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BCCIE Summer Conference provides an essential platform for the growth of BC’s International Education sector. BCCIE’s annual conference brings together more than 400 participants from our province, across Canada and beyond our borders. The conference attracts senior leaders, researchers, practitioners, student service providers, administrators, government, NGOs, and students to explore these ideas with the aim of strengthening our work and taking steps towards advancing outstanding leadership in the fields of International Education in BC.

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Sunday, June 18 • 09:00 - 12:00
Pre-conference Workshop II: Education Abroad 101

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Join colleagues from the Education Abroad community in Canada as we provide an introduction to education abroad advising and programming. This half-day workshop is designed for those who are new to the field of education abroad. Participants will normally include those working in the areas of advising and/or programming for students at Canadian institutions who are going abroad to study, work and/or volunteer. Topics covered during this interactive workshop will include:

  • Introduction to education abroad as a professional area of practice
  • EA opportunities – an overview of models and programs
  • Basic advising skills and resources
  • Inclusive EA – Creating EA opportunities and advising for diverse student populations
  • Marketing and recruiting for EA
  • Pre-departure and re-entry programming
  • Risk management Basics

Throughout the workshop, participants will engage in small and large group discussions, case studies, role-playing, and other interactive learning tools. By the end of the workshop, participants should expect to:

  • have an expanded understanding and awareness of EA as a professional area of practice, including further opportunities for professional development;
  • be able to review and recommend models for EA opportunities;
  • have enhanced their advising skills and awareness of related resources;
  • have an expanded understanding of, and confidence with, the complexities of working with diverse student populations;
  • have additional knowledge and tools for EA marketing and recruitment;
  • be able to review, recommend and/or introduce enhanced pre-departure and re-entry programming; and,
  • have an expanded understanding and awareness of basic risk management best practices.

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Kate Jennings

Director, International Student Services, Vancouver Island University
Kate Jennings has worked in international education in a variety of capacities at 5 different institutions in 3 provinces across Canada over the past 22 years. Most recently, in 2015, Kate joined Vancouver Island University as Director International Student Services in Nanaimo, British... Read More →
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Laura Marchese-Smith

Study Abroad Advisor, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Laura Marchese-Smith brings with her 5 years of experience in International Education and over 10 years of experience studying, volunteering and working in the international community and abroad. She has worked as an Education Abroad Advisor at Queen’s University and is currently... Read More →
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Colleen Packer

Manager, International Learning Programs, University of Calgary International
Colleen Packer, MEd has worked in the field of International Education since 2001. She is currently the Manager, International Learning Programs at University of Calgary International. In addition to serving on various internal committees, Colleen is on the Council of the National... Read More →
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Mami Schouten

International Co-op Coordinator, University of Victoria
Mami Schouten is the International Co-op Coordinator at the University of Victoria (UVic) supporting students pursuing co-op abroad as well as international students aiming to gain Canadian work experiences.Throughout her past 16 years of employment at UVic, she has taken various... Read More →

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University Canada West

Platinum Sponsor
Established in 2004, University Canada West is a contemporary independent university located in the heart of vibrant Vancouver. Learn more about University Canada West.

Sunday June 18, 2017 09:00 - 12:00 PDT