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?

erika howard in peru

Erika Howard

Hello! My name is Erika Howard and I studied abroad in Germany and Peru. I was awarded the Foreign Language Grant for my semester in Germany and the Independent Sloane Shelton Grant for my summer in Peru.

Kate Thompson

Hi! I’m Katie Thompson, a graduating Senior of 2019 as an Asian Studies major with a Business minor. My semester abroad was spent in Shanghai, China under the CIEE for Intensive Chinese Learning. I was able to go under the Gilman and Freeman Asia scholarship that I am happy to help anyone else apply to. Post graduation I hope to go back abroad and teach English for a year and return home to pursue audiology school.

Katie Thompson sitting on a bridge
magenta palo posing

Magento Palo

My name is Magenta Palo. I am a junior Art History major. I grew up in a tiny village in Ohio called Newton Falls. In the spring of 2018 I studied abroad in London, England, Paris, France, and Cape Town, South Africa for six weeks each. My hobbies include exploring, doodling, and meeting new people.

Kayla Santos

Hello, my name is Kayla Santos and I am an Asian Studies major graduating this December. I have studied abroad in Japan on the KIIS program in Summer 2016 and spent the last academic year in Daegu, South Korea on a direct exchange program with Keimyung University. I can’t wait to help more students go abroad, so please come by with any and all questions so we can help you find the program that’s best for you!

kayal santos peer advisor

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.