Peer Advisors

The SMC Study Away Peer Advisors are a group of dedicated Study Away alumni that are always ready, willing and able to talk to prospective students about their experiences and answer any questions you may have.  Here you can read about each of our unique Peer Advisors and find their contact information to reach out to them at any time.  Connect with a peer advisor from each of the following programs: LondonDublin,  South AfricaGlobal Internship, or even a peer advisor which has gone on to graduate from Temple!

Have you already studied away on an SMC Study Away program and now you’re looking to spread the word?  Apply to be a peer advisor today!  Before you submit your application, you should email SMC Study Away ( to find out the requirements of the program and further details!

London Peer Advisors

Spring 2015

Name: Isabelle GallicchioProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset
Major: Advertising and French
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2016
Instagram: izzgallicc
Twitter: izzgallicc

My name is Isabelle, study abroad was so nice I did it twice! I was bitten by the travel bug from a young age so study abroad was an obvious choice for me in college. I think it is such a wonderful opportunity for Temple students especially since there are so many choices of programs offered throughout the university and SMC itself. I studied French and art history among the cafes in Paris, and advertising in the bustling city of London. Interning in London was one of the best decisions I have ever made, I even got to attend London Fashion Week because my internship was in the fashion industry. Studying abroad was a chance to explore so many other places too. I’ve navigated the back streets of Lisbon, rode bikes in Copenhagen and swam the waters in Croatia and it was all so easy while living in London. I want every student to take advantage of the SMC study away programs and I’d love to help you find the program that works for you! (though I’m a little London bias!) Follow me on insta or twitter if you want to check out some of my time abroad or send me an email if you have any questions! I love talking study abroad.

Fall 2014

Name: James KenvinJames-Kenvin-SMCSA-Picture
Major: Media Studies and Production
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2016
Instagram: @jkenvin
Twitter: JamKenv

My name is James, and I am a senior studying Media Studies and Production. Growing up I would day dream about getting to travel around the world, making lists of places that I wanted to see one day. When I first came to Temple, I realized that this dream could become a reality through the study abroad program. I chose to study in London during the Fall 2014 semester. I was excited to finally check some countries off my list, but I didn’t realize just how strong of an impact this experience would have on me. Studying abroad awarded me with a huge learning experience I could not have received through any classroom. I have collected some of my most meaningful memories and met a great deal of amazing diverse people throughout my travels. Studying abroad is definitely something I recommend every student to look into. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!

Dublin Peer Advisors

Summer 2015

Name: Gabrielle Verzellapeer-advisor-photo
Major: Media Studies and Production
Concentration: Production and International Communication
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2017
Instagram: gabrielleverzella

I have always believed that it is much more organic and evocative to learn about anything through the media. All of your senses are involved whether it be visuals or sound, and that requires engagement with your peers and yourself, which is why I chose to pursue the production track in my major, Media Studies and Production. I love being emerged in sights and sounds and I want to create and progress in my career.

Ireland is an enigma to most people, and words like green or beer usually come to mind. Living in Dublin helped me abandon any stereotypes I may have had before and learn about Ireland through my own experiences. Through meeting a dolphin in Dingle, milking a cow at Causey Farm, peering over a 300 foot drop at the Cliffs of Moher, and many more moments, I have made a connection with Ireland that is personal yet universal. I hold the magic that I accumulated in Ireland with me, and I will hold it close to me forever. Even after I flew home, I knew I would never find a place like Dublin in the world, but I did realize that there is so much more for me to see.

As students, we are given the opportunity to live in and explore a foreign country and culture. The idea of leaving home is daunting, but all it takes is one moment to grab an opportunity that many people will never get. Studying away is not just something I did for credit, but it was something I needed to do for myself. If not now, when?

“Studying abroad is not something you do, it’s something that happens to you.” -Michael Kielty, FIE Program Director

Global Internship Peer Advisors

Summer 2015: Barcelona

Name: Emily Susavagebarc
Major: Strategic Communication
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2016

Hi! I’m Emily and I spent the most amazing eight weeks in Barcelona this summer as an intern for a global non-profit organization. I am going to be a senior Strategic Communication major with a concentration in Intercultural Communication and a minor in Spanish. I am also the Vice President of Temple’s Habitat for Humanity club and I am a member of the Delta Zeta sorority. Traveling to Spain was my first time going to Europe and I would love to help you achieve your dream of studying abroad by finding the perfect fit for you. While I was living in Spain I was also able to take trips to Prague, Italy, Amsterdam and other cities in Spain so I can give you tips on my experience adventuring in Europe. I can also give you an insight into what it is like having an international internship and what it’s like working in an intercultural workplace. If you have any questions or interests please feel free to contact me by email: or add me on Facebook/Instagram: Emily Susavage to see all of my pictures from this summer.

South Africa Peer Advisors

Name: Nichelle Brunnerunnamed
Major: Communication Studies – Policy, Regulation, and Advocacy Track
Concentration: International Communication
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2016
Instagram: @nichelleodrama
Facebook: Nichelle Brunner

If you would have told me in high school that I would be visiting two different continents in my college career, I probably would have laughed.
My name is Nichelle Brunner and I love studying abroad I did it twice: South Africa (Summer 2014) and India (Summer 2015)! Growing up in the inner city and low income, traveling was labeled a luxury and not a necessity; however, Temple made it super easy, affordable, and accessible that I see it as a necessity in any college career. The impact it has had on my entire life, including academics, career path, and relationships has been transformative. I learned so much more academically and personally than I could have if I was in a classroom.
I am a huge advocate of study abroad after my experiences and cannot wait to share my happiness and knowledge with other students! If you have any questions, feel free to email me. You can also visit my Instagram and Facebook to see the photos from my journeys!

Graduated Peer Advisors

Want to learn even more about our programs or what it’s like to be a graduate with Study Away on your resume? Check out our list of dedicated Study Away alumni, still eager to share their stories here.