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U-M Student Peer Advisors

Peer advisors are U-M students who have studied or worked abroad and have extensive overseas travel experience. The peer advisors are trained to help you learn about the education abroad opportunities and help you decide which option will be best for you. They are available to assist only students, faculty, staff and alumni affiliated with the University of Michigan.

Our peer advisors are located within the U-M International Center, and are available through email, by appointment, or by advising hours throughout the academic year.

  • Walk-in advising:
    (Offered on a first come, first served basis)
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm
    (*please note that we do not offer walk-in advising on Thursdays)
  • Advising by appointment:
    For in-depth questions and guaranteed availability, we highly recommend making an appointment through Google Appointments by clicking here or by calling 734.647.2299.

2014-2015 Education Abroad Peer Advisors

Alison Climes is a senior majoring in Spanish and International Studies with a focus on Global Health and Environment. She began her freshman year as a participant in the International Center's Michigan International Internship & Service Program (MIISP). This led her to her first international experience as a college student. The summer after her freshman year, she traveled to Managua, Nicaragua with a group of University of Michigan students through a program called Atraves. There she worked in a school, where she helped teach English, as well as a health clinic. She has since completed an internship with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Madrid, Spain, and has traveled to Accra and Kumasi,Ghana with a group of engineers to work on a design project in the field of maternal health. Throughout these travels she has had the opportunity to explore Costa Rica, Germany, Portugal, England, Ireland, and many parts of Spain. She is excited to help other students find wonderful international experiences!

Sarah Cunningham is a senior majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology and Honors Anthropology. She participated in the Michigan International Internship and Service Program (MIISP) as a sophomore. The following summer, Sarah lived with a host family and studied Urdu at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Lucknow, India through the State Department's Critical Languages Scholarship program. Her junior year she participated in MIISP's MPortfolio program and studied Urdu and South Asian studies as a Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellow at the University of Michigan.

Brenda Duverce is a graduate student at the Ford School of Public Policy. As an undergraduate student at Howard University, Brenda majored in Political Science and studied abroad in Rabat, Morocco, and Capetown and Johannesburg, South Africa. Following her undergraduate studies, she received a Fulbright research grant and was affiliated with the Department of Sociology at the University of Botswana. Brenda’s interests are in human rights, social welfare policy, and poverty alleviation both domestically and internationally. She enjoys bowling, watching college football and basketball, and traveling.

Michelle Gonzalez is a graduate student at the Ford School of Public Policy. She has spent an extensive amount of time in Latin America. While in undergrad, Michelle spent a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she studied Argentine political history. Michelle also lived in Honduras as a Municipal Development Peace Corps volunteer. She worked with the local Municipal Women‘s office to help strengthen community-based organizations and worked to promote HIV/AIDS education at the local High school.

Kinza Ilyas is a senior studying Screen Arts & Cultures in the college of Literature, Science and the Arts. She has volunteered in South Africa through the Center for Global and Intercultural Studies (CGIS) service learning program Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates (GIEU). This year she taught English in Morocco as part of the LSA International Internship program. Kinza has had roommates from Kenya, Japan, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, and Turkey. Asides from traveling, Kinza has a passion for theatre and arts performances and is an video intern for the University Musical Society. She is delighted to be helping others get started on their international journeys!

Aubrey Sitler is a dual master's student in the Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Social Work. Her focus in social work is Interpersonal Practice in Mental Health, and as a Global Activities Scholar she spent last summer completing a social work field placement in the public mental health system in Melbourne, Australia. As an undergraduate at Wake Forest University, she majored in English and Spanish and studied for a summer at the University of Oxford and for a semester at the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. She has since returned to Oxford three times to serve as the graduate resident adviser for the same program. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she spent six months teaching English to middle school students in Vicuña McKenna, Argentina and traveling through South America. She also spent time volunteering with the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India, an experience that spurred her on to pursue a career in international social work and public policy with a focus on mental health, disability, gender inequality, and human rights policy in a global setting.


Become a Peer Advisor

If you've had an international experience and would like to share your expertise and familiarity with studying, working, or travelling abroad, we need you! Our peer advisors not only advise students, but also design and present workshops and seminars on education abroad.

For more information about peer advisors, contact or call 734.647.2299.


Last reviewed: 01/15