The Office of Study Abroad has several Peer Advisers on staff that are MSU students who have already studied abroad. They are trained to help you become aware of the range of available opportunities abroad at MSU and are available online and for walk-in advising in our Resource Room.
Peer Advisers are more than happy to tell you about their experiences, answer your questions, and give you advice. They can help you find a program that suits your schedule, major and interests. They can guide you through the application process, answer questions about scholarships and financial aid, and offer a student perspective on the various aspects of being abroad and returning home.
Phone: (517) 433-8922
*Resource Room: Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
*The Study Abroad Resource Room is located in room 108 of the International Center (427 N. Shaw Lane) and is staffed by Peer Advisers who are there to help anyone who walks in and is interested in studying abroad. It is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The Resource Room also contains flyers for every MSU program, scholarship and financial aid information, computers to search for programs, and program evaluations from past participants.
Peer Advisers can provide you with a 15-20 minute presentation about study abroad at MSU followed by a short Q&A session.
We’d be happy to come to your residence hall at a convenient time and date (evening presentations are fine). Peer Advisers will provide an overview of the wide variety of study abroad opportunities, types of programs, finances, how to begin searching, and information on the application process.
To arrange a presentation, please contact Nick Schrader and include the following in your request:
Please schedule any presentations as least two weeks in advance.
Hometown: Pompano Beach, Florida
Majors: Economics and Finance
Study Abroad Program: Freshman Seminar Abroad in Japan
About Akili... Japan is a nation of dualities and contradictions with a rich history. Even though I was only there for two weeks, it was the experience of a lifetime because every day was an adventure. Not only was I exposed to a host of sights and sounds that changed what I previously thought of that region of the world, but I also had fun the whole time. I believe a unique aspect of the program is that it was a Freshman Seminar Abroad, meaning that all the students who took part were incoming college freshmen. What better way to prepare for the college experience then to travel to a side of the world that you are completely unfamiliar with and take university courses. As crazy as that sounds, the experience really did prepare us for college by forcing us to become independent and think inquisitively. In one instance we were required to explore the city of Kyoto on a scavenger hunt. The only way to get around was to learn how the public transportation worked, not only did we have no idea how it operated but there also a language barrier we had to overcome. This mirrored what I had to go through during my first semester at Michigan State trying to figure out how the CATA buses ran, thankfully I was prepared.
Major (specialization): Supply Chain Management (Information Technology)
Study Abroad Program: Marketing and Business in London, England (UK)
About Rui... I went to London to study business and marketing over winter break. Some highlights during my stay in London were visiting JP Morgan, Eli Lily, and Oxford University, wandering at Shakespeare’s hometown, joining the New Year’s Parade and trying to pick up British accent from the local people. The best part of all was to have a group of awesome peers from the Business College to explore, learn and laugh together. It was one of the best experiences I have ever had in college.
Hometown: Fowlerville, Michigan
Major (minor): Civil Engineering (Spanish)
Study Abroad programs:
Being able to study abroad on three different programs has been an absolutely amazing experience!
The Freshman Seminar really gave me the opportunity to broaden my horizons and meet new friends even before attending MSU. To this day I am best friends with some of these friends.
Spending a semester abroad was a really difficult decision to make. Leaving friends and family for that long was tough but was worth it. I was able to live with an Ecuadorian host family who was absolutely incredible and made me a part of their family. From playing around with my 5 year-old cousin to exploring the city with my 21 year-old sister, I got everything I could’ve ever needed to help me succeed in a foreign country. A semester-long program really allows for you to not only experience the culture but to become a part of that culture as well. Attending classes with Ecuadorian students, hanging out where they do, going to the local farmers market every Saturday; you become Ecuadorian.
Spending the summer in Turkey was an incredible time! I learned that even if you do not know the language, it does not mean that you cannot communicate. Immersing yourself in a new culture is one thing but immersing yourself in a new culture where you cannot speak the language is much more difficult. Just living there I was able to learn communicative Turkey and even start to fit in to the culture. Taking engineering classes even helped to keep me on track to graduate on time. Educational excursions included in the program fee enabled us to see more of Turkey, learn more of the culture, and keep costs more manageable.
Hometown: Big Rapids, Michigan
Major (minor): Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science (Religious Studies)
Study Abroad Program: Britain and the World: Politics, Love and Conflict
About Logan... Coming from a small town in northern Michigan and being the first in my family to go to college, I never imagined I would have the opportunity to study in the United Kingdom. My program changed how I understand my place in the international community, equipped me with the tools to think critically about my own background, and gave me the confidence to handle new and unfamiliar situations. I also took enough credits while abroad that I’m expecting to graduate early. Studying abroad fundamentally changed my experience here at MSU, and I hope I can use what I’ve learned to guide other students in securing this incredible opportunity for themselves.
Hometown: Southgate, Michigan
Study Abroad Program: La Trobe University in Australia
About Devyn... I spent a semester studying at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. My program was one of the best things I will ever do. I volunteered as part of my lecturer’s research and worked with tammar wallabies, which was amazing because I saw practically new born babies up close in the pouch. I visited amazing places like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, camped in the Outback, scuba dived in the Great Barrier Reef, bungy jumped and sky dived in Cairns. The best part though was the amazing people I met. I was fortunate enough to spend 5 months getting to know native Australians and international students from all over the world. Ironically I came to find that, Aussies and internationals like Americans all enjoy ending a good night out with a trip to McDonalds, or Maccas as they call it in AUS!
Hometown: Commerce, Michigan
Major: Special and Elementary Education, Social Studies, TESOL
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About Taylor... My Freshman Seminar in South Africa was a perfect way for me to transition myself in college. I was able to complete coursework while drawing on the authentic experiences that I was having right there in the country. Some of my favorite experiences were visiting the District 6 museum and comparing that to one of my favorite alien movies, District 9, which mimicked the apartheid, and getting a private tour of Robbin Island from anti-apartheid activist and friend of Nelson Mandela, Eddie Daniels.
My internship in India brought whole new experiences and a wealth of benefits. Being able to live in the small village of Choglamsar, I was able to really connect to the community by participating in everyday activities with my local friends like my favorite, chai breaks approximately five times a day! While there, I created an ESL curriculum for a small tutoring program. This was by far the most practical, real-life experience I have had in my field to date. I also got to meet my hero, the Dalai Lama!
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
Majors: International Studies (IDS) and French
Study Abroad Program: The European Union, Globalization, and Social Change in Belgium and France
About Sapna... My study abroad took place in Strasbourg, France and Brussels, Belgium. Both cities were so much fun and unique in their own way. Strasbourg was culturally very rich, swarming with college kids from the nearby university and tourists with the pace of life seeming very slow and relaxing. Brussels on the other hand was utter madness, in a good way. I lived in a hostel where I met youngsters from all over the world, doing the same thing I was -- experiencing a new city for the first time. We all went out together and explored new restaurants, local hangouts spots etc. It was a blast. Classes were at the university so we were in a setting where there were many kids our same age. We even got lucky and happened to be in Belgium when they got a new king. That day was full of festivities and parades, face paintings, and national pride. It was an experience I will never forget! What made this study abroad so much fun and so special was the independence. Once class was over we were free to do whatever we liked. I think this is very important when you go to new places as it teaches you how to adapt and appreciate where your location.
If so, then perhaps you would like to apply for a Peer Adviser position!
OSA employs MSU students who have already studied abroad to work in our office providing study abroad advising. During the week, Peer Advisers (PA’s) work in our Resource Room answering questions for students (and parents) who are interested in studying abroad. In addition, PA’s assist program leaders at information meetings and give presentations to audiences interested in study abroad opportunities. They also staff campus-wide events such as Welcome Week, Inside MSU, Green and White Days, Marathon of Majors, and of course, the Study Abroad Fair!
Some of our Peer Advisers have even appeared in local, regional and national television and radio ads. Others are featured in our State News print ads promoting study abroad.
If this sounds interesting to you, complete an application. Deadline dates are listed on the application.
All applicants must be a registered student at MSU, have participated in a university‐level, credit‐bearing study abroad program, have strong communication and public speaking skills and possess computer skills including, but not limited to, word processing, e‐mail, spreadsheets, and social media. A minimum of 10 hours is expected of all Peer Advisers per week.
There are many benefits of becoming a Peer Adviser:
Turn in your application today!