Submit a proposal to present at the 5th Annual Learning Abroad Conference
The Learning Abroad
Conference is about MSU students' learning abroad experiences. We define
"learning abroad" to include an MSU students' experiences in a study abroad
program, international students' experiences at MSU, and U.S students'
experiences with international students at MSU. The conference is designed to
give voice to students' stories through a variety of creative media so that
fellow students and MSU faculty and staff may better understand the learning
Watch the Featured
Student Presentations or read the Conference Program on the Learning Abroad Conference homepage
for examples of presentations from last year's conference.
Why would you want to
participate? Here are a few great reasons why you should be involved. You
- Take time to reflect on your learning abroad experience
- Share your story so that others may learn
- Connect with other students
- Gain valuable experience; employers and graduate schools value conference presentations
How do you get involved? Three simple steps.
a proposal. Complete a proposal using the guidelines below and email your
submission to Dr. Inge Steglitz at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 9th, 2016.
Proposals will be reviewed by MSU faculty, staff, and students. Applicants will
be notified of a decision by October 16th.
your proposal is accepted, you will work with a conference mentor to focus and
refine your draft presentation.
All individual presentations have 10 minutes, including group presentations.
The 2016 conference will
take place on Friday, November 18th from 12 pm to 7 pm at the
International Center. Please be sure to hold availability for the entirety of
the conference until you've received confirmation of your proposal
should present a story about your learning abroad experience. A learning abroad
experience includes study abroad experiences, international student experiences
at MSU, or U.S student experiences with MSU international students on campus.
Your audience will be
diverse including other presenters, students, faculty/staff, parents, and
family. They will be interested in hearing about your "experiences and
what you learned," as well as "why your experiences were important to
you and how your story is compelling to others."
The following seven areas need to be covered in your proposal:
Information. Provide the following information so that we know a little
about you and can contact you (for groups, please provide this for the lead
- MSU email
- Cell phone number
- Class standing
- International student (yes/no, home country)
of learning abroad experience. Select the one that best applies to the
story you're sharing in your presentation, and complete information about the
type of program/ experience.
- MSU student experience in a study abroad program (please share the
program name, length, and location, as well as the program type, i.e.,
internship, community engagement, research, internship, semester-long,
- International student experience at MSU (how long have you been at MSU?
Are you in a degree program or American Semester Program?)
- U.S. student experience with international students at MSU (describe the
context of your experience, e.g., orientation volunteer, resident assistant,
of your presentation. Provide a title for your presentation that captures
the main idea.
- Theme of your presentation. Include all themes that apply to your presentation
- Interactions at MSU with people who are culturally different than you
- Interactions abroad with people who are culturally different than you
- Personal growth
- Professional growth
- Development of greater cultural awareness
- Other (please describe)
point of your presentation. In about 70 words, describe the main point or
idea you want to express with your story and what makes your story worth
Story. In 250 words or less, describe the beginning, middle, and end of
your story. Be clear about how this story relates to the main point of your
your audience. In 100 words or less, describe how you will make your story
interesting to your audience. For example, describe how you might use vivid
details, pictures, evidence, strong feelings, humor, drama, and so on, to
convey your point in an engaging manner.
Thank you for choosing to share
your learning abroad experience. If you have any questions please contact Dr.
Inge Steglitz, Acting Director, Office of Study Abroad at email@example.com, or