History

As education abroad professionals, we aspired to address a common issue of better serving our returned study abroad students in a collaborative, financially viable and meaningful way.  In 2008, “Lessons From Abroad” was born as a team of dedicated and passionate volunteers launched the first west-coast collaborative returnee conference at UC Berkeley.

More than 100 study abroad alumni spent the day in guided conversation with their peers and international educators from around the region about what it means to be a returnee and how study abroad has shifted their future aspirations. The need for this type of collaboration was so great and the Lessons From Abroad model was so sound that, in 2009, leaders from San Diego launched the returnee conference in Southern California utilizing the Lessons From Abroad brand, design and curriculum.

By 2010, Lessons From Abroad was a statewide force amongst education abroad professionals and the students for whom the conference served. Today, eight years later, we have run more than 50 Lessons From Abroad conferences across the United States. More than 3,000 students have participated in Lessons From Abroad conferences and more than 500 professionals have volunteered their time in conjunction with the conference.

Lessons From Abroad Conferences (2008-present)

  • SF Bay Area, University of California at Berkeley, Feb 2008
  • SF Bay Area, University of San Francisco, Feb 2009
  • San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, Feb 2009
  • SF Bay Area, St. Mary’s College of Moraga, Feb 2010
  • San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, Feb 2010
  • LA Area, Chapman University, Nov 2010
  • San Diego, University of California – San Diego, Feb 2011
  • SF Bay Area, City College of San Francisco, Feb 2011
  • LA Area, Chapman University, Nov 2011
  • San Diego, University of California – San Diego, Feb 2012
  • SF Bay Area, San Francisco State University, Mar 2012
  • SF Bay Area, San Francisco State University, Oct 2012
  • Nebraska, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Oct 2012
  • LA Area, Loyola Marymount University, Nov 2012
  • Washington State, Seattle Pacific University, Feb 2013
  • San Diego, San Diego State University, Feb 2013
  • Rocky Mountain Region, Auraria Campus, Feb 2013
  • Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, Sept 14, 2013
  • Central Texas, Texas A&M University, Sept 22, 2013
  • Nebraska, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Sept 28, 2013
  • Chicago, DePaul University, Oct 5, 2013
  • Missouri, University of Missouri – Columbia, Oct 12, 2013
  • LA Area, University of Southern California, Nov 3, 2013
  • Washington State, Seattle Pacific University, Feb 8, 2014
  • San Diego, University of San Diego, Feb 22, 2014
  • Rocky Mountain Region, Auraria Campus, Feb 22, 2014
  • Iowa, Iowa State University, Apr 5, 2014
  • SF Bay Area, City College of San Francisco, Apr 12, 2014
  • Georgia, Georgia State University, Sept 6, 2014
  • Oklahoma, University of Tulsa, Sept 13, 2014
  • Nebraska, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Sept 21, 2014
  • Missouri Valley, Washington University, October 5, 2014
  • Chicago, University of DePaul, Jan 30, 2015
  • Washington State, University of Washington, Feb 7, 2015
  • San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, Feb 21, 2015
  • Rocky Mountain Region, Regis University, Feb 28, 2015
  • Virginia, University of Virginia, March 21, 2015
  • SF Bay Area, MIIS, March 21, 2015
  • Iowa, Iowa State University, Apr 11, 2015
  • Georgia, Life University, September 13, 2015
  • Nebraska, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Sept 19, 2015
  • Oklahoma, Northeastern State University – Broken Arrow Campus, Oct 10, 2015
  • Greater DC Area, George Washington  University, Oct 24, 2015
  • Los Angeles, University of California – Riverside, November 7, 2015
  • Three Rivers, University of Pittsburgh, Nov 14, 2015
  • Chicago, DePaul University, January 30, 2016
  • Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, January 30, 2016
  • Washington, Seattle Pacific University, February 6, 2016
  • Baltimore, Loyola University of Maryland, February 13, 2016
  • Rocky Mountain Region, Regis University, February 27, 2016
  • SF Bay Area, Skyline College, April 2, 2016
  • Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma, September 19, 2016
  • Nebraska, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, September 24, 2016
  • Southwest, University of Arizona, September 25, 2016
  • Greater DC Area, Youth for Understanding Headquarters, October 1, 2016
  • Georgia, Agnes Scott College, October 23, 2016
  • Three Rivers, Duquesne University, October 29, 2016
  • Virginia, James Madison University, February 4, 2017
  • Baltimore, University of Maryland – Baltimore County, February 11, 2017
  • Indiana, Butler University, February 18, 2017
  • Washington, Seattle Pacific University, February 25, 2017
  • New England, Bridgewater State University, February 25, 2016
  • SF Bay Area, Skyline College, October 21, 2017

 

* Conferences noted in italics have not happened yet.