Providing support for your education abroad experience

The Education Abroad Resource Center (EARC) supports you throughout the planning of your international learning experience, offering guidance and feedback as you prepare your competitive scholarship or program applications materials.

Whether you’re searching for scholarships, looking into internships or service-learning opportunities, planning a semester abroad, or just want to talk with someone about possibilities, we are here for you.

Brandon LaFavor, M. Ed.
Director of the Education Abroad Resource Center
(203) 576-2450
Office: Carlson Hall, Room 203/4/5

Brandon is currently a doctoral student in the Education Leadership program with a concentration in International Education here at the University of Bridgeport. He holds a Master’s of Arts in Global Development and Peace from the University of Bridgeport and a Master’s of Education in International Education from Northcentral University. His undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Oregon where he earned bachelor’s degrees in International Economics and Spanish. Brandon was fortunate enough to complete study abroad programs in Mexico, Costa Rica, and South Korea during his higher education career. Prior to his career in international education, he gained professional experience in the field of risk management that provides him insight for addressing safety concerns in the development of international program. Brandon is passionate about intercultural exchange, sustainable economic development, and the arts. His goal is to make study abroad a reality for all students with a desire to explore the world around them.

Caitlin Colon

Caitlin Olson, M.A.
Education Abroad Coordinator
(203) 576-4217
Office: Carlson Hall, Room 207

After completing her Master’s degree in Global Development & Peace at the University of Bridgeport, along with her Graduate Assistantship, Caitlin joined the Education Abroad team full-time in July of 2016. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Western Connecticut State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Psychology. Her passion for travel, international education and development began with a service trip to Honduras in 2010 and continued when she joined the U.S. Peace Corps in 2012, where she lived and served as an English Education Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Her most recent international adventure was in Nicaragua where she spent two months working with children with disabilities and intensively studying Spanish.

Alessandra Castagnetto

Alessandra Castagnetto
Associate Director of Student Financial Services
(203) 576-4568
Office: Student Financial Services

Alessandra brings more than twenty years of student financial experiences to our study abroad students at the University of Bridgeport. Her undergraduate studies were in Biology and she is currently working towards a Master’s of Business Administration in Management at UB. From Lima, Peru, Alessandra is fluent in both English and Spanish. Some of her most memorable travel experiences were the times she found herself exploring mountainous Machu Picchu and also getting lost on the beaches of Cuba.


  • Education Abroad Resource Center

  • Carlson Hall, Rooms 203-205
    303 University Avenue
    Bridgeport, CT 06604

  • (203) 576-2450


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