2018 IFSA Conference
July 25-27, 2018
Developing intercultural competence has long been associated as a key benefit of studying abroad, and as educators, we often delight in the stories alumni share of their transformative experiences abroad. More than a singular activity or a skill that can be achieved through study abroad, we see intercultural agility as the acquisition of multiple skills and perspectives that allow a student to adapt, learn, and navigate.
Students will live, work, and interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds throughout their lives, many of whom will be of their own nationality. IFSA’s organizational commitment to Intercultural Agility is based on the premise that through the educational experience gained with us, students can develop greater ease in engaging with people of many cultures, even those with which they are not familiar. A deep understanding of two cultures, the students’ and the host culture, is a start to this process. Our hope is that the reflection and engagement we foster will help students cultivate intercultural skills that can be applied and adapted far into their futures.
We are pleased to share downloadable resources from the 2018 IFSA Conference with you.