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 (summer hours effective May 11, 2015)
|Day||Hours||Last sign-in time*|
|Monday||1 p.m. – 4 p.m.||(3:30 p.m.)|
|Tuesday||1 p.m. – 4 p.m.||(3:30 p.m.)|
|Wednesday||1 p.m. – 4 p.m.||(3:30 p.m.)|
|Thursday||1 p.m. – 4 p.m.||(3:30 p.m.)|
|Friday||1 p.m. – 4 p.m.||(3:30 p.m.)|
*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 2014 - 2015
CHELSEA JONES, Senior Peer Advisor, Social Work
Study Abroad Program: Social Entrepreneurship in Bejing; Community and Social Development in Ghana-Maymesters
International Experience: Fellowship Internship; Dandelion School for Migrant Children – Beijing, China
I wanted to be a peer advisor to provide others with the assistance and resources I was provided, that prepared me for the experience of a lifetime.
NICOLE PAZARY, Psychology (Pre- Physical Therapy)
Study Abroad Program: Exchange- The University of Sydney
International Experience: Volunteer trip in Ireland for 2 weeks, Exchange in Sydney for 6 months
I really wanted to be a peer advisor to encourage other students to study abroad. It is such a valuable experience, and everyone should go abroad at some point. I wanted to show students that even if it doesn’t seem feasible, there are a lot of options out there that will help make their dream a reality!
YAFFA MEERAN, Finance
Study Abroad Program: BBA Exchange in Paris, France
International Experience: I visited 10 countries while living in Paris! I also used to live in Dubai and have relatives in India, so I visit often. My favorite places that I have visited are Croatia and southern Spain.
Studying abroad was one of the best experiences of my life. I would love to share my passion for the program with other students and, hopefully, persuade them to make the best decision of their college career. I leaned so much, academically, culturally, and personally, from studying abroad. I want to make sure as many students as possible get the same chances as I did.
MADISON ROSER, Geography, Geology minor
Study Abroad Program: University of Tasmania, Spring 2015
International Experience: 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!
NHI LEE, Neuroscience
Study Abroad Program: Engineering Design & Graphics in Vienna, Austria
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.
RACHEL THOMPSON, Journalism
Study Abroad Program: IES Dublin Internship (Summer 2013), IES Barcelona (Spring 2014)
International Experience: Mexico, England, Italy, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium, Spain, Czech Republic, Morocco, Portugal, Greece, The Netherlands
Studying abroad is a haven for adventure and one of the best decisions I’ve made. It was a great way to practice my Spanish and discover a new culture. I loved studying abroad so much and wanted to help other students make it happen.
STEPHANIE PIÑA, Government & International Relations
Study Abroad Program: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul Exchange Program (Fall 2013), Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Spring 2014)
One of my priorities is to make myself available to others whom are planning to go abroad, especially those whom are currently finding themselves without any guidance and are maybe too shy to ask for any help.
JIRIKA "DYLAN" KITCHEN NIKOLETOPOULOS, Broadcast Journalism
Study Abroad Program: AIFS: Richmond in Florence Italy- Full year
International Experience: I was born in Switzerland and lived there for seven years. Although I lived in the US for 14 years of my life, I love to travel and have been to many places in across the US, Mexico and Canada. After completing my year studying abroad I spent an extra three months working as a bartender in Sicily living with my host family from Florence.
I know I needed an outlet for staying connected to the world once I returned to Austin. I love working with other people and want others to have the same amazing experience that I did while I was abroad.
EVAN CARTER, Government and Computer Science
Study Abroad Program: University College London
International Experience: England, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Mexico
I wanted to be a peer advisor so I could encourage others thinking about studying in another country that studying abroad was the best experience I have had in college.
CYNTHIA RAYA, Pre-Nursing
Study Abroad Program: Barcelona
International Experience: I have gone to Mexico, specifically: Michoacán, Cancun, and Guadalajara. I would love to travel to different countries. I would love to experience different cultures via study abroad because I would learn a great deal, grow, respect, and develop understanding for those that are different from me.
I want to help students who share my passion for traveling start on an enriching adventure. I want to help students be able to experience new cultures while they continue their education.
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.