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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. The Education Abroad Office has walk-in advising Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, however we recommend setting up an appointment by email if you'd like to speak with a specific peer advisor.

Fall 2013 Education Abroad Peer Advisors

Alison Climes is a junior 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) program. This led her to her first international experience as a college student. The summer after her freshman year, she traveled to Nicaragua with a group of University of Michigan students through a program called Atraves. There she worked in a school and health clinic, where she helped teach English as well as assist the doctors and nurse in the clinic. This past summer she interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Madrid, Spain. 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!

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.

Ariel Mallett is a senior at the University of Michigan double majoring in Anthropology and Arabic/Islamic Studies. She is originally from Colorado and transferred to the University of Michigan in Fall 2012. She has lived on every continent for over a month (with the exception of Antarctica) in the last 5 years, participating in various study abroad programs, volunteer efforts and travel opportunities in 12 countries. Ariel speaks both Spanish and Arabic, she spent a portion of the summer of 2012 translating for Engineers without Borders in Ecuador and recently returned from a summer abroad in Morocco with the Critical Language Scholarship. Some of her favorite countries include Australia, Ecuador, India and Turkey. She enjoys dancing Tango and exploring the outdoors in her free time.

Aubrey Sitler is a dual master's student in the School of Social Work and the Ford School of Public Policy. She is studying Interpersonal Practice in Mental Health as a Global Activities Scholar, as well as international social and human rights policy. 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. More recently, 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, and human rights policy in a global setting.

In addition to these advisors, the Education Abroad office has an extensive listing of volunteer peer advisors who have had a variety of study and work abroad experiences. For more information send an email to or call 734.647.2299.


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: 09/13