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  • All appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Make sure your calendar view is in Central Standard/Daylight Time.
  • Students who have previously met with an advisor should continue to meet with the same advisor unless otherwise instructed.
  • Appointments are for current students only.
  • Please write in the comments of your appointment request a brief note that includes the following:
    • Your major(s), minor(s), or area of study relevant to your study abroad plans
    • What features or types of programs you're interested in
    • Programs of interest from our program search, if you've identified any

Dongming De Angelis

Dongming De Angelis

Study Abroad Advisor

Dongming joined the Study Abroad Office in January 2014. Born and raised in China, Dongming came to the United States after completing her undergraduate studies at Nanjing University (Nanjing, China) to pursue her Master’s degrees. She earned a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in Asian Studies from Cornell University. She also taught Chinese while at Cornell. She has a love for learning languages and speaks French. From her own experiences she learned how enriching study abroad can be--not only can you continue to advance academically, you will also cross cultural borders and learn about yourself.

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Chris Gray

Chris Gray

Study Abroad Advisor

Chris Gray joined the Study Abroad Office in March 2017. Chris earned a BA in Political Science from Rice in 2012. Chris studied abroad in Japan, and he served as a Study Abroad Ambassador in his senior year. After graduation, Chris taught English in Japan with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, later returning to the U.S. to serve as program coordinator with the JET Program Office at the Embassy of Japan in the United States. Originally from northern Virginia, Chris has also lived in Canada, Egypt, and Tunisia.

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Yahaira Verdejo

Yahaira Verdejo

Study Abroad Advisor

Yahaira joined the Rice Study Abroad team as a Study Abroad Advisor in July 2015. As a Rice student and alumna, she has had the opportunity to study, volunteer, and work in Europe and Latin America. She studied abroad in Paris for a semester with the Sweet Briar Junior Year in France Program and taught English in the south of France with TAPIF. She also worked at the Institute of International Education with the Gilman Scholarship Program. Yahaira is available to help you with your study abroad process before you leave, while abroad, and after you return!

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Beata Loch

Beata Loch

Director of Study Abroad
(Exchange advising only)

Beata Loch joined the Study Abroad Office in 2010. Beata holds a 5-year university degree in English and History from Hungary, and an MA in TESOL from the University of Minnesota. As Director, her primary role is overseeing the office and serving as liaison for Rice’s undergraduate exchange programs with partner institutions, advising only incoming and outgoing exchange students. Beata is originally from Hungary and first arrived in the U.S. as an exchange student. Prior to joining Rice, Beata worked at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Iowa, and the University of Pittsburgh, building decades of experience in the field of international education.

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