Peer Outreach Coordinators are returnees who have studied abroad for at least a semester.  They serve as experts on the process of choosing and applying to a study abroad program. They are available to give you advice on every aspect of the study abroad experience.

How to Reach a Peer Coordinator

The Welcome Center (2nd Floor, Car Barn) is open daily during the academic year - stop by and talk with a Peer Coordinator!  Their individual hours are listed below. You can also contact them via email at or find them on Skype at gu.peer.advisors. 

Ilanna Villagran '19

Ilanna Villagran is a Senior in the SFS studying Culture and Politics with a concentration on Environmental Justice and Peacebuilding. She did a split-year abroad studying her first semester at Georgetown's Language Program in Salamanca,Spain and then at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Israel-Palestine through an independent petition her second semester. 

Ilanna Villagran

She studied the role of the Arab world in her language courses in Salamanca and continued her Middle-East focus in Israel-Palestine learning about justice in trans-boundary water management and wastewater treatment in the West Bank and Gaza. She looks back on her year abroad as the entry point into work she hopes to continue post-graduation on tackling environmental and health disparities in the region.

She believes that students at Georgetown interested in designing their own unique educational experience should definitely consider how a year or semester abroad can be a part of that.

Fall 2018 Hours: Wednesday 1-3 in the Leavey Center; Friday 9-1:30 at the Office of Global Education

Meet Ilanna for Study Abroad 101 on Fridays!

Kelsey Yurek '19

Kelsey Yurek is a Senior in the College majoring in Government and minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies. She studied abroad during the spring of her junior year at King’s College London in London, England. While abroad, she took courses in political economy, philosophy, theology, and history.

Kelsey Peer Coordinator She spent most of the time she wasn’t in class traveling to other countries in Europe and North Africa. In total, she crossed 17 destinations off her bucket list and had a whirlwind 5 months that she’ll never forget. Her favorite city was Salzburg, Austria followed by Rome, Italy, and Marrakech, Morocco.

She chose to become a peer outreach coordinator because she thoroughly enjoyed her semester abroad and commonly tells people that it was her favorite semester at Georgetown. She came back to campus passionate about ensuring that any other student who had any desire to go abroad has the opportunity!

Fall 2018 Hours: Wednesday 1-3 in the Leavey Center; Monday 3-5 at the Office of Global Education

Meet Kelsey for Study Abroad 101 on Wednesdays