Education Abroad at a Crossroads: Actions for a Sustainable Future

We are no longer accepting proposals for the 16th Annual Conference.

Education Abroad has the potential to make a transformative impact on a student’s personal, academic, cultural, and professional trajectory. However, education abroad impacts much more than the participants: home and host communities and institutions, local economies, partners, faculty and program leaders, and the environment all feel the effects of our growing global industry.

Let’s gather as a field to consider the viability of education abroad and the sustainability of our actions as humans on the planet. How do we ensure that we are honoring the communities in which we are operating over time? How do we value reciprocity and build sustainable and mutually-beneficial relationships? How do we sustain the deep and emotional impact of the experience on students in order to enact positive change on their home campuses and communities?

The generation that is preparing to study abroad will one day be called upon to solve the global problems of the 21st century, and their international experiences have the power to prepare them for the challenges ahead. Join us in Kansas City at this critical time to discuss education abroad as a conduit for change.

We welcome proposals that explore how education abroad stakeholders can take action to build a sustainable future through:

  • building leadership capacities and skills to solve global problems
  • innovative methods for mitigating the environmental impact of education abroad
  • innovative use of technology
  • equitable and transparent partnerships
  • reciprocity between education abroad programs and local communities
  • interaction with broadly diverse peers, personnel, and members of local communities
  • environmentally sustainable program models
  • utilizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • creative funding models
  • risk management
  • curriculum design and global course equivalencies
  • culturally responsive programming and assessment efforts
  • global and intercultural learning
  • experiential learning
  • effective global pedagogies
  • research and data collection

Panels with representation crossing multiple countries, institutions, organizations, experience levels, and identities are preferred. Additionally, we strongly encourage submissions that include thought leaders, experts, and other individuals or organizations from outside the field of education abroad to deepen and broaden our understanding and add value to this important work. In particular, the committee seeks proposals that stimulate discussion and provide tangible takeaways.

View a pdf of the Call for Proposals»

The deadline to submit session and Lunchtime Conversation proposals for the 16th Annual Conference was September 6, 2019.


Session Proposal Tips and Suggestions

What makes a session proposal work?

  • Diverse points of view and multiple voices on the session topic: this can mean different institutions and organizations, and/or types of education abroad colleagues and partners, or contributors from outside the field of education abroad;
  • Ample time for comments and/or questions from the attendees;
  • A topic that clearly relates to the conference theme;
  • A balance of theory and practice;
  • Concrete conclusions: sessions offering specific tips, tools, and takeaways;
  • Consideration for the different constituencies in education abroad;
  • Demonstrated professionalism, preparation, and personality.

What doesn’t work?

  • Panels that focus on the accomplishments of only one institution, organization, or program;
  • Panels of more than 4 presenters;
  • Proposals lacking planned audience engagement and interaction;
  • Reading scholarly papers.
Proposal Review Criteria

The Conference Committee will score each proposal based on the following:

  1. Does the proposal add something new to the existing dialogue in the field? (0-5)
  2. Does the proposal relate to the conference theme? (0-5)
  3. How well does the proposal articulate learning objectives? (0-5)
  4. Is there adequate time for questions and discussion? Does it create a forum for dialogue? (0-5)
  5. Do the presenters represent diverse perspectives? (0-5)

*Please note that all presenters must be physically present at the conference. Presenting by Skype or similar platforms is NOT possible.*


Best Practice Laboratories

In Best Practice Laboratories, we are getting into the weeds, diving in at the operations level, and seeking individual best practice examples to build education abroad’s community of shared knowledge. We’d like you to show your colleagues what works at your organization/institution, and tell them why it works. We invite you to submit practices that are easy to replicate, focused in design, and impactful.


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