Education Abroad Visas for France


Earlier this year, the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. announced that it would be outsourcing its visa application process to VFS Global. NAFSA’s Consular Affairs Liaison (CAL) subcommittee has been tracking the changes and the rollout of the new Visa Application Center’s across the United States. During this one hour live, text-based chat on June 26 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, three members of the CAL subcommittee will answer your questions about the new VFS and Campus France procedures.

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Rebecca JamesRebecca James
CEA Study Abroad
Based in New York City, Rebecca is CEA’s regional director-east where she cultivates and maintains relationships with study abroad offices, faculty and staff at U.S. colleges and universities to help support their education abroad goals. Prior to joining CEA in August 2009, Rebecca worked as the director of study abroad for Dublin Business School, a private college in Dublin, Ireland. Rebecca also serves as the France country coordinator on NAFSA's Consular Affairs Liaison Subcommittee.

Tary CoppolaTary Coppola
CUPA Paris

Katerina GeorgievaKaterina Georgieva
University of California – Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)
Katerina Georgieva is an international program dpecialist at the University of California Education Abroad Program, which is the main study abroad provider of the University of California system. She is responsible for the operational aspects of programs in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland. She has been the CAL liaison to the French Consulate in Los Angeles since 2015, and was previously the CAL liaison to the Italian Consulate in Los Angeles.

Nancy CampbellNancy Campbell
Nancy Campbell currently serves as the vice president for enrollment management at ISEP. She holds a BA in French from Wake Forest University and a MA in international education from the George Washington University. She joined ISEP in 2009 as the program officer for France and Switzerland managing both the exchange of incoming and outgoing students. She has also held the position of regional director of Mediterranean Europe and the Baltic countries where she managed member relations with international partners. Before becoming vice president, Nancy served as assistant vice president for program operations helping to streamline and simplify application and enrollment processes. In her current position, Nancy is the chair of the health and safety task force which is responsible for maintaining and enacting all policies, protocols and communications plans surrounding student health and safety emergencies.