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 - 1610
Center for Student Services, Suite 21D (Ground Floor)
5600 Merrick Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Office Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday
STUDY ABROAD OFFICE STAFF
Dr. Judith Pennywell
, Assistant Provost of International Affairs
Dr. Judith Pennywell is the Assistant Provost of International Affairs at UM. She oversees study abroad, international student and scholar services, exchange agreements, and global initiatives. Judith has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of Student Affairs and International Education Administration and has taught leadership and multicultural education courses. She earned a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University, and a BA in Spanish and MS.Ed. in College Student Personnel Administration from Indiana University. Judith studied abroad in Spain and South Africa, and participated in a Fulbright program in South Korea and a faculty fellowship in Qatar. Judith is an Executive Council (board) member of the Association of International Education Administrators, and also serves on the NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference Content Team.
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.
, Assistant Director
Lisa grew up in Nigeria, West Africa and completed her undergraduate degree in the United States, Italy, and France. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a concentration in Visual Arts from Columbia University in New York City. While at Columbia, she studied abroad for a semester in Rome and for a summer in Paris. Lisa also received an Elementary School Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. After working in private sector marketing, public and private elementary education, and non-profit management, Lisa moved to Miami to pursue a career in international education at UM. She is interested in career coaching from a study abroad perspective and incorporating diverse student experiences in program marketing. Lisa is currently working on a Masters in Communication Studies at the UM School of Communication.
Advising areas: Australia, Denmark, France, Sweden, Switzerland and UIndia in Manipal, India.
, Assistant Director
Amal received her Masters from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University where she studied International Education & Cross-Cultural Psychology with a regional focus on the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Her graduate research abroad examined the role of global education in the increased emergence of women’s leadership in the Arab Gulf states. Amal received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Business from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Prior to joining UM, Amal managed NYU’s National Resource Center for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language Fellowships and International Programs at the Vice Provost’s Office for Global and Multicultural Affairs. She is interested in diversity, gender and leadership studies from a cross-cultural perspective. Amal currently works on program development and marketing and heads up UM's Global Ambassador program.
Advising areas: China, Egypt, Ghana, Greece, Japan, Morocco, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, the Washington Semester Program at American University in Washington, DC and UCape Town in South Africa
, Assistant 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 Buenos Aires), Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador (including UGalapagos), Mexico, Peru (UCusco), Spain, and Trinidad & Tobago.
, Assistant Director
Elyse received a Master's degree in International Relations from Boston University's graduate center in Brussels, Belgium, with a focus on European Union immigration policy for international asylum seekers. Her Bachelors degree is in History from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she spent a semester abroad during her junior year in Lugano, Switzerland. During her time in Brussels, she interned at the U.S. Embassy to Belgium, the U.S. Mission to the European Union, and the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees. She also served as an intern at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw, Poland. Throughout her studies, she participated in a variety of international volunteer projects, such as humanitarian aid work at refugee camps in Croatia during the Balkan's war, social work with underprivileged children in Israel, and teaching English in Bolivia. She worked for three years in Ecuador at the Universidad Del Pacifico as the Director of International Programs before joining UM. Elyse has been selected multiple times to serve as a national panelist for the Gilman International Scholarship.
Advising areas: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy (including URome), the Netherlands, Scotland, Slovenia, and Wales.
, Assistant Director
Judith graduated from the University of Miami with a BA in Political Science, and previously worked for Study Abroad from 2003-2007. After earning a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from UM, Judith returned to the Study Abroad office in Fall 2014 for the opportunity to build a career in international education. Judith oversees the program’s technical operations by serving as the Go Abroad administrator, supervises student workers, and works with a variety of study abroad programs. Judith is interested in racial and gender relations, as well as internalization of university campuses.