Be a Study Abroad Peer Advisor

The application for 2023-2024 is now closed. The application for 2024-2025 will open in spring of 2024.

Interested in encouraging and supporting students to pursue a global experience?

This on-campus job allows you to share your enthusiasm for global experiences and increases your knowledge of international education opportunities! As a peer advisor, you will advise and motivate students to go abroad as well as interact with our staff and faculty.

Our peer advisor position is great if you are looking to develop new skills as well as utilize your innovation and creativity. Not only do you get to share your past global experiences with students, but it also looks great on a resume!

This is a job that you do to make you feel good. There’s nothing like being stopped by a person while on campus, or even off campus, and being referred to as the student who spoke in my class, or the one who works at the Study Abroad Center, and then hearing their story about where they’re going to go abroad. You are really helping people make life-changing decisions.”- former Peer Advisor

It may even lead you into this extraordinary field of international education as it has for many former peer advisors like these pictured here (Peers in 2007, 2020, and 2021)
Former PAs

Job Description:

Under the supervision of the Lead Outbound Advisor, Study Abroad Peer Advisors support the mission of the UCI Study Abroad Center. Peer Advisors are UCI students who have participated in a study, work, internship, volunteer, research or teaching program in a foreign country or have other global interests, passions, and experiences. Peer Advisors assist with outreach, recruitment, advising, and general administrative duties and support.


  • Advising
    • Prospective students interested in global opportunities 
    • Participants in understanding the pre-departure process
    • Assist with pre-departure orientations
    • Returning students on policies, processes, and resources available
  • Outreach/Recruitment
    • Organize and execute presentations for classes, dorms, students groups, campus events, and assist with study abroad fairs
    • Create and distribute marketing materials and host information tables
  • General administrative duties and support
    • Respond to emails, data collection, etc


Time Commitments:

  • Hours per week: 10-15
  • Peer Advisor’s weekly schedule is set based on availability and project interests
  • The majority of hours will be Monday-Friday between 10am-4pm PT for advising. However, there will be some work activities that occur outside of these hours (e.g. orientations, class outreach, open dialogues, special projects).
  • The entire academic year: September through June.
  • Training Week (paid): Monday, September 18, 2023 through Friday, September 22, 2023, tentatively 9:00am – 2:00pm. Whether training will be offered in-person or virtually will be determined based on peer advisor availability.
  • Start working Welcome Week: September 25, 2023 – September 29, 2023.
  • Attend weekly Peer Advisor Meetings. Dates/times to be determined.

Required Experiences and Skills:

  • Must be living in the United States from September through June.
  • Global experience – study abroad, work abroad, internship abroad, volunteer abroad, research abroad, teaching abroad (whether in-person or virtual programs) or other global experience/passion.
  • Ability to articulate why global experiences are valuable and important.
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Ability to learn and communicate complex information and processes
  • Patience and empathy when working with diverse populations
  • Reliability, adaptability & flexibility
  • At least one preferred experience from below

Preferred Experiences and Skills:

  • Study abroad experience
  • Student with financial aid work-study award
  • Student who can work a hybrid schedule of in-person and virtual
  • Advising experience
  • Customer service experience
  • Marketing experience (e.g. social media, video production, graphic design)
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Experience organizing and leading events
  • Experience independently carrying out projects

Pay Rate & Positions Available:

  • $15.50 per hour
  • 8 positions available

How to Apply:

  • The application for 2023-2024 is now closed. The application for 2024-2025 will open in spring of 2024.