The Study Abroad Peer Advisor (SAPA) organization is a group of students who have previously studied abroad and are now dedicated to sharing their experiences with other students. We assist students interested in learning more about UF's study abroad opportunities by matching them with students who have studied on similar programs/locations, or who share similar academic interests.
The Peer Advisor organization is a unique asset to students wishing to study abroad in that it is a group of roughly 30 UF study abroad alumni who volunteer their time to assist with the study abroad process. Because the students recently studied abroad they offer a student's perspective, they are equipped to answer questions that address issues which are central to the life of every college student, including such seemingly trivial things as eating, shopping, and doing laundry in your country of interest. If you are interested in studying abroad and want to learn more about another student's experiences overseas, then come on over to the International Center in the Hub and speak with a Peer Advisor today!
How can you meet us?
- Walk-in hours
Not sure if you need an appointment? Do you want general information about studying abroad? We hold walk-in hours from 9:35am to 4:55pm every day in the UF International Center. Feel free to stop by during these times to discuss studying abroad, hear about our own personal experiences and learn about your options.
- Individual Advising
If you are interested in studying abroad but do not know how to go about choosing a program or when to begin the application process, or if you just want to hear about another students' experiences abroad, then you should consider meeting with a Peer Advisor. All Peer Advisors are trained to answer your questions about study abroad opportunities here at UF, and we are always happy to talk about our experiences and/or answer questions via phone, email or in person. Please visit the contact link above to view a list of Peer Advisors, complete with the Peer Advisor's country and contact information. Our contact information is also available from the study abroad receptionist--stop by at any time!
- Study Abroad Presentations
Are you planning a student meeting or lecture that could be tied in to study abroad opportunities at UF? Looking for an interesting guest speaker to liven up your classroom? Consider requesting a Peer Advisor to come speak to your class about study abroad opportunities here at the University of Florida. We as Peer Advisors are trained present and answer questions about topics such as the main types of study abroad programs offered at UF, the transfer of credits from foreign institutions, and receiving financial aid while abroad. We frequently present at student organization meetings, First Year Florida classes, dormitories, and other gatherings. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a presentation.
- UF International Center Events
The Study Abroad Peer Advisors routinely assist the UFIC with special events throughout the year. We attend pre-departure and re-entry sessions, the study abroad fair and the study abroad information sessions sponsored by the UFIC. Peer Advisors are also responsible for creating/managing a variety of activities related to study abroad throughout the year, such as tabling and information sessions.