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Peer Advisers
Want to learn more about study abroad from someone who has first hand knowledge? Visit the CIE to speak with one of our peer advisers, who are past participants of UW-Eau Claire study abroad programs.  They are available to talk with you on a walk-in and appointment basis about both general advising questions and about questions specific to their program. Don't forget to check out the awesome video our Fall 2013 Peer Advisers made! 

How do I Schedule an Appointment?
You can schedule an appointment or just walk in! Call 715-836-4411 to schedule an appointment.

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Office Hours: Fridays, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
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My name is Elisabeth Caldwell. My major is Economics and I have a topical minor in Psychology and Advertising. My favorite memory from Perth is spontaneously going into the city on a Sunday night with my roommates. We hiked up to the top of Kings Park and spent half an hour just sitting and looking out over the city. 


Office Hours: Thursdays, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

My name is Ryan Letsch and I am a nursing major. I will be in my Junior twos during the Spring 2015 semester. My favorite study abroad memory from Costa Rica was probably when I got invited by a local to play a "mejenga" or a pick up soccer game up in the mountains with a bunch of other locals. The view and being isolated in the mountains was one of the most incredible feelings I will ever have.

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Office Hours: Wednesdays, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Hi! My name is Kayla Buffington and I am a Spanish Major with a TEFL minor. My favorite study abroad memory is spring break, when I was able to travel with my friends to a variety of places in Costa Rica, like Tortuguero, Rio Celeste and Monteverde.

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Office Hours: Tuesdays, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Hi my name is Erin Callahan! I am a Nursing major with a minor in Spanish in the Healthcare Profession. My favorite memory from my study abroad was canyoning down a waterfall in the cloud forest of Costa Rica! 

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

My name is Michael Toll. I am a senior studying Accounting with a minor in Organizational Communication. I loved every bit of my study abroad experience in Winchester, but I think my favorite memory was playing Ultimate Frisbee with the university’s club team at a tournament in Bristol. That weekend deepened my love for England, Frisbee, and all of the friends that I made during my time in Winchester!

Office Hours: Thursdays, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Bonjour! My name is Erin Grim and I am French major with an Econ minor. I hope to become an Economic Foreign Services Officer in the future. I think my favorite study abroad memory would be when my dad came and bopped around France with me. We stayed in Paris, Avignon, and finally in Pau. I showed him the ropes to French culture and now he’s hooked. My second favorite memory would be the USAC trip to Biarritz! Eating sorbet by the beach when it’s supposed to be winter was amazing. 

Office Hours: Fridays 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Karen FraserHi, my name is Karen Fraser and I am majoring in Special Education. One of my favorite memories from study abroad was climbing the highest mountain in Ghana and seeing the neighboring country, Togo, from the top! After that we swam under a waterfall in the rainforest. Definitely a day I will not forget! 

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Office Hours: Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
My name is Telma Frumholtz. I’m a Psychology and Spanish double major and Fall 2012 I studied abroad in Valladolid, Spain. One of my favorite memories from Spain, besides all the traveling and culture I got to experience, was the Valladolid-Valencia soccer game. I am a huge soccer fan and being able to be in the third row at a real Spanish soccer game was amazing.

Office Hours: Mondays, 8:30 am - 10:30 am
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Hi! My name is Angel Pingry and I'm an English education major. I studied abroad in Limerick, Ireland in Spring of 2014. It was the best four months of my life! One of my favorite memories was traveling to Northern Ireland and skipping along the edge of the Giant's Causeway. I'll never forget it! I met so many wonderful people. If given the chance, I'd go back to Limerick in a heartbeat!

Office Hours: Thursdays, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

My name is Hannah Gourdoux and I am a Kinesiology major with a minor in Psychology. One of my favorite memories from Italy would have to be hiking the Cinque Terre. It was by far one of the most amazing things I have ever done!


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Office Hours: Mondays, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
BetsyHi, my name is Betsy Albers and I am senior majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Sports Promotion. I studies abroad the spring semester of my sophomore year in Stirling, Scotland. One of my favorite memories is from the very first day I arrived. I was walking around my dorm and local students kept coming up to me and introducing themselves. Later I found out they only did that because they thought I was the character, Emma, from Glee. Besides having a good laugh about it later on, the students I met that day turned into life long best friends. I am glad they mistook me for someone else or I probably would have never met them! 

Office Hours: Fridays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hi, I'm Rosie Ferguson. I am a History major in my junior year. I am currently on exchange to UWEC from the University of Aberdeen. My favorite thing about Scotland is the people! Everyone is so friendly and they are always good for a laugh! 


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Office Hours: Mondays, 10:30 - 12:30 pm

Howzit! My name is Courtney Brost and I'm a Latin American Studies and Creative Writing double major. There are so many amazing memories from studying abroad in South Africa from the people I met, the places I visited, and everything I learned inside and outside the classroom. One of my favorite memories was standing at Cape Agulhas, which is the southern most tip of the African continent, and seeing the Atlantic and indian Ocean meet.

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Office Hours: Wednesdays, 11:00 am -1:00 pm
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My name is Rachel Pratt and I am majoring in International Business and Economics. I went to South Korea, in the summer, because I wanted to be totally immersed in another culture and language. I took Korean Language 1 and Management when I was there. My favorite memory was taking the trip to the mud festival. It was such a fun and unique experience and my skin felt amazing afterwards.

Office Hours: Mondays, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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¡Hola! I'm Carlie Simkunas, and I'm a Spanish major and Latin American Studies and World Studies double minor. One of my favorite memories from studying abroad is from when I spent a weekend in Seville in southern Spain. Our hostel had free paella and sangria nightly, so we ate home-made paella with fresh juice from the lemons we picked in the garden while we chatted with travelers and students from all around the world. It was a very "Spanish" and a very "international" experience at the same time!

Check out this video created by our 2013 Peer Advisers! They talk about why they studied abroad and the experiences they had! 

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