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Meet Our Peer Advisors & Recruiters

These ASU students all studied abroad on various types of programs and are here to help you get started on a journey of your own! Our Peer Advisors are in the Study Abroad Office ready to chat with you, and you can meet our Recruiters at information tables, events or even in your classes giving presentations about study abroad. Both roles can help you understand the different types of programs offered, assist in narrowing down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs and speak about student life abroad. 

If you'd like to meet with a Peer Advisor, stop by the Study Abroad Office to talk to them, contact them via email at, chat with them using our Live Chat right here on the website or call them at (480) 965-5965. No appointments are needed to speak with Peer Advisors. They are available Monday through Friday 8 am - 5 pm.

Join our Recruiters in a Study Abroad 101 session about the various program types, available scholarships, the credit process, housing options and much more. Better yet, invite them to your class or event! Find them at any international related event on any of ASU's campuses and ask them what they found to be the most advantageous about studying abroad.






Name: Kajal Dave
Hometown: Chandler, Arizona

Area of Study: Global Studies
Year at ASU: Senior
Study Abroad Location: Ghana
Study Abroad Program: ASU: Politics, Culture, and Society in Ghana
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: I had a four-week internship at the Human Rights Advocacy Center and worked with other international interns during my program. My new friend from Amsterdam wanted to explore Ghana, so we took a trip to Wli Falls on the border with Togo. It was absolutely stunning. Not only were the falls and rainforest magnificent, but our journey was truly an adventure. We planned a trip in two days, took public transportation the whole way, hung out with a group of Canadian students and almost ran out of money. It was one of the most impulsive things I have ever done, but totally worth it. That experience is tied with getting my leg trapped in a grate over a gutter, when said friend from Amsterdam couldn't stop laughing long enough to get me out.
Other Travel Locations: India, United Arab Emirates, Britain, Scotland, France, Spain, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark 
Top Advice for Sun Devils Going Abroad: Don't go in with too many plans and expectations. Try to live in the moment, because before you know it it'll be time to leave. Let whatever happens happen, and write it down so you have a good story when you come back! 




Name: Haley Ziesemer
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Areas of Study: Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry
Year at ASU: Senior
Study Abroad Location: Sydney, Australia
Study Abroad Program: Exchange - University of New South Wales
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: My favorite memory was traveling to Canberra with my friends. First, we toured the Parliament House and learned a lot about the Australian government and its day-to-day operations. Then, we attended the Floriade festival, an annual flower festival where we got to see hundreds of beautiful flowers!
Other Travel Locations: New Zealand, Palau, Costa Rica, Italy, Canada
Top Advice for Sun Devils Going Abroad: Try your best to get out of your comfort zone. This is a great way to have new experiences and to make friends with the locals. 



Name: Alexa Buechler
Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas 

Area of study: Journalism and Mass Communication
Year at ASU: Senior
Study abroad Location: Lyon, France
Study Abroad Program: USAC: Lyon, France Program 
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: Traveling to Nice in an overnight bus with my closest friends and experiencing the city lit up for the Carnival.
Other Travel Locations: Switzerland, Spain, England
Top Advice for Sun Devils Going Abroad: When you're in a new country, you want to travel everywhere and try to see everything. This is good, but don't forget to experience living in the city or town that you chose.









Name: Shelby Weathers
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Area of study: Psychology
Year at ASU: Junior
Study Abroad Location: Dublin, Ireland
Study Abroad Program: Sun Devils in Dublin Internship and Study Abroad Program
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: Kissing the Blarney Stone!
Other Travel Locations: Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, The Netherlands
Top Advice for Sun Devils Going Abroad: Attitude is everything. You can have the best or worst experience of your life abroad, and it's entirely up to you. 



















Name: Bella Tassinari
Hometown: Chandler, Arizona
Areas of Study: Business Data Analytics and Sports and Media Studies 
Year at ASU: Senior 
Study Abroad Location: Madrid, Spain 
Study Abroad Program: Exchange - Universidad Carlos III De Madrid 
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: Watching the sunset on an empty beach in Cadiz, Spain. We had just gotten off a nine hour bus ride and were all super tired but seeing the sunset was totally worth it! 
Other Travel Locations: All over Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Portugal and more! 
Top Advice for Sun Devils Going Abroad: Be open to new things. New food, new friends, new places. Everything is an experience and try as much as you can. 











Name: Alisa Murphy
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Area of Study: Broadcast Journalism
Year at ASU: Junior
Study Abroad Location: Peru
Study Abroad Program: ASU: From Lima to Machu Picchu: Exploring Healthcare, Culture, and Ethics in Peru
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: We were in Peru during the FIFA World Cup and it was the first time Peru had qualified for the World Cup in over 30 years. We all bought Peruvian soccer jerseys and watched the soccer games at the local restaurants. We had World Cup fever for sure!
Other Travel Locations: Lima and Cusco, Peru
Top Advice for Sun Devils Going Abroad: Just walk around and explore! Try as many local cuisines as you can. Talk to the local people even if their language is not your first language. Also, find a good balance between doing as much as you can (activities, excursions, etc.), while still getting enough sleep. I made that mistake the first week! 








Name: Sara Razavi Kelishadi
Hometown: Esfahan, Iran
Areas of Study: Double Major in Global Studies and French
Year at ASU: Senior
Study Abroad Locations: Lyon, France and Washington, D.C., U.S.A
Study Abroad Program: USAC: Lyon, France Program & ASU: McCain Institute Policy Design Studio & Internship Program
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: Getting to experience the annual Festival of Lights (Fête des Lumières) in Lyon by walking around the city, mesmerized by all of the different light shows that lit up the entire city at night. Enjoying the tranquility of the Jefferson Memorial at night, sitting on the steps,  while in Washington, D.C.
Other Travel Locations: While studying abroad in France, I chose to explore the city I was in, the little towns surrounding it, and a couple of the big ones, because I prefer taking my time exploring places.
Top Advice for Sun Devils Going Abroad: Time flies while you are there, make sure to plan a few trips before you go there and make a list of places you want to go to. Start crossing things off of your list from the moment you get there, don’t leave anything for later, because in a blink of an eye you are on your way back home. But, also, be open to taking spontaneous trips with your friends, or by yourself. Every experience will teach you something new about yourself and life, so be ready to learn and explore!











Name: Ashley Ong
Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona
Area of Study: Communications with a minor in Business
Year at ASU: Senior
Study Abroad Location: Madrid, Spain; London, England; Rome, Italy
Study Abroad Program: CIEE: Open Campus Program (multiple destinations)
Favorite Study Abroad Memory: My family flew out to surprise me in London on my 20th birthday. We spent my birthday going to Tower Bridge, the top of the Shard and Camden Market. It was by far the best way to spend my birthday.
Other Travel Locations: Sevilla, Lisbon, Belfast, Florence, Bologna, Amsterdam, Cinque Terre, Budapest, and Ibiza
Top Advice for Sun Devils Abroad: Understand that it is normal to be scared and even homesick while being abroad. Take it all in and let it help you grow as a person. The fear of big changes should not keep you from having one of the best experiences of your life!