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
|Day||Hours||Last sign-in time*|
|Monday||12 p.m. – 5 p.m.||(4:30 p.m.)|
|Tuesday||12 p.m. – 5 p.m.||(4:30 p.m.)|
|Wednesday||9 a.m. – 1 p.m.||(12:30 p.m.)|
|Thursday||12 p.m. – 5 p.m.||(4:30 p.m.)|
|Friday||12 p.m. – 5 p.m.||(4:30 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.
MIA COLLINS, Georgraphy, International Relations and Global Studies
Study Abroad Program: Botswana Faculty-led & Bogazici, Turkey Exchange
International Experience: I traveled to Switzerland and France when I was eight, which spurred my love for travel. At sixteen, I studied and lived in Florence, Italy for a month during the summer and traveled throughout Italy. I went on the first faculty-led program in Botswana in 2012, and explored South Africa once the program ended. I studied in Istanbul in Fall 2013, and traveled throughout Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland during my stay.
I wanted to be a peer advisor to share my love of travel and culture with other students. I think it’s important to step out of your comfort zone and into an entirely different way of life. It makes you better appreciate other cultures, as well as you own, and gives you skills you can utilize for life’s next adventure, whatever that may be. I want to help students find programs perfectly suited for them and be able to answer any questions they may have regarding study abroad. It’s an incredible opportunity to have and I want to make sure the entire experience is enjoyable and worthwhile.
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 2014
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.
APARNA KUMAR, Public Relations
Study Abroad Program: CIEE Seoul, South Korea
International Experience: My family traveled to India every few years to visit family.
I wanted to be a Peer Advisor because I know how important studying abroad was for me and I want to encourage other students to apply as well. Traveling and leaving your comfort zone is so crucial to better understanding the world and I know I would not have been able to study abroad without the help I received from the Study Abroad Office. I want to be a resource for other students in order to make their preparations to study abroad a little easier.
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: TBT
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: TBT
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.