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About the 2013 Conference

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IAPCHE's 2nd Biennial Conference 

on Internationalizing Christian Higher Education

 is open to all scholars, faculty, administrators, students and others in this broad field to come together and share experiences, best practices, and deep thinking on the topic.
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About the Conference


Conference Theme

With the increased flow of people, goods, ideas, and capital around the world, Christian higher education, like all other sectors in our social ecology, is experiencing connections and influences from multiple areas of the world. More students are studying abroad, institutions are engaging faculty and curriculum from different parts of the world, and social media is linking us all to places far removed from our immediate environs. All these activities and connections are tied to notions of internationalization.

But what does internationalizing Christian higher education look like today? How do we prepare students to respond to our increasingly global and interconnected world? What does intercultural competence, meant to be cultivated through study abroad, look like in different locations of the world? What are we learning from long-term studies of students’ learning and service abroad? What are some of the strategies and even challenges for deep theological, cultural, and academic reflections that Christian institutions are engaging to assist in re-entry programs for students and faculty returning from various intercultural experiences? In what ways are Christian institutions successfully preparing their campuses to meet the specific needs and also tap into the gifts international students, faculty, and scholars on their campuses?

Join colleagues from different institutions from around the world to discuss these and other questions at IAPCHE’s 2nd Biennial conference.


The conference begins on Thursday, June 4 (registration begins at noon; first session begins at 3 p.m.) and concludes with lunch on Saturday, June 6. . Meals, included in registration cost, will provide opportunity to network and discuss topics informally. New to this year's conference are Poster Sessions, in which presenters will show case research results, campus strategies, or work in progress. The majority of the conference will be spent in breakout sessions with multiple options and topics for participants to choose from. These sessions will allow presenters and participants to explore, with signifant depth, various issues and practices related to the topic of internationalizing Christian higher education based on the presenters' distinctive passions, work, and experiences. 



Participants are encouraged to stay at the Prince Conference Center, located on Calvin College's campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We have arranged for a discounted price for our conference, so be sure to mention IAPCHE if calling for reservations or use the code "IAPCHE060415" if reserving online. Reserve your room online here or call 1-616-526-7200 or 1-866-526-7200. There are several other lodging options near to Calvin College to choose from as well. See this page for interactive map.


The Prince Conference Center offers a free shuttle service from the airport, as do many other hotels in the area. Read information carefully below and find more FAQ's about on the Prince Conference Center website.


Conference prices are determined based on membership. Individual members and full-time employees of institutional members will pay $200.00 for the conference. Non-members will pay $250.00 unless they come with a group of 4 or more, in which case they will receive the non-member group rate of $210.00.

Becoming a member of IAPCHE is easy, and we recommend you consider the many benefits of membership, including discounted conference registration rates. Learn more and sign up for membership HERE. If you are already a member, but have fallen behind on membership dues, renew them HERE. IAPCHE is able to present conferences like this one based on the support of individual and institutions around the world so we appreciate your support, whether you are learning about IAPCHE at this conference, joining as a new member, or continuing your faithful membership.

Registration ends on Friday, May 22, at 5:00 pm E.S.T.


Anticipated presentation topics include:

  • Remodeling International Education to Include Christian Justice
  • Aligning Global and Christian educational outcomes with institutional mission and strategic planning
  • Cultural humility and teaching abroad
  • Competency based education for Kingdom work locally and globally
  • Training international students to be change agents at home
  • Best Practices in Measuring the Impact of Study Abroad on Developing the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) of Students
  • The Risk of Giving and Receiving in international service-learning programs


You don’t want to miss such a rich experience and opportunity for sharing!



About the first conference in 2013

IAPCHE held the first conference in May 2013, which drew dozens of participants from a diverse range of regions, academic specializations, denominations, and experiences. This first conference was highly successful, as exemplified by some of the comments below shared by participants:

The 2013 IAPCHE conference at Calvin College was indeed a rich harvest for me and a moment of grace and gratitude to ponder the great work, which God is doing through many committed Christian scholars from across the globe. It offered me the opportunity of sharing with many scholars and practitioners from different parts of the world on the exciting new frontiers, challenges, and opportunities of partnership required in internationalizing Christian Higher Education today.


I must say that it was so nice to fellowship and feel the presence of God in a room full of academics.




There was considerable intellectual power and energy of will represented at the conference. Some remarkable people in disciplines affiliated to the "internationalization" mission were there, asking penetrating questions, eager for "light" to be shed on the intersection of faith and global learning. It made for many teachable moments. I was particularly impressed with the seriousness with which many younger colleagues (in 30s and 40s) are engaged in this work--as unit directors, faculty, etc. They need a professional body to expand understandings and refine practice.


The IAPCHE conference provided a space for going deeper than the Forum on Education Abroad allows, bringing together a diverse mix of faculty, program personnel, administrators, and thinkers who are engaging Christian higher education not only as formation, but also as a means of building a more responsible and just global society.


The conference was something of a life-changing event for me. While the themes of most of the sessions did not apply to me or our Institute, the time of fellowship, learning, networking and meaningful discussion with fellow academics from different cultures was extremely useful.



Some topics from 2013 presentations:

  • What is  true international Christian University?
  • Cultural humility: Rethinking the concept and practice of cultural competency
  • Development of Effective Cross-Border Partnerships Between Christian Higher 
  • Transforming Students Abroad from Consumers to Cultural Learners 
  • Developing Meaningful Partnerships with Christian International PK-12 Schools
  • Spiritually rich, academically challenging and culturally sensitive off-campus study programming – not an easy task!
  • Structures of international justice: Brain drain and the role of Christian higher education
  • Engaging the Other: Faith and Service in Calvin's Off-Campus Programs

Left to Right: Medard Rugyendo (Uganda Christian University); Fernando Bullón (Universidad Evangélica de las Americas, Costa Rica); Harry Fernhout (Christian Studies International, Canada); Rens Rottier (Driestar Educatief, Netherlands); and Mwenda Ntarangwi (Executive Director of IAPCHE)

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