Eastern Michigan University’s Academic Programs Abroad offers a variety of study abroad programs including cultural history programs, direct exchanges, intensive language and programs offered over winter and summer break. Most programs are open to students from any college or university. EMU students can apply financial aid awards toward the programs. We also provide advising and information about study abroad opportunities available through other universities; work or volunteer opportunities abroad; and budget travel.
Benita directs and teaches programs abroad, as well as coordinates the faculty-led programs. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia and taught programs abroad since ‘92. She previously served as a faculty member in the Art Department at Missouri Southern in Joplin. She holds an M.F.A. in painting from EMU and studied drawing and color theory at Yale University. She has been the recipient of two Michigan Arts Council Grants, an Atlantic Center for the Arts Fellowship, a number of art awards and a scholarship from Yale University.
Eleonora advises students on study abroad programs and manages the partner and exchange programs, as well as intensive language programs. She has lived in Russia and Ireland, and has done research in and traveled to many places around the world. Eleonora holds an MSW degree from the University of Michigan, as well as M.A .and B.S. degrees from Eastern Michigan University. She has substantial experience in academic and international student advising and is passionate about helping EMU students find their way to the right Study Abroad experience.