Rebecca James, Regional Director - East
Originally from North Carolina, and now a long-time resident of New York City, Rebecca has been a member of CEA’s University Relations team since 2009. She works closely with study abroad offices and university faculty at institutions of higher education in the Northeast (NAFSA Regions X and XI). Her primary goal is to establish long-term partnerships that support and increase participation in study and internship abroad programs, therefore contributing to her college and university partners’ broader strategic goals for internationalization. Just as important, as one of her former university partner contacts remarked, these partnerships allow institutions to “exit” better students – “better” being defined as young adults with a broader worldview and, hopefully, compassion and empathy for people beyond the U.S. border.
In addition, Rebecca serves as NAFSA’s France Country Coordinator through NAFSA’s Education Abroad Regulatory Practice Consular Affairs Liaison Subcommittee (CAL). She has been on the CAL Visa Subcommittee since 2010. The French visa process can be challenging, and Rebecca enjoys being of service to advisors in the field who need support and guidance.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in French, History and International Studies from the University of Chapel Hill at North Carolina (UNC) and a Master of Arts in TESOL for adult learners from New York University (NYU). Before joining CEA, Rebecca developed a study abroad program for Dublin Business School, where she established partner institution and third party provider relationships that doubled the program's annual revenue. She was also solely responsible for admissions and overall program management and administration.
A trip abroad to England at the age of 14 sparked Rebecca’s life-long love of international travel and culture; keen to learn French from an early age, she participated in a French immersion program in Chicoutimi, Quebec and spent a year in Paris as an au pair after graduating from UNC, both deeply enriching experiences. She has maintained her proficiency in French ever since.
Rebecca is a passionate international educator and thoroughly enjoys the opportunities for relationship building that come with her role. When not planning her next trip abroad, she is perfectly content being at home, watching Hitchcock films and planning meals. She is an avid cook, whose palette and cooking have been heavily influenced by her travels.