Who We Are 

The Office of International Education includes our Burlington-based International and Study Abroad staff as well as the staff and faculty of our Montreal and Dublin campuses. We bring together diverse backgrounds and international experience that enables us to create unique and meaningful opportunities for students to expand their global perspective.



Champlain College International Education staff - Dr. Jim CrossA graduate from the University of Vermont, Dr. Cross has over 25 years of experience in international diplomacy, negotiations, corporate relations, research and education in both academic and applied settings, including working for the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (Rome), the NATO Parliament (Brussels), and Business International -The Economist.  In 1994, Dr. Cross founded and directed the first post-communist Training Institute in Business and Government in Albania and served as a consultant to the US Department of State Foreign Service Institute.

He earned the Doctoral Degree in Political Science from the Graduate Institute for International Studies at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He received the Carrington Medal by NATO Secretary General Lord Carrington and is a Truman Scholar from the State of Vermont. He was also a professor of international relations at Wuhan University of Technology in China.

He currently is the founding president of Education Vermont USA. He is a member of the board of the Vermont Council on World Affairs and the boards of Champlain College Dublin and Champlain College Montreal. He has served as the NAFSA Senior International Officer Network Manager and served on the Executive Board of the IIE Global Engineering Education Exchange. Cross has become increasingly involved in efforts to link international education to economic development.


Champlain College International Education staff - Noah GoldblattNoah started his path to international education by studying Spanish in Mexico and Central America. After completing an undergraduate degree, Noah continued his passion for international affairs teaching Spanish language and culture at a New England private school, and leading high school students on international community service trips to Honduras and Nicaragua. During his tenure as a secondary education teacher, he completed a summer study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain, and an intensive Spanish language program at Dartmouth College.

Noah received a B.A. in Political Science from Plymouth State University with minors in Anthropology and Sociology. He also holds a Master's degree in Globalization Studies from Dartmouth College. Prior to joining Champlain College, Noah held an Assistant Director position at a third party study abroad provider, and managed multiple study abroad programs in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. As the world continues to become increasingly interconnected on multiple levels, Noah cherishes the opportunity to work with Champlain College students while facilitating career-focused international education and growth experiences.


Champlain College International Education staff - Kathy LynnWorking with international students has been a part of Kathy's professional experience for the past thirteen years. As a member of the International Program's team, she helped provide educational programs at Champlain College branch campuses in Israel, UAE/Dubai and India. Over the years, her travels have taken her to these foreign campuses and other places around the world including Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Estonia, Finland, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Canada, Mexico and The Bahamas, opening her eyes to a great variety of cultures and customs.

Kathy received her B.S. degree from Champlain College and has worked in education for over 30 years. As a Champlain College employee for the past 22 years, she has coordinated programs and worked with students in Career Services, Student Services, Residential Life, International Programs and the Office of International Education. Currently, as the Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) her main focus is advising international & exchange students on immigration issues and their adjustment to U.S. academics and culture.


Elin is very excited to be back in the world of international education.  She has taught ESL at Ohio University and Saint Michael's College and has lived overseas in Japan, Niger, England, Germany and France.  While in Japan, she directed the Komaki English Teaching Center, a school for 300 adult students, run by Ohio University and the City of Komaki.  She is glad to be back in Vermont where she grew up and looks forward to welcoming visiting students and scholars to Champlain as well as to helping students gain the fantastic chance to study overseas.

Elin has her BA in English from Georgetown University (with a year abroad at the University of Warwick). She joined Peace Corps after college, and then came back to get her MA in Applied Linguistics at Ohio University.  She also own and operates Bristol Bookkeeping.