If at any point in time during the study abroad planning process, you have a question or need some guidance, you are encouraged to contact the Study Abroad Office. Staff advisors and peer advisors are available to assist you throughout the study abroad experience.
Advisors can help you to understand...
...or to address any other questions and concerns that arise.
Advisors can also provide you with the contact information of students who have been on the same (or a similar) program. Our study abroad alumni are excited to talk about their experiences abroad and to give you tips and pointers to help you prepare for your study abroad experience!
Hailey Weaver is currently a fourth year Graphic Design Major with a Marketing Minor here at SVSU. She studied abroad in Cork, Ireland during the Winter 2017 semester. Her experience abroad allowed her to learn more about herself and changed her career path and career goals. She is passionate about global travel and experiencing new cultures and wants to encourage students to go abroad. “This experience pushed me out of my comfort zone, allowed me to try new things, and experience a new culture I quickly fell in love with. I always heard how amazing studying abroad is but I didn’t expect it to be so indescribable. You don’t know what you are missing out on until you experience an adventure like this on your own!"
Zach Mixter is currently a third year International Business major here at SVSU. He studied abroad during the Winter semester of 2016 in Shanghai, China. He plans to study abroad again, but is still figuring out where to go next! "Studying abroad is the single greatest thing that I have done as a student at SVSU! I cultivated connections, personal and professional ones, that will benefit me for the rest of my life. But most importantly, I learned that being a prosperous student, means being a global student."
Megan Schmidt is currently a sophomore studying nursing in hopes of using the degree to travel abroad. She studied abroad in Accra, Ghana during the summer of 2016 through USAC. She is passionate about non-traditional study abroad locations and hopes to go abroad again this summer. Studying abroad has changed her career path, personality, and life for the better and she encourages every student to take the opportunity to go abroad.
Aileen Ash joined SVSU in January 2016 as the Study Abroad Coordinator. Before accepting this position, she graduated from Bowling Green State University earning a Master of Cross-Cultural and International Education. Her international experiences include studying abroad for a semester in New Zealand while working on her undergraduate degree at the University of Rhode Island where she majored in Wildlife Conservation Biology and minored in International Development. She has also participated in a Spanish immersion program in Bocas del Toro, Panama and completed an internship in Cusco, Peru where she taught English in an after-school program. Through these opportunities, Aileen has been able to experience and understand the long-lasting benefits of studying abroad, which has driven her to seek a career where she can encourage American college students to enhance their education through international experiences.