UStudy – Who we are

UStudy team consists of highly qualified and experienced multilingual staff that is dedicated to working closely with students and their families in making their US study dreams come true. We are based in The Netherlands, with offices in the United Kingdom,and the USA. Our clients come from all over Europe, including Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom. Our staff is fluent in English, Dutch, German, French, and even in Arabic, Malay and Iban.

We will introduce our team members below. 

Marina Meijer – UStudy Founder and Study Advisor

Marina was born and raised in the Netherlands. She attended Law School in Groningen and studied Public Policy and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas in Austin. She studied and worked in the Netherlands, US, Korea and Tunisia. Marina has more than 15 years of professional experience in the field of international education, e.g. at EducationUSA/AMIDEAST, the International School of The Hague and education interest organization in Washington DC. She is a Fulbright Grant recipient for her studies in the US and has served on the selection committee for Fulbright grants both in Tunisia and the Netherlands.

Amy McGriff – Application specialist and Editor

Amy McGriff, our Application Specialist, is responsible for the client’s enrollment process. With a background in Recruitment, she is extremely competent when it comes to building resumes and composing proper cover letters. She studied at Santa Rosa Junior College in California and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. Amy speaks English and Dutch and she has lived in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Rachel Hylarides – Application specialist en Editor

Rachel, our Application Specialist, is responsible for the client’s enrollment process. She is a qualified lecturer and taught Health and Science at Southdowns College in Hampshire, England. She has a background in career counseling, where she guided and helped students prepare for their future careers and education. Rachel is a native English speaker and she has a good command of the Dutch language.

Maggie Di Gaudio – Marketing- en Communicatiemanager

As our Marketing- en Communication Manager, Maggie keeps track of UStudy’s marketing, PR and social media actions. Before joining UStudy, she worked for various international tribunals, both in the Netherlands and abroad. In addition, she is a Marketing Consultant at the Basketball Clinic The Hague and a Subtitler at a Dutch broadcasting station. In 2011, Maggie went to a New York university during her a gap year, where she played on the women’s basketball team.

Katelyn McGuinty – Application Specialist and Editor

Katelyn is Canadian who moved to the Netherlands from Vancouver, Canada in January 2017.  In her previous role as a school counselor, she advised students on applications to colleges and universities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and China.

Growing up playing field hockey and later acting as a coach at the high school level, she has an appreciation for the importance of sport in a student’s life.  She has experience with a variety of application systems from around the globe, and recognizes the value of a strong application for each candidate. She enjoys working with students as they pursue their goal of education in North America.

Ibrahim Sharafuddin – Financial Manager

Ibrahim is responsible for UStudy’s financial administration. Originally from Yemen, Ibrahim has lived in various Middle Eastern countries, the United Kingdom, and the United States before moving to the Netherlands. He worked as a senior lecturer in Arabic for the US Department of Foreign Affairs and was selected as the only Yemenite in the 80’s by the US government for participating in the prestigious study program: Multi-Ethnicity in the USA. Ibrahim has a degree in International Business from the University of Sana’a. He previously worked at Shell International and Reebok in The Netherlands. He speaks fluent Arabic, English and Dutch.