33rd Annual Conference

Date: October 18-20, 2017

Location: Indianapolis, IN – Westin Indianapolis

With a strong showing from 160 participants within the International High School Exchange Community, including J-1 & F-1 programs, schools, and international agencies- we gathered, took detailed notes, discussed preferred practices and policies, and discovered ways to improve the operations of international student exchange programs. Throughout the two and half days, we networked and cultivated innovative ideas to support young ambassadors.

2017 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker

International student success doesn’t just happen. Studying abroad is rife with challenges and uncertainties. During the Thursday Keynote address, Tina Quick helped us see the exchange experience through our students’ eyes. She presented practices for retaining and supporting international students so they don’t just survive but thrive in their home away from home.

Tina Quick, often referred to as the “Transitions Expert,” is the author of Survive and Thrive: The International Student’s Guide to Succeeding in the U.S. and The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition. She is a cross-cultural trainer and international speaker who works closely with international schools, colleges and universities around the world. She is an adult Third Culture Kid (TCK) who has made 29 life transitions and has raised her own three TCK daughters across four cultures and continents. She is the founder of International Family Transitions, a consultancy that aims to, among other things, recognize and bring to the forefront issues facing students in global transition.


Conference Presentations are available online in our Member Center. To access the presentations, login to your CSIET Account. Click ‘Member Center’, then ‘Member Resources’, then ‘Conference Archive’.

We truly appreciate those who attended and supported the 2017 conference. Because we want to make our sessions worth every minute of your time, if you have not already done so and were an attendee this year, please share your feedback with us by contacting anna@csiet.org.

2017 Conference Planning Committee
Special thanks to the 2017 Conference Planning Committee for all their work!

  • Keri Owens, ICES
  • Alix Nathan, Education Travel and Culture
  • Yihung Mohs, Our Lady of Good Council High School, Maryland
  • Kim Kile , Greenfield-Central High School, Indiana
  • Gaylen Tracy, Educatius
  • Robin Weber, AFS-USA
  • Ian Loumos, AFS-USA
  • Theresa Nelson, STS Foundation

Downloadable Agenda (.pdf)