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Education Abroad Office

Meet Our Staff

Magdalena Grudzinski-Hall, Ph.D.

Title: Director
Education Abroad Office
Phone: 803-777-7557
Close-Hipp 453
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Magdalena Grudzinski-Hall

Dr. Grudzinski-Hall provides leadership for the Education Abroad Office at the University of South Carolina, Columbia campus. Her  responsibilities include supervising a professional and graduate staff of 13 people; fostering a community of international learning by working directly with faculty and staff to promote and support academic study abroad experiences; and overseeing the pedagogical components of UofSC approved programs, as well as evaluating new proposals for consideration. She is responsible for the strategic planning and projection of education abroad activities, outreach and university policy support specific to education abroad activities, as well as faculty involvement and training.

Magdalena enjoys collaborating with UofSC departments across all disciplines. She manages initiatives that develop and sustain relationships with international institution partners, and evaluates the successes, and challenges, of existing programs. Magdalena, and the rest of the Education Abroad Office staff, engage closely with the USC Connect Office in order to advance integrative and experiential learning across the university, with special emphasis on the Global Learning pathway.

Magdalena also advises faculty and staff within the UofSC system and campus offices, supporting their education abroad programs. She offers assistance with study abroad processes, faculty support and development, and guidance on education abroad student support services.

Prior to her 2014 arrival at UofSC, Magdalena served as Vice President of Development at International Education Management Group (IEM). Prior to IEM she was the Director of the university-wide Global Citizenship Program at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. And previous to that, she was the Associate Director of MBA Online Programs at Drexel University. Magdalena has taught graduate courses on comparative higher education systems, culture, society and education, and research in international education, to name a few. Her area of research study has focused on the undergraduate student experience and global citizenship development.

Dr. Grudzinski-Hall has served as a faculty practicum advisor to over 20 students pursuing a Masters in Global & International Education at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. She is an active Advisory Board Member for Academic Programs International, SAI Programs, and the Institute for American Universities. She sits on a long list of university committees across the UofSC campus and enjoys collaborative projects. Magdalena is a member of various professional organizations and has presented at FORUM, NAFSA and other internationally and globally focused conferences.

Magdalena was born in Warsaw, Poland and raised in the UK and Canada. She has traveled the world and is passionate to share her experiences with friends and family. She enjoys cheering on her son’s baseball team and watching her daughter play tennis. 

Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy - Educational Leadership, Development & Learning Technologies, 2007
Drexel University

Master of Science - Arts Administration, 2000
Drexel University

Honors Bachelor of Arts - Cultural, Critical and Historical Studies in the Fine Arts, 1998
York University

  • "Mountains, Valleys and Unchartered Terrain: Exploring Use of Technology to Deliver Inclusive and Efficient Study Abroad Programming,” CIEE Global Education Conference, Austin, TX, November 2017.

  • “Meaningful Study Abroad Opportunities: Reflection and Best Practices as Part of the Study Abroad Experience,” Provost’s Undergraduate Summit for Faculty: Integrative and Experiential Learning, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, May 2016.

  • “Stronger Together: Linking Study Abroad to Campus Initiatives,”  The Forum on Education Abroad 12th Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, April 6 – 8, 2016.

  • “Beyond the Classroom Engagement: Providing Quality Pathways to Success,” University of South Carolina 3rd Annual USC System Advisors Educational Conference, Columbia, SC, February 2016.

  • “Beyond-the-Classroom Experiences Support Panel,” University of South Carolina 2nd Annual USC Connect Faculty Conference, Columbia, SC, May 2015.

  • “How are Lehigh faculty creating opportunities for students to create or contribute to online resources in their field? A Global Citizenship Experiential Archive,”  Lehigh Lab Symposium on Teaching and Learning, Bethlehem, PA, November 29, 2007.

  • "Building Sustainable Global Programs: Understanding the Stakeholders," NAFSA: Association of International Educators 59th Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 27 – June 1, 2007.

  • “On the Path to Becoming a Global Citizen: The Role of Middle Schools”, Lehigh University Middle Level Conference, Bethlehem, PA, April 2007.

  • “Challenges in developing an undergraduate global citizenship program: Examples from Lehigh University,” The Alliance for International Education, Shanghai, October 2006.

  • "Educating Engineers for Global Citizenship," The Ninth Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education, University of Rhode Island, Newport, Rhode Island November 2006.

  • “A Stance in the World: Lehigh University’s New Global Citizenship Program”, Civic Education Research Conference, Reno, Nevada, September 2004.

  • Developing an Undergraduate Global Citizenship Program: Challenges of Definition and Assessment. (2010). Sperandio, Jill., Grudzinski-Hall, Magdalena & Stewart-Gambino, H. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 22(1)12-22.

  • Fostering institutional innovation: Promoting change through program-focused faculty seminars. Sperandio, J., Grudzinski-Hall, M., & Stewart-Gambino, H. (2008). Journal of Learning in Higher Education, 4(1), 37-45.

  • Engineering Students in a Global World: Lehigh University’s Global Citizenship Program. (2007). Magdalena Grudzinski-Hall, Kristen L. Jellison, Hannah W. Stewart-Gambino, and Richard N. Weisman. The Online Journal for Global Engineering Education, vl. 2, is 1. The Berkeley Electronic Press.


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