Congratulations on your recent voyage abroad!  We know you are excited and brimming with stories of your experiences abroad and insights into your host country’s culture.  Might you be looking for a captive audience with whom to share those experiences, or are you seeking new ways to study, travel, or work abroad again?  If so, then we invite you to attend the Lessons From Abroad Chicago Returnee Conference.  The next conference will take place in Spring 2018, so make sure to check back for details!

LFA Chicago 2017 Conference Schedule

8:30 Registration Opens
9:00 Opening Remarks
9:20-10:50 Exploring Careers Panel (Shriver Law Center, US Department of State, CIA, Upwardly Global; and more)
11:00-12:45 Lunch, Exhibitor Hall, and Optional Resume Review
12:45-1:30 Breakout Sessions – Adapting Back: Navigating Reverse Culture Shock, How to Leverage Your Study Abroad Experience, Personal Branding
1:40-2:25 Breakout Sessions – Personal Branding, How to Apply ICC Skills, How to Leverage
2:35-3:20: How to Lead an Internationally Focused Life, Repeat the Adventure: Study, Work, Teach, Volunteer Abroad, Adapting Back
3:30-4:30 Group Session – Post-Election Call to Action (Chicago Council on Global Affairs)
4:55-5:00 Closing Remarks

Conference highlights include:

  • Meeting other recent study abroad returnees from all over Chicago
  • Hearing from dynamic and motivating keynote speakers
  • Learning how to talk about your newly acquired global skills in a job interview
  • Discovering how you can work or study abroad after graduation
  • Networking with professionals working in internationally-focused jobs
  • Staying connected to and sharing stories about your study abroad experience

This is a great opportunity to network with other students and professionals.  We ask that you dress business casual and bring several copies of your resume.



Registration will begin a few weeks before the conference. Check back for the link!


We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please email us at

The Chicago Lessons From Abroad Planning Committee


Past LFA Chicago Conferences

10/05/2013, DePaul University
01/30/2015, DePaul University
01/30/2016, DePaul University


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