About Us

Your success is our goal

A great education is the surest path to professional success. You know that. It’s why you’ve decided to seek admission to a U.S. college or university. We understand that, too.

Welcome to GoStudy, a division of GoGroup. We’re a different kind of educational advising company.

Did you know that many education/recruitment agencies contract with schools to funnel a certain number of students to them each year? This works great for the school and the agency, but often NOT so well for students, who would likely fit and be more successful elsewhere. Did you also know that it’s illegal for agencies to apply for admission on behalf of students? Many prospective students and their families don’t, mostly because agencies are more interested in profits than ethical business practices.

At GoStudy, our goal is your success. Our approach is to give you the knowledge you’ll need to be successful, then guide and support you during and after the application process. We understand it can be complicated, so who better to help than our staff of former university international education professionals? We understand recruitment and admissions processes because we have many years of experience managing them at different institutions.

So have a look around, then let us know how we can help. We look forward to helping you realize your educational and career goals.

Our Staff

Debra De Bode

Debra is a veteran international education professional. For 15 years, she directed the international student and scholar services office of a large public university, overseeing teams responsible for recruiting and advising international students, and ensuring that they remain in compliance with U.S. immigration policies. Previous to her university service, Debra taught high school English and Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities like biking, hiking, skiing, and gardening.

Education: AA in Human Services, BA in English, MA in Public Administration.

Dave Engberg

Dave has worked in the international education field for over 20 years. Before joining GoStudy, he was the director of international program offices at several major public and private universities, taught English in Japan, and studied abroad in Germany. He has visited all 50 U.S. states, traveled to more than 30 countries, and enjoys meeting and speaking with people from around the world. When not working, Dave serves as a volunteer English teacher and enjoys biking and other outdoor activities.

Education: BAs in German and Geography, MA in Anthropology, Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration.


Geraldine Govaerts

Geraldine has more than 10 years of experience as an international educator. Prior to joining GoStudy, she worked in the international office at a major public university, where she oversaw international student recruitment and marketing. She loves educating prospective students (and their parents) about the application process, and helping students make the most of their studies while in the United States. In her free time, Geraldine teaches French classes and enjoys camping with her family.

Education: BA in Applied Communications and Public Relations, MA in Cultural Management.

Sally O'Neill

Sally has nearly 30 years of experience in international education at different universities. In addition to application and enrollment advising, she’s a visa and scholarship program expert. Sally lived in Belgium as a child, and participated in cultural exchanges in Mexico and Spain during high school and college. Because of these experiences, she’s a firm believer in the impact that education plays in changing people’s lives. In her free time, Sally enjoys making jewelry and playing Cajun music in a band with her husband.

Education: BAFA in Studio Arts, MA in Gemology.


Courses, advising, and editing services for international
students seeking admission to U.S. colleges and universities.

Our Goal

Our goal is to help you get into the U.S. college or university of your dreams, help you excel as a student, and help you succeed after graduating. If you can dream it, we can help!


Questions or comments? We'd love to hear from you!


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