Meet Our Peer Advisors

These are UNC Charlotte students who have studied abroad and want to be a resource for students who have questions about what life is like abroad. Feel free to email our Peer Advisors directly with any questions you may have about their study abroad experience. If you do not see your country or program of interest, you're still encouraged to reach out to any of the Peer Advisors below. They would be happy to talk in general about studying abroad and are still a great resource on the application process, traveling internationally, and more!


Christopher Galicki

· Peer Advisor ·
Email:
 cgalicki@uncc.edu
Major: Architecture
Studied Abroad In: Rome, Italy & Sydney, Australia
Program Type: Faculty-Led SummerUNC Charlotte Exchange
1st Study Abroad Program: zArt and Architecture in Rome
2nd Study Abroad Program: University of Sydney
"I firmly believe that every student should study abroad at least once in their undergraduate education to become a well-rounded individual. A student who studies abroad will grow tremendously in academically and personally that is not comparable to staying at your home university. Attending a foreign university will educationally enrich your field of specialty with a unique perspective from your professors that will positively influence you in the near future." - Christopher


Erin Rogers

Erin Rogers

· Peer Advisor ·
Email: eroger28@uncc.edu
Major: Accounting
Studied Abroad In: Newcastle, Australia
Program Type: Affiliate Provider
Study Abroad Program: The Education Abroad Network: University of Newcastle
"Studying abroad allows an individual not only to visit a new place, but to live in it and learn a new way of life and culture. I think this is important and a great opportunity for a student to open their eyes to differences in the world allowing them to be more globally and culturally accepting and understanding" - Erin


Maria Cruzat

· Peer Advisor ·
Email: mcruzat@uncc.edu
Major: Public Health (Pre-Med track), Global Studies & Spanish
Studied Abroad In: Shanghai, China and Santiago, Chile
Program Type: Faculty-Led Summer and Affiliate Provider
1st Study Abroad Program: Development, Settlement, Health, and Sustainability in Global Cities: The Shanghai Experience
2nd Study Abroad Program: USAC Chile - Spanish Language, Latin American, Anthropological, and International Studies in Santiago
"Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to see first-hand all the different ways life is lived and how there is not one right way to do things. It's the time to realize that we are part of a community larger than the one we think we live in." - Maria


Brianna Holbert

· Peer Advisor ·
Email: bholbert@uncc.edu
Major: Psychology
Studied Abroad In: London, England
Program Type: UNC Charlotte Exchange
Study Abroad Program: Kingston University
"It may sound cliche, but studying abroad changes everything. No matter the experience everyone who studies abroad grows as a student, professional, and individual. Your perspective is broadened, and every day abroad gives you a new view of the world. Afterwards, you feel like you can accomplish anything!" - Brianna


Erika Miller

· Peer Advisor ·
Email: emille94@uncc.edu
Major: Art History
Studied Abroad In: Canterbury, England
Program Type: UNC Charlotte Exchange
Study Abroad Program: University of Kent
"Study abroad gives you the opportunity to learn and experience things that classrooms are unable to give you: The ability to learn about life, history, culture, people, is something truly unique to studying abroad." - Erika


 

Christina Tran

· Peer Advisor ·
Email: ctran20@uncc.edu
Major: French
Minor: Foreign Language Education
Studied Abroad In: Lyon, France
Program Type: Affiliate Provider
Study Abroad Program: USAC France: French Language and European Studies in Lyon
"Studying abroad allows students the opportunity to not only see the world outside of their college but to experience all of the languages, cultures, and beliefs that come with an experience abroad. It’s important to expose yourself to multiculturalism because it allows you to see things in a new perspective." - Christina


Madison Gold

· Peer Advisor ·
Email: mgold8@uncc.edu
Major: Marketing
Minor: International Management
Studied Abroad In: Milan, Italy and Sydney, Australia
Program Type: UNC Charlotte Exchange
1st Study Abroad Program: Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
2nd Study Abroad Program: University of Sydney
"Studying abroad lights a fire in you to see the world and learn from it and it's people. It is so much more than just a semester of college, it is an experience that can have the ability to change your entire plan." - Madison


Taylor Summerville

· Peer Advisor ·
Email: tsumme10@uncc.edu
Major: Communication Studies
Minor: Psychology
Studied Abroad In: Florence, Italy
Program Type: Affiliate Provider
Study Abroad Program: ISA Florence, Italy: Business, Hospitality, Design & Liberal Art
"[Studying Abroad] forces you to become adaptable and independent in a new way, which is important for any future career.  Studying abroad allows you to make connections and network with people all around the world. It opens opportunities that you never dreamed you could have." - Taylor


Jasmine James

· Peer Advisor ·
Email: jjames64@uncc.edu
Major: International Business
Minor: Japanese
Studied Abroad In: Nagoya, Japan
Program Type: UNC Charlotte Exchange
Study Abroad Program: Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
"Students should study abroad because it is a chance to experience something completely different. For example,  I went to Japan, a country that is completely different than America in so many ways. To me this was refreshing because I was able to learn so many different things and meet so many different people, that I would have never been able to meet without studying abroad." - Jasmine


Scott Schreiber

· Peer Advisor ·
Email: sschrei1@uncc.edu
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Japanese
Studied Abroad In: Machida, Japan
Program Type: UNC Charlotte Exchange Study Abroad Program: J.F. Oberlin University
"There are many reasons to study abroad. But one of the most important reasons, in my opinion, is that it gives you a lot of confidence and independence. Many people spend their whole lives inside their community bubble, and never get a chance to take a step out of it and experience something they are not comfortable with. The act of studying abroad on its own proves to the individual that they are capable of going to a faraway country, surviving there, and most of all adapting to a culture that is not their own" - Scott


Laurene Gonzales

· OEA Intern ·
Email: lgonza27@uncc.edu
Major: International Business
Studied Abroad In: Seoul, South Korea
Program Type: ISEP Exchange: Yonsei University


 

Hannah Adams

Hannah Adams

· Peer Advisor ·
Email: hadams15@uncc.edu
Major: Elementary Education
Minor: Spanish
Studied Abroad In: Santander, Spain
Program Type: Faculty-Led Semester
Study Abroad Program: Semester in Spain
"Students should study abroad because it is life changing. And no matter how cliche that sounds, it is so true. A quote from a book I recently read has stuck with me and reminded me of being abroad. It says "Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever" (Doerr, 48). Each country has something different to offer, and it's up to us to seize the amazing opportunities that are at our fingertips." - Hannah


Halimah Abu-Hassan

· Peer Advisor ·
Email: habuhass@uncc.edu
Major: International Studies & Spanish
Studied Abroad In: Sevilla, Spain
Program Type: Affiliate Provider
Study Abroad Program: ISA Sevilla, Spain: Hispanic Studies, Business & Spanish Language
"Studying abroad will open up your mind. Before leaving I was terrified of the unknown, there is so much going on in the world right now that would make anyone scared to even take a trip to the movie theatre. At the end of my trip I realized I was fearing people before I left and the truth is you will always have more in common with people than you do differences. My favorite part of the experience was learning that home isn't always one place and home might be somewhere you have yet to go. Now I take pride in saying I feel at home in more than just one place." - Halimah


Sandy Atilano

· OEA Intern ·
Email: satilano@uncc.edu
Major: Finance & Spanish
Studied Abroad In: Santander, Spain
Program Type: Faculty-Led Semester
Study Abroad Program: Semester in Spain

"The major benefits of studying abroad are personal growth, lifelong friends & the ability to travel!" - Sandy


Morgan Fontaine

· Peer Advisor ·
Email: mfontai1@uncc.edu
Major: Finance
Studied Abroad In: Santander, Spain
Program Type: Faculty-Led Summer
Study Abroad Program: Spain: Business, Banking, and Finance
"I believe students should have the opportunity to study abroad because it is important to see the world from a different perspective. Studying abroad gave me the opportunity to see Spain through the eyes of a local student." - Morgan


Misty Morin

· OEA Intern ·
Email: mmorin5@uncc.edu
Major: English & Spanish
Studied Abroad In: Santander, Spain
Program Type: Faculty-Led Semester
Study Abroad Program: Semester in Spain


 

Samantha Stiehle

· Peer Advisor ·
Email: sstiehle@uncc.edu
Major: Communication & Spanish
Studied Abroad In: Santander, Spain
Program Type: Faculty-Led Semester
Study Abroad Program: Semester in Spain
"Students should study abroad because stepping out of comfort from our normal lives in the U.S. is such an important thing to do while we are young. Studying abroad and living away from home in a completely new and unknown place is the best way to learn about who you truly are as a person and makes you realize how small you are in such a great and beautiful world we live in."- Samantha


Parker Williams

· Peer Advisor ·
Email: pwilli77@uncc.edu
Major: Pre-Business
Minor: Spanish
Studied Abroad In: Barcelona, Spain
Program Type: Affiliate Provider
Study Abroad Program: AIFS Study Abroad in Barcelona, UAB
"Students should study abroad because it is one of the biggest adventures they will go on in their entire lifetime. My favorite part of study abroad by far was living with my homestay parents and meeting so many new people. I learned Spanish more than ever before and was able to have full length conversations with my homestay parents by the end of my stay. Meeting new people and sharing those experiences with these new people was so fun and was a time I would never forget. " - Parker