Study Away Alumni

Welcome SMC Study Away Alumni! While it’s exciting to prepare students to study away, the real joy in what we do doesn’t begin until you return from the experience, a transformed and invigorated version of your pre-study away self.

This page is for you – our outstanding alumni – to find information that is relevant to you now that you’ve experienced the wanderlust of studying away and it also serves as a way for you to stay connected with our office and your fellow study away friends!

Get Involved or Go Away Again!

Are you an SMC Study Away alum still attending Temple University and now you’re looking to spread the word about what a great experience you had?  Consider applying to be a peer advisor today! Before you submit your application, you should email Katie Ryan ( to find out the requirements of the program and further details!

If you had a transformational experience while studying abroad and now you’re looking to return overseas you should consider visiting Temple University’s Career Center, which provides interested students information on pursuing volunteering, working or teaching English abroad opportunities.  Additional information on their website will lead you to helpful websites that give insight into preparing a Global Resume/CV, provide useful country specific guides on overseas work permits and visas, as well as unlimited access to GoinGlobal, the leading provider of both country-specific and USA city-specific career and employment information, featuring thirty-eight “Country Career Guides,” fifty-three “City Career Guides” for the US and Canada, corporate profiles, job search tools, insight into employment outlook, executive recruiter and staffing agency contacts, work permit details for most countries, interviewing and cultural advice, access to professional and social networking groups by country, and more than 16 million internship and job listings within the USA and around the world, updated daily!

SMC Study Away on Social Media

Connect with old study away friends and check out our #SMCStudyAway hashtag on Twitter or at #SMCStudyAway on Instagram to see what our current students are up to!  Nearly 1,000 photos are posted using #smcstudyaway so be sure to check out our hash tag and go back and add it to your study away pics, too!
Add us or follow us on various social media to see what we’ve been up to since you studied away.  We often sponsor contests for alumni so the next time you’re posting a #tbt from your study away experience, don’t forget to add our hash tag and tag us, too so that we can join in on the fun!  

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Study Away Soiree!

SMC Study Away hosted the inaugural “Study Away Soiree” on Friday, October 5, 2012 in the Annenberg Hall Atrium during the 2012 Homecoming Weekend festivities.  Alums from all programs dating back to the 1970′s gathered to reminisce with former classmates and professors about their SMC Study Away experiences as studying away has been a highlight for many alumni, young and old alike! Check out this video from a Study Away Reunion Event, hosted by SMC Study Away during Homecoming Weekend!

Alumni Profiles

Paul Geissinger

SMC’s own Paul “Starkey” Geissinger (BA ’03 / MA ’05) has made the cover of Philly Weekly in November 2011! (The link is no longer available:  The magazine did a story on the burgeoning “dub step” scene in Philly and cite Paul as “the real unsung hero of the scene”! And they also mention his completing his graduate degree in “music production” at SMC and they make special mention of the role that Study Away played in his career development (dub step being a mainly London-based thing). Paul is an alum from the London, Fall 2001 program and participated in the Summer 2013 program as a guest speaker for the program, led by faculty director, Jack Klotz (MSP).

Paul was also recognized abroad in September 2014 when TimeOut London named one of Paul’s tracks one of “The 20 best dubstep tracks ever”!  Performing as “Starkey”, he’s #19 on the prestigious list and he’s the only one who they note is American on the list!  He was introduced to the UK electronic music scene while participating in the Temple London program in Fall 2001.

Zach Thornbury

Check out this Campus Philly interview with London Spring 2011 alum and SMC Study Away peer advisor alum, Zach Thornbury as he talks about how his time in London has given him a new appreciation for the city of Philadelphia and all it has to offer.

Are you an alum of an SMC Study Away program and deeply impacted by the experience? If so, and you’re interested in being featured on our alumni page, we’d love to hear what you’ve been up to!

Email with details of what you’d like us to feature and how your experience study away has led you to where you are today!

SMC Study Away Alumni and Prospective Student Event

On November 17, 2011 SMC Study Away hosted a special reunion event for Study Away alumni and prospective students in the Atrium of Annenberg Hall.  Prospective students had the chance to talk to returned students and faculty directors in an informal setting and then view the Emmy-award winning documentary about the study away experience in South Africa by Lauren Hertzler, an alum of the inaugural South Africa Summer 2011 program.  Temple Update was there to capture the excitement – check out the video below and be on the lookout for more alumni events each semester!

Giving to SMC Study Away

If your study away experience had a lasting impact on you and you would like to support scholarships to enable current SMC students have similar life changing experiences, you can do so by making a gift to SMC Study Away.  Your gift to SMC will strengthen our ability to continue to offer a first-rate study away experience to motivated and talented students.  Make your gift online.  SMC Development staff would be pleased to speak with you about giving options or to help make your gift over the phone.  Please call them directly at 215-204-3326.

SMC Study Away Alumni listserv

SMC Study Away will periodically send relevant information about opportunities and events that might be of interest to alumni of SMC Study Away programs. To subscribe to the listserv, visit this page here.

Check out video interviews with study away alumni here!