Meet the Staff

The Study Abroad team strives to provide students the opportunity to study, explore, and engage with other cultures—to broaden their perspective and involvement in the world.



  • Alice Michel - Director

    Alice Michel

    UCSC Faculty-Led Programs
    UCSC Exchange Programs
    UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)
    Non-UC Study Abroad
    Rhodes, Marshall


    Alice has worked in the field of international education for over ten years. While receiving her B.A. in Anthropology and English from UC Santa Barbara, Alice studied abroad on UCEAP during her junior year at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. After graduating, she participated on the JET Program, teaching English in Japan for two years. She has traveled extensively around Asia, Europe and parts of Africa, totaling over 30 countries. In addition to travel, Alice enjoys hiking, backpacking, attempting to learn French, and any race or activity that involves running.

  • Emma May, Program Coordinator and Advisor

    Emma May
    Assistant Director

    UCSC Faculty-Led Programs: Moroccan Film and Arabic Language in Rabat, Cuba Agroecology Practicum, and The Space-Age Solar System - Hong Kong
    UCSC Global Exchange Programs: Denmark, Germany, and UK
    UCEAP: Australia, Belgium, Botswana, France, French Polynesia, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, New Zealand, Senegal, South Africa, and Switzerland.
    Non-UC Study Abroad
    Scholarships: UCEAP, Boren, Gilman


    Emma grew up on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. She earned her B.A. in Fine Art from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and is currently pursuing her M.A. in International Education from School for International Training. During her B.A., Emma studied abroad at The University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and participated in an extensive research project, "Art in Schools Initiative." After graduating, Emma conducted her own research on creativity and culture as a Presidential Scholar with Semester at Sea. This research took her across Asia, Africa, and Europe. Upon completing her research, Emma decided to pursue a career in International Education as she firmly believes that studying abroad ignites a student's personal, professional and creative growth. Prior to joining the Office of Global Engagement at UCSC, Emma has worked as a Study Abroad Advisor at Minot State University and as Director of University Partnerships at International Studies Abroad (ISA). She has traveled throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America to over 28 countries and always takes special note of the creative expression of the communities she is visiting.

  • Krissy Loveman

    Krissy Loveman
    Study Abroad Program Coordinator and Advisor

    UCSC Faculty-Led Programs: Relief Printmaking in Korea; Art in the Global Context - Czech Republic,
    UCSC Global Exchange Programs: Japan, Korea
    UCEAP: China, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand 
    Scholarships: UCEAP, U.S. Student Fulbright Program, Gilman


    Krissy is an Alabama native who first spent an extensive period of time abroad on an academic year exchange program in Japan. Following the completion of a B.A. in International Studies at the University of Alabama, she got her feet wet in the field of International Education in an internship at the University of New Orleans. She then returned to Japan to teach English for two years to elementary and middle school students in the countryside. Heading down to Miami, Krissy next got her M.S. in International & Intercultural Education while working for the Asian Studies Program at Florida International University. Prior to joining UCSC, she served as an Education Abroad Advisor at The University of South Florida. She has traveled in Europe, Asia, and most recently Mexico. 


  • Ashley Bayman

    Ashley Bayman
    Study Abroad Program Coordinator and Advisor

    UCSC Faculty-Led Programs: Food Study Field Study in Berlin; Accelerated Italian on the Amalfi Coast
    UCSC Domestic Exchange Programs: University of New Mexico; University of New Hampshire
    UCSC Global Exchange Programs: Spain
    UCEAP: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the Multi-City: UK/France & Spain/Italy.
    Scholarships: UCEAP, Gilman, Campus-Based

    Ashley Bayman is an Ohio native who completed a dual B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from The Ohio State University. It was during these formative undergraduate years that Ashley discovered a passion for international education and travel after studying abroad in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina. In her pursuit to continue learning new languages, cultures, and ways of living, Ashley took a gap year after college to travel to 30 countries across Latin America and Europe. It was during this life-changing journey that Ashley became committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds benefit from the academic, social, and professional advantages of an international education. She went on to earn an M.A. in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Prior to joining the UCSC Study Abroad team, Ashley served as an international education program leader in Mexico and Spain.


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