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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
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 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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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 programs, BMGT exchange in Asia and Australia, and BMGT internship programs
Please address me as "Greg" or "Mr. Rafal."
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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Kara KorabKara Korab

Program Manager, Center for Global Business, Smith School of Business and Advisor for BMGT exchange in Europe and MBA Global Business
Please address me as "Kara" or "Ms. Korab."
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Make an appointment with Kara  or attend CGB walk-in advising hours   |  301-405-4824  |
Appointments with Greg will be held in 2410 Van Munching Hall.
Kara’s interest in international education began at the age of sixteen when she participated in an exchange in Besançon, France. Majoring in International Relations and French at Boston University, Kara spent a semester in Paris, France studying and interning. After graduating, Kara returned to Paris to teach high school English to French students, where she developed her passion for intercultural exchange. Other international experiences include studying in Cuba, WOOFing in Norway, and backpacking through India. Kara is a proud Terp, earning her Master’s in International Education Policy at the University of Maryland, where she focused her studies on education abroad and environmental sustainability. Kara is excited to support business students who are interested in studying abroad.

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Harrison GillHarrison Gill

Engineering Abroad Advisor, Office of Global Engineering Leadership, A. James Clark School of Engineering 
Please address me as "Harrison" or "Mr. Gill."
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 
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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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
Thursday, January 9, 2020 12:00-1:00pm Online - Join here
Monday, January 13, 2020 1:00-2:00pm HJP 1102
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:00-1:00pm HJP 1102
Friday, January 24, 2020 2:00-3:00pm Online - Join here
Thursday, February 6, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm ESJ B0320
Monday, February 10, 2020 2:00-3:00pm PLS 1129*
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 3:00-4:00pm ATL 1410*
Thursday, February 13, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm ESJ B0320
Monday, February 17, 2020 2:00-3:00pm PLS 1129*
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 3:00-4:00pm ATL 1410*
Thursday, February 20, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm ESJ B0320
Monday, February 24, 2020 2:00-3:00pm PLS 1129*
Wednesday, February 26. 2020 3:00-4:00pm ATL 1410*
Thursday, February 27, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm ESJ B0320
Monday, March 2, 2020 2:00-3:00pm PLS 1129*
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 3:00-4:00pm ATL 1410*
Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm Online - Join here
Monday, March 30, 2020 2:00-3:00pm Online - Join here
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 3:00-4:00pm Online - Join here
Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm Online - Join here
Monday, April 20, 2020 2:00-3:00pm Online - Join here
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 3:00-4:00pm Online - Join here
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 3:00-4:00pm Online - Join here
Thursday, May 7, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm Online - Join here

*Session is held in a computer lab so students can follow along throughout the presentation.

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

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!

Michael Hildreth

Michael is a senior double major in bioengineering and English. He studied abroad in the spring of his Junior year in Madrid, Spain. While there, he enjoyed eating many staple cultural dishes, exploring museums, and connecting with people from various parts of Spain and around the world. On campus, he is a member of the business fraternity Pi Sigma Epsilon, Biomedical Engineering Society, and participates in research. When he's not in the lab you can catch him playing board games or reading.

Brianna Davis

Brianna is a senior majoring in mathematics and is also a part of the Public Leadership scholars program. During the summer of 2017, she studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland for 6 weeks, and more recently, spent the spring 2019 semester studying abroad in Munich, Germany. Her favorite part of studying abroad was being able to meet people from all over the world and travel with them! Besides being involved in the study abroad department, she is part of the sorority Delta Gamma and on the women's club volleyball team.

Alina Saif

Alina is a senior double majoring in Government & Politics (GVPT-IR) and Public Policy. She studied abroad during the spring semester of her junior year in Copenhagen, Denmark as a part of Maryland-in Copenhagen. During her time abroad, she was able to visit Brussels and Munich along with her class to supplement her core course in Copenhagen. After her semester away, she also spent this past summer interning abroad in Mumbai, India. On campus she is a part of the Public Policy fraternity - Kappa Omega Alpha, and attends events with the Muslim Student Association and Indian Student Association. She also participates independently in global Model United Nations conferences and looks forward to staffing her upcoming ones in Mexico and Japan in 2020. Her fun fact is that she has travelled to over 25 countries (and counting!) so far! Being out of state, Alina loves exploring D.C. in her free time, so feel free to give her some suggestions!

Katherine Riggs

Katherine is a freshman double majoring in Government and Politics (GVPT IR) and Communications (COMM PR). She studied abroad with the Maryland Terrapin Takeoff: United Kingdom for two weeks. While there, she got to explore the city of London and traveled to Paris as well. In addition to traveling Katherine enjoys to read mystery novels and explore DC.