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Study Abroad Advisors

The Center for Gobal Education and Exchange staff aims to provide quality assistance to students who are interested in applying for study abroad. The staff has made the process for applying for study abroad simple and short so that students would feel engaged to apply for any study abroad program.

View past CGEE Study Abroad Advisors

Carolina Lam, Director, Global Education

Carolina Lam
Carolina Lam

Greetings! As an alumni of UH Hilo, I am thrilled and honored to be working at my alma mater in the area of international education. I strongly believe that everyone should have an opportunity to go abroad – for a summer, semester, or even a year! Our office will be happy to assist you in finding the right program and with applying for scholarships to go abroad. So, check us out!


Todd Shumway, Director, Global Education

Todd Shumway
Todd Shumway

Aloha and welcome to the exciting world of study abroad. As a UH Hilo student, you have the amazing opportunity to spend part of your university experience in another country. Through the Center for Global Education and Exchange (CGEE)/Study Abroad, you can take advantage of the many study abroad options available to enhance your degree by getting international experience, improving second language skills, and making friendships with other students all over the world. The staff at the Center for Global Education and Exchange will help you find a program with one of our many partners in Europe, Asia, Australia, or South America and prepare you for the experience of a lifetime. We look forward to meeting you!


Puanani Nakamura-Jones, Student Advisor

Puanani Nakamura-Jones
Puanani Nakamura-Jones

Oye! I'm excited to be your student study abroad advisor for Spain this year! Coming back from my year abroad in Madrid has changed my life and has given me a lot of opportunities for my future career. It has enhanced my international connections and has allowed me to grow as an individual and as a student. The Center for Global Education and Exchange will give you the opportunity to broaden your horizons too! Contact our office today!

Brenna Usher, Student Advisor

Brenna Usher
Brenna Usher

Hello! After studying abroad in South Korea through two of UH Hilo's partner universities, I am so happy that I can use my knowledge from my own study abroad experiences to help you start off your own life-changing journey as a study abroad adviser. Going on an international exchange may seem daunting in many different ways, but the rewards you will gain through this experience greatly outweigh any risks. If you have any questions about going on exchange please feel free to contact our office for some guidance.

Maelyn Maratita, Student Assistant

Maelyn Maratita
Maelyn Maratita

Hola! My name is Maelyn, a first year college student in pursuit of a nursing degree. I am a proud alumni of The Experiment in International Living: Argentina- Community Service and the Great Outdoors. Because of this experience I am better able to understand the importance of unplugging, have a greater appreciation for what I do have, and was able to see that we aren’t so different after all. Take the first step into what can become the start of your individual journey by contacting our office today.

Neon Nishimura, Social Media Intern

Neon Nishimura
Neon Nishimura

I’m Neon Nishimura. I am the social media intern at the CGEE. I studied abroad in Japan for a year at Rikkyo University in Japan. This experience was amazing for me and I learned so much by studying abroad. I was able to be immersed in a completely different culture and I encourage you to study abroad and experience the world. I look forward to working with you.


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