College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York

The Center for International Service
Study Abroad Peer Advisor Program

Through the Study Abroad Peer Advisor Program, the Center for International Service provides leadership and professional development opportunities to our returnees. The Center also benefits from student voice and representation to promote the message of the Center. Additionally, the Study Abroad Peer Advisor program fosters increased awareness of study abroad opportunities, benefits, and scholarships to the CSI community, and allows for future study abroad participants to gain firsthand knowledge of the programs.

Program and Study Abroad Peer Advisor Responsibilities

Those students who are selected to be Study Abroad Peer Advisors will complete an initial two-hour training and then be required to participate in monthly meetings throughout the academic year. The time commitment, including training, meetings, and regularly scheduled peer advising hours will be approximately 2-5 hours per week, depending upon students’ availability and the schedule of activities and/or events. While not required, Study Abroad Peer Advisors are strongly encouraged to attend events held by the Center, including International Coffee Hours and World on Wednesday (WOW) lectures. Upon successful completion of the Program, including participation in program evaluation, Study Abroad Peer Advisors will be recognized with a certificate of completion from the Center for International Service.

Study Abroad Peer Advisor Responsibilities

  • Tabling
  • Posting flyers
  • Assisting with advising
  • Completing research
  • Participating in info sessions
  • Speaking at pre-departure orientations       
  • Participating in student panels
  • Representing CSI and the Center at local study abroad fairs as well as other events held on campus
  • Blogging for Dolphins Across the Seven Seas
  • Editing promotional materials

Meet the Study Abroad Peer Advisors

If you're interested in learning more about a specific program or the study abroad experience in general, please contact one of our current Study Abroad Peer Advisors!

Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

  • Patricia Bauer – Guayaquil, ECUADOR, Summer 2013
  • Rachel DiVirgilio – London, ENGLAND, Summer 2013
  • Marwa Janini – Florence, ITALY, Winter 2012
  • Katherine McSherry - London, ENGLAND, Summer 2012 AND Rome, ITALY, Summer 2013
  • Alyssa Olivo – Thessaloniki, GREECE, Summer 2013

Fall 2012

How to Get Involved

Study Abroad Peer Advisors, who must be study abroad alumni, are recruited prior to the start of each academic year. After submitting an application, qualified applicants will be asked to participate in an interview with the Education Abroad Staff after which a small group of exemplary candidates will be chosen as Study Abroad Peer Advisors.

2014-2015 Application Deadline Monday, August 11th
Access the application here!

If you are interested in becoming a Study Abroad Peer Advisor or have questions about the program, please contact Renee Cassidy, Study Abroad Advisor, at or (718)982-2100.