About Us

The Study Abroad Peer Advisors are a group of students who have previously studied abroad and are now dedicated to sharing their experiences with other students. As study abroad alumni the SAPAs offer a student's perspective and are equipped to answer questions that address issues which are central to the life of every college student, including such seemingly trivial things as eating, shopping, and doing laundry in your country of interest.

We assist students interested in learning more about UF’s study abroad opportunities by matching them with students who have studied on similar programs/locations, or who share similar academic interests. If you are interested in studying abroad and want to learn more about another student's experiences overseas, then come on over to the International Center in the Hub and speak with a Peer Advisor today!

How can you meet us?

  • Walk-in hours
    We hold in person walk-in hours Monday - Friday from 9:35am - 2:45pm.

  • Individual Advising
    If you are interested in studying abroad but do not know how to go about choosing a program, when to begin the application process, or if you just want to hear about another student's experience abroad, then you should consider meeting with a Peer Advisor. All Peer Advisors are trained to answer your questions about study abroad opportunities here at UF, and we are always happy to talk about our experiences and/or answer questions via phone, email or in person. Please visit the member page to view a list of peer advisors.

  • Study Abroad Presentations
    Are you planning a student meeting or lecture that could be tied in to study abroad opportunities at UF? Looking for an interesting guest speaker to liven up your classroom? Consider requesting a Peer Advisor to come speak to your class about study abroad opportunities here at the University of Florida. We as Peer Advisors are trained to present about the application process and answer questions about topics such as the main types of study abroad programs offered at UF, the transfer of credits from foreign institutions, and receiving financial aid while abroad. We frequently present at student organization meetings, First Year Florida classes, dormitories, and other gatherings. Please email ufsapa@gmail.com to request a presentation.

  • UF International Center Events
    The Study Abroad Peer Advisors routinely assist the UFIC with special events throughout the year. We attend pre-departure and re-entry sessions, the study abroad fair and the study abroad information sessions sponsored by the UFIC. Peer Advisors are also responsible for creating/managing a variety of activities related to study abroad throughout the year, such as tabling and information sessions.

Executive Board


Marlowe Starling


Kaitlyn Brus

Vice President of Outreach

Paige Sidwell

Vice President of Outreach

Sydney Patterson

Vice President of Finance

Olivia Palmer

Vice President of Internal Affairs

Katelyn Chan