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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.

If you've got a few minutes to spare, we'd like your feedback!

2021 Student Study Abroad Survey

We understand that COVID-19 may have impacted your studying abroad plans. We care about providing programs and opportunities that fit your goals, dreams, and needs. Please help us understand your current thoughts on study abroad so we can offer you the most relevant and valuable opportunities.

Info Sessions Calendar

September to October 2020

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

Date Time Info Session
Fri., Sept. 25 2 p.m. Program Comparisons: Spain
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Mon., Sept. 28 10 a.m. All About Accra, Ghana.
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2 p.m. Spotlight: Nagasaki, Japan.
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Tues., Sept. 29 10 a.m. Explore International Internships with USAC.
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11 a.m. Spend Summer in Cork, Ireland.
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12 p.m. Why Study in Sweden?
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1 p.m. Study Abroad in Viterbo, Italy.
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Wed., Sept. 30 10 a.m. USAC 101.
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2 p.m. Ride the Korean Wave All the Way to Gwangju.
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Thurs., Oct. 1 1 p.m. Study Abroad in Nishinomiya, Japan.
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Fri., Oct. 2 10 a.m. All About Krakow, Poland.
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2 p.m. Study Abroad in the Spanish Basque Country.
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Mon., Oct. 5 10 a.m. The Road Less Traveled: India.
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2 p.m. USAC 101
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Tues., Oct. 6 11 a.m. Tour of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
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1 p.m. Program Comparisons: France
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Wed., Oct. 7 10 a.m. Study Abroad in Brighton, England
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2 p.m. Czech out Prague!
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Thurs., Oct. 8 11 a.m. All about Haifa, Israel.
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1 p.m. Study Abroad in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
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Fri., Oct. 9 10 a.m. STEM Student Oppurtinities in Valencia, Spain.
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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!

To get started: Review upcoming Info Sessions in 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.

In the case you cannot make the session you've RSVP'd for or you have to leave it early, don't worry! We will send out recordings of the sessions to all signed-up participants or you can contact us for a recording or a virtual advising session.

How to Choose What Session to Attend?

We recommend you participate in both types of Info 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.

Program-Specific

  • This Info Session showcases what a specific program or location offers.
    • Take a quick tour of a study abroad program with the Program Advisor who will highlight the most important details of the program including the city and culture, academic areas of study, housing, field trips and tours, and more.

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

karolyn.kaseberg@usac.edu

Lorna McPalmer

Lorna McPalmer

Program Advisor

Programs: Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, 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

Yajaira Esparza

Yajaira Esparza

Program Advisor

Programs: Spain (Alicante, Bilbao/Getxo, Madrid, San Sebastian, Valencia)

yajaira.esparza@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