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
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
Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Assistant Dean of Admissions
& Alumni Affairs
Jessica Calhoun joined IAU in 2019 as the inaugural Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs. In 2004 she received her BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of San Diego (USD). Shortly thereafter in 2006 her Master's of Arts in Teaching followed from Chapman University, and in 2014 she received her Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies from USD. Jessica's specialization is in higher education administration and organizational leadership, which perfectly poises her to lead IAU's growing U.S. Office in San Diego, CA.
As a seasoned international educator, she's conducted research and shared her findings and expertise at numerous conferences including The Forum on Education Abroad, NAFSA, AIEA, and CIEE to name a few. She served as the Associate Director of International Studies Abroad at USD from 2007-2019, and prior to that served as a Program Manager and Assistant to the Associate Provost for Internationalization. Jessica speaks Spanish fluently and has a working knowledge of Italian.
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.
Director of Admissions
& Customized Programming
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 Urbana-Champaign, and an M.A. in Education and Human Development – International Education from George Washington University. She speaks Spanish and French.
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.
Coordinator of Custom Programs
Jude Caywood has been at IAU since 2015 and started her current position as Coordinator of Custom Programs in June 2019. She began as a US Office intern before transitioning into an Admissions Counselor, which was the preivous position she held. She coordinates custom and faculty-led programs, J-terms, and continues some of her work with admissions. 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
& Admissions Coordinator
Kate House is currently the University Relations Manager, spearheading the development of new partnerships and enhancing existing programs. Previously she was the Coordinator of the U.S. Office from 2011-2014 and the East Coast Admissions Coordinator. She is a Marchutz School of Fine Arts 2009
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
& Academic Specialist
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
Jenn Nativo is a 2016
& Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion