The mission of the Study Abroad Office at the University of Miami is to promote and foster international education and multicultural understanding. Through its study abroad and exchange programs, this office strengthens the global perspectives of the campus community at UM. By studying abroad, University of Miami students gain the advantage of an enhanced academic background with an international dimension, opening the doors to exciting career opportunities. Through the presence of international exchange students, the internationalization of academic and student life at the University of Miami is enriched. By developing and participating in international programs, University of Miami faculty members broaden their research and networking opportunities. It is the goal of the Study Abroad Office to provide international perspectives as an integral part of the educational experience of every University of Miami student.
University of Miami
P.O. Box 248263
Coral Gables, FL 33124 - 5221
Rhodes House (Building 37), Suite F
1204 Dickinson Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Office Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday
STUDY ABROAD OFFICE STAFF
Originally from New Jersey, Devika Milner spent several summers in Europe and India. After completing her Bachelors in Communication Studies, she taught at Siam Business Administration College in Bangkok, Thailand. Devika earned a Master’s degree in International Studies at the University of Denver in 2005. She has worked in the corporate sector as well as in the non-profit industry, including at an international think tank in New York City. Before moving to Miami in 2008, Devika was Associate Director of Graduate and International Admissions at Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ). She joined UM Study Abroad in 2014 after managing several responsibilities in the Office of the Provost Division of Undergraduate Affairs for six years. Devika encourages undergraduate students to explore study abroad for their personal fulfillment and professional development opportunities. She has served as Advisor to the UM Model United Nations team since 2011.
Nina was born in Nicaragua and was raised in various different countries around Central America and the Caribbean. She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Family, Youth and Community Sciences. Following her graduation, she spent one year teaching English in Hunan, China. Her experience in China ignited her passion for international education, intercultural communication, and traveling. Nina has been working with international students at the University of Miami since 2012 and is looking forward to many more years at the ‘U’.
Advising areas: UPrague and Slovenia
, Assistant Director
Grant grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Marine Science. While at CofC, he studied abroad in Granada, Spain and Marrakesh, Morocco. Grant has been working in higher education since 2010 and joined the University of Miami community in 2012 with the Office of Admission where he worked with domestic and international applicants. Excited by the University of Miami’s global reach, Grant joined the Study Abroad Office to work with students and staff interested in international education.
Advising areas: England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland, and Wales
, Assistant Director
Jess grew up in southwestern Illinois, near St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Florida State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in International Affairs and History. While at FSU, she studied abroad in Valencia, Spain and London, England. These experiences, along with meeting international students at FSU, fostered a desire to work in international education, and help facilitate similar cultural and learning opportunities for others. Jess is currently working toward a Master’s degree in Geography and Regional Studies here at UM.
Advising areas: Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Iceland, and Italy (including URome)
, Administrative Assistant
Born and raised in Miami, Dana Ann Fernandez grew up watching Miami Hurricanes football with her father – and this sparked a love for UM’s athletic teams and the University. Dana first became a Cane when she joined the Frost School of Music in 2008 as the Administrative Assistant in Graduate Studies. The birth of her first son prompted her to become a stay-at-home mom, and during this time she completed a Bachelor degree in Organizational Leadership and a Master degree in Executive Management from Saint Thomas University (FL). Now Dana is back at the U and happy to be the newest member of the Study Abroad team.
, Assistant Director
Originally from humble, southern beginnings in Louisville, Kentucky, Jeff has always been interested in being part of an engaging, international community. Having such interests, Jeff pursued an undergraduate degree at the U in International Studies and Religious Studies. As an undergrad, Jeff had the unforgettable opportunity to study abroad in Athens, Greece, which continued to foster an ongoing interest in cultural exchange. Following his undergraduate years, Jeff served in the Peace Corp in Northern Thailand concentrating on community-based development projects. Following his time in Thailand, Jeff worked for Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. helping others to find ways to connect with developing communities. Jeff eventually returned to his beloved alma mater to complete a Masters in Higher Education Administration and work in the Office of Admission. Merging his interest in international education and student, Jeff transitioned into Study Abroad. If you are interested in studying abroad in Asia, be sure to stop by the office and see him!
Advising areas: Australia, China (including UShanghai), India (UIndia), Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Turkey
, Associate Director
Erica graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA in Spanish. While at EMU she studied abroad in Querétaro, México on a faculty-led program that focused on the language and culture of Mexico. After graduating she worked in the service industry near Málaga, Spain. In 2007 Erica moved to Miami for the opportunity to work with students and staff who share her interest in international education. While at UM Erica earned a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies with a focus on international relations and now works with professors who lead courses abroad as well as many exchange and Semester-on-Location programs.
Advising areas: Argentina (including UBuenos Aires), Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador (UGalapagos), Spain, and Sweden.
, Assistant Director
Ask Jessica where she’s from and the response will occasionally depend on her mood. That’s because there is no easy answer for this New York-born travel blogger turned study abroad adviser who has moved twelve times (and counting) in her life. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2012 with a B.A. in Linguistics, Jessica moved to southern Spain where she spent two years teaching English, traveling around Europe and growing to deeply appreciate siesta a.k.a. an afternoon nap. The experience solidified her love for the travel opportunities, language learning, cultural immersion and personal growth that come with living in another country. Now that she’s back in the U.S., Jessica is hoping to help UM students have their own incredible experiences abroad… even if it makes her a tiny bit jealous that she can’t go with them. If you’re interested in studying in any of Jessica’s advising areas, be sure to stop by the office and see her!
Advising areas: France, South Africa (UCape Town), Switzerland