Step 4: Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor

One-on-one advising session

Before you can make an individual appointment with a peer advisor or a staff advisor at the Global Education Office at  Reves Center, you must attend either a 101 or 201 Study Abroad Workshop;

  • 101 workshops are designed for students who are uncertain about where or when to study abroad.    
  • 201 workshops are designed for students who have chosen their program 

**If you have chosen a program, you do not need to attend a 101 workshop

**201 workshops are required for everyone

You may sign up for an individual appointment with an advisor if you have additional questions or concerns after attending a workshop. Individual appointments are not required but encouraged.

How to make an appointment:

  • Make an appointment after attending a workshop (no same day appointments are permitted)
  • Stop by the Global Education Office at the Reves Center anytime between 11 am and 5 pm.  A peer advisor will be available for walk-in's except during scheduled workshops or appointments.
  • It is best to make an appointment in person because you will be able to see what times are available that work for both you and the advisor's schedule
  •  Fill out an online appointment request. A peer advisor will either confirm the advisor’s availability to meet at your requested time or offer alternative appointment slots.

Peer advisors and staff advisors have scheduled advising times. They each specialize in certain regions/countries and W&M programs. Peer and staff advisors can advise on non W&M programs in their regions/countries. We recommend meeting with the advisor that best matches your study abroad interests or needs. A peer advisor will help you determine the most appropriate advisor for you to meet with.

Peer advisors are William & Mary students like you that have studied abroad. Our trained peer advisors and help you find programs of interest and can answer most of your questions, especially those about local culture, applying/registering on-line, required procedures, transfer credits, applying for a visa or passport and special tips on how to make the most of an abroad experience.

Staff Advisors can assist with questions about specific programs, academic differences, health and safety, transfer credits, W&M study abroad polices and  procedures and much more.

Questions or make an appointment?  Email a Peer Advisor

Questions regarding study-abroad programs? Want more information about requirements and past-student experiences? Email the Study Abroad Peer Advisors at: peeradvisors@wm.edu . Please include information regarding the programs, countries, etc  for which you have questions or the specific peer advisor's name (below) in the subject line so the appropriate advisor can respond to your inquiry.

Peer Advisors -  General advising & the following regions, countries, programs, providers and majors

Vanessa Adkins: Western Europe, UK, W&M Cardiff and St Andrews exchange programs;  Majors: Government, Management & Organizational Leadership; 3rd Party Provider programs: ASE & IES                                                            

Jessica Bimstein: UK, Australia and New Zealand, W&M Exeter, Nottingham and Adelaide exchange programs and W&M summer programs; Majors: Psychology and Sociology; 3rd Party Provider programs: ISA & Arcadia

Liza Buell: South and Central America and Western Europe, W&M La Plata program; Majors: Hispanic Studies and English; 3rd Party Provider programs: SFS and SIT  

Ross Layden: Eastern Europe, UK, W&M Oxford and  multi-country 3rd party provider programs; Majors: Kinesiology & Health Sciences and Art History;3rd Party Provider programs: CIEE and AIFS

Julia Stumbaugh: Southern Europe and northern Africa, W&M Sevilla and W&M summer programs; Majors: International Relations; 3rd Party Provider programs:SAI and API

Daniel Tay: Asia, W&M exchange programs in China, Japan, Singapore and Korea; Majors: Economics and Data Science; 3rd Party Provider programs: USAC and IFSA-Butler

Ifechi Ugwu: Northern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, W&M Lille exchange program; Majors: French and Public Policy; 3rd Party Providers:  IFE and DIS

Staff Advisors -

Adam Ferguson:  SE Asia (Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Nepal and Vietnam), Russia and Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland), Scandinavia (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden)

Debi DeBacco: Australia/New Zealand, Canada (including McGill), La Plata, Austria (including Vienna), Belgium, France (including Montpellier & Lille), Germany, Netherlands, Spain (including Sevilla), Switzerland, UK (except for Oxford but including Cardiff, Exeter, Nottingham, & St. Andrews)

Marina Knapp:  SE Europe (Italy and Greece) and Winter/Spring Break special programs; W&M summer programs in Prague and Rio de Janeiro. 

Molly DeStafney:  East Asia (including Akita, Keio,), China (including Tsinghua), Singapore (including NUS), South Korea (including Yonsi); W&M summer programs: Adelaide, Cape Town, Bengaluru-Goa and Santiago de Compostela.

Nasha Lewis: Sub-Sahraran Africa, Central and South America, multi-destination/cross regional programs

Laura Mcdonald: Ireland, W&M Oxford program, W&M summer programs: Athens/Nafpilio, Beijing, Cadiz, Cambridge, Florence, Galway, Montpellier, Potsdam, Rome/Pompeii and St. Petersburg.

Sylvia Mitterndorfer: Middle East, Northern Africa and travel warning countries