OSA provides a number of resources for students to seek advice regarding study abroad. Appointments with Peer Advisors and Staff Advisors are available. Before attending an advising appointment, we ask that you spend some time reading through our policies, procedures and program list on the OSA website. You can also watch our "Study Abroad 101" video and our helpful video tutorial, How to Research Study Abroad.
OSA staff members will be working remotely and are still available to meet digitally over Zoom, wherever you are. Limited in person appointments will also available in accordance with state and local health measures. Schedule a meeting with a study abroad advisor below.
OSA Peer Advisors are all returned study abroad students who have been trained to help prospective study abroad students in making informed decisions regarding study abroad. Peer Advisors hold office hours and are available to meet with prospective students as you inquire about study abroad opportunities, the application process, OSA policies and procedures, or are simply seeking a student perspective on international education. While Peer Advisors have regional expertise and experience, they are qualified to advise on all programs across the globe. Meetings with Peer Advisors resume during the academic year.
OSA is staffed with advisors who have experience working with undergraduates from all majors. Our advisors have studied, worked and lived abroad in their own lives, and have spent their careers helping students prepare for and adjust to host countries and academic cultures that are different from our own. Our advisors are available to assist you in clarifying your educational objectives for study abroad and matching them to an appropriate program. Advisors are available for appointments year-round (excluding University holidays) and can meet with you during the summer over Zoom. **A note for students: as each advising appointment is tailored to a student's specific study abroad goals and programs of interest, please limit one student per appointment slot. Students should not bring friends, roommates, etc. with them to a scheduled advising appointment.**
All OSA advisors are trained to answer questions regarding approved programs in any region. If you are just starting out and are unsure of where you would like to go, feel free to make an appointment with any advisor. If you are interested in a particular program or host country, our advisors' regional specialties are listed below:
Ms. Meredith Connelly advises for the following regions:
Europe - France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Ireland, U.K., Scandinavia, and the Netherlands
Washington Semester Program
Exchange Programs outside of Europe - National University of Singapore, ITAM, USFQ, UniAndes
Mr. Joseph Michel advises for the follow regions:
Europe - Scandinavia, Czech Republic, Russia, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Greece, CIEE Open Campus
Siena Farrar advises for the following regions:
Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania, Middle East
Study Abroad Returnee Contact (SARCs)
The Study Abroad Returnee Contact (SARC) Program provides a platform for returnee study abroad students to share their advice and experience with students who are searching for a program and preparing to study abroad. Each semester, the Office of Study Abroad recruits returnees to help prospective study abroad students find the program that is right for them, as well as give insider advice about their host country and its academic culture, history and daily life. Prospective study abroad students can access a list of SARC's and reach out directly via email with their questions!