International Programs

Study Abroad

I'm Back, Now What? Leveraging Your International Experience: Baltimore Regional Re-entry Conference

Panelist Biographies

Degrees Abroad: Courtney Niebrzydowski, Study Abroad Advisor, Towson University

Courtney currently works as advisor for students interested in studying abroad in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Semester at Sea. While an undergraduate at the University of Mary Washington, she studied abroad for a semester in Stellenbosch, South Africa and for a semester in Grenoble, France. These experiences abroad encouraged her to volunteer abroad in Peru after graduation and work with study abroad students in Paris for three consecutive summers.

After working with several study abroad providers, she decided to return to Europe in order to earn a MA in European Studies from Flensburg University in Germany and an MSc in European Studies from Southern Denmark University. She is a huge advocate for overseas direct enroll degree programs and has a great deal of knowledge relating to available options abroad.

Peace Corps: Kellie Bland, Friends of Patterson Park

Kellie graduated from Elon University in 2007 with a major in Broadcast Communications and a minor in Spanish. Kellie was bitten by the culture and travel bug after studying abroad in Mexico and Spain while in college. She is currently a Masters student studying Intercultural Communication at UMBC. In addition to being a student, she is also a Shriver Peaceworker Fellow at UMBC. She spent two years (2010-2012) in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua. While there, she taught English to high school students and faced many difficult intercultural challenges.

After returning to the U.S. she is currently working at The Friends of Patterson Park in Southeast Baltimore assisting the Hispanic Liaison with various events and activities for the Spanish-speaking community. After she completes her degree, she would like to help others through difficult intercultural situations and allow them to see the world through multiple lenses.

Prestigious Scholarships: Brian Souders, Associate Director of International Education Services, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Brian has directed UMBC’s Study Abroad Office since 2000 and also serves a the Fulbright Program Advisor for the university. His first study abroad experience was on a high-school exchange in Finland. He returned to Finland for a second year, attending the University of Helsinki on a Finnish Ministry of Education scholarship. He spent two summers on intensive Russian language programs in Moscow, Russia, and completed a year of research in Tallinn, Estonia at the Estonian Academy of Sciences.

Brian holds a B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures and Political Science from Indiana University and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his Ph. D. in UMBC’s Language, Literacy and Culture program in 2009, investigating how study abroad participants interpret U.S. national identity after their international education experience.


Study Abroad Office
Rm. #408, Psychology Building
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2451

Fax: 410-704-4703



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