2019 Conference Schedule

Each year the conference focuses breakout sessions around four themes. Breakout sessions allow students to choose which topics are of most interest to them. There will be three blocks of breakout sessions during the conference with presentations covering a variety of topics taking place during each block.

The conferences four breakout sessions will revolve around the following themes:

  • Going Abroad Again
  • Reflecting on Your Experience
  • Study Abroad in Your Career
  • Becoming A Global Citizen

2019 conference schedule:

10:00-10:30 |  Registration/Breakfast/Resume Review
10:30-10:40 |  Welcome
10:40-11:20 |  Plenary Speaker
11:30-12:20 |  Session 1

  • “Global Careers at Home or Abroad in the Public Sector”
    In this session, participants will learn about different career fields in the public sector related to international relations, human rights, diplomacy, and pressing global issues. Additionally, participants will learn what it is really like to work at a nonprofit or the government and dispel myths that they will “never make any money”, have to move to a big city or another country to have a career in the international field. Panelists will share stories about how they got into the field and share insights about how having a study abroad experience will make for an ideal candidate in this line of work.
  • “More than just a Fullbright: Study Abroad Scholarships and Fellowships”
    This session will explore the range of fellowships and scholarship opportunities available for supporting study abroad, undergraduate and post-baccalaureate. There will be discussions in depth about the US Student Fulbright program as well as other programs such as Boren, Critical Language Scholarship, DAAD, Congress-Bundestag, UK summer Fulbright, Gilman, Freeman-Asia, Schwarzman, the UK fellowship programs like Marshall and Mitchell, as well as teaching programs such as JET and TAPIF, and even Peace Corps and its accompanying Coverdale program.
  • “Storytelling After Studying Abroad”
    When you get back from studying abroad, people may ask about your experience. What’s the best way to convey the most essential aspects of your experience in a way that will capture your listener’s attention, imagination, and interest? This session will focus on crafting short oral stories as a way of communicating experiences, ideas, and knowledge in a way that will stick with listeners back home.
  • “Perspectives on Working Abroad in Education”
    In this panel session participants will hear from four different education professionals on their experiences working abroad. Some of the topics to be covered include: where to look for jobs in education; different educational settings to consider; work and life requirements; and how to leverage your experience when you come back to the US. Short panelist introductions will be followed by an open question-and-answer session.
  • “Not Just a Semester at the Beach: Professionalizing your Study Abroad Experience on Your Resume”
    The session title reflects the common stereotype of study abroad being unprofessional or less rigorous than a typical semester of study. The focus of this session is to guide students in not only understanding, but also articulating, the professional nature of a semester abroad. Students will learn how to build strong resumes that integrate the NACE Career readiness competencies to capitalize on the transferable skills learned while studying abroad. *This session is also available during breakout II.

12:30-1:50   |  Lunch/Networking/Resume Review
2:00-2:50     |  Session 2

  • “Not Just a Semester at the Beach: Professionalizing your Study Abroad Experience on Your Resume”
    The session title reflects the common stereotype of study abroad being unprofessional or less rigorous than a typical semester of study. The focus of this session is to guide students in not only understanding, but also articulating, the professional nature of a semester abroad. Students will learn how to build strong resumes that integrate the NACE Career readiness competencies to capitalize on the transferable skills learned while studying abroad. *This session is also available during breakout I.
  • “Fullbright and Peace Corps Opportunities”
    The Student Fulbright Programs and the Peace Corps are wonderful ways to continue your international experience. This session will provide you with information about the programs as well as how to apply.
     
  • “From WWOOFing to Working: A Sampling of Post- Graduation Opportunities Abroad”
    This session features a panel of study abroad returnees who have gone abroad again to pursue various international opportunities. Some returned to the country in which they studied, while others ventured to a new continent. This panel will give participants a taste of what opportunities are available and how to get started with your own.
     
  • “Global Citizenship: Making it Last”
    It’s easy to settle back into old habits and routines despite having gone thorough, profound and meaningful changes overseas. Incorporating new ways of thinking, doing and being takes intention, action, commitment and persistence. In this session participants will participate in a hands-on activity to productively channel the knowledge, skills, and spirit from their time abroad and incorporate them into life at home. Whether finding volunteer opportunities with your local NGO’s, sharing favorite recipes from your host country with family and friends, or being conscientious of the power of your dollar—there is a lot one person can do to keep that spark of traveling alive as a global citizen.

3:00-3:30     |  Closing ceremony