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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 peerambassador@sju.edu!


Becoming a Peer Ambassador
Can’t stop talking about your experience abroad? Consider applying for a Peer Ambassador position with the Center for International Programs.

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!
 
   
   
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Dori Gelman
Major: Marketing
Minor: Spanish

SPA 356 Study Tour to Spain, Spring 2014
Saint Louis University in Madrid, Spain, Spring 2015

Dori advises, "while you may be tempted to jet set every weekend, make sure you have weekends where you are staying in your home city. One of the best things that I did was make time to stay in Madrid. You only see so much during your transit to and from classes. The weekends that I spent in Madrid made me change from a tourist to a citizen."

 
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."
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Lizzie Lanzilotti
Major: International Relations
Minor: Italian

Florence University of the Arts, Spring 2015

Lizzie says she now feels a connection to places previously foreign to me all over the world, thanks to the wonderful individuals she met during events at her internship hosted in Florence. She learned about the traditions and customs of their respective countries based on their dinner habits, greetings, and fashion styles, to name a few. All in the name of intercultural dialouge and relations!

 
   
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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."
KM Kathryn Miller
Major: Spanish
Minor: Linguistics

University of Delaware in Granada, Spain, Spring 2015 

While abroad, don't get too wrapped up in what's happening at home. Your friends and family will be there waiting for you when you return. Without really living in the moment you are in you will come back realizing there is so much more you could've done. 
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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!

 
 
 
   
   

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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