Meet the team

Essex Abroad Team

Students beside the lake at our Colchester Campus

Discover the people behind our Study Abroad programmes


At Essex Abroad, we’re passionate about internationalisation. We’re responsible for the day-to-day operations of our inbound and outbound exchange programmes and short-term international experiences. So, whether you’re an exchange student visiting Essex or an Essex student preparing to embark on the adventure of a lifetime abroad, we’re here to help.

Essex Abroad Peer Mentors

Essex Abroad peer mentors are here to help you. Whether you’re coming to Essex for the first time as an exchange student, or are preparing to say adios to Essex and study abroad yourself, our peer mentors are here to help. Navigating yourself through the unknown of all things abroad is scary, but our peer mentors have been there, done that and got the t shirt. 

Our 2019-20 peer mentors are a group of friendly, knowledgeable and helpful students who have recently returned from a year abroad and want to help you. 

How do I get a peer mentor?

Only incoming students are assigned a peer mentor. You will be emailed the details of your mentor prior to your arrival at Essex and they’ll be in touch. 

Essex students preparing to go abroad are not assigned a peer mentor, take a look at our great mentors below and if there are topics you have questions which they can answer then get in touch. 

What do peer mentors do?

Incoming students

A peer mentor is another student with experience of the University and of studying abroad who can:

  • help you (the mentee) settle in
  • offer practical advice and information
  • point you in the right direction to services that may be available to you
  • help you to make the most of your university experience.

You might be feeling confused about where to find things on campus, how to use the library, who's who in your department, or how to get to know other students. Or, you might just feel like having a chat with someone who's had experience of adjusting to university life at Essex and abroad who can give you some tips on how to settle in.

Essex students

A peer mentor is a final year student with experience of undertaking a year abroad. They’ll attend department and country briefings to share their experience and advice to those preparing to embark on a similar adventure! If you’ve got a question about going abroad, check their profile and get in touch if it’s an area they can help you with.

 

2019-20 Essex Abroad Peer Mentors

Arnold Low - Canada

Name: Arnold Low 
Email: al16665@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at: University of the Fraser Valley, Canada 
 Campus: Colchester 
 Department: Computer Science and Electronic Engineering 
 Languages spoken: English, Mandarin (intermediate conversational) 
 Ask me about:

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Life at Essex
  • Events/activities in the UK
  • Travelling in the UK
  • How to make the most of your time in the UK

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • My study abroad experience as an exchange students in British Columbia, Canada
  • What to expect during your exchange
  • What to research when you're search for universities abroad
  • How to make the most of your time abroad

Chrissa Morano - South Korea

Name: Chrissa Morano 
Email address: cm16221@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at: Pusan National University, South Korea 
Campus:  Southend 
Department:  Essex Business School 
Languages spoken:  English, Korean 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Life at Essex
  • Travelling in the UK
  • Events happening in the university

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • Studying in South Korea
  • My study abroad experience as an EBS student
  • Topics to research before deciding to study in South Korea

Nellie Unsworth - Poland

Name: Nellie Unsworth 
Email address: eu16628@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at:  Uniwersitet Warszawski, Poland
Campus:  Colchester
Department:  Law 
Languages spoken: English 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Life at Essex
  • Sports clubs at Essex
  • Societies at Essex
  • Travelling in the UK

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • Studying in Poland
  • My study abroad experience as a law student
  • What to research when you're searching for universities abroad
  • Travelling during your year abroad

Enrika Pavlovskyte - Spain

Name: Enrika Pavlovskyte 
Email address:  ep16223@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at:  Universidad de Murcia, Spain 
Campus:  Colchester 
Department:  Languages and Linguistics 
Languages spoken:  Lithuanian, Spanish, German, English 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Life and study at Essex
  • Getting involved in extra-curricular activities, socialising, looking for a part-time job
  • Travelling in Colchester or other parts of the UK

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • Studying in Spain
  • Tips on how to get around in Spain, what to expect and how to prepare
  • Tips on how to choose your destination and what to consider when doing it

Faye Rawlins - Canada

Name: Faye Rawlins 
Email address:  fr16697@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at: University of Windsor, Canada 
Campus: Colchester 
Department:  History 
Languages spoken:  English 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Student social life at Essex
  • How to quickly adapt to the new style of teaching and assignments
  • Means of travel throughout the UK, especially London, and places to visit

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • Studying in Canada
  • Travelling throughout Canada and the US
  • How to maintain the balance between study and travel in order to maintain a good grade

Ingrid Espero - Singapore

Name: Ingrid Espero 
Email address:  ie16943@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at:  Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 
Campus:  Southend 
Department:  Essex Business School 
Languages spoken:  Norwegian, English 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Life at Essex
  • Student life in Southend (activities and sports, food, shopping)
  • Travelling in the UK and Europe

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • Singapore in general
  • Travels in South East Asia
  • My experience as an EBS student in Singapore
  • Important things to consider when choosing if, and where, to go for your year abroad

Izabela Ciofirdel - Spain

Name: Izabela-Laura Ciofirdel 
Email address:  ic16207@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at:  Universidad de Cádiz, Spain
Campus:  Colchester 
Department:  Languages and Linguistics 
Languages spoken:  English, Spanish 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Life at Essex University
  • Societies and volunteering
  • How to get around the city and campus
  • Academic facilities

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • Studying and living in Spain
  • My academic experience during my year abroad
  • What to research when choosing a university abroad

Jasmin Adebisi - USA

Name: Jasmin Adebisi 
Email address:  ja16457@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at:  Bloomsberg University of Pennsylvania, USA 
Campus:  Colchester 
Department:  Life Science 
Languages spoken:   English and German 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Life at Essex
  • Students' Union societies to join

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • Studying in the USA and my experience at the United Nations
  • Travelling in the US and what to be aware of
  • My study abroad experience as a Biomedical Science student
  • What to research when searching for universities abroad and things to consider

Jimmy Diallo - Colombia

Name: Jimmy Diallo 
Email address:  jd16119@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at:  Universidad de los Andes, Colombia 
Campus:  Colchester 
Department:  Government 
Languages spoken:  Luxembourgish, German, French, English, Spanish, Fula 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Life at Essex
  • Being part of the Department of Government
  • Life as an international student at Essex
  • Social events and nightlife at Essex
  • Anything else - if I don't know the answer, I'll try and find it

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • Studying in Colombia
  • My study abroad experience
  • Preparing for your year abroad

Kate Panisales - South Korea

Name: Kate Panisales 
Email address:  kp16437@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at: Soonchunhyang University, South Korea 
Campus:  Colchester 
Department:  Languages and Lingustics 
Languages spoken:  English 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Living in Colchester
  • Travelling in the UK
  • Support available within the University

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • Studying in South Korea
  • My study abroad experience as an English Language and English Literature student
  • What to research when you're searching for universities abroad, advice and opportunities

Jessica Tyler - Australia

Name: Jessica Tyler 
Email address:  jt16962@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at:  Western Sydney University, Australia 
Campus:  Colchester 
Department:  Psychology 
Languages spoken:  English 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Life at Essex
  • Campus venues, facilities and activities
  • Travelling in the UK

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • Studying in Australia
  • My study abroad experience and travelling
  • What to consider when deciding on potential universities abroad

Lauren Butler - Sweden

Name: Lauren Butler 
Email address:  lb16496@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at:  Linköping Universitet, Sweden
Campus:  Colchester 
Department:  Sociology 
Languages spoken:  English 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Life at Essex
  • Experiencing student life on a budget
  • Travelling around the UK

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • How to make the most of your time abroad
  • What to researching studying abroad
  • Studying in Sweden
  • My experience as a Sociology student

Maisie Middleton - Italy

Name: Maisie Middleton 
Email address:  mm16698@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at:  University of Bologna, Italy 
Campus:  Colchester 
Department: Languages and Lingusitics 
Languages spoken:  English 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Studying at Essex
  • Places to visit in the UK
  • Visiting London

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • Studying in Italian
  • Life in Italy
  • Places to visit in Italy
  • How to prepare yourself for moving abroad

Marriyah Siddique - Hong Kong

Name: Marriyah Siddique 
Email address:  ms16784@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at:  Lingnan University, Hong Kong 
Campus:  Colchester 
Department:  Psychology 
Languages spoken:  English, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Burmese 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Students' Union sports clubs, societies and volunteering
  • Adjusting to university life at Essex
  • Attractions in the UK
  • Finding your way around campus

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • Studying and living in Hong Kong
  • Preparations for your study abroad experience
  • My study abroad experience as a Psychology student
  • My travel experiences

Nina Beckmann Gamez - Brazil

Name:  Nina Beckmann Gamez 
Email address:  nb16938@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at:  Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil 
Campus:  Colchester 
Department:  Languages and Linguistics 
Languages spoken:  English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, French 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Life at Essex (on and off campus)
  • Students' Union sports, societies and volunteering
  • Travelling in Europe and Latin America

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • Studying in Brazil
  • My experience studying abroad as an International Relations and Modern Languages student
  • What to research before studying abroad

Samuel Jularbal - South Korea

Name: Samuel Jularbal 
Email address:  sj16552@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at:  Pusan National University, South Korea 
Campus:  Colchester 
Department:  Government 
Languages spoken:  English, Korean 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • University societies
  • Exploring London
  • Student life on campus

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • Studying and living in Korea
  • Food and travelling across Asia
  • Life as a Politics/Human Rights student abroad

Shannon McGuigan - Germany

Name: Shannon McGuigan 
Email address:  sm16487@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at:  Universitat Konstanz, Germany 
Campus:  Colchester 
Department:  Languages and Linguistics 
Languages spoken:  Welsh, English, German, French 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Life at Essex
  • Sports clubs at Essex
  • Languages learning opportunities at Essex

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • Studying in German
  • Administration preparation for living in Germany
  • My experience studying abroad as a language student
  • What to research if you're interested in studying abroad in Germany

Sophie Riordan - China

Name: Sophie Riordan 
Email address:  sr16969@essex.ac.uk 
Studied abroad in 2018-19 at:  University of Macau, China 
Campus:  Colchester 
Department:  Government 
Languages spoken:  English, basic French and Mandarin 
Ask me about: 

Exchange students at Essex:

  • Social events inside and outside of University
  • Travelling around England (especially London) and Europe

Essex students interested in studying abroad:

  • Studying in China
  • Deciding if you want to study in South East Asia
  • Travelling during your year abroad and managing your vacation time