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Cornell Abroad administers undergraduate study overseas during a semester or full academic year and assists with program development and safety and security for Cornell colleges and programs.  Of the roughly 500 students who study through Cornell Abroad, roughly a third enroll in programs run directly by Cornell while the rest enroll in programs run by other American colleges study abroad organizations or directly in universities overseas. Our goal is a close integration of academic work with study on the Ithaca campus.

Cornell Abroad
300 Caldwell Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

phone:     607.255.6224
fax:          607.255.8700


Cornell Abroad Staff


Marina Markot, Ph.D., Director

As Director of Cornell Abroad, Marina manages a diverse portfolio of programs; leads efforts to ensure student safety & security abroad, assess learning outcomes and further curricular integration of education abroad; develops study abroad policies, as well as supports faculty in developing new programs; and plays a key role in internationalizing Cornell.

Marina received her M.A. in Germanic and Romance Languages and Literature and earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Leningrad State University, Leningrad, U.S.S.R., where she later served as a faculty member for ten years. After leaving Russia, she enjoyed a varied career that included teaching English, German, and Applied Linguistics, working as a Russian/English interpreter, and working in the international film and music businesses.

Since finding her calling in international education, Marina has worked in the field for 15 years and held positions at the University of New Hampshire, New England College, and the University of Virginia, prior to joining Cornell in 2013.
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Kristen Grace, Ph.D., Associate Director

Kristen assists Marina Markot, director of Cornell Abroad, with program management and staff development. She supervises the advising team and advises students on programs in France and Francophone countries, Germany, countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and Comparative multi-country programs (Semester at Sea and International Honors Programs).

Kristen Grace spent her childhood experiencing different US cultures before attending Bryn Mawr College where she studied sociology and French.  Her study abroad experience in Senegal launched her international experiences, primarily in places U.S. students rarely go.  For her first “real job” after graduation, Kristen worked for the Community Development Office of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, later going to East Jerusalem right after the end of the first Gulf War where she worked in administrative positions and as a writer.  After her return to the States, Kristen landed at Cornell where she earned a masters in Adult Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration.  She taught ESL at Cornell and several courses in the former Education department before joining Cornell Abroad as Associate Director of Cornell Abroad in 2003. (email) (make an appointment)

Stephen Capobianco, Education Abroad Advisor

Stephen advises students on programs in Spain, Italy, Latin America, the Caribbean, China, Japan, Korea, Continental Europe (not including France, Belgium, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Germany or Austria).

Stephen spent his youth traveling and learning foreign languages prior to studying Spanish language and literature at Binghamton University where he also received his Master of Public Administration. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in Community and Public Affairs which has offered the opportunity to research, teach, and present in an international context. Stephen enjoys working with students to pursue meaningful international experiences and make connections across disciplines and cultures. Stephen has had a variety of international education experiences, from secondary exchanges and programs in China, Italy and the UK, to undergraduate coursework in Spain and a graduate-level program in China. He has been fortunate to visit over a dozen countries in Latin America, Europe and East Asia. Stephen is fluent in Spanish and Italian. Prior to joining Cornell in 2015, he worked at Binghamton University as a Study Abroad Coordinator. (email) (make an appointment)

Alayne Prine, Education Abroad Advisor

Alayne advises students on programs in the United Kingdom, Ireland, AustraliaNew Zealand and Scandinavia.

Prior to joining the Cornell Abroad team, Alayne worked as an education abroad advisor at Philadelphia University for 8 years.  At Philadelphia, she worked with faculty and students across a broad range of professional disciplines and advised students on a worldwide portfolio of programs.  Alayne earned her BA in English with a concentration in Communication from Lebanon Valley College in 2007, and earned her MS in Global and International Education from Drexel University in 2011.  Her passion for education abroad began during her undergraduate studies when she spent a semester studying at London Metropolitan University.  Since then, she has been dedicated to helping students cross cultural borders and realize the invaluable impact of an international education.  Alayne enjoys traveling to new places and has visited 14 countries spanning 5 continents.” (email) (make an appointment)

Kathy Lynch, Finance Manager

Kathy is the Finance Manager of the Cornell Abroad Program and brings almost 30 years’ experience in the areas of financial management and study abroad to the unit.  

Kathy has been with Cornell Abroad since its creation in the mid 1980’s.  She enjoys the challenges presented by working in the ever-changing field of study abroad and the opportunity to work with study-abroad colleagues across the globe.   A native of Ithaca, NY, Kathy and her husband Brian live in Danby with their canine companions, Casey and Tyler. (email)
(make an appointment)

Lex Enrico Santí, Coordinator of Travel Safety

Lex Enrico Santí is the Coordinator of Travel Safety for the University. He handles logistical and development support for any international programs across the university as well as being a first responder in the event of a crisis abroad. His work includes trouble shooting issues that may take place abroad, supporting individual group travel and vetting high risk travel. He supports ITART, the university's International Travel Advisory and Response Team. Lex is always available to discuss your personal security plan in going abroad, supporting faculty and administrator travel abroad or providing pre-departure orientation presentations.

Previously, Lex worked in higher education at Washington University in Saint Louis, Webster University, George Mason University and Hobart and William Smith. He has traveled and worked extensively around the world, visiting over 20 countries and has lived in Spain, South Korea, and Romania. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania and returned to Romania in 2006 as a translation scholar. He holds an MSW from Washington University in Saint Louis with a concentration in Social Justice and Mental Health and an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University. He speaks fluent Spanish and Romanian and can say thank you over 20 languages. (email

Kristin Blake, Interim Study Abroad Advisor and
Program Coordinator for Visiting International Students

Kristin is the Program Coordinator for Visiting International Students, acting as the on-campus resource for international students attending Cornell in a non-degree capacity. Her work includes program marketing and implementation, as well as student recruitment and advising.

Kristin’s passion for working with students and helping them through the process of discovery and self-determination led her to a career in higher education. Prior to joining Cornell, Kristin worked in international admissions and recruitment, including a three year sojourn in Shanghai, China. She holds a B.S. in Finance from Penn State University and an M.S. in Higher Education from Syracuse University. (email)

Brandon Brylinsky, Data Steward & Operations Specialist

Brandon's passion for travel and learning abroad was sparked at an early age by the work of photojournalist Dan Eldon, and he has been traveling and helping others connect to global cultures ever since.  As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in West Africa at University of Ghana - Legon for a year as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and completed his Senior Capstone project in Nicaragua.  Brandon has previously worked at the Portland State University International Students office and in the Boston University Study Abroad office, and also taught English in Sapporo, Japan with the JET Program.  Before coming to Cornell, he worked for a Boston-area software company that manages workplace giving and corporate grants programs for Fortune 500 companies.  He holds a BA in International Studies with a minor in African Studies from Portland State University, a MSc in Economic Development and Tourism Management from Boston University, and has also studied at the London School of Economics in Beijing, China and the Harvard Extension School.


Nora Matland, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Nora Matland serves as the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator and has oversight of Cornell Abroad’s marketing and outreach strategy as well as print and online publications and social media.  A blogger herself, Nora coordinates the Voices from Cornell Abroad Blog Journalist program. She helps lead the broader student outreach team with the aim of reaching as broad and diverse a group of students as possible.

Nora has spent much of her twenties living and working abroad. She studied abroad for a year in Madrid, spent two years in Namibia as a Peace Corps Volunteer, volunteered on a farm in France, and then worked at a study abroad office before joining a startup in Berlin where she focused on branding, content marketing, and social media planning. In all, it was her year as a study abroad student that remains one the most influential times in her life. Nora is passionate about languages (if you speak Spanish, German, French, Italian or Norwegian, stop by and say "hi!" She always loves to practice) and when she is not practicing her languages, she is translating old cookbooks for her blog




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Last modified 02/13/2017