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UCR Education Abroad

GlobeKarolyn M. Andrews
Director of Education Abroad

Committed to connecting students to the wider world around them, Karolyn has spent years enhancing access to education at home and abroad, both online and in person.  Educated at Texas A&M and the University of Chicago, her degrees in Psychology usefully complement her international experiences – she has worked, lived in, and/or traveled to – in no particular order – Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Lebanon, Austria, Albania, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Spain, Finland, France, England, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Syria, UAE, and Israel. Drawing on the lessons learned from navigating the unfamiliar, Karolyn continues to explore ways in which students at UCR can engage in the world around them.

LaSharon McLean Perez

LaSharon McLean Perez
Assistant Director & Academic Integration Liaison

LaSharon has a multi-ethnic background of Black, Cherokee, Irish, Jewish, and Puerto Rican. She has traveled to more than 20 countries and 48 U.S. states. She is a UCR alumna with a BA in Theatre and MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. She studied in Italy and completed two Master’s programs in Australia. LaSharon is the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) advisor to students who want to study in or are currently studying in Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Botswana, Canada, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, French Polynesia, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Senegal, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the following Multi-City programs: Buenos Aires & Santiago, London & Paris, and Australia & Solomon Islands. As the Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP) advisor, she advises students interested in or currently on a UC Summer Travel program (except for those at UCR), non-UCR and non-UCEAP study abroad programs and international university direct enrollment study programs.

Macy Ring

Macy J. Ring
Education Abroad Coordinator

Macy has a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from UC Riverside (2005). As a UCR undergraduate, she participated in two UCEAP programs: Canada (academic year 2002-2003 and South Korea (summer 2004). Her positive experiences led her to become a student ambassador for education abroad opportunities and an international peer advisor for international students for two years. During this time, she was recognized with a UCR Student Affairs Global Citizen Award. She also has an MEd from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2012. Macy is an advocate of international education and is very eager to encourage and support students to enrich their academic experiences with high impact experiences, such as education abroad.

Macy advises the following UCEAP countries: Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and the following multi-city programs: Barcelona/Florence/Sicily, Madrid & Rome, Mexico City/Oaxaca City and Mexico City/Sacramento. Macy is also the advisor for the UCR Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program (FLEAP).


Niño Rey Barredo
Financial Aid Counselor

Highlander One Stop Shop (HOSS) in the Student Services Building
(951) 827-7243

Please email directly with any financial aid questions related to education abroad and requests for "proof of your financial aid" letters.



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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Education Abroad
0321 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-4113