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 next Lessons From Abroad Indiana Returnee Conference.  The 2017 Conference was held on Saturday, February 18 at Butler University. We will announce the fall 2018 dates and location soon, so check back for more information.

In the meantime, we encourage you to visit the LFA Indiana Sponsors and Exhibitors page and the Local Resources page for more information on opportunities for getting involved locally and going abroad again!

Highlights from the 2017 Conference

Digital Storytelling for Re-Entry Presentation

Go Abroad Again Interview with Emma Hughes

Congrats to Becca Houser (Ball State University), Katie Frego (St. Mary’s College) and Angela Dainelli (St. Mary’s College) who were the photo contest winners. You can see all of the entries on the LFA Indiana Facebook page.

LFA Indiana 2017 Conference Schedule

9:00-9:30am                            Check-in & Registration

9:00-10:00am                          Coffee & Networking

10:00-11:00 am                      The Homecoming: A Vision of Re-Entry on the Silver Screen

Students often report that the most difficult part about studying abroad is getting on the plane to return home.  We will screen the award-winning short film Le Retour by Rachel Earnest, a 2007 Film Studies graduate from Chapman University, who was inspired by her own international experiences to create a film about what it is like to return to the US.  The screening will be followed by an open discussion about the realities of re-entry.

11:00-12:00                Go Abroad Again

“How can I get abroad again?”  This session will explore a variety of options for you to do just that.  Gain insight from personal testimonials about how you can pursue a global career, research, study, teach, or volunteer abroad after graduation.

12:00am-1:30pm              Networking Lunch

1:30-2:30pm                     Digital Storytelling for Re-Entry

An introduction to the possibilities of digital storytelling. Students will learn how to identify significant events relevant to their study abroad experience, reflect on shifts in perspective, create and revise a draft story, and discover media tools which can be used to bring the story alive after the workshop.

2:30-2:45 pm   Coffee Break

2:45-3:45 pm               Showcasing Your Experience: Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviews

An interactive session with practical advice for job seekers.  Learn how your study abroad experience can help you distinguish yourself from the competition and land that job.

3:45-4:00 pm                Closing Remarks/Photo Contest Winners Announced

Conference highlights include:

  • Meeting other recent study abroad returnees from all over the region
  • 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.


Early-bird registration will open a few months before the conference. Students, staff, sponsors and exhibitors are encouraged to check back for the online registration before the conference.

Lodging and Directions

Details on nearby hotels, dining and directions to the conference will be posted a few months before the conference. Check back for more details.

Event Poster

We will post the event flier a few months in advance of the conference for you to download, print and share.

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

The Lessons From Abroad Indiana Planning Committee


Past LFA Indiana Conferences

02/18/2017, Butler University


More Links

Indiana Local Resources

Indiana Conference Sponsors & Acknowledgements