Want to meet with a Peer Advisor? Stop by the OIP!
Mo Hermens, Amber Foley
The Study Abroad Peer Advisor Program is a volunteer opportunity offered through the Office of International Programs (OIP). Study Abroad Peer Advisors are Creighton undergraduate students who have studied abroad on an approved program during the summer, a semester, or an entire academic year, and, who would like to stay connected to their international experience. Being a Study Abroad Peer Advisor is an exciting opportunity that enables students to share their knowledge while helping other Creighton students plan for their own study abroad experiences.
Study Abroad Peer Advisors collaborate with the Office of International Progarms (OIP) to promote study abroad on campus, to encourage other students to study abroad, and to provide a student perspective on different aspects of the study abroad experience.
Study Abroad Peer Advisors must be willing to list their study abroad program details, academic major, and Creighton email address on the Creighton study abroad website. Study Abroad Peer Advisors will also serve as ambassadors of study abroad for the Creighton community.
- Provide preliminary advising to CU students considering a study abroad experience
- Offer a student perspective regarding study abroad and the application/approval process to students who have begun the process
- Communicate in-person and by email with future study abroad participants (each student will be matched with a Peer Advisor)
- Help promote study abroad through class visits, presentations, information tables, or other special events (pre-arranged with OIP)
- Coordinate with the Study Abroad Coordinator in planning recruitment activities
- Report all interactions with students including email correspondence, meetings, presentations, and special events (monthly)
Study Abroad Peer Advisors must...
- Enthusiastically share personal study abroad experiences
- Understand and promote study abroad as a valuable experience that helps students to achieve academic, personal, and cultural growth
- Ability to promptly respond to email inquiries and willingness to schedule in-person meetings with interested students
- Attend the peer advisor training meeting(s) for new and returning peer advisors (generally held in early-September and/or mid January)
- Coordinate at least one on-campus activity per semester promoting study abroad (i.e. information table, presentation, meeting)
- Volunteer to assist at one OIP-sponsored event each semester (i.e. Study Abroad Fair, Orientation, Past Participant Panel, Classroom Presentations)
- Refrain from answering any questions regarding academic or financial matters. All questions regarding academic and financial matters as related to study abroad should be directed to the Study Abroad Coordinator
An applicant must...
- Be a current undergraduate student at Creighton University and have at least two remaining semesters on-campus piror to graduation
- Have studied abroad on an approved program (summer, semester or full-year). No more than 2 students who participated in the same program will be selected as Peer Advisors; applications received from FLPA participants will be forwarded to the faculty leader and/or Dean's Office for approval/endorsement.
- Be reliable and responsible
- Possess good communication skills
- Be able to represent themselves and the OIP in a professional manner at all times
- Successful candidates must attend the training meeting for all new Study Abroad Peer Advisors. Contact the Study Abroad Coordinator for information regarding the date & time of the training session(s)
- Submit the Study Abroad Peer Advisor Online Application
- Applicants will be notified of selections via their CU email accounts
- Selected applicants must respond to the email to accept or decline the invitation
- Students who accept the invitation to become a Peer Advisor must attend the training meeting. The names of all Study Abroad Peer Advisors will then be listed on the OIP website
- The Peer Advisor selection process is conducted each August/September and is a one-year committment. Each peer advisor from the previous year is encouraged to submit a new application if he/she would like to continue to serve in the position during the upcoming academic year