Get Involved on Campus

Welcome back! So, you have successfully completed your study abroad program and have returned home. Chances are you had an incredible time in your host country and experienced tremendous personal and academic growth. Now that you're back, you may have noticed that you are feeling disoriented or disconnected from your friends and family. Don't worry - that's normal! It's known as "reverse culture shock," and it could take a few months to adjust back to life in the U.S.

Become a Peer Adviser

When students return from abroad, they will receive an email from the Education Abroad office with instructions on how to apply for a peer adviser position. Typically, peer advisers are selected at the beginning of each academic year. 

Peer Adviser Application Process

Did you meet with a Peer Adviser before you studied abroad? Did you love your study abroad experience and want to help other students navigate the process? If yes, apply to be a Peer Adviser! You will receive an email with details about how to apply to become a Peer Adviser before the start of each semester. Finalists will be selected for a phone interview and notified via email. 

Who are Peer Advisers?

Peer Advisers are the “first face” of education abroad at Penn State and are an important part of the Education Abroad Office. The purpose of the Peer Advising program is to provide general information to prospective education abroad students on a walk-in basis in a comfortable environment. Prospective study abroad students are strongly recommended to meet with a Peer Adviser to understand the basics of studying abroad through Penn State while learning how to research suitable education abroad opportunities. Peer Advisers meet with students to provide general information about the education abroad process, program options, website navigation, scholarships, and sharing their own abroad experiences. Peer Advisers are provided with training upon selection to prepare for this role. This is an unpaid, volunteer position.

Each Peer Adviser will be expected to commit to the following during each semester:

  • Volunteer 4 hours per week in the Education Abroad Resource Room, as well as individual projects as assigned.
  • Complete a student spotlight
  • Assist with pre-departure orientation workshops 
  • Lead sessions with prospective study abroad students 

Please contact Education Abroad with any questions about the Peer Adviser program or application process.