U.S. Office of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
IAU is committed to delivering the highest quality experience to students from the first point of contact. If you're preparing to study abroad or plan to enroll in one of IAU's degree-granting programs, you'll most likely speak with one of our U.S. team members. We invite you to meet the team below!
Dean of Admissions
& Alumni Affairs
Kurt Schick, IAU's Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs, began his career at IAU in 2001. He previously served as Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Concordia University (River Forest, IL) and initially honed his recruitment skills as an admissions counselor at his alma mater, Augustana College, in Rock Island, IL. He received his B.A. in English/French from Augustana in 1990 and obtained his M.S. in Organization Leadership from Regis University in 2016.
Since he began at IAU, Kurt has overseen IAU's Admissions operations, focusing on developing new institutional partnerships and enhancing existing ones. Under Kurt's leadership, the admissions office has grown from a two-person office to a staff of nine. With IAU's expansion into Spain, the inclusion of multi-country January term programs, the addition of faculty-led programming, and the options of degree programs, enrollment at IAU has gone from 300 per year to more than 1,000 students.
In 2016, Kurt took on the role of Dean of Alumni Affairs, leveraging the robust network of over 20,000 alumni with the goal of increasing IAU's endowment and scholarship opportunities for future students. Hosting regional alumni receptions and follow-up from IAU's incredibly successful 60th anniversary celebration and alumni reunion - held in May, 2017 at IAU's Aix-en-Provence, France campus - have proven to be successful strategies.
Rebecca Coyle, a 2005 Alumna of IAU, has been the Associate Director since August of 2012. She oversees IAU's January term programs and customized programs, coordinating their budgets, itineraries, and logistics. Prior to coming to IAU, she served as a Study Abroad Program Coordinator at USD for five years, advising for programs in Latin America, Spain, and France. Rebecca has a B.A. in Spanish and International Relations (Minor in French), and an MBA in International Business and Management from the University of San Diego. She speaks Spanish and French.
Alicia Freter has been at IAU since August 2014 and began as the Assistant Director of Admissions and Alumni Affairs in December 2016. She coordinates custom and faculty-led programs, J-terms, and the Barcelona program. She provides admissions oversight and U.S. office management. Ali has a B.A. in Spanish (Minor in French) from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an M.A. in Education and Human Development – International Education from George Washington University. She speaks Spanish and French.
Chief Financial Officer
Judy Barral, a 1972 alumna of IAU, became the Chief Financial Officer in August 2014. Previously she served as Director of the Mason Enterprise Center, a small business incubator at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, from 2004 to 2014. She held business development and administrative positions at several French companies over a thirty year career, including Arianespace, Leclerc and the Westar Group, all based in Washington, DC. She has a BA in French from the University of Maryland, and a Business degree from IPC Vins in Bordeaux France. Judy is fluent in French, and speaks Spanish, with some notions of Italian, German, and Amharic.
Coordinator of Admissions
Arianna Zabriskie is a 2013 IAU alumna and began with IAU in June 2015 as an enrollment advisor. Arianna started as the Coordinator of Admissions in November 2016 and advises summer, January term, third-party and custom study abroad students. Arianna also manages the Alumni Ambassador Program and the social media channels. Arianna has dual degrees in Psychology and Human Development Family Studies from Colorado State University and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Clinical Psychology. She speaks French.
Coordinator of Admissions
& Alumni Affairs
Rose Guth is an IAU and Marchutz alumna and began her work with IAU in November 2015 as an Enrollment Counselor. Rose began as the Coordinator of IAU Admissions and Alumni Affairs in November 2016 and continues her work with alumni and degree student enrollment in this role. Rose develops the masters and bachelor’s programs in Aix-en-Provence while directing outreach to over 20,000 alumni. Rose has a B.A. in Art History and French from the University of San Diego. She speaks French.
Jude Caywood has been at IAU since August 2015. She began as a student in the internship program in 2015 and transitioned into the role of first Admissions Assitant and then Admissions Counselor. She assists students with the application and pre-departure processes, in addition to supporting the Admissions and Alumni Affairs staff. Jude holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities (Minors in French and Women's and Gender Studies) from the University of San Diego. She speaks French.
University Relations Manager
Kate House served as the Coordinator of the U.S. Office from 2011-2014 and transitioned to the role of University Relations Manager in early 2017. She maintains relationships with IAU's partner institutions both domestic and abroad, coordinates the Resident Fellows Programs, Scholarship and Work-Study opportunities. She's a Marchutz School of Fine Arts 2009 alumna and graduated with her B.A. in Fine Arts (Minor in Art History) from Gettysburg College. She speaks some French.
Kirstin Havice began in July 2017 as the Admissions Assistant for The American College of the Mediterranean (ACM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of IAU, offering bachelor's and master's degrees at its campus in Aix-en-Provence. She supports current and incoming students with application materials and pre-departure advising, and promotes the future growth and development of degree programs through assistance with research, marketing, recruitment and licensure/accreditation efforts. Previously she worked with CEA as a Site Specialist, assisting students with courses, housing, visas and all pre-departure related items for programs in England, Ireland, Australia, Italy, Germany and Russia. In 2010, she moved into the role of University Advisor, prospecting and assisting new university partnerships and custom programs. In 2011, she left international education to take a primary role in Havice Design, a firm providing creative direction, brand development and graphic design services that she and her husband began in 2008, holding the roles of business manager and writer. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona, with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studies, including journalism, media arts and studio art (graphic design and photography). She studied abroad at University College Cork in Ireland and in 2003, spent a year working in New Zealand as well as traveling to Australia and Thailand. She is currently learning French.
Mouna Benbouazza joined IAU in August 2018 as the Admissions Coordinator and Academic Specialist. At IAU, Mouna oversees the Resident Fellows Program, assists with customized programs, and applications review. Mouna has a M.A. in French Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Liège (Belgium). At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she taught advanced and elementary French classes and conducted research on North African cinema and literature. IAU was the first study abroad program for which she recommended a student. Mouna is a native speaker of French and speaks English and Dutch. She grew up in Rabat, Morocco, before moving to Belgium, and has notions of Moroccan Arabic.
Valentina Lima is a 2017 alumna and returned to IAU in May 2018 as an alumni fellow at the Aix-en-Provence campus, after which she began her work as an admissions counselor in August 2018. She advises applicants on the admissions process and the opportunities available for them at IAU and provides assistance to other admissions staff. Valentina has a B.A. in International Relations and a Minor in European Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Jenn Nativo is a 2016 alumna of IAU and began serving as an Admissions Counselor in August 2018. She advises students through the admissions process in the semester, summer and J-Term study abroad programs available in France. She also networks with IAU alumni, study abroad advisors, and professors at college study abroad fairs and conferences to share the various opportunities available at IAU. Jenn graduated from Fairfield University with a B.S. and an MBA concentrating in Management (Minor in French). She speaks French.