Global Student Advisor Program
Global advisors are students who have been abroad and are available to answer your questions and concerns about living and working in other countries. If you are considering a co-op abroad, the global advisors can serve as a valuable resource for you. Whether or not your country is listed below, these students have relevant information about housing, culture, food, currency, visas, technology, and many other aspects about living and working abroad. Being prepared and doing research prior to your trip abroad will lead to a much more positive experience as well as a more successful transition to another country.
Below is a list of the global advisors, organized by college, who you may contact directly.
Rasindu Threema Jayasuriya
Economics and Finance
Australia and Sri Lanka
"I completed my last co-op in Australia, and I’m originally from Sri Lanka; therefore I’m able to talk about both of them. In addition to that, I have been selected to do my next co-op in Austria; therefore I would also be able to speak about that when I return. I completed my first co-op internationally, in Melbourne, Australia for a German multinational logistics company. The decision to complete an international co-op was mainly fuelled by my affection for traveling, but completing a co-op in a third country has also given me the opportunity to set myself apart and further broaden my global track record. During my time in Australia, I enjoyed meeting friendly locals, taking road trips and experiencing the Aussie way of life."
Computing and Informatics
"For my co-op I worked as a front-end web developer at Forthnet, a telecommunications company. My favorite experience was the visit to Knossos, Europe's oldest city; viewing the restored frescos, throne rooms, and jars the size of humans was among many things that immersed me into Europe's earliest civilization."
"I lived in Santiago, Chile and assisted with research at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile for my second co-op. I chose to live and work abroad because I wanted to know another country better than I could as a tourist, and I happily accomplished my goal. My favorite memories include cheering on the national futbol team with my Chilean friends and roommates, skiing in the Andes, hiking to the crater of Volcán Villarrica, and exploring the Atacama desert."