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Peer Ambassadors

Peer Ambassadors represent the Center for International Programs and the abroad programs they attended during information sessions, class visits, and special events.  They are available by email to answer any questions you may have about studying abroad.  

Becoming a Peer Ambassador
Can’t stop talking about your experience abroad?  Want to "pay it forward?"  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 2020-2021 Peer Ambassadors for the Center for International Programs!
Christina Barthel
National University of Ireland, Galway, Spring 2020

Hi everyone! My name is Christina Barthel and I am a current Junior and majoring in Linguistics. I am a military brat, but my family currently lives in the D.C. area. Some things about me is that I like to learn new languages and travel to new places. During the spring semester of 2020 I had the opportunity to attend the National University of Ireland, Galway. I had such an amazing time while abroad by traveling to different countries, being immersed in different cultures and making new friends. Although my time abroad was cut short I cannot wait to go back! My email is If you have any questions or further information please don't hesitate to contact me.
C. Barthel PA Photo
Claire Berger
Loyola Vietnam Center, Fall 2019

Xin chao! My name is Claire Berger and I am a senior Chemistry major with minors in Health Care Ethics and Asian Studies. For Fall 2019, I was one of the first SJU students to study abroad in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam! I studied abroad through the Loyola University Chicago Vietnam Center and loved every second of my experience. From the $1 street food and Vietnamese iced coffees, a small and close-knit program size, and getting around on the back of a motorbike, Vietnam brought me some of my closest friends and most cherished memories. With 3-day weekends, weekend travel was convenient and inexpensive- allowing travel to other cities in Vietnam or countries within Southeast and East Asia. We also had pre-planned group excursions, allowing everyone in the program to travel to different destinations to learn more about Vietnam's rich history, as well as a long weekend to Cambodia! Despite the frequent travel, I was grateful to be immersed with locals as I participated in service-learning to tutor locals in English, made friends with street food vendors, and went out for weekly meals with our Vietnamese University student partner ambassadors. I would be happy to talk to anyone about studying abroad in Vietnam, or going abroad in general so please feel free to reach out with any questions!
Claire Berger 
Annie Mackert
The American University of Rome, Fall 2019

Contact Annie at to chat about her semester in Rome!
Annie Mackert
Sophie Page
UPCES: Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies, Fall 2019

Hello, I'm Sophie! I studied abroad in Fall 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. My experience was incredible and completely changed my outlook on the world. To contact me, my email is
Sophie Page Prague
Luisa Rojo
Saint Louis University Madrid, Spring 2020

Hi, my name is Luisa Rojo. My own exploration of life outside Puerto Rico, where I am from, began at a young age and continued in much depth throughout my teenage years. Each region, country, and continent that I have traveled to has made me see life from a different lens, as I like to call it. I came to realize that each exploration has had a trace on who I am now. I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain in the 2020 Spring Semester. Although my experience was cut short because of COVID-19, it was still an amazing experience. If you have an interest in studying abroad feel free to reach out at
L. Rojo Madrid
Abigail Staiger
The American University of Rome, Fall 2019

Studying Abroad during the fall semester of my junior year in Rome, Italy was the best decision I have made in my college experience. I traveled to 16 countries and 31 cities. I would be so excited to tell you my story or answer any questions! Please feel free to email me at, or follow me on instagram at abigail_staiger.
Abigail Staiger PA Bio
Camille Steele
St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, Spring 2020

Hi! My name is Camille Steele and I am a junior here at SJU. I am a double major in Marketing and Managing Human Capital. I am originally from the Northern Virginia/ D.C. area. Some facts about me are that I like to volunteer, going to concerts with friends, and traveling to new places. I was able to study abroad in London in the spring of 2020. My time abroad was filled with traveling and making new friends. I definitely believe that studying abroad is very rewarding. My email is please reach out if you have any questions!
C. Steele London
Elizabeth Tsiouvaras
IFSA - University of Auckland, Fall 2019

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Tsiouvaras. I am a Junior Criminal Justice Major. I had the opportunity to study abroad in Auckland, New Zealand the fall semester of my Junior year. I love to travel and this experience has encouraged me to pursue my passion of seeing the world. I enjoy meeting new people, hiking, being outdoors, and trying new adventures. My travel abroad experience made for a semester I will never forget and I would love to share more about my journey in New Zealand with you, so if you are considering studying abroad, feel free to reach out. My email is
E. Tsiouvaras Auckland
Micaela Weiserth
Saint Louis University Madrid, Fall 2019

Hola a todos! My name is Micaela Weiserth and I am a senior international business and Spanish double major with a minor in finance from Washington Township, NJ. I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain through the Saint Louis University Madrid program in the Fall 2019. Living with a Spanish host family in the capital city of Madrid was an amazing experience, as well as taking my classes at an international university. I loved practicing my Spanish in everyday life, whether it was at school, on the Metro, or with my host parents. My language skills most definitely improved, along with my confidence in speaking the language! Aside from living in Madrid for the semester, I also had the opportunity to visit many surrounding countries. So, if you have any questions about studying abroad in general, or more specifically about studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, please do not hesitate to reach out to me! I look forward to supporting you through the process and cannot wait to hear from you!

M. Weiserth SLU Madrid