Study Abroad

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    • NAME

      Elanna Hawkins

    • TITLE

      Study Abroad Peer Mentor

    • About me

      Hi, I’m Elanna! I am in my senior year and majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Religious Studies. I have just recently made my return for my semester abroad. I spent Fall of 2021 in Morocco with the SIT program based there. My program was focused on human rights and multiculturalism, and through the program I got to meet local university professors to hear a diverse series of lectures to help us students learn more about the country and our place in the global world. The program had an emphasis on experience and hands-on learning, which led to meaningful moments of volunteering at NGOs and becoming fully immersed in the culture. Along with our class work, we also had wonderful host families that kept us well-fed on couscous and mint tea! I was able to embark on an academic adventure that took me to a new world and with complete strangers, and when I came back, I had created a second home and friendships for life.

      Being so fresh from traveling, I have been right in the chaos of studying abroad in current times, which means I know tips and tricks on how to be flexible, resilient, and optimistic to overcome all the unknowns our world has. I hope I can provide some answers on how to best approach going abroad, what to possibly expect, and show my peers that study abroad is an achievable goal that every student has the potential to accomplish! Come by the Study Abroad Office to chat and learn more about the diverse options available to SU students.

    • NAME

      Zarine Parakh

    • TITLE

      Study Abroad Peer Mentor

    • About me

      Hi, I’m Zarine! I’m a senior double majoring in Anthropology and Art History. During the fall of my sophomore year (2019) I went abroad with the Art History department for the SU London Program! I was able to study for my major, as well as take courses on London’s history and British politics. The other Southwestern students from the program have become a wonderful group of friends, and I’m so happy the SU program brought us all together. I traveled around Europe during my time abroad, as well as did an internship! I was a Visitor Engagement Intern at the Foundling Museum. The picture is actually me in front of one of our main exhibits. I made so many connections through the Foundling Museum and learned a lot about the field I want to pursue: museum studies. I loved being in the UK so much - I’m applying to attend grad school there! 

      Studying abroad can seem daunting - I know I was concerned with the required course schedules for my double major and the financials of it all. Whatever your questions or concerns may be, the Office of Study Abroad is here to help. One thing’s for sure - it’s better to start early! Feel free to come chat with me about any concerns or questions you have and I’ll do my best to steer you in the right direction!

  • Advising for Study Abroad & Study Away - Spring 2022

    Drop-In Peer Advising

    Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm & 1:30-4:00pm in the Study Abroad Lobby, Prothro 230 - no appointment needed!

    • Make an appointment with Elanna Hawkins, SIT Morocco ’21 HERE
      • Being a Woman Abroad
      • Studying Abroad in a New Language
      • First Time Solo International Travel
    • Make an appointment with Zarine Parakh, SU London ’19 HERE
      • LGBT Abroad
      • How to Intern Abroad
      • Financial Stress & Strategies 

    Study Abroad/Away Group Advising

    Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30pm in Prothro 233 - no appointment needed!

    One-on-One In-Person Advising (virtual appointments available by request)

    IMPORTANT: Once you schedule an advising appointment, please complete this form 24 hours BEFORE your appointment time.

    • Make an appointment with Meaghan Bellande, Assistant Director of Study Abroad HERE
    • Make an appointment with Monya Lemery, Director of Study Abroad HERE

    Location on Campus
    • Charles & Elizabeth Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning (PRC) — Rooms 231 & 232
    Mailing Address
    • Southwestern University, Office of Study Abroad & International Student Services, P.O. Box 770, Georgetown, TX 78627
    Mailing Address for Couriers
    • Southwestern University, Office of Study Abroad & International Student ServicesProthro Center - Room 232, 1001 East University Avenue, Georgetown, TX 78626