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

Shahwar Ali

Marhaba! It means hi in Turkish. My name is Shahwar and I am 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.



Erica Woods

Erica Woods

Hola! I am a senior African and African American Studies major and Spanish minor. I am from Huntsville, Alabama. I studied a summer abroad in Costa Rica! The beaches were lovely, the people were wonderful, and my host family has become a big part of my current life! Best experience of my life! Come see me during the peer advisor hours. I will share with you my story and help you explore your own adventure outside the good ole U. S. of A! Happy Travels!



Cydney Hill

Cydney Hill

Hi Ya’ll! My name is Cydney Hill! I am from Batavia, Ohio and I am a senior at Berea College. I am a biology major and I aspire to be a Veterinarian.  I studied abroad in Ireland for a semester and was able to travel to multiple countries in Europe. Come see me at Peer Advising Hours and ask about my trip abroad!


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.