Meet the team

Essex Abroad Team

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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 Team

Kristi Connell - Essex Abroad Manager

Kristi is the Essex Abroad Manager and joined the University of Essex, taking on this role, in February 2019. Kristi is passionate about students taking on and exploring the idea of and international experiences, looking at opportunities which open their minds to the possibilities out there and learning about how it has made a difference. “It’s a big world out there and why not be a little fish in a big pond, rather than a big fish in a little pond. The Essex Abroad Team are here to guide you on your next new adventure...where will Essex Abroad take you? Where will you take yourself?”

Rosie Bonny - International Experience Manager 

Rosie joined the team in May 2019 having previously worked in the SWIS team at the University since 2017.  Rosie manages our short term programmes such as summer schools, volunteering and internships abroad.  Rosie also gets involved in most things across the team and loves supporting students to step out of their comfort zone and seize opportunities for personal and professional development.

Julie Procter - Essex Abroad Adviser

Julie joined the Essex Abroad Office from its conception and remains committed to the ethos of study abroad.

Working at Essex for over 30 years now, Julie comments that it is always challenging and she never stops learning from the students she supports in their journey. It is a marvellous opportunity for students to discover themselves as well as discovering the world, to grow and to develop.  For over 10 years Julie has worked with outbound students, supporting them from their initial interest, their completion of a period of study abroad and their return to Essex.

For Julie the most rewarding aspect of her role is to see the difference that a period of study abroad makes to a student, enjoying the marked increase in their self-confidence and self-belief.

Katherine Dickerson - Essex Abroad Adviser

Katherine joined Essex Abroad in November 2019 having previously worked in the administration team of the LiFTS (Literature Film and Theatre Studies) department. Katherine is the adviser for Incoming Exchange and Study Abroad students alongside Chelsea Morrell. Katherine is passionate about supporting students from the beginning to the end of their exchange programme and strives to help make their experience at Essex as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible. Katherine studied Italian at university, spending a year abroad in Italy and is fully aware of how enriching and important an international experience can be!

Chelsea Morrell - Essex Abroad Officer

Chelsea joined the team in August 2017. Chelsea works alongside Katherine coordinating the incoming study abroad and exchange programmes. Chelsea is very passionate in supporting students ensuring that all of our international students are able to fully enjoy and benefit from their experience at Essex. Chelsea is the key point of contact for advice and guidance to our incoming students and has helped manage over 1000 incoming students during her time in the Essex Abroad Team.

Joe Young - Essex Abroad Officer

Joe joined the Essex Abroad team in April 2020. After graduating from the Department of Sociology in the Summer of 2018 here at Essex, Joe went on to work as a Project Worker in the Sociology and Psychology departments. Joe then spent a year as the Project Assistant on the LEAP team before joining Essex Abroad. Joe supported the incoming team for the first four months of his time in the Essex Abroad team, before moving over to support our outgoing Essex students, whilst also coordinating our Peer Mentor programme. Joe is passionate about internationalisation in general and loves to see students trying something different, somewhere different, as it can have a hugely positive impact on them both personally and professionally.

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 goodbye to Essex and study abroad yourself, our peer mentors are here for you. Navigating yourself through the unknown of all things abroad is scary, but our peer mentors have had the experience and want to support fellow students.

Our 2021-2022 peer mentor team will be announced at the start of the academic year and you can expect that they are a group of friendly, knowledgeable and helpful students who are passionate about all things Essex Abroad and making your experience a positive one.

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, but you can contact any of our peer mentors below and they'll be happy to help you. 

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.


Essex Abroad Peer Mentors

Antonio Ferreira - completed a remote internship in China with Absolute Internship


Antonio completed a remote internship in 2021, via Absolute Internship, with a marketing research company based in China.  Antonio studies in the Psychology department at our Colchester campus.

You can ask Antonio about Absolute Internship (he is an ambassador for the programme), what it's like to take part in a remote internship and what it's like to study Psychology at Essex.  Antonio is also a mental health ambassador and takes on many initiatives for mental health.

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Find out more

We run lots of different sessions throughout the year to provide you with essential information about going abroad. From first year and second year briefings to funding chats and country low-downs, we've got it covered.