The EA Advisor guides students through all phases of the study abroad process, with particular emphasis on program selection, application, admissions and pre-departure. The EA advisor supports the ability of the student to make informed decisions about studying abroad by advising them on academically appropriate program options, cost of attendance, social identity & study abroad, navigating cultural difference, financial aid, health and safety, program policies, housing, visas, insurance, academic credit, conduct, and travel.
The EA advisor is part of the larger UMD advising community and communicates extensively with departments and academic advisors in order to assist students as they arrange UMD academic credit for their overseas studies, evaluates transfer credit for coursework completed abroad, and facilitates the final award of credit at UMD. The EA Advisor is closely involved with EA initiatives to engage a broader diversity of students in study abroad through programming, outreach and new resource development.
The EA Advisor is primarily responsible for overseeing a portfolio of UMD-sponsored and non-sponsored programs in the designated regions, participates in program assessment and portfolio reviews and provides expert recommendations to the EA leadership team on whether specific programs should be officially approved for UMD study abroad. In addition to updating online program information and printed materials, the EA Advisor carries out a wide range of important promotional activities in order to recruit students for the region, including classroom visits, information sessions, study abroad fairs, and admissions events.
Two years relevant work experience, including experience working with students in a university setting through student advising, recruitment, promotions/marketing, or student services/student life. Can include internship or peer advising in a study abroad office as a student;
Experience studying, living and/or working abroad or significant experience in a cross-cultural environment;
Demonstrated experience and/or interest in working with diverse groups, specifically underrepresented populations in study abroad;
Ability to utilize technology to support advising, recruitment and program management; and
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.
Familiarity with best practices to recruit and support underrepresented students in study abroad;
Experience using Terra Dotta Software, or other education abroad management software;
Knowledge of academic and international programs;
Experience working with logistical program details;
Project management experience;
Public speaking experience; and
Foreign language ability.
About University of Maryland, Office of Education Abroad
The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 41,000 students, 14,000 faculty and staff, and 352,000 alumni all dedicated to the pursuit of Fearless Ideas. Located just outside Washington, D.C., we discover and share new knowledge every day through our renowned research enterprise and programs in academics, the arts and athletics. And we are committed to social entrepreneurship as the nation’s first “Do Good” campus.
Education Abroad (EA) works to create programs and partnerships that equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the global economy and to become active contributors to solving global challenges that impact communities around the world. These academic programs are grounded with their disciplines of study and strive to be inclusive and supportive of all students at the University of Maryland.