Maria Darley assists faculty with the details of planning study abroad and study away programs. She works hard to market all programs to students to help them make the decision on which study abroad/away program is the best one for them. She has worked in various student services roles with Augusta University since 2003. She has previously worked at Florida State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in Art History and Psychology and graduate degree from Florida State University in Higher Education Administration. Favorite travel locations include places like Greece, South Africa, Morocco, Spain, and Italy.
Judy Kyrkos joined the Augusta University Study Abroad office in February 2020. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2017 with a B.S. in Anthropology and a minor in Biology. Judy is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but identifies as a global citizen. Judy studied at the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) in Fall 2015 which sparked her passion for global education. After graduating in 2017, Judy returned to Rome to work in residence life and student affairs at JFRC. During her time in Rome, Judy provided support through a 24/7 on-call service, coordinated student travel within Italy and across Europe, and encouraged cultural and linguistic immersion. Judy loves espresso, being outside, and (of course) traveling. Her favorite destinations include California, Italy, Spain, and Iceland.
Rachel Morris joined the Augusta University Study Abroad Office in January 2015. During her time as an undergraduate student at Augusta University, Rachel participated in multiple study abroad programs. She studied environmental biology in Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, military history in Ireland, and participated in the Model United Nations where she won an award for Outstanding Position Paper at the national New York conference. Rachel is currently working on her Master of Public Administration degree. She participated in the Cuba program in the spring of 2017, gaining graduate course credit while studying economic development in Cuba. Rachel believes travel is an essential part of the educational experience. She applies her hands on knowledge and involvement in the study abroad field to assist faculty, staff, and students in obtaining a culturally enriching experience through studying abroad.
Molly Davis started at Augusta University Study Abroad Office in June 2019. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Augusta State University in History in 2008. She participated in the Study Abroad Program with the European Council to London, England in 2007. This trip sparked her love and passion for travel and culture. She believes that international travel can help a student apply classroom lessons and apply them to real world experiences. In her free time, Molly is an active volunteer in many nonprofit organizations in the CSRA. She enjoys volunteering, reading, traveling, and spending time with her children and husband.
Bria joined our staff as a student assistant in January 2019. She is a Psychology Major from Gwinnett County. In the future she plans to be a pediatric psychologist. She is very passionate about dance and traveling. She participated in the Costa Rica First Year Experience in 2018 and hopes to do more traveling in the future.
Study Abroad Mentors
Study Abroad Mentors (aka SAMs) are Augusta University students who have been on a study abroad or study away program. These study abroad alumni were so impacted by their experience that they want to volunteer their time to promote the incredible effects that a study abroad program can have on a student’s life.
- Costa Rica: First Year Experience (Spring 2018)
- Costa Rica: First Year Experience (Spring 2018)
- Greece (Summer 2018)
I'm Lexy Katic a Junior with no direction other then I like to travel. So, before my first semester started freshman year, I signed up for the first year experience trip to Costa Rica and the summer trip to Greece. Both trips were really beneficial in knocking out some of my core classes. Each trip allowed for me to see first hand the things we learn in class. Seeing these things one first hand rather then second is something that will remain in my memory for years to come. My favorite part of both trips was the fact that I left with a just a random group of people and returned with not only life long friends but a family. The people I meet on these trips have shaped me into the person I will become. Costa Rica taught the importance of a helping your fellow man. Greece taught me to be independent, strong and to keep moving forward. I can't wait to see what kinds of adventures I will go on in my remaining 2 years. Let's travel Jags!
- Salamanca (Summer 2019)
Hey there! My name is Corin Hoell, and I am a senior. I am a Spanish major, minoring in Chemistry on the Pre-Med track. I participated in the Summer 2019 Study Abroad Program to Salamanca, Spain.
- Tanzania (Summer 2018)
- Costa Rica (Spring 2019)
- New Zealand (Summer 2019)
- China (Summer 2019)