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.

International 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, Confucius Institute 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.

The current Diplomat in Residence for South Florida and Puerto Rico is Rebecca Kimbrell. You can reach her using the contact information provided below and be sure to check out for detailed information on careers and student programs with the U.S. Department of State.

Rebecca Kimbrell, Diplomat in Residence for South Florida and Puerto Rico

Rebecca KimbrelRebecca Kimbrell is a political-coned officer who most recently served as U.S. consul to Lyon, France from 2016 – 2019. Prior to this, she was deputy director in the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Rebecca also served as special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, and as a senior watch officer in the Secretary of State's Operations Center.

Rebecca's overseas assignments include tours as a political officer in Kyiv, and as an economic officer in Ankara. She began her career doing a consular/political rotation in Kingston, Jamaica.

Before joining the State Department, Rebecca served as the executive director of the Nashville, Tennessee Sports Authority, the agency responsible for financing and overseeing the city's NFL stadium and NHL arena.

Rebecca earned an M.A. in international relations from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. in political science from David Lipscomb University. Hailing from the South (born in Birmingham, but settling in Nashville), she is an avid football fan and cook. Rebecca is married to a Diplomatic Security special agent. She speaks French, Turkish, and Ukrainian with varying degrees of fluency.

Contact Information

U.S. Department of State, Florida International and Miami Dade Universities
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL  33199

Department of State Career Information


Contact Us

Liza Carbajo
Executive Director
Office of International Education

Gabriela Esteves
Director of Global Student Programs

Alexandra Reyes
Administrative Support Assistant

Office of International Education
Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Avenue, Suite 5526
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 237-3124