meet your sapas!
SAPA stands for Study Abroad Peer Advisor, and we are here to help make the process of studying abroad as easy and exciting as possible! SAPAs are students who studied abroad in the past, loved the experience, and are here to help other students like you study abroad.
Scroll down to learn more about your SAPAs. We look forward to meeting with you!
Schedule an appointment with a SAPA here. We are open Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm
Environmental Engineering & Biochemistry | First Year Semester Abroad Experience (FYSAE)
My name is Aidan Williams. I am double majoring in Environmental Engineering and Biochemistry. For my study abroad experience, I studied abroad in Antibes, France. What I took from studying abroad is the world is a different and exciting place, and it is nowhere near what you can read online. It is truly worth exploring
Mechanical Engineering | SKEMA Business School
Hello, my name is Cheyenne Joslin and I am a Junior studying Mechanical Engineering. I also plan to minor in Computer Science. During my first year at the Colorado School of Mines I studied abroad in Antibes, France through the First Year Semester Abroad Experience (FYSAE) Program. While there were travel restrictions due to COVID-19, I had am amazing experience living on the French Riviera. My favorite parts of semester include traveling to Paris, Bayeux, and Le Mont-Saint-Michel in Norhtern France. I also had a great time interacting with the students and factulty at SKEMA, our host universtiy. Studying abroad gave me the chance to explore different cultures, learn new languages, and become a much more independant and open-minded induvidual.
Engineering, Design, and Society | First Year Semester Abroad Experience (FYSAE)
Hello! My name is Karuna Owens and I am a Sophomore studying Engineering, Design, and Society here at Colorado School of Mines. In addition, I am minoring in Humanitarian Engineering and focusing on areas such as Healthcare and Infrastructure. In my Freshman year, I was lucky enough to study abroad in Antibes, France, a beautiful coastal town in the South of France. Living abroad taught me a lot and I am grateful for the incredible friends, cultural experiences, and knowledge I gained along the way. My favorite part about studying abroad is learning how to adapt to a new environment you’re in. When you look back you realize how much bigger your worldview has gotten and those thoughts and experiences are ones you will carry through with you for the rest of your life. Whether that’s in your career, workplace, or social interactions. Studying abroad will change your life!
Mechanical Engineering | Comillas Pontifical University
Hello! My name is Lexi Cates and I am a Junior studying Mechanical Engineering. I plan to pursue a Master’s Degree in the same field, focusing on Biomechanical Engineering. I am originally from Oklahoma and my hobbies include doing just about anything outside, as well as sewing, crocheting, and reading. I spent the Spring of 2023 in Madrid, Spain studying abroad and I absolutely loved it! It is such a unique experience to be a part of an international community. A few of my favorite activities there were meeting people and practicing Spanish, going dancing, playing volleyball with an international group, and of course traveling all over Spain and a few other parts of Europe. I also got to spend 6 weeks over the summer in Hanoi, Vietnam as an English teaching assistant. I highly recommend making study abroad a part of your Mines experience!
Chemical Engineering | CEA Paris
Hello! My name is Pamela Banuelos, and I am a third year in Chemical Engineering. I am also planning on minoring in Biomedical Engineering. I studied abroad fall of my sophomore year in Paris, France through the program CEA, Paris. I am from Colorado, and some of my passions are traveling and sports/working out. My favorite thing about my study abroad experience in Paris, was the opportunity to travel every weekend anywhere in Europe with my friends. Study abroad gave me a different perspective of the world. It taught me that there is much more beyond what we are comfortable with. Learning and experiencing new culture has giving me more opportunities to change my life for the better, such as implementing the best things/lifestyles I found of each culture into my life. I believe that everyone should experience this wonderful opportunity!
Computer Science | First Year Semester Abroad Experience (FYSAE) | Summer SAPA
Hello! My name is Steve Dillard and I am currently a sophomore in computer science. In my first semester of my freshman year, I studied in France through the FYSAE program. I enjoyed traveling to different countries in Europe and seeing new places with my friends. Through study abroad, I learned how to be independent and responsible.