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, Malta and Canada. UStudy BV is a subsidiary company of Study Global BV. 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, Arabic and even in some Maltese. 

We will introduce our team members below. 



Marina Meijer – UStudy Founder and Study Adviser for the United States


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, Tunisia and Malta. 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.

Katelyn McGuinty – Application Specialist, Editor  and Study Adviser for Canada

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.

Kitty Wijsman Study Advisor for the Netherlands

Kitty Wijsman has been working in Dutch education since 1974.
As a French teacher and school guidance counselor at the elite Gymnasium Haganum, the Netherlands, she provided young adults and their parents with specialist guidance on selection of, and applications to universities in the Netherlands. Since 2001 she has been working as an independent education consultant, guiding young adults in their choices for higher education.

Phil Moss – Study Advisor for the UK

Phil Moss has worked in UK post-16 education for nearly 30 years in various admissions, guidance, and marketing roles. He began his career in 1990 at Liverpool John Moores University, working within the academic registry, and from 1999 to 2007 was Student Recruitment Manager at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), one of the leading social science institutions in the world. Phil’s work at LSE covered advice and guidance for both undergraduate and postgraduate study and he travelled all across the UK and the length and breadth of Europe supporting and encouraging students.

Since 2007, Phil has worked as a consultant advising thousands of students and their families regarding their study options in the UK and supporting them through the entire application process. As a trained proof-reader and copyeditor, he is particularly useful when it comes to preparing the application essays and while he does not write them for students, his advice is invaluable. Phil’s knowledge and experience has helped many students gain a place at their first-choice university, including Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, UCL, Imperial College, Durham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Warwick, as well as specialist institutions such as Central Saint Martins in London and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

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.

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.