Become a Peer Advisor | Become an Exchange Orientation Leader | Participate in the Study Abroad Photo Contest | Other Ways to Get Involved
Your study abroad experience does not have to end simply because you are back in the U.S.! The best way to make the most of your time abroad is to integrate all that you learned abroad in to your life at GW.
One way to do this is to help other GW students prepare for study abroad. You are the best advertistement for study abroad that our office could ever ask for! There are formal and informal ways to promote study abroad at GW and share your experiences with other students. Here are just a few ways to help out:
Each year, the Office for Study Abroad selects students to be our official Peer Advisors for the academic year. Peer Advisors apply and are selected in August before the fall semester begins and assist the Office for Study Abroad at a variety of events, information sessions, and study abroad promotion activities. Application information will be sent to all study abroad alumni in August for the upcoming academic year.
Peer Advisors' Responsibilities
Peer Advisors represent the Office for Study Abroad at various events on-campus and assist advisors in preparing students for their experiences overseas. Examples of these events include:
- Regional Information Sessions: Assist an advisor with a Regional Information Session, which are held on the first three Fridays of the semester at various times.
- Participate in a study abroad panel on identity, academics, or cultural transitions abroad
- Market study abroad at on-campus events, at student organization meetings, and in residence halls
- Assist during our annual Study Abroad Fair and Pre-Departure Orientations
Peer Advisor Qualifications
Applicants for the Study Abroad Peer Advisor Program should be:
- A former participant in a semester or year-long study abroad program on GW's approved list
- In good academic and judicial status
- Able to commit to serving as a Peer Advisor for the entire academic year
- Able to commit to a weekly check-in with a study abroad advisor
- Available to attend a training session to be scheduled according to selected candidates' schedules
- Excited and enthusiastic about study abroad & eager to encourage other students to study overseas
- Outgoing and comfortable speaking to groups & able to articulate the academic and personal benefits of studying abroad.
Being a Peer Advisor is a volunteer (unpaid) position. Unfortunately, these positions are also not eligible for Federal Work Study funding. Applications will be announced via email to returned study abroad students.
Become an Exchange Orientation Leader
Remember what it was like when you first set foot in a new place? Each semester GW welcomes an increasing amount of exchange students from around the world who are looking to explore GW and DC. Help make their GW experience a great one by applying to be an Exchange Orientation (ExO) Leader!
Each semester, the Office for Study Abroad selects students to be our official ExO Leaders for new incoming exchange students. ExO Leaders will assist the Office for Study Abroad in welcoming exchange students to GW at the beginning of each semester during our weeklong orientation that occurs the week before the start of classes. The application opens in March for the fall and in September for the spring semester.
The spring 2017 exchange orientation leader application is now open! Click here to apply by Sunday, October 9th!
Exchange Orientation Leader Responsibilities
- Attending all mandatory orientation leader trainings. (These occur both in person and via Skype to include leaders who may still be abroad when training begins)
- Working with the GW Exchange Team to assist in planning various aspects of orientation week.
- Serving as a role model and mentor for exchange students throughout orientation and the semester.
- Welcoming and acclimating students to GW life by leading them throughout orientation week.
- Hosting at least one American cultural event throughout the semester.
Exchange Orientation Leader Qualifications
- Students who have studied or lived abroad or are international students.
- Enthusiastic and fun individuals who are dedicated to making the orientation program enjoyable and exciting.
- Able to commit to attending all mandatory orientation leader trainings and to the entire orientation week. (Dates will be denoted on application)
- GW Spirit!
Study Abroad Photo Contest
Each year, the Office for Study Abroad hosts a Study Abroad Photo Contest in conjunction with our fall Study Abroad Fair. Students who have studied abroad in the previous year or are currently abroad are eligible to enter a photo. Finalists’ photos are exhibited on the GW Office for Study Abroad Facebook page and the photos with the highest number of “likes” win cash prizes. Winners are announced at the Study Abroad Fair.
Last year’s finalists can be found on the GW Office for Study Abroad Facebook page.
Other Ways to Get Involved:
- Talk about your study abroad experience! Telling others about your experiences helps you to reflect on what you did and encourages others to consider study abroad.
- Promote study abroad in your student organziations, soriority/fraternity, or service organization. Take a few minutes of a meeting and tell your fellow organization members what you did while you were abroad. Your members will know that you are a resource for study abroad and contact you as they begin the study abroad process.
- Tell your faculty members about your time abroad. Talk to faculty members or academic advisors in your major about the coursework you completed abroad, the research you conducted, and/or the internship you had. Help them see how your study abroad experiences connect back to you continuing studies at GW.