Alea Cot, assistant provost for international education at the University of New Orleans, was recognized for outstanding service by a regional chapter of NAFSA: Association of International Educators (formerly known as the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors) during a conference held in New Orleans from Nov. 6 – 10. The organization honored Cot for her demonstrated commitment to international education over a long career and her efforts to strengthen and support the field.
Cot holds a master’s degree in international relations and a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from Tulane University. She began her career at UNO in 1988 managing study abroad programs. In 1995, she founded UNO’s Intensive English Language Program (IELP), which provides instruction and training geared toward promoting the success of international students at American universities. In her current role as assistant provost, she oversees IELP, eight study abroad programs, international student admissions and student exchange programs in 11 countries. Her expertise managing programs that both send students abroad and bring students to the U.S. earned Cot a role as mentor to new senior-level administrators at other universities through the Association of International Education Administrators.
Cot credits UNO’s desire for innovation for her success.
“UNO has given me the opportunity to follow my passion. I believe international education connects people and builds global peace, one person at a time,” she said.
NAFSA is the world’s largest non-profit dedicated to international education and exchange with a mission to connect cultures and promote collaborations around the world. Region III, in which Cot has been recognized, consists of Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.