IS Summit Retreat

The IS Summit is a weekend retreat for IS majors and minors to reflect and connect while studying abroad.

Study abroad can be a life-changing experience, but it can also be a blur while you’re in the middle of it. So we’re offering a unique opportunity to reflect on that experience while it’s happening. At the IS Summit, you’ll explore and integrate the challenges, insights, and growth experiences that arise in your academic and personal life while studying abroad.

Thanks to a collaboration with the Center for Student Formation, the entire weekend in southern England is presently offered at almost no cost. Students need only to pay for their airfare to/from Gatwick Airport (home to EasyJet and many other discount airlines), and subsidies are available for those with financial need.

Future dates and plans:

Our inaugural Summit took place in mid-March, 2019. Our second Summit, planned for late March 2020, was cancelled due to COVID-19 health and travel restrictions, as was the Spring 2021 Summit. In November 2022 we received funding through the Center for Student Formation that will make it possible to host another Summit in Spring 2023!  More info will be posted here soon, but we currently expect the retreat to take place in London, Lisbon, or Prague over the weekend of March 24-26, 2023.

We also hope to expand the program to provide reflective experiences for students abroad in the Fall semester, and for those who can't meet physically due to travel or health reasons.

What will you do there?

  • Reflect on the academic and personal aspects of your study abroad experience at the mid-point of your semester.

  • Connect with your fellow IS majors in small-group settings and social hours.

  • Get to know International Studies faculty and other faculty, staff, and administrators from the BC community.

  • Enjoy a spectacular location to be announced soon.

How does it work?

  • Eligibility: Open to IS majors and minors studying abroad. 

  • Size: We can host up to 20 students; slots fill on a first-come basis, with priority for majors.

  • Location: Spring 2023 location TBA. 
    (The Spring 2019 IS Summit was at Ashdown Park Estate in East Sussex, England)

  • Travel: TBA. But students will be asked to arrive at the nearest airport  by noon on the Friday of the retreat, and can depart after noon on Sunday. Transport to/from the airport may be provided.

Ashdown Park Hotel, in East Sussex, England, site of the 2019 IS Summit.