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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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“Participating in WISE helped to solidify some ideas about the benefit and value of pre-trip planning and post-trip debriefing and reflection to students’ study abroad experiences. I had been working with colleagues here at Elon University on designing a set of pre-trip activities for students in a graduate program who would later take an international service-learning course. The international experiences in this course are short—about 10 days—and thus demand that students “hit the ground running.” Our thinking was that any advance intercultural preparation work that we could facilitate as faculty leaders would be beneficial to the students during the in-county portion of the course. After spending two days at WISE learning about the experiences of other faculty, programs, and institutions, I was even more convinced that we were on the right track with our ideas. Our work here at Elon had, at the time, been mostly focused on pre-trip activities and preparation. My experience at WISE was instrumental in also helping me see that post-trip work with students involved with international experiences can be just as important to their academic—and intercultural—growth.”

Phillip Motley, Assistant Professor of Visual Communication + Interactive Media, Elon University | WISE Participant