Meet Our Advisers

We are excited to help you begin your journey! Our advising team is on-hand to guide you through the study abroad process.

  • Michelle Ayazi
    Michelle Ayazi
    Study Abroad Adviser - UCEAP: Botswana, Cyprus, Ghana, India, Israel, Jordan, LSE Summer, LSE Year , Morocco, Multi-site London/Paris, Senegal, South Africa, Vietnam

    "Studying abroad has impacted how I live my life and see the world, and the work I do. I am energized by Berkeley's diverse community and enjoy helping students incorporate study abroad into their time here. I’d love to be a part of your journey!"

  • Marie Bartz
    Marie Bartz
    Intake Adviser

    "Study Abroad allows students to discover the world around them, but it also promotes self-discovery. Each student is unique and has something different to gain from their experience, and I love helping students find the best program option possible."

  • Nadine Gerdes
    Nadine Gerdes
    Senior Study Abroad Adviser - UCEAP: Canada, Denmark, France, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland

    "Studying abroad challenges students to know themselves, to realize who they really are, and to grow and change as a result of their experience."

  • Louise Hon
    Louise Hon
    Study Abroad Adviser - UCEAP: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Spain, Solomon Islands, Australia, New Zealand

    "I was a first-generation college student and had the privilege of studying abroad twice. It exposed me to people and situations that I otherwise would not have had access to, so it's wonderful I get to help others pursue the rewarding, challenging and exciting adventure that is study abroad!"

  • Scott McElhinney
    Scott McElhinney
    Study Abroad Adviser - UCEAP: Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Korea, Russia; UCEAP reciprocal exchange

    "I was the first one in my family to live abroad, and those experiences fundamentally changed my worldview in a positive way. I became a study abroad adviser so that I could help other Cal students have similar opportunities to observe and interact with new cultures."

  • Justin Oliver
    Justin Oliver
    Program Coordinator - Berkeley Sophomore Semester: Global Studies London

    "By studying abroad, students will experience a level of growth that can never be stunted. From gaining a better understanding and appreciation of people and places to developing intercultural skills that employers value...studying abroad is a rewarding experience that will unlock so much opportunity for anyone that takes advantage of it."

  • Andrea Preza
    Andrea Preza
    Study Abroad Adviser- UCEAP: China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, & Thailand

    "I feel tremendous joy when students allow me to help them match their motivation - a specific subject, destination, or personal motive - with the right program."

  • Alex Tan
    Alex Tan
    Berkeley Summer Abroad Program Coordinator

    "Studying abroad as an undergraduate at Cal was an integral part of my own educational and personal growth. I love encouraging students who may not have thought they could study abroad and supporting students to find the right fit in a program."

  • Breanne Tcheng
    Breanne Tcheng
    Global Internships Programs Coordinator

    "Studying abroad is one of the most transformative educational experiences because it has the potential to foster alternative perspectives, dialogue across difference, and an increased capacity for empathy. I'm excited and eager to support our Cal students to find a program that not only matches their career interests, but will also allow them to explore, be challenged, and grow positively in the process!"

  • Katie Weibel
    Katie Weibel
    Study Abroad Adviser - UCEAP: Ireland, Scotland, England

    The benefits of study abroad are almost endless. I love encouraging and supporting students to try new things and say 'yes.' It's amazing to see them come back more confident and compassionate."