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Info Sessions with USAC

City TourDo you get excited about taking courses in a global classroom? Do you envision yourself chatting with shop owners, fluent in their language? Spend your days daydreaming about learning to surf in a tropical location?

Whether you're playing with the idea of studying abroad, know you want to make it happen, or are unsure whether it's for you, let us help get you started.

Learn more about our Info Sessions in our FAQs and sign-up for upcoming sessions in our calendar below.

If you don't see a session about a program you're interested in or you missed one, let us know here.

Info Sessions Calendar

December 2020

Note: All times are in Pacific Standard Time (PST) zone.

Date Time Info Session
Tues., Dec. 1 10 a.m. USAC 101.
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11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drop-in Advising: Sweden & U.K.
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Thurs., Dec. 3 12 p.m. Study Abroad for Social Work Majors.
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Tues., Dec. 8 12 p.m. Study Abroad for Art, Architecture, and Design Majors.
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Thurs., Dec. 9 10 a.m. Drop-in Advising: Central Europe & Spain: Alicante, Madrid, and Valencia.
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1 p.m. USAC 101.
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Info Session FAQs

In a USAC Info Session, you can learn about the options available to you, who USAC is, what our programs offer (there's more than 50 of them!), and how you can begin turning your dream into a reality. Our sessions will be focused on providing you with the most important information about our programs and studying abroad in general, all presented by our knowledgeable staff - many of whom are USAC alumni or work closely with our international staff. They're created to be fun, informative and an easy way to ask questions or learn more about planning for your journey abroad.

The best part? You can participate in a variety of different sessions and really learn which program is ideal for your major, personality, and pocketbook.

What's an Info Session?

Info Sessions are quick presentations, approximately 15 minutes, by a member of our USAC Advising and University Relations staff. The presentation will feature highlights about the topic and then open up to a Q&A session where you can learn more about what you're interested in and ask as many questions as you like!

What's a Drop-in Advising Session?

What's a Drop-in Advising Session? Drop-in Advising is a two-hour period in which you can “drop-in” at any time to speak with a Program Advisor. During each session, you will have an opportunity to ask questions about a Program Advisor’s specific programs.

How Can I Attend an Info Session or Drop-in Advising Session?

Review upcoming Info Sessions and Drop-in Advising Sessions on the calendar. When you find one that you're interested in, click "Sign-up." This will take you to a registration form where you can confirm your attendance. Our staff will then follow-up with important session details via email.

If you’re signing up for a Drop-in Advising Session, you do not need to attend for the whole two hours. You can “drop in” any time in that two-hour period and talk to the Program Advisor leading the session.

How to Choose What Session to Attend?

We recommend you participate in both types of Info Sessions and the Drop-in Advising sessions for a detailed introduction to USAC and our programs. However, feel free to pick-and-choose those that interest you the most.

The two types of Info Sessions you will see available include:

USAC 101

  • This Info Session is all about studying abroad with USAC.
  • Learn more about the benefits of studying abroad, our program models and locations, ways to fund your study abroad, and more.

    Major-Specific

    • This Info Session showcases our programs that are available for specific majors. Take a quick tour of a few study abroad programs with the University Relations Coordinator who will highlight programs that may fit with your major.

    What if I Can't Make an Info Session or Drop-in Advising Session?

    • In the event you cannot make the Info Session you've RSVP'd for or you have to leave early, don't worry! We will send out recordings of the sessions to all signed-up participants.
    • If you just can’t attend an Info Session, you can contact us for a recording.
    • If you are unable to attend a Drop-in Advising Session, you can contact us for a virtual advising appointment.

    Meet the USAC Staff

    Our Advising and University Relations staff members will be hosting the majority of our Info Sessions. Find out a little more about them:

    Advising

    USAC Program Advisors are students' main point of contact for programs - housing abroad, student visa process, travel plans, health and safety, pre-departure and arrival information, scholarships, etc. They are also the primary contact for students when they are studying abroad.

    Justine Toro

    Justine Manuel

    Partnership Coordinator

    Programs: England, Scotland, Sweden

    justine.manuel@usac.edu

    Dominique Nelson

    Dominique Nelson

    Lead Program Advisor & Diversity and Inclusion Officer

    Programs: France, Ireland

    dominique.nelson@usac.edu

    Belen Figueroa

    Belen Figueroa

    Program Advisor

    Programs: China, India, South Korea, Thailand

    belen.figueroa@usac.edu

    Karolyn Kaseberg

    Karolyn Kaseberg

    Program Advisor

    Programs: Italy and Bilbao/Getxo & San Sebastian, Spain

    karolyn.kaseberg@usac.edu

    Lorna McPalmer

    Lorna McPalmer

    Program Advisor

    Programs: Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Spain - Alicante, Madrid & Valencia, The Netherlands

    lorna.mcpalmer@usac.edu

    Nadeen Black

    Nadeen Black

    Program Advisor

    Programs: Brazil, Chile, Ghana, New Zealand, South Africa, Uruguay

    nadeen.black@usac.edu

    Ronald Hemphill

    Ronald Hemphill

    Program Advisor

    Programs: Costa Rica, Cuba, Japan, Israel

    ronald.hemphill@usac.edu

    University Relations

    The University Relations team is ready to answer any questions you may have about USAC or our programs. They are happy to be your primary contact for USAC, work with universities in specific states, and attend many study abroad fairs around the country.

    Courtney Bauman

    Courtney Bauman

    University Relations Coordinator

    States: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas

    courtney.bauman@usac.edu

    Joel Freeman

    Joel Freeman

    University Relations Coordinator

    States: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin

    joel.freeman@usac.edu

    Johanna Moxley

    Johanna Moxley

    University Relations Coordinator

    States: Alaska, No. California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, No. Nevada, Oregon, Washington

    johanna.moxley@usac.edu

    Kaitie Brown

    Kaitie Brown

    University Relations Coordinator

    States: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington DC, West Virginia

    kaitie.brown@usac.edu

    Katelyn Armbruster

    Katelyn Armbruster

    University Relations Coordinator

    States: Arizona, So. California, Colorado, New Mexico, So. Nevada, Utah, Wyoming

    katelyn.armbruster@usac.edu

    Rachel Hardison

    Rachel Hardison

    University Relations Coordinator

    States: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, U.S. Territories, Virginia

    rachel.hardison@usac.edu