The Education Abroad Team


FAU employs a number of trained and experienced full-time and part-time staff to lead Education Abroad initiatives at the University. We look forward to hearing from you and answering your questions about education abroad programming and activities! Interested in more information?  Want to set up an appointment to meet with Study Abroad Advisor to discuss your program choice?  Call, email or stop by our office so we can help you take the next steps on your international education journey.

General Information

Boca Raton Campus - General Classroom South, Room 212Q (open from 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday)
Phone #: (561) 297-1208 
Fax #: (561) 297- 2850 
E-mail: goabroad@fau.edu 

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MADISON MCSHANE

Director
Phone #: (561) 297-1080
Email: mmcshane@fau.edu

Madison oversees the program development of short and long-term study abroad opportunities and provides oversight of the exchange partnerships. Madison is the Fulbright Program Advisor for the University and helps FAU Fulbright candidates through the application process. Through collaboration with students, staff, faculty, and the local and global community, Madison supports the Universities internationalization initiatives and passionately engages students in opportunities to become culturally competent leaders.

Madison is a two-time alum of FAU! She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Communication and a Master’s degree in Multicultural Education.  In 2015 she joined the Education Abroad team as Assistant Director and assumed the role of Director in 2019.

BRENDAN RICHARDSON

BRENDAN RICHARDSON

Associate Director
Phone #: (561) 297- 3227
Email: brichardson@fau.edu

Prior to coming to Florida Atlantic University, Brendan worked at Kansas State University as an advisor, at International Studies Abroad with faculty-led programs, and at Georgia State University as an advisor.  Brendan earned a BA in Sport Management, MA in International Affairs, and MS in Higher Education from the Florida State University. 

While at Florida State, Brendan spent a total of 21 months as a student and employee at the FSU study centers in London, Florence, and Valencia.  In London, he spent time a s a student (undergraduate and graduate) and then as a Graduate Counselor/Teaching Assistant.  As a graduate counselor, Brendan worked with faculty and staff to plan and implement cultural activities and excursions and as a TA, he dove right into the program academics.  While working as a Resident Assistant at the FSU Florence Study Center, Brendan served in an administrative and advisory role, really getting to know what students want and need abroad.  Brendan visited many countries in Europe as a part of his studies and also as a backpacker; even making his way to Israel.  Brendan looks forward to drawing from his personal experiences to assist FAU students on study abroad opportunities!

ALEX BAKER

ALEX BAKER

Coordinator
Phone #: (561) 297- 1039
Email: bakera@fau.edu

Alex has recently joined the Education Abroad Team, in her role she manages a portfolio of Exchange Programs and serves as the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Advisor. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Florida International University and is currently working on her Master’s in Higher Education Leadership at FAU! Prior to coming to FAU, Alex worked at Florida International University and Keiser University within Academic Affairs and International Admissions. Aside from her experience in Higher Education, Alex has also worked as an Immigration Specialist for local Non-Profits, assisting refugees with their U.S. Naturalization process. Alex believes that experiencing and embracing new cultures is essential to all. Alex looks forward to helping FAU students achieve their study abroad goals! 

Student Assistants


Phone #: (561) 297-1208

Email: goabroad@fau.edu

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Stephanie Pack

Stephanie is a Florida native who attended FSU for undergrad and is currently attending FAU for a master’s degree in Elementary Education. While she was at FSU, she studied abroad at their London Study Center for a spring semester. During her study abroad time, she enjoyed travelling to other countries and exploring the city of London as a local. Outside of study abroad, she has travelled to many different countries throughout Europe and Africa. Stephanie believes studying abroad and living in a different country is a great way to gain independence and learn about cultures other than your own.