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Wednesday-Friday, February 3-5, 2016
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WISE 2016 Conference Location

WISE is the premier conference focused on intercultural learning during study abroad and other forms of international travel. WISE is a practitioner’s conference focused on helping faculty leaders, program coordinators, student advisors, and other faculty and staff develop the knowledge and skills they need in order to help study abroad students, including international students who “study abroad” in the U.S. or another country, develop intercultural skills and awareness. Join us in Winston-Salem, North Carolina February 3 – 5, 2016 for the WISE 2016 conference.

Conference Focus

Why focus on intercultural skills and awareness? Many international educators share a common experience: once abroad, they discover that many of their students stay in a “study abroad bubble” and have a difficult time meeting and interacting with local people. They find that many students lack fundamental intercultural skills and are ill-prepared to interact effectively with their hosts. They wish they could help their students find better ways to take advantage of the numerous cross-cultural interactions that lie at the core of the overseas experience. WISE 2016 aims to explore students’ intercultural learning abroad from a variety of angles.


Schedule at a Glance and Registration Information


Pre-Conference Workshops

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WISE offers intensive pre-conference learning opportunities for interested scholars, advisors, and educators. Visit our pre-conference workshop page for more information.

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WISE 2016 Brochure

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“On behalf of the WISE Steering Committee, I look forward to welcoming colleagues from near and far to share ideas, pedagogy and best practices to better equip our students for intercultural learning while studying abroad.” 

Leigh Hatchett Stanfield
Chair of WISE Conference 2016
Director of Global Campus Programs
Wake Forest University, Center for Global Programs & Studies