International Education

The Office of International Education operates at the College-wide level and coordinates service units that aim to increase the global competence of students, faculty, administrators and the community at large.

How We Help



We assist in connecting students with international opportunities including: fellowships, internships, scholarships, and study abroad/exchange programs. Additionally, we offer student support and monitoring services for pre-departure, overseas term, and a smooth re-entry process.


Faculty and Administrators

We assist in the creation of field-specific Study Abroad programs, the enhancement of global curriculums and the pursuit of international fellowship opportunities.


The Community

We engage the community at large through a series of multicultural events that enhance awareness of an interconnected world. We also work closely with governments and non-profit organizations in the development of grants and contracts that support international cooperation.

Study Abroad Programs

Office of Study Abroad

Miami Dade College offers students the opportunity to study abroad in 6 continents and over 30 countries. Study abroad options include faculty-led summer programs, College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS) partnership programs, as well as some select grant and fellowship programs.

Diplomat in Residence (DIR)

The U.S. Department of State assigns Senior Foreign Service Officers to the position of Diplomat in Residence (DIR) at certain colleges and universities throughout the United States. The DIRs serve as recruiters and mentors for candidates interested in careers in the Foreign Service and Civil Service and can offer guidance on applying for Student Internship Programs and Fellowships. The U.S. Department of State is seeking the best and brightest candidates to represent America's rich diversity to the world.

Be sure to check out for detailed information on careers and student programs with the U.S. Department of State.

Mignon Houston - U.S. Diplomat

Mignon Houston
Mignon has served as a U.S. Diplomat for 15 years. She is currently the Diplomat in Residence in Miami, Florida - recruiting for the State Department in Southern Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

As a U.S. Diplomat, she has worked abroad promoting U.S. foreign policy and partnerships. She has served in U.S. Consulate in Cape Town, South Africa; the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines; the U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon; and the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico. Domestically, she worked in Washington, DC for the Office of the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan as well as for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Based on her Spanish and French language abilities, she has served two temporary duty assignments in Madrid, Spain and in Libreville, Gabon.

She received her undergraduate degree from Winston-Salem State University in 2004 as a double major in Spanish and Mass Communications and her Master’s degree from the University of Delaware in 2006 in Urban Affairs and Public Policy. She grew up in North Carolina and is married with a four-month-old son name Atlas.

Contact Information

U.S. Department of State, Florida International and Miami Dade Universities

Department of State Career Information


Contact Us

Samila Sosic
Executive Director - Office of International Education

Gabriela Esteves
Director of Global Student Programs

Diana Fernandez
Program Coordinator

Office of International Education
Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Avenue, Suite 1440
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 237-3124

Explore the world through our study abroad programs. Visit the Study Abroad MDC website for more information.