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Peer Ambassadors represent the Center for International Programs and the Abroad Programs they attended during Information Sessions, Class Visits and Office Hours. They are available by email to answer any questions you may have about studying abroad! They are also available upon request for presentations for student clubs and organizations. If interested, email them at!

Becoming a Peer Ambassador
Can’t stop talking about your experience abroad? Consider applying for a Peer Ambassador position with the Center for International ProgramsClick here to learn more & start an application. Applications for Fall 2015-Spring 2016 will be open August 1st and be due August 14th. 

Types of activities you should expect to do as a Peer Ambassador:
  • Help out and man a program table at the Study Abroad Fair
  • Post on the CIP's Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram accounts
  • Email and/or meet with prospective students
  • Speak about your study abroad experience and the application process at information sessions
  • Reach out to clubs and faculty to schedule times to speak at a meeting or class about study abroad
  • Attend pre-departure meetings to answer questions
  • Develop new ideas for how the CIP can improve their study abroad outreach efforts & implement them!

Meet the 2015-2016 Peer Ambassadors for the Center for International Programs!
kassabian Teddy Kassabian
Major: Finance

National University of Ireland, Galway
Fall 2014

Teddy says by the end of the semester, he felt more like a citizen than a tourist. His greatest achievement was being told by a professor that his Irish accent was almost passable.

Kurn Heidi Kurn
Major: Chemistry

IFSA-Butler: Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, Fall 2014

Heidi funded her study abroad experience by working and saving my money and taking out a student loan. She says, "Australia is expensive and traveling in Australia is a must so it is smart to plan ahead and make sure that you will have enough money."

Devon Lavery Devon Lavery
Major: Elementary Education & Special Education
Minor: Autism Studies

2014 SJU Summer Program in Greece

Devon believes that being in the location that is the focus of your learning adds so much more to the experience. This unique opportunity enhances learning while creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Emily Marussich Emily Marussich
Major: Communications
Minor: Psychology

American University of Rome, Spring 2014

Emily would encourage future students to seek out the international experience while abroad, saying "when else can you have a cappucino with someone from Dubai or argue politics with someone from Germany."
Mazzuchi Molly Mazzuchi
Major: Business Intelligence

2014 SJU Summer Program in China 
University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, Fall 2014

Molly would like to tell students, "while you're abroad make sure to take time to just wander and explore. It's fun to be touristy sometimes, but don’t limit yourself to the places you’ve read about in your guidebook.  I found some of my favorite spots in both China and Ireland from just walking around without an agenda."

kelly 0'connell Kelly O'Connell
Major(s): Communications, Entertainment Marketing

National University of Ireland in Galway, Spring 2014 

Before leaving for the semester, Kelly feared homesickness but says that day never came. She fell in love with the Irish culture and is looking to pursue graduate work abroad. 
Melissa Piccoli
Major: Political Science
Minor: Communications

UPCES Prague, Fall 2014

In regards to everything there is to do in Prague, Melissa regrets saying  “I have three months, I’ll get to it."  Before you know it, the last week is there and you are studying for finals and trying to wrap your head around the fact that you are leaving. So make the most of your time! 

abbey sa Abbey Porzucek
Major: Biology

Marquette University Service Learning Program
Cape Town, South Africa, Fall 2014

Abbey urges students to make local friends.  Locals are what make an experience abroad different than a vacation.  Becoming friends with people that come from completely different backgrounds, that look different, that talk different, and that act different makes you realize how similar all people are.  

Raneri Gina Raneri
Major: International Business
Minor: Finance

SPA 356 Study Tour to Spain, Spring 2014
Temple University in Rome, Italy, Fall 2014

Gina's most memorable experience abroad was her Italian Parliament internship where she was able to connect with locals and gain valuable career experience. One of the duties her internship entailed was to present research she conducted to a local group of students at the University of Rome, a few of them she still keeps in contact with today!

Julia Rizzuto Julia Rizzuto
Major: Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing
Minor: Italian

2014 SJU Summer Program in Rome

Julia's advice to students studying abroad is: "Don’t be afraid, be courageous. Be open minded and adventurous. And most importantly, do not hold back. Fill every minute with a new lesson and do everything you possibly can in your study abroad destination. Beware because you will be filled with unparalleled beauty and will learn the meaning of pure happiness."

Listen to Aidan Tyson, SJU Summer Program Peer Ambassador speak about his role with the CIP Office (Skip to 12:30). 

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