Study Abroad Peer Advisors

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Study Abroad Peer Advisors (SAPAs) help the Office for Study Abroad in communicating vital information and resources to students hoping to study abroad. SAPAs are held to a high standard and care about sharing their insight and accurate information with their peers and classmates. Peer Advisors are an integral part of the advising team. They hold weekly office hours for all students interested in studying abroad. 


Meet Our Study Abroad Peer Advisors!

Sam Hardgrove

Program: GW Madrid

Office Hours: Mondays 2pm-4pm & Thursdays 10am-12pm

Sam is a senior from Orlando, FL who came to GW as a freshman is 2013. After being accepted as an academic year student in the GW Madrid study abroad program, he spent his entire junior year outside the good ole USA in amazing places, packed with a whirlwind of crazy adventures, with out of this world people. 

Upon his return, he set a new goal to help everyone achieve the same awesome opportunity that is study abroad. As a Study Abroad Peer Advisor, he's here to make that happen!  You can find him around campus in uniform with GW NROTC, taking photos with the Hatchet, eating burrito bowls with a tortilla and guac on the side at Chipotle, and now in the Office of Study Abroad! He looks forward to working with prospective study abroad students soon!

Lena Hilliard

Programs: Business and International Affairs in Paris - IES Abroad; Focus on Fall Abroad Community (FOFAC)

Office Hours: Mondays 12pm-2pm

Lena is a senior majoring in International Business and minoring in Peace Studies. She participated in the IES Business and International Affairs program in Paris during Fall 2016. Throughout the semester she developed a love of the French language, culture, and most importantly the food. She had a wide variety of experiences from living with a host family to working at local school. She was also able to explore six other countries in Europe. One highlight of her trip was going up in a hot air balloon and seeing a 360° view of Paris.

Lena Hilliard

Harper Hansen

Harper Hansen

Program: Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies - Rome, Italy

Office Hours: Mondays, 2pm-4pm

Harper is a senior in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences majoring in classical studies and minoring in history. She spent the spring of her junior year at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Italy. At ICCS, Harper took courses on Latin, ancient Greek, and the ancient Roman city. The best part of her semester abroad was getting to see all the art and architectural remains of the ancient Romans and Greeks that she had read about in textbooks, though the gelato is a close second.

Marie Brossay

Program: Korea University School of Engineering - GW Exchange

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm

Marie is a junior majoring in Computer Engineering. She studied her second semester of sophomore year in Korea, in the Korea University GW Exchange Program with SEAS. One of her favorite experiences in Korea was Ipselenti. This was a week long festival hosted by Korea University where K-pop bands (which she did not like before coming to Korea) performed every night, along with various other events. She also enjoyed traveling to various countries in Asia, learning about the culture, and eating as much Korean food as she could.

Marie-laure Brossay

Monica Hirscheimer

Monica Hirscheimer

Program: University of New South Whales - GW Exchange

Office Hours: Thursdays 11am-1pm

Monica is a senior in the Milken School of Public Health majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She spent her Spring 2017 semester in Sydney, Australia at the University of New South Wales through GW Exchange. Some of Monica's highlights from her study abroad experience include climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge, traveling to Hong Kong and Bali, acai bowls at Coogee Beach, and camping in the Outback. Monica loved her time in Australia, but is eager to make an impact on other GW students' study abroad processes.

Kelly Morris

Program: Russian Areas Study Program - CIEE

Office Hours: Wednesdays 10am-12pm

Kelly is a senior from Des Moines, Iowa in the Elliott School. She is majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Security Policy, and minoring in history and sociocultural anthropology. She studied in St. Petersburg, Russia with the CIEE Russian Areas Study program, in which she took classes about Russian history, contemporary politics, and the Russian language. Kelly loved so many things about her unique experience abroad, but some of her favorite things were the Russian friends she made and the conversations they were able to have about the current state of their countries' relationship. With going to Russia at such a tense time, she was nervous how Russians would respond upon learning they were Americans. But many of the young people and students she met were fascinated with and open to them, and she had conversations with them that changed the way she had before perceived Russia and the Russian people.

Kelly Morris

Henry Lober

Henry Lober

Program: University of New South Whales - GW Exchange

Office Hours: Mondays, 2:30-4:30pm

Henry is a senior in the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences studying Psychology and Criminal Justice. He spent his junior spring studying with some incredible people at the University of New South Wales outside of Sydney in the land down under. Henry's highlights from abroad include surfing on Bondi Beach, studying marine biology and exploring the Great Barrier Reef, and climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. He is psyched to be back at GW and have the opportunity to help prospective study abroad students have the same unbelievable experience he did.

Interested in becoming a SAPA? 

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Career Integration & Study Abroad

Take the next steps to connect your Study Abroad experience with your career development.  Meet with a Career Coach to help you translate your experience to your resume, in interviews and with your future GW leadership goals and internship or job pursuits.