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WISE 2016 Conference Proposal Form: Click here.

Deadline for submissions: September 1, 2015.

About WISE Concurrent Sessions:

The WISE Conference is designed for faculty who lead or teach short- or long-term programs abroad, and for study abroad professionals who advise students in this important cross-cultural experience.  It is a place where faculty, study abroad professionals, and other international educators can share insights, strategies and personal experiences about intercultural competency in practical, hands-on sessions.

The WISE 2016 Conference Committee invites proposals from faculty and international education professionals interested in student learning during study abroad (including international students who study abroad on U.S. campuses). The committee seeks proposals that will be informative and relevant regarding aspects of intercultural learning and development or the assessment of student learning abroad, either before departure, while abroad, or post-return.

Successful sessions at WISE tend to be those that encourage interaction and reflection among presenters and attendees, are based on practical, real-world experience in working with students, and offer personal reflection informed by theory. We particularly seek proposals from individuals who have attended WISE previously and who will report on programs or activities developed, lessons learned, or projects implemented that stem from what they learned at WISE.

Concurrent Sessions at WISE will be 75 minutes in length. Proposals should indicate the number of presenters who will participate in the proposed session. Presenters are encouraged to include 20-30 minutes for discussion and Q&A.

Suggested topics and themes for possible session topics include:

  • What do we mean by intercultural competence? What do we mean by global competence? What are the different approaches to assessing these forms of competence?
  • What methods and activities work best for introducing students to cultural values, norms, and expectations?
  • What types of activities and interventions work well for helping international students and/or domestic students explore and understand their own cultural expectations and identities?
  • What types of activities work best for intercultural development both on campus and while abroad?
  • What forms of co-curricular activities and reading assignments help students understand their host culture?
  • What are best practices for helping students reflect on and unpack their experiences abroad?
  • What are best practices for helping international students interact more effectively with students on U.S. campuses?
  • How do we best prepare students for re-entry to their home country and culture?
  • What are best practices for helping returning students to apply their intercultural learning abroad to their lives back home?
  • What do we mean when we talk about “intercultural development” in the context of study abroad?
  • How do culture shock and difficulties of cultural adjustment affect students in the development of intercultural skills? What strategies and activities work well for helping students to develop effective coping skills?

Proposals should be submitted online by September 1, 2015.

Leigh Hatchett Stanfield, WISE 2016 Conference Committee Chair
Director of Global Campus Programs
Center for Global Programs and Studies
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina  27109   U.S.A.
Phone: 336-758-5938   |   Fax: 336-758-4809