Program Administration


2015-07-10_Matthew_Jacobs-8042Dr. Matthew F. Jacobs

Director, International Studies Program and Undergraduate Academic Programs

Associate Professor of History

Dr. Jacobs is an Associate Professor in the UF Department of History and Director of the International Studies Program. He received a Ph.D. in 2002 in U.S. History with a specialty in Foreign Relations from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Jacobs also directs the implementation of UF’s Learning without Borders, a strategic initiative aimed at enhancing global awareness and intercultural communication campus-wide. Dr. Jacobs advises students in the International Studies Program whose region of focus is Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East.

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Paloma Rodriguez

Associate Director, International Studies Program and Undergraduate Academic Programs

Paloma serves as the administrative and academic coordinator for the International Studies Program. She also supports the implementation of UF’s Learning without Borders. Paloma holds an M.A. in Classics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) from the University of South Florida. She is currently a PhD candidate in Classical Civilization at the University of Florida. Paloma has spent 20 years working as a Humanities and language instructor in Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Paloma is available to advise International Studies students on degree progress, coursework and requirements.


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Amila Tica

Program Assistant, Undergraduate Academic Programs

Amila is a Program Assistant for the QEP Learning without Borders initiative and International Studies Program. She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in International Studies and English, and was a student assistant for the International Center during her time as a student. Her primary roles for the International Studies program include course scheduling, event planning and coordination, and managing travel and expenses. Amila is often the first point of contact for International Studies students.


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