NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo


May 28, 2017 - June 2, 2017

We Are At

Booth #1946


Los Angeles Convention Center - Los Angeles, CA


Wednesday, May 31st, from 6 to 8 pm
Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with house-made charcuterie and pastas, an excellent wine list and intriguing conversation at our reception. Set in the chic Miro in the middle of the financial district of downtown Los Angeles, it's the perfect opportunity to unwind after your day at NAFSA while engaging with colleagues and making new connections in the field of international education. Please contact Keziah Diaz if you would like to attend.

Staying Connected: Conferences

NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo Highlights

  • Program Development at CEA: To continue meeting the evolving needs of our university partners and your students, CEA added depth to existing programming in the discipline areas of business, communication, and engineering, as well as expanded internship offerings. Learn more by clicking the links below:
  • Custom Programs with CEA: Now is the ideal time to consider your institution’s plans for custom and faculty-led programming for 2018. We understand how much planning and work these programs require, and our goal is to help you by offering flexibility in program length, academic structure, housing, and pricing that meet your budget and program needs. Whether you want to offer a course taught by your own faculty or a cohort arrangement in an area of interest, CEA can help.
  • New CEA London Study Center: With more than 14 years of experience in London, we're pleased to offer an affordable study abroad option in this fascinating city.
    • Courses at the CEA London Study Center turn the city into a classroom, engaging students through purposeful site visits that incorporate London's rich culture, colorful history, and thriving business environment. An intentional course list—with an emphasis on communication and business—complements our international internship opportunities, and includes London-themed courses in areas such as art history, history, literature, and theatre studies.
    • Our partnership with London South Bank University (LSBU) further enhanced our London offerings. With a diverse student body and centrally located campus, LSBU offers coursework in business, engineering, humanities, social and policy studies, psychology, and more.
    • Learn more about the program here.
  • Familiarization Trips: CEA's Familiarization Trips offer faculty and staff the opportunity to assess academic offerings, on-site staff, and facilities firsthand. These organized group site visits enable visitors to experience, with their colleagues and peers, the same educational and cultural opportunities made available to students during their time abroad. In 2017, CEA will be offering Familiarization Trips to Prague, Czech Republic and Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more information about upcoming trip locations, dates, and details, please visit the Meet Up With Us page on our website.

Prepare Your Students for a World of Opportunity

As a partner in study abroad, we look forward to working with you to achieve the goals established for your office. Through our standard program options, our flexible custom and faculty-led programming, and our ability to create coursework that meets the needs of your student body, we'll help you diversify your study abroad portfolio and increase enrollment on your campus.

We continually work to improve and expand our programs to ensure students are gaining experiences that will enrich their lives academically, personally, and professionally.

Stop by our booth during NAFSA and talk to us about how CEA can help your students prepare for a global future. If you'd like to schedule a time in advance to meet with one of our representatives at NAFSA, please feel free to contact them directly. We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles!


Lee Sutherlin

Senior Vice President - University Relations & Marketing
Lee Sutherlin is CEA’s Senior Vice President of University Relations and Marketing. As SVP, Lee leads all aspects of revenue generation within the University Relations, Enrollment and Marketing departments and partners with colleges and universities to provide high quality international education opportunities to their students.
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Brian J. Boubek

CEO & Chairman
Brian is an entrepreneur and leader in global education who has built his career helping today's student become globally competitive. In 1997, Brian founded CEA Study Abroad after a life-changing study abroad experience in Dijon, France. Brian felt that his time in France was so empowering and insightful that he wanted to provide the same opportunity to everyone.
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Eric Canny, Ed.D.

Vice President - Program Management
Eric has managed the reorganization and expansion of international operations at four higher educational institutions. His work focuses on creating effective enhancements that meet diverse internal and external client needs in a continually changing international education landscape, improving organizational systems and structures for clarity, and streamlining communication and data-flow processes.
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Tim Boubek

Vice President - Strategic University Partnerships
Tim Boubek is the Vice President of Strategic University Partnerships. CEA established its University Relations department to serve as a vital resource to enhance university outreach efforts throughout the U.S. Tim leads the team of CEA Regional Consultants to foster collaborative relationships with university partners, and provides U.S. institutions with a keen knowledge of CEA operations, from student recruitment, admissions, and planning through their time abroad and return to their U.S. campus.
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Carissa Williams

Regional Director - Southeast
Based in Atlanta, GA, Carissa's role is to work closely with university advisors, faculty and staff to support the student exploration, advising and registration processes as well as to identify ways in which CEA can assist in the success of the campus' agenda for internationalization. Before joining CEA in January 2012, Carissa worked at the University of Wisconsin-Stout as the Study Abroad and National Student Exchange Coordinator. She was named 'Advisor of the Year,' an award voted on by students.
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Sara Troy

Director of Program Development
Sara Troy leads and manages the program development team. Her primary focus lies in creating programs that facilitate students’ ability to achieve their academic and personal goals.
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Matthew Janus

Regional Director - West
Matt Janus' role at CEA is to oversee CEA's institutional relationships with schools in the Western United States. Matt and his team work closely with university advisors, faculty and staff to support the student exploration, advising and registration processes, as well as to identify ways in which CEA can assist in the success of the campus' agenda for internationalization.
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Cynthia Engel, MA

Director of Internships Abroad
Cynthia Engel oversees and manages CEA’s internship abroad programs. Her primary focus is ensuring that students are able to engage in an academically rigorous and quality pre-professional experience that will inform their professional pathways upon graduation. She works hand-in-hand with CEA’s academic team and CEA Study Center staff to cultivate internship placements and academic programming that support students’ integration in their field-based experiences abroad. She also works closely with CEA’s enrollment, university relations, and marketing teams to build awareness of CEA’s internship programs, obtain university approvals, and align CEA’s internship model with student and university needs.
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Conference Sessions & Events

Campus and Community Programming

Day & Time : Monday, May 29 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Sara Troy (CEA Study Abroad)
Scott Cantrell (University of Tennessee-Knoxville)
Marlene Arnold (University of Denver)


Improve your campus and community programming efforts by including theory-based practices, tried and true templates and resources, and strategies for effectively working with volunteers. Enhance your programming initiatives to reach your goals and maximize your potential.

Poster Session: Enhancing Learning in Education Abroad: Study, Work, Intern, Volunteer, and Research Innovations

Day & Time : Wednesday, May 31 8:30 am - 10:00 am


Cynthia Engel (CEA Study Abroad)


This poster is for educators interested in learning to identify, vet, and prepare students for successful pre-professional experiences abroad with attention given to for-credit internship abroad programs.

Strengthening Connections with Families to Expand Student Learning Abroad

Day & Time : Thursday, June 1 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm


Kira Espiritu (University of San Diego)
Paige Butler (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)
Sara Troy (CEA Study Abroad)


Family involvement in students' lives is increasing, yet many education abroad offices lack programming to engage families in the process. This session explores strategies to enhance parent partnerships that capitalize on families' desires to be involved and strengthen student learning abroad.

Strategic Faculty Communication in Education Abroad: From "No" to "Yes"

Day & Time : Friday, June 2 8:30 am - 9:30 am


Kira Espiritu (University of San Diego)
James Galvin (University of California-San Diego)
Sharon Olson (California State University-Long Beach)
Matthew Janus (CEA Study Abroad)


Faculty are critical to the success of short-term study abroad programs, and study abroad staff must use skillful negotiation to match faculty expectations to realistic program outcomes. This session will use case studies as prompts for group discussion to develop strategies to turn a “no” into a “yes.”

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