IFSA Conference

IFSA Conference 2018

How can education abroad promote lifelong Intercultural Agility?

Developing intercultural competence has long been associated as a key benefit to studying abroad. Likewise, study abroad alumni have anecdotally acknowledged the critical importance their experience played in developing skills and perspectives which transformed them into global citizens.

IFSA’s organizational commitment to intercultural agility is based on the premise that through the educational experience gained with us, students will cultivate intercultural skills that can be applied and adapted throughout their careers and lives.

Rather than a static intercultural experience, how can study abroad endeavors foster intercultural agility within future leaders? Where will the study abroad experience take students in the future? How will the intercultural skills students cultivate through study abroad participation yield transferable outcomes which go beyond the local study abroad term and fit into the global life experience?

Join us to be part of that discussion and contribute your rich interest and knowledge to this important topic.


Conference dates

July 25 – 27, 2018

Hotel Information

The Alexander Hotel
333 South Delaware St.
Indianapolis, IN

Visit the hotel website to explore the hotel’s amenities and see its unique focus on art and design!

Book your hotel rooms ($190 per night + tax) using the Alexander’s online booking site.

Register by June 25, 2018!

Institute at the Institute (I@)

The sixth annual I@I brings up-and-coming professionals together to explore appreciative advising for education abroad from the only organization in the field to formally and holistically adopt the practice. We’ll utilize a workshop setting to evaluate how appreciative advising supports and challenges students to achieve their academic, personal, and career preparation goals.

Selected applicants receive a complementary registration and accommodation at Butler University. Most meals are also included. Priority will be given to applicants planning to attend the IFSA Conference as well.

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What Advisors Are Saying

“I felt engaged from the moment the conference opened, but I felt most engaged during the workshops.”
—Stephanie Gulden, Dickinson College

“I loved the speakers most. They had done research to support their theories, and they were great speakers to boot. I got readings out of those sessions and a lot of ideas, and have just finished briefing my staff on the conference, so the learning continues! Thank you for setting it up so well.”
—Cathy Winnie, Southern Methodist University

“Great conference and excellent staff in place to help facilitate a positive experience. Thank you.”
—Sentwali Bakari, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Conference Schedule

(This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.)

Wednesday, July 25

1:30 Conference begins
2:30 Welcome, Intercultural Agility Activity
5:00 Plenary Speaker: Dr. Leeva Chung
6:45 Dinner

Thursday, July 26

8:00 Breakfast
8:45 Workshop & EdTalk
10:30 Break
11:00 Workshop
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Lightning Round, IFSA Updates, & EdTalk
3:35 Break
4:00 Workshop
5:15 Optional Hotel Art Tour
7:00 Reception

Friday, July 27

8:00 Breakfast
8:45 Workshop
10:10 EdTalk
10:30 Coffee Break
10:45 Lightning Round
11:30 Intercultural Agility Debrief
12:30 Lunch and Departure