Paul H. Watson

Executive Director
AIFS Study Abroad

Paul has been involved in international education and study abroad for over 30 years.   He is currently Executive Director of AIFS Study Abroad.  Founded in 1964, AIFS is among the most respected international exchange organizations in the field.  AIFS Study Abroad has programs in 22 countries. AIFS also assists colleges and universities with customized, faculty-led programming. 

Prior to his role at AIFS Paul served as Director of Enrollment Management at the Institute for Shipboard Education.  He holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.  As a student Paul lived and studied in Japan and remains actively interested in Japanese history and current affairs.  He has traveled to more than 50 countries, and has led student, faculty and staff and parent groups on excursions and site visits.  Paul is particularly interested in issues related student access to study abroad and is strong advocate for the importance and value of international education.