About

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.

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.

The Peer Advisor organization is a unique asset to students wishing to study abroad in that it is a group of roughly 50 UF study abroad alumni who volunteer their time to assist with the study abroad process.

Because the students recently studied abroad they 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.

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 from 9 AM to 5 PM. Resuming Fall 2021

  • 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 contact link above to view a list of Peer Advisors, complete with the Peer Advisor's study abroad country and contact information. Our contact information is also available from the study abroad receptionist--stop by at any time!

  • 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.

Please feel free to contact the Peer Advisors at ufsapa@gmail.com with any additional questions. The UFIC advisor for this group is Kayleigh Nemeth, and he can be reached at knemeth@ufic.ufl.edu.

Contact

Executive Board

2020-2021

Justas Schillinger

President

Marlowe Starling

VP of Outreach

Jennifer Sparrow

Treasurer

Raeza Horn-Muller

VP of Special Events

Sidnie Semich

VP of Special Events

Caroline Bradley

Secretary