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Peer Advisors & Study Abroad Ambassadors

Thinking about studying abroad? Ask our student experts how to navigate international territory! Stop in during their hours, or email them to set up an appointment.


Lauren Angelini

Rome, Italy         

Temple University Rome, Fall 2011

Majors: Advertising & Entrepreneurship


This experience has changed me in so many ways for the better. From studying abroad I have gained confidence in myself, including my ideas, knowledge, and decisions. I am also much less anxious and have learned to love the unexpected. I now know that no matter what may happen, I will somehow figure it out. I have developed the skills to figure out tough situations and have the confidence in myself to know that I can. Therefore, I no longer have the same worries caused by self-doubt.




Lauren Bateman

Santiago, Chile   

IFSA-Butler Chilean Universities Program, Fall 2011

Majors: Communications & Spansih


Choosing to study in Santiago, Chile through IFSA-Butler was the best decision I could have possibly made. Living in a homestay and creating friendships with my Chilean peers enabled me to immerse myself into local culture and take full advantage of my time abroad. Some of my most memorable moments were hiking through the southern region of Patagonia and traveling to Perú to see the world-famous Incan ruins of Macchu Picchu. I also had the opportunity to return to Chile for a brief research period during the summer or 2012 as a result of my semester abroad, which helped me to perfect my Spanish language skills.

Cambriae Bates

Chiang Mai, Thailand    

TEAN, Fall 2012

Majors: Mass Media & Production


I wanted to study abroad because I knew that there was so much more to the world than what I was surrounded by and I wanted to learn about it. I wanted to experience different people, practices, and everyday life so it could expand who I was as a person. I chose to study in Thailand because I thought the culture would be on the opposite end of the spectrum compared to my everyday life and I was right. Certain things on my journey were a challenge, but every challenge was worth what I took away.


Kalli Beck

Rome, Italy
Temple University Rome, Spring 2012
Majors: Poltical Science & GUS

MollieI always had a strong desire to travel and learn about other cultures. However, my semester in Rome has turned this dream of traveling into a desire to live in other cultures and it has given me the confidence to really make this happen.

Be as open-minded as possible. Put yourself out of your comfort zone because it will make your experience that much better and make you see things differently. Eat things you wouldn't normally eat, do things you wouldn't normally do, and talk to people you don't know. You will only regret the things you didn't do!

Brian Berry

London, UK
Arcadia University, Queen Mary Univeristy, Fall 2012
Majors: Poltical Science & GUS

Brian My most memorable experience from my time abroad was taking a bus tour of the Scottish highlands, and seeing the finest landscapes the world has to offer





Talia Bronson

Barcelona, Spain          

IES Barcelona, Spring 2012

Majors: Anthropology & Spanish

Talia Pack what you need. I packed as though I was going on vacation which was a huge mistake. Think of your suitcase as your moving van. You are moving to Italy for three months with limited space. All of your kitchen-wear and furniture is provided to you, what else would you need? You do not need 12 pairs of heels. Italy’s roads are mostly cobblestones which wreak havoc on any heel. Do the research of the area you are about to move to and you will be happy with the contents of your suitcase when you’re pulling out a typical Italian outfit and your roommate is sticking out like a sore thumb with a Phillies t-shirt and bell-bottomed jeans.

Eric Burton

Tokyo, Japan

Temple Univerity Japan, Spring 2012

Temple University Japan,  Summer 2012

Major: Broadcasting/Telecomm/Mass Media


Moments at home go as quickly as they come. We become accustomed to the patterns and occurrences in our daily lives. But a moment abroad? Now that is truly something else. Just in knowing that it all had to end, that I had to eventually leave Japan, gave even the smallest moments in my day a value that I had never before known. 




Lauren Faust

Sydney, Australia

Arcadia University Sydney Internship, Fall 2012

Major: Human Resource Management

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My most memorable experience abroad was when a great friend of mine, which I met abroad, and I went to the Melbourne Cup for a weekend. The experience was so great because it was completely spontaneous and carefree, two qualities I now possess thanks to studying abroad in Australia. My friend and I decided three days before the race to buy plane tickets and fly from Sydney to Melbourne. Within three days we were on our way and finding ourselves in the middle of one of the greatest cities in Australia with no hotel, no transportation and no plan. Studying Abroad opens your eyes to adventures and chances you didn’t even know you were willing to take, but you will be darn glad you did.

Myles Federico

Madrid, Spain

St. Louis University, Madrid, Fall 2011

Majors: Marketing/Risk Management/Insurance


My experience in Madrid, Spain completely changed me as a person. I am now more mature and willing to consider and accept other’s point of view. I do not hesitate to try something new and always search for an experience that is foreign to me. The world has so much to offer that not trying a certain food or not taking a chance is a complete waste of our short time here on earth. I now know this after studying abroad and encourage anyone searching for a life-changing experience to take the chance.


Michael Fracas

Rome, Italy

Temple University Rome, Fall 2012

Major: Management Information Systems

Michael Studying Abroad has changed me as a person. Living in a different country for an extended period of time, taught me a lot about the different cultures of the world. When you first arrive in your host country, you begin to question the differences between our culture and the host country’s culture. As a first reaction, I found a lot of the differences to be weird since I had never thought of doing things any other way but how we do things in America. After this experience, I have changed as a person to not make rash judgments when I find things to be different. Instead, I have learned to embrace and investigate the differences to see how other people solve common problems. I have learned to be a lot more open minded and learned to fully embrace new things that I would have been hesitant to do previously. There are so many intangible qualities and skills that studying abroad instills into each and every person that ultimately will change everyone who participates for the better. 


Nicole Gigliotti

Rome, Italy
Temple University Rome, Spring 2012
Major: Public Relations



I always knew that I wanted to study abroad in Italy, but living in Rome for a semester was much more exciting and rewarding than I ever thought it could be! Roman culture, lifestyle, art, and all of the people I met made such an impact on me. They truly have allowed me to grow and change for the better. 

I have learned to live by the quote: “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” If you take this opportunity to study abroad, it could be the most unforgettable experience of your life.

Hannah Gillean

Oviedo, Spain& Rome, Italy
Temple in Spain, Summer 2011
Temple University Rome, Fall 2011
Major: Spanish


Hannah A typical day in Rome was nothing but fantastic. I found myself just wondering the streets with no destination in mind. Honestly, the city is so beautiful and historic you find yourself stumbling upon landmarks and breathtaking views.

Ashley Goodwin

Sydney, Australia

TEAN, University of New South Wales, Fall 2012

Major: Psychology



Studying abroad pushed me out of my comfort zone and taught me a sense of independence I never imagined I'd have. Australia is known for its friendly people and carefree environment, so it seemed like a cool and interesting place to spend my time abroad. My favorite part of my experience was traveling. You get way more out of the study abroad experience if you don't stick to a routine. I knew those four months would fly by, and I didn't want to miss anything! Another great part about my experience was making local friends, which really helped me get more in touch with the culture. I still keep in touch with my Australian friends, and we plan to have a reunion someday soon!


Rachel Grob

Rome, Italy
Temple University Rome, Spring 2012
Major: Entrepreneurship


RachelI learned more than I could put into words, paintings and photographs. I've become more confident, more independent, more in touch with the way the world thinks and not just how Americans do, more aware of who I am and where I fit in to the world, and eager to tell everyone who will listen how incredible the rest of the world is. There's a country that everyone can connect to and fall in love with. It may not be the one you study in, but with how easy and cheap it is to travel once you've made the journey out of America, there's no reason you can't find it.

Natacha Houdegbe

Paris, France

Temple University France, Summer 2012

Major: Advertising



Ever since I can remember I have always dreamed about going to Paris. So Freshman year, when two girls from my French class told me about the program they were going on that summer, I knew that it was perfect for me. I could not think of a better place to learn more about French language and culture, and in the end I learning so much more through my experience. I gained independence, confidence, a new view on the world and some amazing friends. Being in Paris was more beautiful than I ever could have imagined.



Yuan Huang
Tokyo, Japan
Temple University, Japan Campu,s Spring 2012
Major: GUS & Asian Studies



I choose to study abroad because I wanted to immerse myself within a Japanese environment in which I could speak Japanese every day! I also love the city, and Tokyo is undeniably one of the most metropolitan and energy efficient cities in the world! It was an inspirational experience where I learned about the importance of energy conservation and the strength of community and care amongst Japanese people.


Lina Je

Seoul, Korea

EWHA Woman's University, Summer 2011
Yonsei University, Summer 2012

Majors: Linguistics/ Communications

Lina At first I chose to study abroad during summer 2011 in Seoul because I thought I could make better use of my time than just to simply vacation. After I came back, I realized the valuable friendships I had formed and the experience and knowledge I had gained. I decided to go back again the next summer and formed even greater friendships and also learned so many things about my heritage. If you're on the fence, apprehensive, or feel your major is under-represented, there is always a way for you to get the experience you deserve! Don't let this pass you by. 


Mackenzie Krott
Rome, Italy
Temple University Rome, Fall 2011
Major: Strategic Communication



As an art history major with an interest in the Baroque, there was no place more suited than Rome for enhancing my educational and personal aspirations.  Those brief and beautiful three-and-a-half months were by far the best experience of my entire life.  For someone who had never been out of the U.S., embarking on such a grand adventure was infinitely life-changing and eye-opening.  I spent as much time as possible viewing mesmerizing works of art, exploring Rome and other cities, and became addicted to gelato and cornetti.

Rachel Levine

Rome, Italy
Temple University Rome, Spring 2011
Major: Art Education



When I first started looking into the study abroad program, I was really nervous about being away from home for so long in addition to not knowing a word of Italian. My advice is not to be nervous! When you are in Rome the people are so friendly and the atmosphere is so relaxed that time flies, and the semester passes in the blink of an eye. now that I am home, I have the travel bug and can not wait to be able to travel again. Traveling is a opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and really get to experience other countries first hand. It is a great way to learn about yourself and develop a more mature perspective on the world we live in.

Kristen Linkstrom

Paris, France

Temple University France, Summer 2012

Major: International Business


Andrew Lorenzini

Munich, Germany
Wayne State University, Ludwig-Maxmillian Universitat
Major: International Business, Finance, & German



After my first year abroad in high school, I knew it would not be a hard decision which country I would like to study in for college. This experience was much different than my first because of my independence and freedom to go where I wanted and do what I wanted without an organization babysitting me. My most memorable German experience was my daily run in the English Garden. The English Garden is a magical city park that brings fresh air, quietness, and nature to a major city. My favorite travel experience was my trip to Spain. Spain offers an amazing culture with the Mediterranean atmosphere one would look for.

Allison Lutz

Rome, Italy

Temple University Rome, Spring 2012

Major: Photography


Studying in Rome was the greatest decision I made as an undergrad.  Not only did I learn a great deal about myself being abroad, it really changed my perspective of the world. I realized how vast and amazing the rest of the world is outside of the United States, and I have a newfound passion to see everywhere and meet everyone I possibly can. I’m glad that I was able to travel at such a young age to really get the most out of the experience but also because I know that I will integrate travel into the rest of my life as much as possible from now on.


Harrison Makofsky

Tokyo, Japan

Temple University Japan, Fall 2012

Major: International Business


One of the most memorable experiences I had there was going to the Diver City 7th floor sports complex in Odiaba at 1am with some Japanese friends I made outside of Temple and we had such an incredible time. Playing tennis on the roof of a building in Tokyo at 3am in the middle of November with great friends is something you just need to experience; words can’t do it any justice.



Cheryl Marcelo

Seoul, Korea
Yonsei University, Fall 2011
Major: English



Be open-minded. You will come across different cultures and ways of life that may be strange and even offensive, but seeing a native’s perspective can allow you to understand the people you will interact with every day and maybe even appreciate the quirks you find. Not only will this quality be useful during your program, but also afterwards as you come across other fascinating cultures with diverse modes of thinking. Expand your horizon and see the mosaic of cultures that the world has to offer.

Jeanne Mark

Shanghai, China

Fudan University, Summer 2012

Major: Human Resource Management


I immensely enjoyed my time in Shanghai, China. I met so many wonderful people, and I had the privilege to be taught by amazing, caring and brilliant faculty at Fudan University. One of the memories that I will never forget is that I learned to ride a bicycle in less than two days. On the first day, I borrowed my friend's bicycle and I tried riding on it for around an hour. On the second day, I decided to buy a bicycle and after fifteen minutes of practicing, my friends wanted to ride on the busy streets with the other bicycles, tut tuts, mopeds and cars. I learned that when I'm forced out of my comfort zone, I can really accomplish great things. As a result of studying abroad, I'm more open to trying new things and have learned that I'm adaptable! I love traveling, learning about new cultures and I definitely enjoy trying new food!


Emily Maher

Dublin, Ireland

Temple Study Away Ireland, Summer 2012

Major: Strategic Communication


I had such a good time getting to know Ireland. Whether competing in a hurling or gaelic football match, or just talking to the locals at one of the many exciting pubs, there wasn't a moment that I won't value forever. I would encourage every student to study abroad, and to remember that there's so much out there! Test your limits and go somewhere you never pictured yourself. I can guarantee you won't regret it.





Shannon Melito

Rome, Italy

Temple University Rome, Fall 2012

Major: Kinesiology

Shannon Studying abroad was my best decision to date.  Rome captured my heart shortly after my arrival to Italy.  I had an amazing experience. I met awesome people, saw the coolest sights and got to eat the best food ever for three entire months.  If you're on the fence about going, just do it!! You'll never regret your decision to study abroad, but you very well may regret your decision to not go.




Eleanor Moss

Rome, Italy

Temple University Rome, Spring 2012

Major: Sociology


Studying abroad has made me a more confident and flexible person. I loved my time abroad because I learned a lot about myself. One piece of advice to prospective students: take full advantage of everything because before you know it, it’s over.





   Kati Myers

Oviedo, Spain

Temple University Rome, Summer 2012

Major: Elementary Education


LizA fear that I had before going to Rome was a pretty common one.  I was not sure that I could leave my family and friends for a whole semester.  Family is really important to me and I did not want to miss any important events.  However I soon found that the people I studied abroad with became a second family to me and made my time in Rome much easier.  Also, these days with skype and gmail, going abroad does not mean you are completely separated from loved ones.  It made me realize that I could easily study abroad again and not have this same fear because I can still be a part of my family and friend’s lives even when I’m in a differentcountry.  Plus it is a lot of fun to send postcards!


Joanna Nero

Tokyo, Japan
Temple University, Japan Campus, Year 2011-12
Major: Asian Studies & Japanese



Studying abroad in Japan was the best thing I ever could have done to improve not only my confidence in speaking Japanese but also my listening comprehension. My advice would be to try and immerse yourself as much as possible in the culture while you are there. Try to go beyond your comfort zone and definitely try everything at least once. You will be so thankful that you did at the end of experience. There are so many small things you will find out about yourself and the country that you might overlook otherwise.

Michelle Ray

Tokyo, Japan            

Temple University, Japan Campus, Spring 2011      

Major: Graphic Design


MichelleOn the trip to Kyoto I was determined to go to Fushimi Inari. It was goal numero uno for my Japan experience. No one wanted to go along so I put fear and loneliness aside and went for it. It was completely worth it! It felt good to be independent and figure out how to use an even more confusing train system than Tokyo's. I got a whole day to myself to enjoy hiking and looking at the sites. It was a beautiful place with tons of winding paths covered in thousands of tori gates and little collections of shrines tucked into secluded areas of the mountain. It is tied of prettiest place in the world and I would have missed out on it if I was too afraid to go off on my own.


Samantha Reedy

Rome, Italy
Temple University Rome, Fall 2011
Major: Art History

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Making the decision to study abroad in Rome was the best solution for an art history student like me. Not only did it open my eyes to a whole new culture and lifestyle, but it also provided me the opportunity to see many artworks in person, that I had previously only known in textbooks.  I wouldn't trade my experiences and memories in Rome for anything.  

My advice to students studying abroad would be to take as many opportunities as you can to try something new and out of your comfort zone every once in awhile- you may surprise yourself!"

Anat Schwartz

Seoul, Korea
Ewha Women’s University, Fall 2011
Major: Asian Studies

AnatLearning Korean for the first time while living in Korea was immensely gratifying and I doubt my level of speaking, reading and listening comprehension would be as it is today had I not studied it while abroad. It is amazing to notice your proficiency level rise just because you’re literally forced to use it everyday! By the end of my first month in Seoul, I was able to read signs quickly, could understand subway maps and had no trouble navigating around the busy streets and shopkeepers.

Maura Smith

Rome, Italy

Temple University Rome, Spring 2012

Major: English


My advice to any potential study abroader would be to take full advantage of every possibility while you have the chance, because, although it may sound cliche, the time really does fly by! Go on all of the optional excursions offered, take classes with field trips, and make time to get lost in the city. I think it's also important to remember to really get to know the city or place in which your living; some of my favorite days in Rome were spent just walking around and exploring different neighborhoods with friends. Getting to know the city more intimately also helped me to understand the Italian people and culture in a way that I never could have if I was just a tourist. I learned so much about myself and what I'm capable of, and living in Rome definitely ignited a passion for travel and exploration in me.  As soon as you get back you'll regret anything you didn't do, so make an effort to accomplish everything while you have the chance! 


Sam Sokoloff

London, UK

IES, University College London, Spring 2012

Major: Math and Science Education


I knew that I had to study abroad in London, upon initially realizing how vibrant and cosmopolitan it was. The city certainly exceeded my early expectations and has captured my heart! The most memorable experiences I had were meeting up with home friends in various countries, establishing continued friendships with British peers and experiencing the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in my last week, to cap off my once-in-a-lifetime UK experience.




Katie Trinkle

Oviedo, Spain

Temple University Spain, Spring  2012

Majors: Spanish/Psychology


My advice to anyone studying abroad is to go off and explore, or even travel on your own. One of the most rewarding experiences of my time in Spain was traveling to Barcelona alone to meet up with friends. Being alone definitely got me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to really put my language skills to the test. Figuring out the metro, the airport and finding my way through a foreign city with no one to rely on in a different language was challenging and scary, but so worth it. When I look back, that trip and other times when I wandered around Oviedo alone, were the moments that helped me grow as a person and gave me the boost of confidence I needed to enhance my language skills."  Hopefully this is what you are looking for! 


Rachel Weisman

Temple University Rome, Spring 2012

Major: Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM


RachelI chose to study abroad in the beautiful city of Rome, because as an art student it's the perfect place to be inspired. I was met by incredible art and architecture at every corner, and I was able to take full advantage of what the city had to offer with it museums, galleries, and churches. Oh yeah, the food was delicious!


Tara Willis

Oviedo, Spain

Temple University Spain, Summer 2012

Majors: Sociology/Spanish


I am a double major in Sociology and Spanish therefore I choose the Oviedo, Spain study abroad program in order to improve my Spanish and experience the Spanish culture while taking classes to fulfill my major. My study abroad experience made me a more confident, adventurous, and independent person. My advice to prospective students is to just try it! Go experience a new culture, meet new people, and do things outside of your comfort zone because you never know what you could learn or obtain that will benefit you in the future or even right now.



Tina Wiltsie

Tokyo Japan

Mendoza, Argentina

Temple University Japan, Spring 2010

IFSA-Butler Argentina, Fall 2012

Major: Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM


The one piece of advice that I received before I left that I truly believe is one of the most important things to remember while studying abroad is to be flexible. Accept that things very rarely go exactly as planned and there are many things out of your control so be willing to adapt to whatever is thrown your way. Make the most of the time that you have in your study abroad location and don’t allow any one negative experience to ruin your entire experience. Even if something seems so difficult that there appears to be no way out, there almost always is a way. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help when you need it.