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The Office

We are located on the second floor of Alumni Hall and are accessible by stairs or elevator. The office is in the same building as MEC and Honors, and next to Founders Hall. Click here if you’re looking for advising services.
Come visit us! 
Monday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Contact Information
Mailing Address: 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-1701
Phone: +1 937-229-3728

Meet the Staff
The GIA Center team strives to provide students the opportunity to study, explore, and engage other perspectives around the world.

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Erin Gahimer (She/her/hers)
Senior Programs Coordinator

Erin coordinates and oversees summer Faculty-Led programs and manages education abroad scholarships. 

"I am a 2013 University of Dayton graduate who during my time as a student traveled to Segovia, Spain on a short-term program as well as to Madrid, Spain for a semester at La Universidad Pontifica de Comillas. In 2013, I worked as an English teaching assistant in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the local Marianist community. I've since joined UD as an employee in 2016." 
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Maria Jay Maria Jay (She/her/hers)
Global Learning Advisor
"I graduated from the University of Dayton in 2021 with my BSBA. In my time with UD, I traveled abroad to Russia and worked as a World Associate for 3 years in the International Student & Scholar Services. I also lived in the Global Learning Living Community within Caldwell on campus. I continued to grow in my love for international education at the University of Florida where I obtained my Master's Degree in International Business in May of 2022. I look forward to continuing to support students' diverse and global experiences."
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Tina Kosobud  (She/her/hers)
Administrative and Systems Coordinator

Tina handles the behind the scenes details, from budgeting to accounts payable to managing Integrated Travel Systems and ensuring risk management aspects of travel are maintained.

“I joined the Dayton Study Abroad team in January 2022.  I have over a decade of education experience working at the elementary, middle and high school levels teaching Biology and Special Education. I spent time living in Japan and Spain and have criss-crossed the United States with my family as my husband served in the USAF. I have been fortunate to have lived in Boston, Washington DC, St. Louis, Charleston, SC, and Miami, just to name a few places.  I believe that diversity in culture and experience enriches our perspectives and expands our world view to mold us into well rounded people."

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Heather Schieman (she/her/hers)
Assistant Director

Heather manages the University Exchange programs, serves as a Professional Advisor for semester and academic year-long programs, and supervises the Professional and Peer Advisors.

"In the fifteen years since I studied abroad, I've been fortunate to explore the world both professionally and personally. It started with my studies in London, England, but I have been able to expand on my understanding of international higher education through on-site work in Europe, Zambia, and Belize coupled with my professional studies of Higher Education at the University of

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Kelly Brannan Trail (she/her/hers)

Kelly oversees strategic planning, health and safety, and budgeting for education abroad and away, and coordinates a few programs per year.

"My interest in study abroad began in college where I studied in Aberdeen, Scotland for a semester, and completed my student teaching in Cameroon. I came to UD in 2015 with over 7 years of experience in higher education, working with study abroad programs. I was also an adjunct instructor and Academic Coordinator for a community development study abroad program at the University of Buea in Cameroon. Within education abroad, one of my interests is in ethical community-engaged learning and I serve on the steering committee for the Community-Based Global Learning Collaborative." 

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Senior Programs Coordinator

Zoe oversees and coordinates winter and integrated Faculty-Led programs.
"I came to UD in 2011 as a student, started working professionally at UD in 2016, and joined the Office of Education Abroad in 2019. As a student I studied abroad in Buenos Aires for six months and, since then, my career has brought me to China and Mexico. Exploration and understanding of cultures all over the world is a passion of mine and my work is centered around helping students develop intercultural competencies.See Full Bio