What is a Peer Advisor?
Peer Advisors (PAs) volunteer alongside the Office of Education Abroad to help promote study abroad, recruit study abroad participants, and guide students throughout the study abroad process.
share your story
By studying abroad, you experienced something that most UNC Charlotte students have not. You've explored other languages & cultures, developed into a stronger person, encountered obstacles & overcame them, and embarked on an adventure you'll remember forever. Being a PA means you get to share your story with UNC Charlotte students, faculty & staff, which not only helps promote study abroad, but helps you keep your memories of your international experience alive!
Be A Part of the journey
You know how life-changing studying abroad can be. Imagine being able to encourage other UNC Charlotte students to go abroad so that they can have their own life-changing experience just like you did. The ability to assist prospective UNC Charlotte students throughout the study abroad process is exciting and rewarding.
networking & personal connections
This program gives you the opportunity to meet other UNC Charlotte students who have studied abroad. Together you have a common bond: You each had an international experience that changed your life! Many PAs tend to formulate friendships with each other that last a lifetime. It can be a relief to be a part of group of like-minded individuals who are passionate about International Education.
Beyond other Peer Advisors in your group, you will also have the opportunity to work closely with OEA Staff and meet other UNC Charlotte students while promoting on campus. This is your chance to develop relationships that may be mutually beneficial as you progress through your UNC Charlotte career and beyond!
This program is designed to give students the opportunity to develop personally and professional throughout the semester. By participating in tabling events, resource fairs, classroom presentations and other on-campus events, students acquire and develop soft skills, such as communication, problem solving, adaptability and more.
PAs who successfully complete the requirements of the program and who are committed & passionate about study abroad may be able to participate in professional development opportunities, such as attending local study abroad conferences, University Career Center events, and more.
Study Abroad Alumni T-Shirt
All PAs will receive an "I Studied Abroad, Ask Me Where" t-shirt from the OEA at the start of the semester! OEA asks that you where this shirt while completing PA monthly requirements because it tends to be a great conversation starter that can lead to other UNC Charlotte students deciding to start the process and new friendships!
Meet Our Current Peer Advisors
The OEA typically has anywhere from 10-15 Peer Advisors each fall and spring semester.