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 30, 2016 at DePaul University Loop Campus! (1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604)

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.



Online registration is now open! Register now


2015 Conference Schedule

9:00-9:30 Registration

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

  • Ambassador Ian C. Kelly
    • Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest, based at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He was most recently the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in Vienna, Austria. Ambassador Kelly will be speaking about how his two study abroad experiences in Russia changed his life, and led him to a career in the Foreign Service.

10:35-11:20 Interactive Workshop Session

11:25-12:10 Concurrent Session I

  • Adapting back: Navigating Reverse Culture Shock
  • Work, Intern, Teach, Volunteer, Grad Study Abroad

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

  • Personal Branding: Cover Letter, Resume, and Interview Skills
  • Pathway to Entrepreneurship

2:40-3:25 Concurrent Session III

  • Living an Internationally Focused Life
  • How to get an International career

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


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