IFSA Conference

IFSA Conference 2019

Meet Them Where They Are:
Individualized Learning in Education Abroad


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 24 – 26, 2019

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!

Registration will open soon.


Institute at the Institute (I@I)

2019 TOPIC:

Digital Storytelling is a buzz-phrase across many fields and professional sectors, but what are its possible applications to education abroad? How can we leverage narrative and media to engage in intentional reflection? What is it truly like to undertake the work of Digital Storytelling? Join IFSA for the 2019 Institute at the Institute (I@I) to explore Digital Storytelling in Education Abroad and experience a Digital Storytelling workshop firsthand. Leave with your own digital story, as well as a better understanding of how incorporating this medium into your own work with students on campus brings individualized learning to life.

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.

Applications will be available soon.


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