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 Lessons From Abroad Returnee Conference on February 7, 2015, hosted at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington!

Conference highlights include:

  • Meeting other recent study abroad returnees from all over the state of Washington
  • 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 includes parking, coffee/tea & light pastries in the morning, a buffet lunch, and a Lessons from Abroad Handbook with valuable international resources.

Please use the following guidelines when making your ticket purchase:

$15 Student Ticket – Choose this option if you are a current student or recent graduate who has studied abroad in the past two years.

$20 Visitor Ticket – Choose this option if you are a professional, session presenter, or conference staff.

Online registration is now closed. Limited space may still be available; please email washington@lessonsfromabroad.org.


2014 Schedule of Conference Events: (we will post the 2015 schedule closer to the conference)

Location: Seattle Pacific University Gwinn Commons

Schedule subject to change

9:30 – 10:00 Registration – Networking & Opportunities Fair
10:00 – 11:15 Welcome and Plenary SessionStudents 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 U.S. The screening will be followed by an open discussion about the realities of re-entry.
11:15 – 12:20 Lunch and Opportunities Fair The Opportunities Fair provides students with a variety of resources as they explore options for going abroad again and using their international experiences here at home. Representatives from graduate schools, international volunteer organizations, and work abroad companies share materials and information about their respective organizations. Students are also able to network with International Education professionals, learning about a variety of opportunities they may take advantage of and collecting ideas for their future path.
12:30 – 1:30 Concurrent Sessions I. 1. Go Abroad Again: Gain insight from personal testimonials about how you can work, teach and/or volunteer abroad after graduation. 2. Incorporating Study Abroad into Resumes and Cover Letters
1:30 – 1:45 Break for refreshments and Networking & Opportunities Fair
1:50 – 2:50 Concurrent Sessions II. 1. Go Abroad Again: Gain insight from personal testimonials about how you can work, teach and/or volunteer abroad after graduation. 2. Incorporating Study Abroad into Resumes and Cover Letters
3:00 – 3:30 Closing Speaker – Dr. Anu Taranath (AT)“Squat, Twist, and Yawn: Verbs to Kickstart Conversations on the Global”Since 2001, AT has taught at U.W. Seattle about global literature and postcolonial studies, and founded a study abroad program in India. She brings both passion and expertise to her work as a speaker, facilitator and educator. More about her work can be found at www.anutaranath.com. Evaluations and Raffle

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We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please email us at washington@lessonsfromabroad.org.

The Lessons From Abroad Washington Planning Committee