Rochester Area

If you have recently studied, interned, volunteered, or worked abroad, you are invited to the Lessons From Abroad Rochester Area Study Abroad Returnee Conference on September 30, 2017 hosted at SUNY Geneseo! This is a networking and career development opportunity where study abroad returnees representing colleges from the greater Rochester, NY area come together to connect, share, network and explore additional international opportunities.

Participating area colleges include:

SUNY Geneseo
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Rochester
SUNY Brockport
St. John Fisher College
Nazareth College
Roberts Weslyan College
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Wells College
Alfred State College
Alfred University

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.

2017 Conference Schedule:
Saturday, September 30
9:30-10:00 am – Check in and continental breakfast
10:00-10:20 am – Welcome
10:30-11:20 am – Breakout Sessions I
Choose from 5 different sessions:

  • “Translating Your International Experience: Personally, Professionally & Academically”
  • “Finding Your Language: Talking About Study Abroad in Resumes, Cover Letters & Professional Interviews”
  • “Bitten by the Travel Bug: Creative Ways to Go Abroad Again”
  • “Abroad at Home: Navigating the Social & Emotional Aspects of Re-Entry”
  • “Beyond Vacation: How to Unpack Your Short-Term Experience Abroad to Find Deeper Meaning”

11:30 am-12:30 pm – Keynote Speaker
12:30-1:50 pm – Lunch, International Opportunities Fair, Resume Review
2:00-2:50 pm – Breakout Sessions II
Choose from 4 different sessions:

  • “5 Ways to Have a meaningful Experience Abroad After College”
  • “Working in the Field of International Education”
  • “Effective Storytelling in Study Abroad”
  • “Is Teaching Abroad For You? Things You Don’t Know (But Should)”

3:00-3:50 pm – Breakout Sessions III
Choose from 5 different sessions:

  • “Working Abroad: General Things to Consider”
  • “Study Abroad Fellowships & Scholarships”
  • “Not Your Mother’s Scrapbooking”
  • “Make It Last: Extend the Impactful Experience of Study Abroad Long After You Return”
  • “Incorporating Study & Work Abroad Into Your Career”

4:00-4:30 pm – Closing ceremony


Registration for LFA Rochester is now open!

Students may register by clicking here. Please note that this link is for students ONLY.

All others (staff, exhibitors, sponsors) may email to register.


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

The Lessons From Abroad Rochester Area Planning Committee