Peer Advisors are available in the Bechtel International Center at various times throughout the week in order to assist students who are interested in education abroad. You may contact IPS Peer Advisors via email or by visiting us in Bechtel. We look forward to speaking with you soon!
T: 1 pm - 4:30 pm
M: 2 pm - 3 p.m
W: 2 pm - 3 p.m
T: 12 pm - 2:45 pm
M: 12 pm - 1 pm
M: 11 am - 12 pm
Nathan Chau - USAC Ambassador/Peer Advisor Leader
I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA where my appreciation for cultural differences and exchanges originated. This background motivated me to continue to explore cultures other than my own which I did recently in Pau, France. It was there that I had the most exciting learning opportunities; leaning a new language, culture as well as leaning more about myself. It was more or less a rite a passage that I believe anyone should undergo. I am currently a senior studying Applied Economics and Internal Affairs & Commerce. I am particularly interested international and monetary economics, especially European monetary policy and its effects.
My name is Melissa Davis. I'm a senior in the School of International Studies studying International Relations with a minor in Japanese. I am originally from Tempe, Arizona. I studied abroad Spring Semester 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey and I have also participated in Pacific's Italian Summer Immersion Program. I chose to study in Turkey because I wanted to be in a country and region that I never seen before since I have already traveled in Asia, Europe, and South America. The Middle East was a region I had not been lucky enough to visit. I think education abroad is an amazing experience that everyone should definitely try if they can!
I was born in San Francisco, CA to a Filipino-Basque immigrant father and an American mother of Swedish heritage. I grew up in San Francisco's Japantown
neighborhood with my parents and older brother. I am a senior with an International Relations major and a minor in Economics. I have studied Spanish, Basque, French, Italian and Dutch. I spent my junior year abroad in Spain and in the Netherlands. For my first semester abroad, I studied at the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian-Donostia, Spain. I took classes there in Spanish and Basque with regular university students. I stayed with a large and lively host family right next to the city's beloved soccer stadium, Anoeta. I worked for a trilingual news bulletin called EuskalKultura, whose goal was to keep Basque Cultural Centers across the globe connected and informed. I also taught English to disadvantaged high school students. For my second semester abroad, I undertook European Studies at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in The Hague, Netherlands. I lived in student housing with other international students right next to the city's historic train station. I travelled extensively during my year abroad and visited several cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Florence, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and many more.
Hi my name is Dawn Fleming and I am an International Relations major with a minor in Political Science from Sacramento, California. I am a member of Alpha Phi Sorority on campus and enjoy spending time with my friends, watching movies, and studying fashion. I studied abroad in Reading, England for a year through USAC and I can honestly say that studying abroad was a life-changing experience and I would definitely recommend students apply for a year-long program. Traveling around Europe was one of the best parts of my year abroad, and I recommend visiting as many places as you can. Becoming involved at your host university, joining clubs, and meeting new people from all around the world is also a rewarding part of the experience. Joining my host university's Model United Nations team not only provided me with new skills, but also allowed me to make a great group of friends while abroad. There are so many different ways to take full advantage of your study abroad experience!
Hi everybody! My name is Rupashna Singh, but I go by Rupa. I'm a senior at Pacific with a double major in Political Science and Sociology and a minor in Pre-Law. I'm Fijian and proud. Last semester, I studied abroad in Alicante, Spain. While studying abroad with USAC, I had the opportunity to work as an English tutor for a 5 year old Spanish girl in addition to tutoring at a middle school, high school, and at the university. I also participated in an "intercambio" program where I was paired with a local university student to help her with her English while she helped me practice my Spanish. The university also arranged several field trips and extracurricular activities, some of which were sailing, scuba diving and cooking. It's hard not to forget the casual weekly trips I made to other neighboring countries such as Italy, France, Germany, England, Ireland and Morocco considering how cheap it was to travel. Education abroad was by far the best experience of my life. If you're interested in education abroad, then I HIGHLY encourage it. It has definitely made my experience at UOP much, much better.
How to Become a Peer Advisor
If you have studied abroad through Pacific and are interested in becoming a Peer Advisor, please contact the USAC Ambassador/Peer Advisor Leader.