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The Call for WISE 2025 Session Proposals will open soon.

About WISE Concurrent Sessions:

Faculty and international educators are invited to submit session proposals that bolster the conversation on intercultural learning surrounding study abroad, on-campus programming, and the international student experience.  Proposals are peer-reviewed by the WISE Conference Steering Committee.

To assist with proposal planning, we recommend referencing this downloadable Proposal Form Template (Word doc)

Characteristics of a strong WISE Session Proposal include:

  • innovative approaches and methods to support the intercultural development process for students
  • findings of academic research or personal reflection informed by theory
  • various perspectives by partnering with co-presenters from different institutions/organizations
  • voices of students, including as co-presenters, to add to the robustness of the session; students are encouraged to apply for a WISE registration grant (select “Grants & Invoices” option in the accordion menu.
  • experiences of traditionally underrepresented institutions/groups, such as community colleges, HBCUs, first generation students, etc.
  • interaction among presenters and attendees
  • concrete learning outcomes for session participants

Suggested Topics:

  • Intercultural learning or training skills
  • Effective approaches to assessing intercultural competence
  • Practical pedagogical tools
  • Best practices for international student acclimation, intercultural development, and study abroad knowledge application  
  • Innovative ideas that stem from knowledge gained at previous WISE Conferences

Session Format:

Sessions are 75 minutes. Presenters are encouraged to include 15+ minutes in their session for discussion and Q&A. Multiple presenters (no more than 3 are recommended) for a session are welcome and should be noted on the proposal.

For more information on previous conference sessions, please explore the WISE 2023 Conference session descriptions.


  • WISE Conference is a professional development opportunity for international educators, and is noncommercial. Pre-conference workshops and general conference sessions should not be used for direct promotion of a speaker’s product, service, or other self-interest. Session presenters contribute their time and knowledge in the spirit of collegial collaboration and learning.
  • All participants whose proposals are accepted for a session are required to register for the WISE Conference by the early bird deadline in mid-December and attend the conference to present their scheduled session.
  • All presenters are responsible for their own expenses (limited registration grants available).
  • All presenters are asked to indicate by mid-December if special assistance is needed so that we can, if necessary, make reasonable accessibility accommodations. Email wiseconference@wfu.edu.

Yearly Timeline:

Call for Session Proposals opens — July/August

Proposal Deadline — mid-September

Notification of Proposal status — October

Registration opens — October

Early-bird registration deadline — mid-December

Registration closes — two weeks prior to WISE Conference