From Recruitment to Re-Entry: An Education Abroad Overview

(Previously Education Abroad 101)

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 | 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre, NS

$275 member | $325 non-member

Please note online registration is now closed but registration is still available onsite. To reserve a seat contact Melissa Payne at

Join colleagues from the Education Abroad Professional Learning Community (EAPLC) of CBIE as we provide an overview of education abroad, including identifying various EA program models, marketing and promotion, advising, pre-departure and re-entry programming and risk management. Throughout this workshop, participants will engage in small and large group discussions, case studies, and other interactive learning methods.

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;
  • Be able to create an EA promotion and recruitment strategy and increase their toolbox of EA marketing methods;
  • 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;
  • 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.

Who should take this course? 

New professionals (i.e. less than 7 years’ experience) in the field of education abroad. Participants will normally include those working in the areas of advising and/or programming for students going abroad to study, work, and/or volunteer.

Language course is delivered: English

Fee: $275 member | $325 non-member

Fee includes: Course materials, coffee/tea and light snacks.


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Colleen Packer, M.Ed., 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 Student Exchange consortium. She has presented at various conferences, including CBIE, National Student Exchange, CONAHEC, and BCCIE. While studying French, Spanish, German and Japanese during her BA at the University of Calgary, Colleen studied abroad at the Universität Osnabrück in Germany and Hiroshima University in Japan. Prior to joining University of Calgary International, Colleen also worked in France, the USA, the Netherlands, Wales and Japan.

Marie-Hélène L’Heureux, Student Mobility Advisory, Office of International relations, UQAM

Marie-Hélène L’Heureux, M. A., works at the Office of International Relations of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in Quebec, since 2006. Over the last eleven years, she worked mainly as an Exchange program coordinator (Incoming and Outgoing students) but also as coordinator for different Scholarship programs related to International Education. In addition to contributing to the development of management tools for student mobility at the Office of International Relations, she has successfully implemented the National Student Exchange (NSE) program at UQAM in 2009. She is now in charge of Student Exchange Agreements with European partners and solely of incoming students, as the numbers grew considerably the last ten years. First trained in Public Relations at La Cité collégiale in Ottawa (1996), she holds a bachelor’s degree in Art history from UQAM (2001) and a M.A. in Art studies (UQAM) obtained in 2009. As part of her graduate studies, she received a scholarship to conduct a research internship in Senegal, in West Africa.

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Laura Marchese-Smith, Study Abroad Advisor, NAIT (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 a Study Abroad Advisor at NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology). At NAIT, Laura is developing a new study abroad program, working with various stakeholders on- and off-campus, developing a risk management strategy, and preparing students for a variety of abroad opportunities. Laura is also the current Chair for CBIE’s INTL Professional Learning Community, and the Vice-Chair of the Education Abroad Professional Learning Community.