About Us


Office Staff

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Maria Darley
Maria Darley


Director of Study Abroad
 706-729-2306
mdarley@augusta.edu

 

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.

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Jason Collins
Jason Collins


Study Abroad Advisor
 706-729-2306
jcollins3@augusta.edu

 

Jason Collins began working in Augusta University's Study Abroad office in April 2019. He received his bachelor's degree from Kennesaw State University, and he is currently pursuing his master's at Georgia Southern University. During his undergraduate studies, Jason participated in Study Abroad programs to Cusco, Peru and Madrid, Spain. After graduating, he moved to Argentina to teach English for a year. Since then, he has traveled to over twenty other countries, and he hopes to inspire AU's students to have international experiences of their own. In his free time, Jason enjoys basketball, wildlife photography, and watching nature documentaries.      

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Rachel Morris
Rachel Morris


Office Coordinator
 706-729-2306
racmorris@augusta.edu

 

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.

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Molly Davis
Molly Davis


Office Specialist
 706-729-2306
acoltrane@augusta.edu

 

 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.

Student Assistants

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Bria Ellerbe
Bria Ellerbe


 

 

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. 

Brittany Lortie


 

 

 
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Anjali Patel
Anjali Patel


 

 

Anjali began as one of our Study Abroad Mentors and joined our staff as a student assistant in September 2017. Anjali is a Cellular & Molecular Biology major and Business Administration Minor. In the future she plans to be a naturopathic physician and travel around the world to help those who have minimal or no access to healthcare. She has loved to travel since childhood and has visited many states and countries including India, England and Qatar. She has been on two study abroad trips, Costa Rica: First Year Experience and Italy: Second Year Experience. Anjali has a passion for learning about different cultures, languages and faiths; she is always looking to learn more and expand her knowledge. From her wonderful and life changing experiences of studying abroad, Anjali hopes to inform other students of the phenomenal opportunities study abroad has to offer and encourage them to expand their horizons. 

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.

Brittany LortieBrittany Lortie - Study Abroad Mentor Co-President

- Costa Rica: First Year Experience (Spring 2017)
- Italy: Second Year Experience (Spring 2018)
- European Council: Scotland (Summer 2018)

Kayla WardKayla Ward - Study Abroad Mentor Co-President

- Costa Rica: First Year Experience (Spring 2016)
- Italy: Second Year Experience (Spring 2017)

Studying abroad has given me amazing opportunities to emerge myself into other cultures that I would not have experienced here at home. Even though the two trips I went on, Costa Rica and Italy, were very different location and culture wise, I was able to learn how other cultures live. It’s eye opening to see how things that we have access here in the US are taken for granted. By being able to witness this first hand, has given me a new perspective on how different our culture is from others. Being able to meet the locals and get to know how they appreciate the country they live in makes it hard not to fall in love with their culture. My study abroad trips have taught me that by taking part in new experiences and different cultures is the best way to get out of your comfort zone to become more open to trying new things!

Alahni BonesAlahni Bones

- Costa Rica: First Year Experience (Spring 2016)
- Ecuador (Summer 2016)
- London, UK (Spring 2018)

The best part of all of my trips was the culture shock! In every single country I have been to with AU, I have witnessed such amazing things that I would not have learned or even spoke of until I witnessed it! Now, thanks to the AU Study Abroad Office, I can say that I have been to THREE countries in such a short amount of time, and enjoyed every bit of it! I can't wait to travel more after graduation in December!

Anjali Patel

- Costa Rica: First Year Experience (Spring 2016)
- Italy: Second Year Experience (Spring 2017)

Anjali's wanderlust made her grab the first opportunity to study abroad, she went on the Costa Rica: First Year Experience and Italy: Second Year Experience trips. She loved them both and got an experience she never would have sitting in a classroom.  After both her trips, she came back with wonderful memories and experiences which she loves to share with others. Having a passion for study abroad she hopes to share her experiences with students and encourage them to step outside of their comfort zones and see what the world has to offer!

Arnav JainArnav Jain

- Costa Rica: First Year Experience (Spring 2017)

My study abroad trip was to Costa Rica. This first-year experience trip allowed me to get out and explore the world around us.  The reason for going on this trip was to dive into a culture different from ours. The experience in Costa Rica was not at all what I had expected it to be.  I imagined struggling in a country where I barely spoke the language, knew the people, and expected it to be greeted with stingy locals. But I was proven wrong. As soon as we landed, I was greeted by a friendly group of locales at the airport. On the bus ride to Monteverde, as we travelled through the windy narrow roads on the side of the mountain I was captured by all the flora that grew in the Costa Rican valleys. While enjoying the beautiful mountain view, we painted a school for the elementary kids that went there. This project made me realize how advanced our education system is and how many things we take for granted when growing in an advanced country. I also could not believe how much of their diet consisted beans and rice but I did get to try plantains (which are amazing). Going to Costa Rica allowed me to live and enjoy the culture that I read so much about in my Spanish class.  

Chandani PatelChandani Patel

- Iceland (Summer 2017)
- Tanzania (Summer 2018)

In the summer of 2017, I studied abroad in “The Land of Fire and Ice” (Iceland) with AU’s Biology Program. I had an incredible time and if I absolutely had to choose a favorite memory (which is ridiculously hard to do by the way), it would be ATV-touring the different terrains Iceland has to offer. We saw a lot of breathtaking waterfalls and views as we explored the country, all the while learning about the science and rich history and culture imbibed within The Human Genome Project. In the summer of 2018, I travelled again with AU’s Biology Program, but this time to Tanzania (Africa). Choosing a favorite memory from this trip seems even harder to do than choosing one for Iceland. I would have to say the part I enjoyed the most in Tanzania was the extent to which we were culturally immersed. We spent so much time with the native people and tribes and got to learn so much about their customs, foods, and lifestyles. There is truly nothing I didn’t thoroughly enjoy on this trip, especially including the birds and bees being my outdoor shower buddies!

Hagan Gantz

- Italy: Second Year Experience (Spring 2018)

Hannah LeeHannah Lee

- Costa Rica: First Year Experience (Spring 2018)

Jennifer MooreJennifer Moore

- New York: Model United Nations (Spring 2017)
- New York: Model United Nations (Spring 2018)

New York - Model United Nations: Having the opportunity to participate in a program as prestige as Model United Nations taught me the true meaning of confidence, it fueled my desire to learn beyond what is in a classroom, it gave me the tools to be the person I always knew I could be, but most importantly, it showed me life in a way I never could have possibly imagine. Being part of the study away to New York felt like a privilege and I will never take for granted all I took with me from that experience.

Lauren SillLauren Sill

- Costa Rica: First Year Experience (Spring 2017)
- China (Summer 2018)
- Salamanca, Spain (Summer 2018)

Out of the three study abroad programs (Costa Rica, China, and Salamanca) I have been on, I definitely enjoyed Salamanca the most because we had the opportunity to truly immerse ourselves in the culture and practice Spanish from dawn to dusk for a whole month. Living with a host family was an incredible experience because not only did my señora spoil me like her own grandchild, she introduced me to Spanish food (a very hard task considering I am a picky eater) and helped me with my Spanish. She also encouraged me to go out and explore, after siesta time of course. The classes were fun and interactive, and they were filled with students from all over the world. I was able to connect with students from Brazil, China, United Arab Emirates, and Ireland, just to name a few. For most of us, Spanish was the only common language, so it really forced me to practice because I was extremely interested in learning about their cultures as well. The fun did not stop on the weekends. Excursions to Pamplona and Portugal were two of my favorite moments of the whole trip. This trip might be expensive, but the memories you will make are priceless. 

Lexy KaticLexy Katic

- Costa Rica: First Year Experience (Spring 2018)
- Greece (Summer 2018)

I'm Lexy Katic a Sophomore with no direction other then I like to travel. So, before my first semester started freshman year I was signed up for the first year experience 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 3 years. Let's travel Jags! 

Lindsey MorriesLindsey Morris

- Japan (Summer 2018)

I’m Lindsey Morris and I am a Communications Major who journeyed to Japan in May 2018 on the Japanese Cinema Study Abroad program. Visiting Japan has always been a dream of mine and when I learned about the program, I jumped on the chance. You never know what to expect when traveling abroad, which is the scariest but also the most exciting part! I tried tons of new food (like baby squid!), watched a sumo tournament, visited breathtaking shrines, got to tour Toho Studios, and I made the most amazing friends. Those are the big memories from my trip, but the little ones are what made the trip so special. Like when I ate breakfast outside at our hotel in Ikebukuro with my friends and watched the city come to life, when we went to every 7/11 in the neighborhood on the hunt for an ATM with money and plain salted riceballs, when I watched streets and people fly by from the window of our tour bus, when I bought sweets from a cute old man who complimented my Japanese in Kyoto, and when we rode on the subway home after meeting Akira Takarada and we were all so exhausted but happy; and throughout these little moments, I made friends I could never forget. They tell you study abroad is an unforgettable experience but you never really believe them until you’re standing in Tokyo Tower overlooking it all. The only downside to Study Abroad is that you always want to go back, but, now that you’ve done it once, it’s not so scary anymore.

Mykelle Seymour

- Costa Rica: First Year Experience (Spring 2018)

Reeya Patel

- Tanzania (Summer 2018)

Robbie MateerRobbie Mateer

- Ecuador (Summer 2018)

Sanjana Adepu

- Greece (Summer 2018)

Taylor EcholsTaylor Echols

- Italy: Second Year Experience (Spring 2018)