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30th Annual CCIS Conference

Overcoming Challenges of Access & Opportunity 
in Education Abroad

The 2020 Conference is being rescheduled to Spring 2021 due to COVID-19. We are excited to keep the conference in New Orleans at our original venue of the Hotel Mazarin. Please see the FAQ's for more details about the rescheduled conference.

As an international educator, you work hard with limited resources to make study abroad possible for all your students. But common and frustrating challenges and barriers can make it difficult, especially when working with students who are underrepresented in study abroad.

Join us for a unique retreat-style conference where we'll explore together the theme of Overcoming Challenges of Access and Opportunity in Education Abroad. You and your institution will gain new insight and resources through interactive sessions, small group work, and peer connection building.

Major access and opportunity themes to be explored include:

  • Overcoming common and frustrating challenges to get students abroad

  • Supporting underrepresented students while abroad

  • Research and assessment of underrepresented students in education abroad

  • Developing programs and international partnerships that increase access and opportunity

Leadership, senior international officers, faculty, and administrators are encouraged to work together to create innovative solutions. Consider submitting a proposal. Joint sessions between faculty and administrators are especially encouraged. Or, join to be part of the conversation and benefit from quality formal and informal meetings and sessions to discover what more we can do together to make study abroad more accessible.

Other exciting conference activities include the opportunity to meet with international host institutions to learn about various CCIS education abroad programs, organized activities, and professional growth workshops.

  • Conference Dates:
    Spring 2021
  • Member Rate:
  • Non-member Rate:
  • Conference Location:
    Hotel Mazarin,
    New Orleans,
  • Hotel Rate:
    $189 + tax, includes breakfast
  • Conference registration and hotel reservations will open when the spring 2021 dates are finalized.

Conference Information

Conference Program

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

Conference Registration

Conference registration will open when the spring 2021 dates are finalized.

Call for Proposals

Ready to contribute to the conversation? View submission tracks and criteria and submit a proposal below. Proposals are due October 15, 2020.

Travel and Accommodation

The 30th Annual CCIS Conference will be held in the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana! Review the conference hotel and travel information below.

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 and Hosts, 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.

As the Conference has been rescheduled to 2021, the Professional Development Grants have already been awarded and will be rolled over to the 2021 dates.

Conference Sponsors

Thank you to the 30th Annual CCIS Conference sponsors who are committed to our mission of access and opportunity in education abroad. Learn more about each of our sponsors by clicking the logos below.

Interested in sponsoring the 2020 CCIS Conference? Send an email to