Center for International Education

Education Abroad Peer Advisors

Thinking about studying abroad? Start the process by meeting with an Education Abroad Peer Advisor. Our amazing CIE Peer Advisor team is available Monday-Thursday 6-8 in Woods-Penn 207!

What is a Peer Advisor?

A Peer Advisor (PA) is a student who has previously studied abroad and who wishes to encourage other students to do the same. PAs offer an engaging student’s perspective on the whole process. A PA should be the first person that prospective Education Abroad participants meet with (the Education Abroad Advisor can help with more specific details later on). PAs offer advice on selecting a program and information about funding. They also conduct classroom visits and presentations at labor meetings in other departments.

Who are the Peer Advisors?


Shahwar Ali

Marhaba! It means hi in Turkish. I am  Shahwar from Pakistan. I am a Junior majoring in Communication. I studied abroad in Istanbul, Turkey for a summer. One cool thing about me is that almost all of my friends are Nursing major even though I never studied Nursing.




Amanda Burns 

Oi gente! My name is Amanda and I am a senior Biology major here at Berea. Amongst my time here, I was granted the opportunity of a lifetime to spend a semester abroad in Brazil, and man, did I fall in love. If you are interested in studying abroad during or after college, come see me! I’d love to help you in your endeavors to travel abroad.






Liana Madrid

Annyeong ! My name is Liana, and I am originally from south Texas. I am a senior at Berea majoring in Communication. I got the opportunity to study abroad in one of our various exchange programs located in Daegu, South Korea during my junior year Spring semester. I can honestly say that being a foreigner in a land that is vastly different from the US never gets old! If you’re curious to know more about Berea’s exchange programs or about studying abroad in general, feel free to visit me at peer advising hours. Let’s get you abroad!




Megan Keller 

Hi everyone, my name is Megan Keller! I am a senior here at Berea and I’m a Sociology major with a Peace and Social Justice minor. I studied abroad spring semester 2014 in London, England and it was the best four months of my entire life. I’m a peer advisor now because I want to encourage as many Berea students to study abroad as possible. Please come see us soon in the CIE to find out about how you can study abroad too!



When can I meet with a Peer Advisor?

Our amazing CIE Peer Advisor team is available Monday-Thursday 6-8 in Woods-Penn 207!

How can I become a Peer Advisor?

If you have studied abroad and are passionate about helping others to do the same, we encourage you to consider becoming a PA. For more information, contact the Education Abroad Team (email below).


Contact the Education Abroad Team at or (859) 985-3453, or drop by Woods-Penniman 205.