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 Chicago Lessons From Abroad Returnee Conference on January 31, 2015 at DePaul University Loop Campus! 

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 is now open! Please visit


2013 Conference Schedule

9:00-9:30 Registration

9:30-9:40 Welcome
9:45-10:30 Keynote Speaker

  • Gabriella Ganugi, President and Founder of Florence University of Arts and Pallazi
    • First woman to receive the chamber of commerce award in Florence, has written 9 books, named the Italian-American Educator of the Year.

10:35-11:20 Workshop

  • How To Talk About Your Study Abroad in 30 seconds, 3 minutes and 30 minutes!

11:25-12:10 Concurrent Session I

  • Adapting back: Navigating Reverse Culture Shock
  • The Cover Letter, Resume and Interview
  • Work, Intern, Teach, Volunteer Abroad (Panelists)

12:15-1:45 Lunch and Opportunities Fair
1:50-2:35 Concurrent Session II

  • Studying Abroad at Home: how to bring the fun and excitement of your experience back to your home campus
  • Your Personal Branding
  • Graduate Schools with an International Component


2:40-3:25 Concurrent Session III

  • Living an Internationally Focused Life
  • How to get an International career
  • Funding International Experience: Research, Fellowships and Grants
  • The Cover Letter, Resume and Interview

3:30-4:25 Refreshment Break and Opportunities Fair
4:30-5:00 Wrap-up, Raffle, and Photo Contest
5:00-5:30 Closing and Networking Reception




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

The Chicago Lessons From Abroad Planning Committee