To make an appointment with a new advisor, you’ll need to refer yourself for advising:

  • Go to the “Advisor Connect tab” in AdviseUSC
  • Click “Create a New Case” and select “Get a referral to an academic department or special program”
  • Search “Overseas Studies” as the referral program, and select your referral reason.
  • In the comments, please indicate the program or region you’re interested in, or the topic you want to discuss.
  • Make sure to click “Ready for advising.” You’ll get a confirmation email when we receive your request.

For general questions, feel free to email or call our office (213) 740-3636.

Director and Study Abroad Advisor

Peter Hilton

Peter advises on the following programs:

  • Africa
  • Central Asia – Kazakhstan
  • Central & E. Europe – Austria, Germany, Poland, Russia
  • Middle East


Education: Georgetown University, B.S.; University of California, Los Angeles, M.A.
Languages: Spanish, German, Mandarin, Thai – with widely varying levels of proficiency
Countries Lived In: Colombia, Germany, Taiwan, Thailand
Countries on Bucket List: Norway, Kazakhstan, Cambodia – to name a few
Fun Fact: I’ve visited 41 countries but only 25 U.S. states. I’m fascinated by sea otters.

Study Abroad Advisor

Holly Seely

Holly advises on the following programs:

  • Asia (except Kazakhstan)
  • Australia
  • New Zealand


Education: University of Puget Sound, B.A.; UCLA International Institute, M.A.
Languages: Japanese and Mandarin
Countries Lived In: Japan
Countries on Bucket List: Italy, Greece, Nepal, Vietnam
Fun Fact: As a PNW native, I love the outdoors! I completed my first solo backpacking trip in Joshua Tree National Park for my 30th birthday.

Study Abroad Advisor

Giancarlo Taylor

Giancarlo advises on the following programs:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Spain


Education: BA from Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin and MA from School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont.
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and conversational Hausa.
Fun fact: I served in the Peace Corps on a sand-dune in the southern Sahara Desert in West Africa after College
Countries Lived In: Mexico, Spain, France, Italy and the Republic of Niger.
Favorite place I traveled to: Hong Kong

Study Abroad Advisor

Andrea Storey

Andrea advises on the following programs:

  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Latin America


Education: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, B.A. & B.S; Northeastern Illinois University, M.A.
Languages: English, Spanish
Countries Lived In: Spain
Countries on Bucket List: New Zealand, Croatia
Fun fact: I’ve been skydiving and scuba diving in Fiji.

Program Assistant

Phone: 213-740-3636