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Study Abroad Advising

Peer Advising & 101 Workshops


We will be offering limited virtual appointments Mon - Wed during finals week.

  • Sign up for an appointment via Calendly HERE.


---PEER ADVISING ON BREAK FROM March 20, 2023 - April 02, 2023---

We will return on April 03 with weekly Study Abroad 101 Workshop and peer advising to help answer all your general study abroad questions! ​​Have a question now? Email

Applying to study abroad is as simple as 1, 2, 3....

Attend a study abroad workshop
(not required but encouraged!)
complete the online pre-advising 101 module stop by our drop-in peer advising or schedule a virtual appointment & find your ideal program!

Study Abroad 101 Workshops101 module computer

All students are encouraged to begin their study abroad journey with a 101 workshop. These workshops will guide you through critical steps in the study abroad process, such as goal setting, financial and academic planning, program selection, and the application process. You will also have the chance to begin your 101 Advising Module, which is required before you can access Study Abroad Advising Services. 101 Workshops are offered Monday through Thursday throughout each quarter (excluding academic holidays, finals week and breaks). Register for a Winter Quarter session below!

Spring Quarter Workshops

Wednesdays 3:10pm - 4:00pm Virtual (Zoom) Sign-Up
Thursdays 12:10pm - 1pm Virtual (Zoom) Sign-Up

Study Abroad Tabling: In addition to attending a 101 workshop, join our peer advisors every week out on Dexter's Lawn and over at the UU to talk study abroad and learn about the different programs we have available! Our peer advisors will be tabling from 11am - 1pm on Tuesdays at the UU and on Wednesdays out at Dexter's Lawn!  

Peer Advising 

The International Center Peer Advisors are here to answer all your general questions about study abroad! There are two ways students can meet with a peer advisor during our scheduled drop-in hours: 1) Scheduling an appointment ahead of time (virtual and in-person appointments available) or 2) stopping by the International Center (building 52, Rm. E-32) during drop-in hours. 

Pre-Advising Requirement

First, please ensure that you have completed your 101 Advising Module prior to beginning drop-in advising. We also encourage you sign up for a Study Abroad 101 Workshop because many of your initial questions can be answered in both the workshop and advising module. Once you have completed this module, you will be able to meet with a Peer Advisor and/or a professional staff member. 

Spring Quarter Schedule

Offered April 03, 2023 - June 08, 2023
There are two ways to access our peer advising for study abroad - 1) stopping by the International Center during our scheduled drop-in hours or 2) creating a virtual appointment via Zoom.
Drop-In Hours Virtual Appointments
Monday - Thursday: 10am - 11am & 1pm - 3pm Monday & Thursday: 2pm - 3pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: 9am -11am
Offered in person at the International Center
Check-in at the reception desk in Building 52, Rm. 32
Schedule Your
Virtual Appointment

(via Calendly)
No appointment necessary for these 15-minute walk-in advising meetings! Just be sure to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the end of a drop-in so we can ensure we have enough time to meet with you Schedule a 15-minute virtual appointment via Zoom. This is a great option if you don't have time to stop by our drop-in hours or want to meet in the comfort of your own space!

No hours on May 29 due to the Memorial Day holiday.

Meet Our Peer Advisors

Each of our peer advisors are fully trained to advise on all our study abroad programs. However, you are welcome to read through each Peer Advisor's Bio (see below) to determine if there is a certain advisor with whom you want to meet. If you wish to meet with a specific advisor, you can email and request to meet with them.


Emma Peer Advisor
Major: Biology
Study Abroad Program: Semester at Sea - Spring 2022

Hi! My name is Emma , and I am a fourth-year student here at Cal Poly majoring in biology. I recently studied abroad with Semester at Sea on the 129th voyage where I was able to travel all around Europe on a ship. Each country brought something unique and taught me that there is so much this world has to offer. This voyage was the first trip back for Semester at Sea since the pandemic and I am extremely grateful for the experience and the people I met. I am so excited to now help you with your study abroad journey so that you too can have one of the best experiences!


Giovanna Peer Advisor
Major: Business Administration - Information Systems
Minor: Italian and Integrated Marketing Communications
Study Abroad Program: USAC University of Turin, Italy - Fall 2021

Ciao! My name is Giovanna (she/her/hers) and I am a fourth year student studying Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems. During the fall of my junior year I studied abroad in Torino, Italy. Through this experience I immersed myself in the culture of the small city I studied in, while meeting other students from around the globe. I had the opportunity to travel to new cities, try new food, and make memories I will never forget. I had the most life-changing experience and now I want to help you find yours! 


Leona PA
Major: Business Administration - Information Systems
Minor: Event Planning and Experience Management
Study Abroad Program: CEA Florence, Italy: Marketing & Sustainable Business - Fall 2021

Hi! My name is Leona, and I am a 4th year Business Administration major concentrating in Information Systems. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy during Fall Quarter of my Junior Year and had the most amazing time meeting new people and traveling throughout all of Europe! Studying abroad has been one of my favorite moments and I hope to help you study abroad as well!


MIchelle Peer Advisor
Major: Graphic Communication
Study Abroad Program: Cal Poly Exchange with Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences, Munich - Spring 2022

Hey there! My name is Michelle (she, hers), and I’m a fourth year Graphic Communication major concentrating in UX/UI. This past spring, I was able to participate in the International Exchange program and studied abroad in Munich, Germany! My experience allowed me to live life in the lens of a German student, make friends with students from around the world, and gain the confidence to solo-travel (ask me about Couchsurfing, an app for affordable stays with locals in any country)! I can’t wait to meet you and help you find your best-fit program, so put yourself out there and embrace the discomfort!


Shaan PA
Major: Business Administration - Information System
Study Abroad Program: CEA Florence, Italy: Liberal Arts & Italian Culture - Fall 2021

Hi, my name is Shaan, and I am a fourth year Information Systems student. I grew up in the bay area and as a young kid I always knew I wanted to study aboard. During the fall quarter of my junior year I was fortunate enough to spend my time in Florence, Italy. I had an absolutely incredible 4 months which inspired me to apply to become an advisor when I got back. I love to be outdoors and will continue my traveling adventures when I graduate, but in the meantime, I am very excited to help you find your study abroad destination.


Major: Computer Science
Study Abroad Program: International student studying at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Hi! My name is Siddharth, and I am a third-year Computer Science major. I am an international student from India and have seen first-hand the value that an international experience adds to your academic and overall development. I love traveling, exploring new places, discovering new experiences, and most importantly meeting new people. I like finding the similarities and differences between cultures across the world and how it reflects in people’s thinking and problem-solving skills. Now, I look forward to helping you discover your memorable international experience. 
Meet our Study Abroad Graduate Intern


Justin Peer Advisor

Major: Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs, M.S.
Study Abroad Program: Hofstra University European Odyssey

Hi y’all! My name is Justin (he/him/his), and I am so excited to help assist y’all in figuring out your next big adventure! My study abroad was one of the best experiences of my undergraduate career/life and I want to try and help as many students experience the thrill, exploration, and ride that a study abroad offers! I learned so much about different cultures and people throughout my study abroad and it really showed me that I love to learn from others and figure out what I can do to help them reach their goals.  Now, I am obviously bias in saying that I think studying abroad is something that everyone should do while in college, but I do believe that there is a study abroad program for everyone! So, if you want to explore your options or just have any questions don’t hesitate to come on by and we can find that best program for you together!