Madison Kowalski



Madison is a junior at UMD studying graphic design. When she was sixteen she visited her sister who was studying abroad in Italy and was hooked. She knew she had to do the same. Madison is going on the Experiencing Italy program in May of 2022. After graduation, she hopes to travel around the world and experience as many new cultures as she can.

Most memorable view abroad.
At the top of the Vatican. You have to climb hundreds of stairs but the view is so worth it! You can see the entire city.

Madison Kowalski - Peer Advisor

Briana Litz



Briana Litz is the Associate Director of International Programs and Services and has over eight years of experience working in international education. Her duties include supporting faculty during the creation and implementation of faculty-led programs and increasing the number of students participating in international opportunities.

Briana Litz, Associate Director IPS

Episode 9: Faculty-led Program - Jamaica Roots & Rebellion

In this Faculty-led Study Abroad Program series episode, we’ll get to know David Woodward, one of the leaders of our “Jamaica: Roots & Rebellion” study abroad program. He has a diverse background and teaches a variety of courses in History, American Indian Studies, and African and African American Studies. This program provides the opportunity to explore cultural heritage sites that attest to the Jamaican experiences of oppression, resistance, and rebellion—while examining Jamaica’s history through literature, politics, and its world-famous music. Not only will students get to experience the beautiful island of Jamaica, but many will find the themes and content of this course very relevant today. Learn more about the course at Listen to this episode on podcast platforms listed on this page. View this video for closed captioning.

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EPISODE 9: Jamaica: Roots & Rebellion. Download the MP3 File.

Episode 8: Pandemic Series - Mikayla in Galway, Ireland

It's been just over a year since we brought home 68 UMD study abroad students from all over the globe. This is the second episode of our pandemic series and in this one, we’ll listen to an interview with Mikayla, a UMD Communication Sciences & Disorders student. She was abroad studying in Galway, Ireland when the pandemic hit and ultimately had to cut her study abroad experience short and come home. Hear her reflect about her time abroad, what it was like as more as more news about COVID-19 started circulating, and what her journey home was like. View this in episode in video transcript format.

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Episode 7: Pandemic Series - Mikayla in Ireland. Download the MP3 File.