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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 by calling 715-836-4411 or just walk-in during their office hours! 

Or you can click on any of their names and send them email today! 
Selia Ward
Hello! My name is Selia Ward, and I am an Organizational Communications major, with a Global Studies minor. The summer of 2015 I studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand. My favorite memory of being there was taking weekend trips to visit and learn about the Hill Tribes with a class I took through the University. Being welcomed into their homes, getting to know them and seeing how they lived was an experience I'll never forget. 
Selia's Office Hours: Fridays 1:00-3:00pm
Melissa Pomaville
Hello!  My name is Melissa Pomaville.  My major is Spanish with a biology minor, as well as pre-physical therapy.  My favorite study abroad memory is hanging out with my roommates and Australian friends in our apartment.  There was never a dull moment!
Melissa's Office Hours: Wednesdays 9:00-11:00am
Austria & Germany
Hannah Schneeman
Hallo!  My name is Hannah Schneeman, and I am a German Education major.  My favorite memory in my host city, Marburg, is climbing up to Rapunzel's tower on one of my very first afternoons in Germany and watching the sunset over my new home. 
Hannah's Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00pm
Chile & Costa Rica
Mikala Russell
My name is Mikala Russell, and I will be a senior at UWEC. I am a pre-medical student with a biology major and a Spanish minor. My favorite memory from my study abroad experience was when we got to meet the president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís. My Central American history professor took us on a field trip to the Presidential House in San José. It was neat to tie in what we had learned in our history class about Costa Rican politics to an actual experience that we were lucky enough to have. 
Mikala's Office Hours: Thursdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
Harlaxton, England
Katie Sweeney
My name is Katie Sweeney. I am an International Business and Management double major. I loved studying abroad in England! I traveled a lot on weekends, but I also spent a lot of time in London and became really familiar with the city. It's an incredible place! My favorite part is how England became a place I called home.

(Katie has also studied abroad on the Costa Rica summer program, as well as the China & India Globalization programs!)
Katie's Office Hours: Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30pm
Winchester, England & Ireland
Kelsie Balon
Hello! My name is Kelsie Balon, and I am a senior at UWEC. My major is Secondary English Education, with a minor in Theatre Education. I studied abroad in Winchester, England for the fall semester of 2015. My favorite memory from Winchester was walking into town with all of my friends I made at the University and wandering through the little stalls and shops on High Street to purchase handmade goods and try delicious new foods. 
Kelsie's Office Hours: Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00am
Kristin McLeod
My name is Kristin McLeod, and I am a Public Relations major and a French minor. One of my favorite memories from my study abroad experience was when I got to take a hiking excursion through my host university in the Pyrenees Mountains, which is about an hour away from my host city, Pau. It had some of the most beautiful views, and I was able to make new friends!
Kristin's Office Hours: Thursdays, 11:00am-1:00pm
Ian McAlister
I'm Ian McAlister, a senior Psychology major and a Global Studies minor.  Some of my favorite memories from Ghana include taking a group of kids from a local orphanage to the moview theater with my peers, and riding around campus on bikes with my Ghanaian friend. 
Ian's Office Hours: Fridays, 11:00am-1:00pm
Greece & Sweden
Alec Baenen
I am Alec Baenen, a Business Management major here at UWEC, and my favorite memory from studying abroad in Thessaloniki is watching the sunset from the boardwalk with a Greek frappe in hand and climbing up Ano Poli for a beautiful view of the city. 
Alec's Office Hours: Mondays, 12:00-2:00pm 
Megan Finstad
Hi! My name is Megan Finstad, and I'm a Music Education major. There's so much to love about Italy, but some of my favorite moments were spent watching the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo and studying in the Giardino delle Rose. 
Megan's Office Hours: Thursdays, 9:00-11:00am
Stas Hable
My name is Staš Hable.  I am an International Geography comprehensive major.  My favorite memories in Aberdeen have to just be sitting around the dinner table and having a lovely time with good friends I met in Aberdeen.  I also fondly remember wearing sunglasses and having my umbrella out on long walks in the city since it will be sunny and rainy at the same!
Staš's Office Hours: Fridays, 9:00-11:00am
South Africa
Kallie FriedeMy name is Kallie Friede, and I'm a Public Relations and Women's Studies double major. My favorite study abroad memory is Vensters, the celebration for the end of welcome week! They block off all the streets surrounding campus so no cars can drive through. Students buy tickets and you watch the first years perform dances and see all the different residence halls. My roommates and I went with a group of South African students that lived above us. It was a great way to meet new people and it was so cool to see everyone from the campus come together to celebrate the end of welcome week.
Kallie's Office Hours: Tuesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm
Courtney Patri
Hello! My name is Courtney Patri, and I'm a Spanish and Math Education major. I studied abroad in Valladolid during the spring 2016 semester. One of my favorite study abroad memories is going out for tapas and trying different traditional Spanish foods with Spanish students from the University of Valladolid. 
Courtney's Office Hours: Wednesdays, 9:00-11:00am
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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