Trying to find a program? Wondering how to fund it? Nervous about living abroad? You're not alone!
Study Abroad Mentor Program Peer Advisors have been there and they're here for you. The StAMP Peer Advisors are University of Texas at Austin students who have studied abroad. The Peer Advisors are trained to help you become aware of the range of available opportunities abroad, think through which ones might be best for you, and get you started in the application process. Peer Advisors are available for walk-in advising in the International Office, and can also be reached via email and telephone throughout the academic year and summer.
Peer Advising Walk-in Hours (during Fall and Spring semesters)
|Day of the Week||Hours||Last Check-in Time*|
|Monday - Friday||9:00am - 5:00pm||(4:30pm)|
*Last sign-in time is subject to change during busy advising periods.
Any requests for Peer Advisor presentations in your FIG class, residence hall socials, or organization meetings can be submitted through this presentation request form.
Peer Advisors 2015 - 2016
NHI LE, Neuroscience (Senior Peer Advisor)
Study Abroad Program: Engineering Design & Graphics in Vienna, Austria (Faculty-Led)
International Experience: Austria, Switzerland and Czech Republic.
"I wanted to be a Peer Advisor so that I can help other students who might be overwhelmed with all of the planning and worry that comes with studying abroad. I wasn’t sure of what I was getting into when I started my own study abroad process and I want to be available to those who have questions or need advice and encouragement. I had some of my most unforgettable adventures while abroad and I want to reach out to help other students who are dreaming of experience their own memorable moments."
OLIVER BABCOCK, International Relations & Global Studies and Government
Study Abroad Program: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany (Year Exchange)
International Experience: Studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany for one year. Traveled to Switzerland, France, Lichtenstein, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Spain, England, Italy, Belgium, and The Netherlands.
"Having gone in one end of study abroad and come out the other, I know that the advice my peer advisor gave me at the very beginning helped me to make the most of my study abroad program as well as my time abroad in general. It's a big world out there, and I wanted to be a study abroad peer advisor so that I can be that first step in a great experience as well as meet some of the students heading out on their own adventure."
ANDRES "ANDY" CERECERO, Government
Study Abroad Program: Japan (tentative)
International Experience: I have previously lived in Mexico.
"I have always been interested in international affairs and in study abroad, so I'm excited to learn more about the process and share what I learn with other students hoping to go abroad."
CINNAMON CORNELL, Journalism and Public Relations
Study Abroad Program: Urban Economic Development in Cape Town, South Africa (Maymester)
International Experience: Cape Town South Africa, London, Canada, Shanghai China, Beijing China
"I wanted to be a peer advisor because I am a true advocate for studying abroad. I want to push students to take advantage of every opportunity the University of Texas at Austin has to offer. I want to show students they are capable of accomplishing their goals and dreams. Studying abroad is essential for UT students to truly change the world."
MARIE GUERMOND, Government/Latin American Studies
Study Abroad Program: Santiago, Chile (Semester Exchange)
International Experience: Born, lived, and visits family in France, short trips to Canada, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, and Mexico, a two month solo backpacking adventure in Argentina, and a year studying abroad in Chile.
"I wanted to be a peer advisor because my year abroad has been a defining moment of my college career, and I would like to encourage and help all others who have an itch to discover the world."
FAITH IZUEGBU, Youth and Community Studies/Educational Psychology minor
Study Abroad Program: Sydney, Australia (Exchange); Urban Economic Development in Cape Town, South Africa (Maymester)
International Experience: Australia for five months; Cape Town, South Africa for one month.
"I wanted to be a peer advisor in Study Abroad to get more underrepresented students, like myself, abroad."
BRAD MAHONEY, Computer Science
Study Abroad Program: University College London, England (Exchange)
International Experience: While I was abroad I traveled all over Europe including Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, and of course England.
"I absolutely loved my study abroad experience and I wanted to help others who may not think study abroad is possible for them have the same experience. I also really wanted to stay involved with the Study Abroad office."
SHIRIN MANSOORI, Sport Management
Study Abroad Program: Oxford Brookes University, England (Exchange)
International Experience: Traveled to 14 different countries: Mexico, Iran, Dubai, Japan, the Bahamas, Spain, France, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
"I wanted to become a peer advisor to not only share my incredible study abroad experience, but to convince students to take this one time chance in college to travel the world, to create unique friendships, to become immersed in other cultures, to broaden their perspective on life, and to learn in a different environment."
CHRISTINA MAXEY, Biochemistry
Study Abroad Program: Korea University International (Summer Exchange)
International Experience: South Korea
"I want to let other natural science pre-meds know that they have time to study abroad without feeling restricted to research or science courses. I also want to advocate the general importance of cross-cultural experiences."
JOHN PAUL NAPLETON, International Relation & Global Studies/Public Relations
Study Abroad Program: Urban Economic Development in Cape Town, South Africa (Maymester) and Language & Culture in Santander, Spain (Summer Faculty-Led)
International Experience: I was originally born in Mexico City, Mexico and have been blessed with the opportunity to travel throughout my life. I have visited 9 different countries: Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, London, Spain, France, Italy and South Africa.
"I firmly believe that every student in college should have the experience of traveling abroad while in college, whether it’s interning, studying or volunteering. I want to be there to help students with this process and make it a possibility. I’ve always had a passion for traveling and learning about the different cultures, language and practices around the world. I want to share that with others and inform them of the endless possibilities that the University offers."
MADISON ROSER, Geography/Geology minor
Study Abroad Program: University of Tasmania (Exchange)
International Experience: Tasmania, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Costa Rica, Puerto Vallarta, and repelling off mountains in Vera Cruz!
"I love talking to students and sharing my experiences. I am a huge advocate for traveling and immersing yourself in new environments/cultures!"