The Forum's 14th Annual Conference


March 21 - 23, 2018

We Are At

Booth #4


Sheraton Boston Hotel - Boston, MA


We'd like to invite you to our reception at Tiger Mama on March 22nd from 6 pm to 8 pm. Please RSVP through EventBrite. We look forward to getting to know you and learning at this year's Forum conference.

The Forum's 14th Annual Conference Highlights

New Academic Partners

We’re pleased to announce a new partnership with ESSCA Ecole de Management in Paris, France. ESSCA is a Grand Ecole business school with triple accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA. It hosts a “business incubator” on campus to nurture students who are aspiring entrepreneurs.

CEA has two new partners in Chile: Viña del Mar’s Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (UAI) and Valparaíso’s Pontifica Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV). UAI holds triple accreditation via AMBA, AACSB, and EQUIS and as of 2016, is considered the #2 business school in Latin America. PUCV, a private institution ranked in the top 30 Latin American universities, has the most accredited university programs in Chile and draws more than 800 foreign students each year.

Program Additions and Expansions

CEA has added and expanded several programs in the last year, seeking to help domestic university partners expand their presence abroad and support students’ progress toward matriculation.

New programs in Prague include:

  • International Business
  • Communication & Journalism
  • International Relations & Political Science
  • Humanities & Social Sciences

All four of these programs are offered through Anglo-American University, an institution that offers small, interactive classes taught in English by international faculty. Our Prague programs showcase the academic strengths of AAU, including the breadth of its curriculum.

New programs in Buenos Aires:

  • Global Health - focuses on community engagement, public health organizations, and globalization in the health industry; approaches Spanish language and Argentine culture through environmental health and community
  • Sport Management - ideal for students looking to gain practical business skills in event management and sport marketing as well as study the significance of sports in Argentina culture

New program in Seville:

  • Exercise & Sports Science - geared toward students in a variety of majors including Exercise & Sport Science, Nutrition, Psychology, and Sport Management

In Barcelona, we launched a new Summer program called Entrepreneurship and Innovation, founded on the core course “Entrepreneurship: the Art of Creative Business.” Students have the option of adding an eight-week internship with an entrepreneurship-focused placement to this program. Entrepreneurship and Innovation was inspired by the booming start-up scene in Barcelona and takes advantage of the city’s dynamic business environment to educate students and interns.

In response to the high demand of our university partners in the U.S., CEA developed new courses for our Engineering programs in Paris and Rome and added Engineering programs in London and Dublin. We also recently partnered with Universidad Carlos III de Madrid to create an Engineering program in Madrid, Spain. CEA is committed to making study abroad possible for STEM students, and we will continue to develop and refine our program and course offerings for them in 2018.


In 2017, CEA unveiled the internships abroad initiative, which has since flourished and grown from two original locations to nine:

  • Dublin
  • Prague
  • London
  • Seville
  • Barcelona
  • Paris
  • Rome
  • Florence
  • Buenos Aires

We've enhanced our internship program orientation by including a pre-departure email series and online interactive orientation, supplemented with an onsite orientation that builds on the pre-departure steps. The complete orientation process asks students to reflect on how they can make the most out of their internship abroad experience.

CEA’s internship webinar series first aired in November 2017 as a three-part informative presentation on what to look for when considering an internship abroad. The webinar series, entitled “Navigating the Maze of International Internships,” explores the following:

  • defining features of "high quality" internship opportunities
  • resources and tools used to give students meaningful internship placements abroad
  • student qualities signifying readiness for the international internship challenge

Because of enthusiastic demand, CEA now offers full-time Summer internships in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Dublin, London, Paris, Prague, Rome, and Seville. Full-time interns complete 30-35 hours a week at their placement organization and enroll in a six-credit weekly seminar.

Student Guide

CEA started 2018 with the premiere of a new print piece for students, which provides an overview of the study and internship abroad programs we offer. The guide includes spotlights on all twenty-one of our program locations. 

Advisory Board

CEA now has a fully-seated advisory board. All members hold post-graduate degrees and have professional backgrounds in higher education.

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 Forum 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 Forum, please feel free to contact them directly. We look forward to seeing you in Boston!


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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Enric Figueras

Vice President, Spain
As Vice President, Spain, Mr. Figueras establishes a country strategy to ensure consistency among all sites, and to lead and support all program development initiatives geared toward enhancing quality. Mr. Figueras also monitors the academic standards of our programs and ensures that CEA policies are in place to serve the CEA community and deliver study abroad programs of quality and rigor.
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Cynthia Engel

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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José B. Alvarez, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President - Academic Affairs & Initiatives
José B. Alvarez, Ph.D., serves as CEA’s senior academic leader and member of the CEA Executive Team. José sets CEA’s academic vision, ensuring the alignment of all academic offering and projects with CEA's School of Record and university partners. In addition, he is responsible for establishing and managing CEA’s external Advisory Board, in order to further innovate our curriculum and increase the diversity of our academic offerings. José also plays a strong collaborative role in CEA's U.S. university engagement initiatives to support the alignment of our messaging and training regarding CEA’s academic programs and expertise.
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Rebecca James

Regional Director - East
Rebecca's role at CEA is to cultivate and maintain relationships with study abroad offices, faculty and staff at U.S. colleges and universities to help support their education abroad goals. Based in New York City, she works primarily with schools in NAFSA Regions X and XI. Rebecca also manages two remote-based Regional Consultants on the east coast.
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Caroline Walsh

Senior Vice President - Program Development
Caroline Walsh is responsible for the alignment and growth of CEA’s current product portfolio and expansion into new markets. She works closely with leadership within University Relations to identify university needs and trends and collaborates with Academic Affairs and CEA staff worldwide to design and deliver new programs and academic partnerships that are best suited to meet the needs of our U.S. university partners.
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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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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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Ahmad Refky

Director of Custom & Faculty Led Programs
Ahmad is originally from Cairo, Egypt, where he lived for 22 years. His first foray into study abroad came when he lived in the U.S. as an exchange student during his senior year of high school. That experience inspired him to work in international education, where he has built his career over the past decade. After graduating with a BA in International Relations from the American University in Cairo, Ahmad immigrated to the U.S. in 2001, where he pursued his graduate studies at DePaul University and studied abroad in The Netherlands as part of the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, and Society.
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Sean Williams

Regional Director – New England

Prior to entering the field of international education, Sean worked in corporate law and international finance for a decade. Since his career change, Sean has held a variety of leadership positions in global internship program management, career development, employer relations, study abroad, and university relations. He is the former Site Director for EUSA and the Academic Internship Council in Boston, the former Director of Internship Programs & Client Relations at Intrax in New York City, and was most recently the Director of Institutional Relations for Dream Careers.

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Ashley Bohac

Senior University Relations Coordinator
As Senior University Relations Coordinator, Ashley Bohac provides support for the University Relations team, prepares for study abroad fairs, and coordinates events. Originally from Nebraska, Ashley attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. While obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, she completed a study abroad program in Salzburg, Austria. After graduation, she gained additional international experience through participation in a volunteer program in Vietnam and South Korea.
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