GEO PEER ADVISING
GEO Peer Advisors are prepared to help you compare the various types of study away programs available and weigh the pros and cons. They can also give a general overview of the application process and deadlines. All three peer advisors have done more than one study away program during their time at Duke, and they are eager to answer your questions from an insider’s perspective.
- DROP-IN HOURS
- Briana: Mondays 1-3pm, Brodhead Center 216 (starting 1/14, ending 4/15)
- Tiffany: Tuesdays 12-2:30pm, Brodhead Center 238 (starting 1/15, ending 4/16)
- Surafel: Thursdays 11am-1pm, Brodhead Center 216 (starting 1/10, ending 4/18)
GEO Peer Advising is offered on a drop-in basis, just stop by during scheduled hours. No appointment necessary.
Meet the GEO Peer Advisors
Briana 'Bri' Kleiner
- GEO programs: Duke in Australia, Duke in Chile
- Majors: Environmental Science & Policy, Concentration: Marine Science & Conservation
- Minor: Biology & Political Science
Hey there! I am a senior from Groton, Connecticut. I am very excited to be a GEO Peer Advisor! At a very young age, I fell in love with traveling. I began dreaming of traveling to far away places like Australia as early as the 5th grade. In the summer following my first year at Duke, my dream came true. It was absolutely life changing. It was my first truly immersive experience in a new country despite my travels prior.
After participating in the program, I became more involved in advocating for global education and studying abroad, because the world, to me, is inspirational. It ignites your inner passions, and feeds your hunger to learn more about the environment that surrounds you.
I know that studying abroad is scary, especially if it will be your first time outside of the United States or even outside of your home state. I am here to advise you, support you and ease your anxiety about the study abroad experience. When we allow ourselves to go outside of our comfort zones, we allow ourselves to grow by opening our minds to the world beyond Duke; the world in which we will enter at the end of our academic careers here. A world that is most certainly like a book, and "Como dice el dicho: "El mundo es un libro y aquellos que no viajan sólo leen una página".
I look forward to assisting future GEO program students to be inspired by the world and sharing my stories! Please do not hesitate to connect with me via my email if you have any questions about Duke in Australia, Duke in Chile, the Global Education Office, or any other inquiries about what studying abroad is like. I would be happy to help in any way that I can!
- GEO Programs: Duke in Aix-en-Provence, Duke in Greece, SIT South Africa: Multiculturalism & Human Rights
- Major: Public Policy Studies
- Minor: Environmental Science & Policy
Hi! I’m a senior from Alexandria, Virginia and I am thrilled to be a GEO Peer Advisor this year. Throughout my Duke career, I have had the privilege of completing three different study abroad programs all of which hold some of my most cherished memories ever. I don’t mean to be cliché, but I can fully attest that studying abroad will be a life-changing experience!
Of course, studying abroad wasn’t always easy. I faced various challenges along the way – emotionally, physically and mentally. These challenges, however, served as growth opportunities and ultimately transformed me in ways I couldn’t have imagined.
To be specific, I was able to grow a stronger sense of identity and became much more confident in who I am. Emotionally-triggering experiences inclined me to look inside myself and undergo a series of self-reflections; empowering me to genuinely filter through, rescale, and reconcile my values and priorities. And once I stopped critiquing different livelihoods under a conventional American lens, I developed my tolerance and grew a stronger appreciation for diversity, multiculturalism, and cultural awareness.
These are just a few of the many invaluable benefits studying abroad holds. I hope to share all that with you and more. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time to discuss any concerns you may have about study abroad. I am here to make sure you have the most fulfilling study abroad experience possible!
- GEO Programs: Duke in Bologna, Duke in Oxford
- Majors: Political Science and International Comparative Studies
- Minor: Italian Studies
Hi everyone! I’m a senior from Lenoir, North Carolina and I’m so excited to be a GEO Peer Advisor this year! Growing up in a small town fostered an intense curiosity within me about the rest of the world from a young age. My study abroad experiences at Duke have not only allowed me to explore this curiosity, but have also helped me learn more about myself and the vibrant, complex world we live in.
It’s easy to become complacent with your routine on Duke’s campus, but when you’re abroad, there’s a new experience, adventure, and lesson around every corner. What’s most important is that you embrace these opportunities and then take time to reflect on them later. The communities you live in will teach you just as much as the classrooms you learn in.
As a first-generation college student, I have always deeply valued my education. Therefore, I was ecstatic to study abroad at the University of Bologna and the University of Oxford—the two oldest universities in the world. However, the prospect of simultaneously balancing classes, making new friends, managing finances abroad, and adjusting to a new culture seemed daunting at first. Nevertheless, I was able to find my footing and I’m here to help you figure out how to do the same!
You can ask my friends—I LOVE talking about my experience abroad. However, what I love even more is helping others figure out how to make their time abroad an equally life-changing experience. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email or come see me! I’m here to answer questions, give advice, and support you in any way I can!
Q+A VIDEO PLAYLIST
Check out the 'Ask Away' playlist of various Duke students answering questions about their study away experience.
STUDY AWAY AMBASSADORS
The Study Away Ambassadors are alumni of study away programs – both Duke-In and Duke-Approved – who have volunteered to be a resource for prospective students. The GEO Ambassador Directory is a master spreadsheet you can filter by program, country, major, graduation year, and even special topics related to study away.
Feel free to reach out to any student listed in the directory.
Past Participant Contact Lists
Find even more Duke students who have studied away. Using your NetID, you can access GEO’s Past Participant Contact Lists. These rosters from past cohorts of both Duke-In and Duke-Approved study away programs offer a long list of students who have agreed to provide their contact information to others seeking advice.
You must be logged in with a Duke NetID to access the contact lists. If you are a non-Duke student wishing to contact former participants, please request names and emails for specific programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.