Study Abroad Squad

Want to talk to a Georgia State student who has recently studied abroad? Our Study Abroad Squad is available to answer any of your questions via e-mail or in our office. Each Squad member has individual advising hours if you would like to meet with one to ask questions or get advice from a student perspective. We would love to visit your class, dorm, student organization, or office to present all of the exciting study abroad opportunities that are available to you!

If you want a Squad member to come and speak to your class, organization, or dorm, simply fill out the Study Abroad Squad Speaker Request Form and e-mail it to!

Melissa Cruz

Melissa Cruz

Advising Hours: TBD.

Hello!  My name is Melissa Cruz and I’m currently a junior at Georgia State University double majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies.  I traveled to Liberia during the Maymester of 2012 with a group largely comprised of the Women’s Studies department.  I specifically studied the concept of Womanism and how gender roles and mainstreaming have affected Liberia’s peace process post Civil War.  While I did get to see the beauty of West Africa, I also was able to witness firsthand the strength so many of their women carry on a daily basis.  My program gave me a greater appreciation for my abilities as a woman and how to better implement them in relation to my higher education.  I also met some wonderful people, truly felt like part of a community, and have been able to use my experiences abroad to better myself personally and professionally.  It was an irreplaceable and amazing experience!  I would definitely recommend studying abroad and hope that I can be an asset to any GSU student thinking about doing so.

Shayla Farmer


Advising Hours: Wednesdays – 9:00am-10:00am.

Hello my name is Shayla Farmer and I am a senior Finance major at Georgia State. In May of 2014 I went on my first study abroad ever to Belgium and France.  The specific trip I chose was the Managerial Issues in France & the EU. On this trip I was able to experience both Belgium and France in 14 days while also learning about the European Union and visiting all the museums and sights in Paris. Words cannot express how amazing my time was over in Europe and I hope to one day be able to do another study abroad, as I go on to pursue my Master’s Degree. Traveling has currently became a new passion for me and I hope that everyone takes the time to pursue a Study Abroad in the future.

Bryan Johnson


Advising Hours: Mondays – 2:00pm-3:00pm

Hello everyone! My name is Bryan Johnson, I’m a senior at Georgia State with a Major in English and a Music Minor. I just spent the year on an academic exchange in Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom. I was a part of the Joint Studies in British and American Cultures Exchange at Northumbria University. The exchange was an amazing experience, where I got to spend an entire year immersing myself in an entirely different culture, and spent it learning how American culture and British culture share numerous historical, literary, and cultural ties. It was an opportunity for me to reevaluate my position as an American in the global community, and I made friends and contacts from not just England, but all around the world to carry into my future. I look forward to using my experiences to help other GSU students who are interested in Study Abroad to find the right program for them that will change their lives as much as my exchange changed mine.

Colin McKenzie


Advising Hours: Thursdays – 9:00am-10:00am

Hello! My name is Colin McKenzie and I’m currently a Senior at Georgia State studying Computer Science. I spent the summer of 2013 studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea through an affiliate program called CIEE. Although it wasn’t specific to my major, I studied Korean history as well as world history from an East Asian perspective. Before studying abroad, I had no idea what to expect; I was even a little worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it! However, the time that I spent abroad ended up being one the greatest experiences of my life and I made strong friendships with people around the world. I have been a Study Abroad Squad member for over a year and enjoy helping students start their global travels!

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