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!

Marie Brossay

Program: GW Exchange: Korea University 

Office Hours: Fridays 11am-1pm

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.

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Abigail Daniels

Program: SIT: Geneva Global Health & Develoment 

Office Hours: Mondays, 2pm-4pm

Abigail is a senior in the Milken Institute School of Public Health majoring in public health and minoring in business administration and psychology. She studied in Geneva, Switzerland with the SIT Global Health and Development Policy program during the Spring 2018 semester. Some highlights from her time abroad were living with a family in Morocco, swimming in Lake Geneva, living in homestay, and skiing the Swiss Alps. Abigail had an amazing time abroad and looks forward to assisting other students with their study abroad experience.





Sarah Ek

Program: GW England - Unicersity College London

Office Hours: Mondays 12pm-2pm

I am a senior majoring in International Affairs and concentrating in International Economics with a double major in History. I am a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society, and I play club field hockey at GW. For my semester abroad I directly enrolled at University College London through GW England. At UCL I joined the international relations society, took history and political science classes alongside full time students, and made so many friends from all over Europe. I was even able to visit the historic home of Lord Mansfield who was the subject of one of my term papers!

Elina Fisher 

Program: GW Chile

Office Hours: Thursdays, 9am-11am

Elina is a senior in the Elliott School majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Latin American studies and a double minor in English and Spanish Language and Literature. She participated in the GW Chile program in Santiago for the 2017-2018 academic year. Elina was enrolled at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile where she took a variety of interesting classes ranging from Latin American politics to the history of the indigenous peoples of Chile. Throughout her year abroad, Elina developed a love for Chile, the culture and its people. She improved her Spanish quickly and traveled all over the country. Highlights from her experience include a week backpacking in southern Chile, going to the Atacama desert in the north, exploring Patagonia and weekend trips to the seaside port city of Valparaiso.


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Grace Headinger  

Program: GW Exchange: University of Sydney

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm

Grace is a junior in the Elliott School majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Security Policy. She studied her sophomore year in Sydney, Australia, at the University of Sydney through GW Exchange, in which she took classes on the Asia-Pacific region along with American politics from a comparative point of view. Grace’s highlights include befriending koalas, quokkas, and other Aussie wildlife, roadtripping along both Australian coasts, and meeting new friends from around the world. She loved her year in Australia and is enthused to help other GW students enjoy their own study abroad experiences. 

Austin Hunte 

Program: Gw England - University of Oxford (St Anne's College)

Office Hours: Fridays 2pm-4pm

Austin is a senior from Stafford, Virginia who is majoring in International Affairs and Political Science. He studied abroad for the 2017-2018 academic year at the University of Oxford (St Anne’s College) in Oxford, United Kingdom. Throughout the year, he took a range of classes from IR of the Two World Wars to Marx & Marxism. Since he had only ventured outside the U.S. once before, he decided to travel a lot of Eastern Europe most notably Latvia and Poland!  One of his favorite memories abroad was the time an English woman said that Americans were good “queuers” (people who are good at standing in line?) Another notable occasion included meeting a Baroness who took him on a tour of the Houses of Parliament. Over the course of the year, he developed a constant desire for scones with cream and jam and extended his vocabulary with the words paddy, faff, fit and gutted, Now that he has joined the Office of Study Abroad, he hopes to never stop talking about his abroad experience with prospective students and answer whatever questions they may have!





Margot Lebourgeois

Program: GW Paris - ESSEC Business School

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm

Margot is a senior in the School of Business studying Marketing and International Business. Raised outside of Philadelphia but born in France, she seeked a study abroad experience that would allow her to further explore her biculturalisme and take her back to her roots. During her spring semester junior year, she studied at the ESSEC Business School in Paris, France. Margot’s highlights from the semester include taking all of her marketing classes in French, visiting the beautiful beaches of Portugal, and celebrating the 2018 World Cup champions in the streets of Paris (Allez les bleus!). She became a study abroad peer advisor in order to share her passion for experiencing new cultures with others and hopes to help each  student that she works with find a study abroad program that works best for them.




Carolyn Rider

Program: CIEE Sevila - Liberal Arts

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 9am-11am

My name is Carolyn Rider and I am a senior majoring in International Affairs! I studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain through the CIEE Liberal Arts program. This program helped improve my Spanish immensely as I lived with a host family and took all of my classes in Spanish! I’m from Buffalo, NY so growing up right on the Canadian border helped fuel my love for traveling and eventually, International Affairs! While abroad, I not only explored lots of Spain but I also went to 13 other countries! One of my highlights from abroad was going to 3 countries and 2 continents in 1 day - Spain, Gibraltar (UK) and Morocco! On campus, I am a STAR, part of greek life and recently started my own organization, the GW Citizen Diplomacy Initiative! I am a total foodie and I love exploring new restaurants! I look forward to working with prospective study abroad students and helping them find the right program!

Elizabeth Rowe

Program: DIS Stokholm 

Office Hours: Mondays, 9am-11am

Elizabeth is a senior in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and is double majoring in psychology and American studies. She studied abroad her second semester of junior year in Stockholm, Sweden through DIS. Elizabeth’s highlights from her semester abroad include kayaking through the Norwegian fjords, visiting the Easter markets in Prague, island hopping in Greece, and celebrating Valborg- a traditional Swedish holiday.



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.