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28th Annual CCIS Conference

Creating Sustainability in Education Abroad

In these fast-changing times when we all have a mandate to do more with less and our global social and economic climate is in a state constant flux and unpredictability, how do we make our programs, operations, and missions sustainable so we can continue to promote education abroad as a means to foster global citizenship and cross-cultural engagement?

This spring, join us to explore innovative frameworks for creating sustainability in education abroad. The concept of sustainability will be examined within a broad and holistic context encompassing academic, programmatic, socio-economic, organizational and individual dimensions.

Major conference themes to be explored include sustaining education abroad in a changing global environment; creating fiscal sustainability for education abroad; incorporating environmental and social sustainability into education abroad programming; and maintaining institutional, personal and professional sustainability.

Join us for a truly unique CCIS retreat-style conference which will allow attendees to enjoy informal fireside chats, one-on-one networking and stimulating conversations about relevant topics in the field of international education. Other exciting conference activities include the opportunity to meet individually with international host institutions to learn about various CCIS education abroad programs, organized activities such as morning yoga sessions, and personal and professional growth workshops.

  • Conference Dates:
    February 28 - March 2, 2018
  • Conference Location:
    Mangroove Hotel
    Guanacaste,
    Costa Rica
  • Early Member Rate:
    $400
  • Early Non-member Rate:
    $500
  • Early Bird Deadline:
    September 15, 2017

Conference Information

Conference Program

View the conference program schedule below. Sessions titles and speakers will be added as confirmed.

Program Conference

Conference Registration

Register now! Early bird rates end September 15, 2017. Reduced rates for members. View online registration for details.

Registration Information

Call for Proposals

Ready to contribute to the conversation? View submission tracks and criteria and submit a proposal below.

Call for Proposals         Proposal Submission Closed

Travel and Accommodation

The 28th Annual CCIS Conference will be held in Costa Rica! Review the conference hotel and travel information below.

Travel & Accommodation Information

Professional Development Grant

Eligible for First-Time Conference Attendees

CCIS is pleased to introduce our Professional Development Grant for Five (5) first-time conference attendees from U.S colleges and universities. Funded by CCIS Program Sponsors, the grants were established to facilitate engagement and dialogue within our international education community and allow education abroad professionals and faculty to learn about the CCIS consortium model and its education abroad programs.

The Professional Development Grant application is now open. Deadline for submitting the grant application is September 15, 2017.

Guidelines and Selection Criteria           Submit Application

Optional Pre-Conference Site Visits

Universidad Veritas and Conversa

Conference participants have the optional benefit of adding two educational pre-conference site visits and an eco-excursion to their overall conference schedule. Optional pre-conference site visits will take place on both Monday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 27 and will include stops at two local host institutions, Universidad Veritas and Conversa. In addition, an eco-excursion is included to get a taste of the real Costa Rica. Don't miss out on this opportunity to add an educational and cultural perspective to your conference attendance! Select Conference + Site Visits at registration.


Site Visit Information | Site Visits Now Closed

Conference Sponsors

Thank you to the 27th Annual CCIS Conference sponsors who have supported CCIS and are committed to the advancement of education abroad. Learn more about each of our sponsors by clicking the logos below.

Interested in sponsoring the 2018 CCIS Conference? Learn more about the available opportunities here.