germany, Northern, Central & Eastern Europe
Please address me as "Natalie" or "Ms. Brady."
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Make an appointment with Natalie |  301-405-8326  |  nmbrady@umd.edu
Students interested in the Maryland-in-Barcelona program: Please do not schedule an individual appointment. Sign up for a group advising session.
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  |  grafal@umd.edu
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 DillehayHeath Thompson

Coordinator of Global Leadership Programs and Advisor for all engineering students, Office of Global Engineering Leadership, A. James Clark School of Engineering 
Please address me as "Heath." 
Pronouns: he, him, his
Make an appointment with Heath |   301-405-0786  |  hthomp1@umd.edu​​
Appointments with Heath will be held in 1131FF Glenn L Martin Hall.
While pursuing his BA in International Relations at the University of Alabama (roll tide), Heath spent a summer studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, and a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After a year internship with UA's Education Abroad Office, Heath joined the team as a professional and assisted students pursuing their own international experiences. In 2018, Heath received a Rotary Global Scholars Grant, moved to Scotland, and earned a Master's Degree in Education, Public Policy & Equity from the University of Glasgow. After three years living in Scotland, he now serves as the primary advising support for all UMD engineering students who want to go abroad!.

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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  |  dillehay@umd.edu
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 eapeers@umd.edu.

Sumi MondalSumi Mondal

Peer Mentor
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Sumi joined the EA team in Fall 2021. She is a senior at the University of Maryland studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a minor in Sustainability. During her time at UMD, she was able to study abroad in Singapore in Spring 2020 before COVID-19 hit. Even though it got cut short, she loved her experience and wants to help other students be able to have the same opportunity that she had. She hopes to guide students in the right direction in their study abroad program and to be an "inside" student source of information for them!

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Sumi MondalChristine Yoo

Peer Mentor
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Christine recently joined the Education Abroad team this fall as a Peer Mentor. She is a senior, majoring in Public Health Science, on a pre-nursing track for graduate school. She was born and lived in Korea until the age of five, when she immigrated to the United States. She speaks, reads, and writes on a fluent level. Her interests are in minority women’s and children’s health,  and wants to travel to countries that are lacking in health resources, such as vaccines, medications and health education. 

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