2009 Conference



2009 Conference Program

March 2009 News Update: Over 400 persons from 25 different countries attended the 2009 AIEA Conference in Atlanta, GA on Feb 22-25. Nearly 70 sessions were presented at the conference on wide-ranging topics related to internationalization. Highlights of the conference included networking with colleagues, the keynote talks from John Stremlau of the Carter Center, CNN Anchor Colleen McEdwards and Naomi Tutu, along with the opening reception at the spectacular Georgia Aquarium. Check back soon for posted presentations made available by conference presenters.

December 2008 News update: Over 50 sessions have been selected to be presented at the upcoming 2009 AIEA conference on a wide variety of topics (on themes listed in the Call for Sesson Proposals below). Registration is robust with participants from over a dozen different countries registered thus far. Countries include Australia, Austria, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Turkey, Singapore, United Kingdom, and United States. Click on the registration link to the left to register today for this dynamic conference!

Call for Session Proposals
International Education: Engaging Communities

 AIEA invites the submission of proposals for its 2009 conference at the Omni Hotel at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 22-25.  Pre-conference workshops will be held February 22-23.  The conference will begin in the afternoon of February 23 and end in the afternoon of February 25.

The Deadline for Proposals was Monday, October 6, 2008AIEA is no longer accepting proposals. Many thanks to all who submitted proposals - AIEA was overwhelmed by the number of submissions from all over the world.

This Call for Proposals contains the following information:
Conference theme and subthemes
Specific areas of interest
Session formats
Guidelines for submitting a proposal
Required information on the proposal
How to submit an electronic proposal
Selection criteria
Frequently asked questions
Contact Info
Key dates to remember


Conference Theme: International Education: Engaging Communities

The theme of the 2009 AIEA conference is “International Education: Engaging Communities.” International education consists of a plethora of diverse and cross-cutting communities and as the international landscape changes each of these communities is faced with different issues and challenges. Moreover, in the past decade, the complexity, interconnectivity, and scope of these communities have increased dramatically; a trend that most agree will continue and even accelerate. As international education administrators, we must be able to understand and respond to these challenges.

Proposals are invited to address the following subthemes:

  • Rules of Engagement: Legal and Ethical Issues related  to International Research, Education and Travel Abroad, International Contracts and Agreements, Recruitment, and Outreach
  • Student Engagement: Best practices to facilitate active student learning and service including successful student learning assessment models in education abroad
  • Engagement Principles: Best practices of International Collaboration with an emphasis on process, challenges, and successes.
  • Intra-Institutional Engagement: Best practices in strategic planning, internationalization of the curriculum, faculty involvement, and integration of international students.
  • Engaged Leadership: The roles of the President/Chancellor, Provost, Deans, and Senior International Education Officers in internationalization.
  • Engaging the Funding Community: Finding and cultivating donor partners/organizations in support of International Education programs and initiatives.

Specific Areas of Interest: Based on feed-back from the 2008 AIEA conference, we are particularly interested in sessions focusing on:

  • International Student Recruitment: Ethics, How-to, Challenges, Best Practices
  • Fund-Raising for Internationalization
  • Liability and Lawsuits
  • Risk Management
  • Assessment: Student Learning in International Education
  • Professional Development: International Education Administrators
  • International Collaboration: Specifics of joint/dual degree programs, branch campuses, 2+2 programs.
  • International Agreements: Best Practices, Legalese, Step-by-Step
  • Campus Internationalization: All aspects (curricular, co-curricular, partnerships, administration issues, etc).
  • Research Directions in International Education
  • Future Trends in International Education: Regional Perspectives
  • International Education as a Business: Trends
  • International Alumni Engagement

Session Formats
In response to suggestions from the AIEA membership, the conference committee decided to create several new session formats.

  • 90 Minute Moderated Panels: Multiple speakers with a appointed moderator (Proposals by invitation only)
  • 75 Minute Sessions: No more than 3 presentations  (including 30 minutes of discussion)
  • 45 Minute Sessions: No more than 2 presentations  (including 15 minutes of discussion)
  • 45 Minute Roundtables: 1-2 Moderators with specific theme(s)

Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal 

  • Interactive: We ask that all sessions be designed to include significant time for discussion
  • Multiple Perspectives: We are interested in sessions that include multiple institutions and diverse perspectives. Student perspectives are most welcome.
  • Regional Diversity: We are interested in sessions that include perspectives from institutions and presenters located outside of the United States

Information Requirements of Proposal      
Name and contact info of person submitting the proposal
Session Title, Abstract and Full Description (see note below)*
            Name, Contact Details, and Biography of Chairperson 
            Names, Contact Details, and Biographies of all proposed speakers (see note below) 
Conference subtheme category
Session format
Audio-visual needs
Additional Comments

Note:  The abstract and bios submitted are the ones that will be printed in the conference program, should the proposal be selected.  Please pay careful attention to word limitations of no more than 75 words for the abstract and 75 words for the bio. Biographies are to be a maximum of 75 words. They may include presenter/s positions, career facts, and major work accomplishments. The biography should be written in the third person and consist of full sentences. Abstracts are to be a maximum of 75 words. Proposals submitted without an abstract, full description, or complete bio information on all presenters will not be considered.

* FULL SESSION DESCRIPTION (500 word detailed description of your proposed session). Include a content outline which describes the major theme(s), challenges, lessons learned, successes and failures, application possibilities for other institutions, etc. that will be addressed in this session. In addition, include the goals of the session and methodologies to be used. Remember to include time for discussion. If there is more than one presenter, explain what each presenter will discuss. Please be as complete as possible and remember that the content needs to go beyond "here’s what we do" to wider applicability, comparative perspectives and "lessons learned."

How to submit an Electronic Proposal: Click here (No longer available) to access the online proposal.  If unable to access, please cut and paste the following link:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=keSs9H46Wp5e6_2b4LcRsHFw_3d_3d

Online proposal fields must be complete in order to continue with the proposal submission - if you are unable to continue with the submission, it is most likely because you did not provide the necessary information required.
If a hard copy of the proposal is necessary for completion or if technical difficulties are encountered, please email [email protected].

Selection Criteria
Proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Advisory Committee and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Connection/Applicability to the Conference themes
  • Originality and quality of the proposed session
  • Relevance to domestic and international audience
  • Extent of Multiple Perspectives
  • Diversity of Presenters


Frequently Asked Questions:

When will I hear about whether my proposal is accepted or not?
You will hear in early November regarding the status of your proposal.

How are the proposals reviewed?
Members of the conference advisory committee will review proposals.  There are at least 3 readers on each proposal.

Do presenters receive a discount in conference registration fees?
No, there is no discount in conference registration fees for presenters.

What if one of my presenters is coming only for this session and will not be participating in any other part of the conference?
It is possible for a presenter to just come to his/her session and then leave. However, there will be no nametag or conference materials provided and the presenter may not participate in any other part of the conference.

If I am using PowerPoint, am I required to bring my own computer? 
Yes, you will need to provide your own laptop. 

If I have handouts, am I required to bring copies to the conference?  
Yes, you should be prepared to bring at least 50 copies of your handouts to the conference.  Handouts are strongly recommended.

Questions and Contact Information:  AIEA Secretariat, [email protected], 919-668-1928

Key Dates to Remember:  
September 30, 2008 – deadline for submitting proposals
December 15, 2008 – deadline for early bird conference registration
January 20, 2009– deadline for regular conference registration

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2009 Annual Conference Speakers

AIEA is pleased to announce the following keynote speakers at the 2009 AIEA Conference:

Monday, February 23, Opening Plenary Speaker: John Stremlau, Carter Center
Tuesday, February 24, Morning Plenary Speaker: Colleen McEdwards, CNN International Anchor
Wednesday, February 25, Plenary Luncheon Speaker: Nontombi Naomi Tutu

Nontombi Naomi Tutu

The challenges of growing black and female in apartheid South Africa has led Naomi Tutu to her present as an activist for human rights.  Those experiences taught how much we all lose when any of us is judged purely on physical attributes.  In her speeches she blends the passion for human dignity with humor and personal stories.

Ms Tutu is the third child of Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu.  She was born in South Africa and has also lived in Lesotho, the United Kingdom and the United States.  She was educated in Swaziland, the US and England, and has divide her adult life between South Africa and the US.   Growing up the ‘daughter of …’ has offered Naomi Tutu many opportunities and challenges in her life.  Most important of these has been the challenge to find her own place in the world.  She has taken up the challenge and channeled the opportunities that she has been given to raise her voice as a champion for the dignity of all.

Her professional experience ranges from being a development consultant in West Africa, to being program coordinator for programs on Race and Gender and Gender-based Violence in Education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town.  In addition Ms Tutu has taught at the Universities of Hartford and Connecticut and Brevard College in North Carolina.

She started her public speaking as a college student at Berea College in Kentucky in the 1970’s when she was invited to speak at churches, community groups and colleges and universities about her experiences growing up in apartheid South Africa.  Since that time she has become a much sought after speaker to groups as varied as business associations, professional conferences, elected officials and church and civic organizations.  Ms Tutu has also led Truth and Reconciliation Workshops for groups dealing with different types of conflict.  Together with Rose Bator she presents a workshop titled Building Bridges dealing with issues of race and racism.  The two also lead women’s retreats through their organization Sister Sojourner.  They are also writing a book provisionally titled I Don’t Think of You as Black: Honest Conversations on Race and Racism.

In addition to speaking, Ms Tutu is a consultant to two organizations which reflect the breadth of her involvement in issues of human rights.  The organizations are the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV), founded by renowned author Riane Eisler and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Betty Williams, and the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA). 

John Stremlau, Ph.D. 
Vice President, Peace Programs

Dr. John Stremlau is vice president for peace programs at The Carter Center, named to the post in January 2006. He oversees the Center's programs to advance human rights, democracy and conflict resolution globally, regional cooperation in the Americas, and promotion of grassroots democracy, rule of law, and social justice in China.

For the past eight years he resided in South Africa where he was Jan Smuts Professor and Head of International Relations and the founding director of the Centre for Africa's International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Previously, he served as senior advisor to the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict in Washington, D.C. (1994-1998), deputy-director for policy planning in the office of the U.S. Secretary of State (1989-1994), strategic planning officer for the World Bank (1988-1989), and an officer of the Rockefeller Foundation (1974-1987), directing its international relations division from 1984-1987

At the Rockefeller Foundation, his responsibilities included supporting research and training in the fields of international security, arms control, and international economic cooperation. He also administered a special trustee-supported program to fund black leadership development in South Africa.

Dr. Stremlau publishes extensively on foreign affairs and is a frequent media commentator on international network news programs. He authored "The International Politics of the Nigerian Civil War," and edited several books. He comments frequently on foreign affairs, including more than 200 opinion pieces for South African and international media since 1998.

Colleen McEdwards
World News CNN International

Colleen McEdwards is anchor of World News on CNN International. Before joining CNN, she worked for the CBC in various regions of Canada. She covered politics for six years, reporting on several elections, and anchored the CBC's evening newscast.

During her 15 years as a broadcast journalist, McEdwards has covered such major international stories as the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe, the final pullout of Soviet troops from the Czech Republic, political unrest in Haiti and the Lockerbie bombing trial. McEdwards has received several awards for her political reporting, including the New York Festival Award and a Worldfest Houston Award. She studied Russian in St. Petersburg and honed her French conversational skills while living in Canada and Europe.

McEdwards has received several awards for her political reporting, including the New York Festival Award in 1992 and a Worldfest Houston Award in 1996.

McEdwards earned an honor's degree in English and Russian literature from the University of Waterloo. She is the 1999 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Waterloo. She studied Russian in St. Petersburg and honed her French conversational skills while living in Canada and Europe.

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2009 Annual Conference Registration

2009 Conference Participants

Non-Member Registration Link

Register online for the 2009 AIEA Conference on Feb 22-25, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.   

Registration Questions? Call 1-800-351-0232 or 1-952-767-1299 or email 
[email protected] 

Member Registration Link 
( Note to current 2009 AIEA members:  A link for special member registration for the Conference was sent to you via the AIEA listserv.  If you did not receive that message and link, please email [email protected])

Below is the registration fee information for the 2009 AIEA Conference.

2009 AIEA CONFERENCE –REGISTRATION FEE STRUCTURE: (Full conference registration includes name badge, conference materials, all conference sessions, 2 receptions, 1 breakfast, 2 luncheons, and coffee breaks. NOTE: Pre-conference workshops are an additional, separate charge from the conference registration fee.)


Early Bird Registration by Dec 15

Regular Registration
by Jan 20 
(Dec 16-Jan 20)

Jan 21 -

AIEA Full Conference Registration (members)




AIEA One-Day Conference Pass 
(AIEA members)




Non-AIEA members Full Conference Registration




Non-AIEA members One-Day Conference pass




Full day workshops (AIEA members)




Half day workshops (AIEA members)




Full day workshops (non-members)




Half day workshops (non-members)





IMPORTANTIt is the policy of the Conference office NOT to supply an invitation letter to unpaid or unregistered participants. Upon payment of registration, the participant may request an invitation letter by emailing [email protected].

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2009 Annual Conference Schedule

February 22-25, 2009 * Omni at CNN Center, Atlanta, GA, USA

This schedule subject to change

  Sunday, February 22, 2009
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Conference Registration
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Workshop SIO 201 (separate fee required)
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Workshop IIE/AIEA Pre-Conference Workshop: Strategic Planning for Emerging Landscapes of Internationalization: A Focus on China and India(separate fee required)
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Workshop AACRAO/AIEA Pre-conference Workshop:  Strategic InternationalEnrollment Management (separate fee required)
  Monday, February 23, 2009
7:30 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. Conference Registration
8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. Workshop The Art and Soul of Fundraising (separate fee required)
8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. Workshop Managing Risk and Responding to Legal Issues Abroad:  A Workshop for the Senior International Officer (separate fee required)
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. AIEA Professional Development Committee Meeting
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. AIEA Public Policy Board Meeting
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. AIEA Membership Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. AIEA Editorial Board Meeting
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Joint AIEA Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 P.M Mid- America Universities International (MAUI) consortium meeting (invitation only)
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Newcomer Orientation
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Concurrent Session I
1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Opening Plenary Speaker: John Stremlau, Carter Center
3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Concurrent Session II
4:45 p.m. to 6:00 P.M Women's Networking Session
4:45 p.m. to 5:30 P.M Concurrent session III
5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.  Transatlantic Dialogue Reunion (for all past participants of EAIE-AIEA Transatlantic Dialogues)
6:30 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m. AIEA Opening Reception at the Georgia Aquarium
  Tuesday, February 24, 2009
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Conference Registration
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.     Informal Discussion Roundtables
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.     NIEA Meeting (invitation only)
8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.      Concurrent Session IV
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Concurrent Session V
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Exhibition Opening and Networking Break with Exhibitors
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Morning Plenary Speaker: Colleen McEdwards, CNN International Anchor
12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Session VI
2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Session VII
4:00 p.m. to 5:15 P.M Concurrent session VIII
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. AIEA Networking Reception at the Omni
  Wednesday, February 25, 2009
7:00 to 10:00 a.m. Conference Registration
7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.  AIEA Business Breakfast and Association Meeting
9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions IX
10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Networking Break with Exhibitors
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions X
11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.  Plenary Luncheon Speaker: Nontombi Naomi Tutu
1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions XI
2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions XII
3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. AIEA Executive Committee Meeting

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2009 Annual Conference Exhibitors

Exhibitor Information and Registration

Note: Advertising Details (at the bottom) - Limited sponsorships also available!

Thank you for considering the opportunity to exhibit at the 2009 AIEA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Several hundred senior-level leaders in international education from across the US and the world will participate in this conference. These leaders and professionals recognize the benefits of networking with organizations in the promotion of international education on their campuses. Exhibitors have the unique opportunity to share information about their organizations with these senior-level leaders and key decision makers. AIEA limits the number of exhibitors in order to maximize exhibitors' time with conference participants. All conference breaks will be held in the exhibit area, so as to ensure quality interaction time.

AIEA Exhibitor space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to complete the registration form and return it to AIEA as soon as possible to ensure your space. Click here (No longer available) for the registration form or email [email protected].

Please note that exhibitor registration covers one exhibitor and includes a conference registration. Additional exhibitors will need to register separately for the conference. Note: One exhibit table per organization.

Exhibitor Details

Exhibitor Fee: $1200/booth - includes exhibit table and 2 chairs, one exhibitor with full conference registration. Note: Additional persons at the booth will need to register separately for the conference. One exhibit table per organization.

Set Up Details: Exhibitors will set up on Monday afternoon, Feb 23, 2009. Exhibits will be open to attendees from Feb 24 through Feb 25. The opening ceremony is Feb 24 in the morning. Take down will start after lunch on Feb 25. Please leave exhibits up through 12 noon on Wednesday Feb 25.

Exhibitor Hours: 
Tuesday, Feb 24, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm * Wednesday, Feb 25, 8:00 am - 12:00 noon

Conference Hotel: Omni at CNN Center, downtown Atlanta

Advertising Information: Full-page ads are also available in the conference program (which will stay online for the next year). Contact [email protected] as soon as possible if interested in placing an ad in the conference program.

Sponsorships: Limited sponsorships are also available - conference sponsors have even greater visibility with senior leaders in international education. Higher-level sponsorships include complimentary exhibit space. Contact [email protected] for further details.

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2009 Annual Conference Sponsors

Become a sponsor at the 2009 AIEA conference and raise your visibility with senior-level leaders in the international education field!

Sponsorships of varying levels are excellent marketing and public relations opportunities for sponsors to promote their organizations to senior level leaders in international education. Sponsors receive high visibility at AIEA conferences, including in the conference program, on the website throughout the year, and during special conference events. Larger commitments also include complimentary conference registrations. Sponsorship opportunities are limited, so act today!

To become a sponsor and for more information, please contact [email protected].

AIEA is grateful to past sponsors who have included Australian Education International (AEI), Dubai Knowledge Village, Educational Directories Unlimited, EduItalia, Institute of International Education, Institute for Shipboard Education, The Scholar Ship, Scula Lorenzo De Medici, World Education Services, Inc., and World Learning & School for International Training.

Click here to download sponsor logos

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2009 Annual Conference Workshops

Each year, AIEA offers a rich line up of pre-conference workshops which are designed to help provide necessary knowledge and skills needed by senior leaders in the international education field.

Below is the list of pre-conference workshop opportunities available at the 2009 AIEA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Pre-conference workshops will be held on Sunday, Feb 22, and on Monday, Feb. 23 at the Omni at CNN Center in downtown Atlanta. NOTE: There is a separate fee charged for each of the workshops. You can register for these workshops on the conference registration form. Choose one workshop in each time slot.Workshops are subject to minimum number of participants; AIEA reserves the right to cancel if necessary.

Sunday, Feb 22, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

SIO 201
SIO 201 is a follow-on session to the CIEA (SIO) 101 workshop offered at NAFSA and AIEA conferences. It is an interactive workshop intended for Senior International Officers (SIO) with 3-5 years of experience. Utilizing case studies, the workshop will focus on leadership, strategic planning, globalization, planning for transformation and the SIO as change agent. Using open discussion techniques from past "Transatlantic Dialogue” and  “Dialogue of the Americas", participants will choose the topics discussed and be asked to read "The SIO as Change Agent" by John Heyl and other materials prior to the workshop. NOTE: Workshop participants are expected to read "The SIO as Change Agent" by John Heyl before coming to the workshop; the book may be purchased when registering for the workshop. 

Sunday, February 22, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

IIE/AIEA Pre-Conference Workshop: Strategic Planning for Emerging Landscapes of Internationalization: A Focus on China and India
Both China and India have historically been two of the largest sending countries of international students not only to the U.S. but globally. This half-day workshop aims to provide senior and education abroad administrators with knowledge critical for understanding the current market of international exchange and strategies to plan for growth, in terms of students, faculty and programs, between China and India with the U.S. Speakers and presenters will include IIE research staff and senior-level administrators responsible for leading best practice initiatives and partnerships with programs in China and India. Presenters will discuss their approaches for innovative programs in the context of U.S. education abroad, and also provide strategies and recommendations toward broader internationalization efforts, including research, faculty and exchange partnerships with China and India.

AACRAO/AIEA Pre-conference Workshop:  Strategic International Enrollment Management
Strategic enrollment management (SEM) is a concept and process for achieving an institution’s comprehensive, mission-based enrollment goals. SEM is useful paradigm for improving student recruitment and retention for all students, as well as for targeted populations such as international students.  Often, however, those engaged with international enrollment and SEM at an institution often are not working together effectively. This session will focus on strategies for aligning international undergraduate enrollment goals with an institution’s overall enrollment strategy.

Monday, February 23, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon

The Art and Soul of Fundraising 
With the re-emergence of donor-centered fundraising and an increasing desire by charities to help donors integrate their philanthropy into their overall tax, estate and financial planning, many fundraisers and gift planners ask “How can I introduce this topic in my donor visits?” This session will focus on creative ways of giving to maximize the benefits both to the donor and to the organization, sharing effective tools, techniques and donor-centered, open-ended questions to help you adapt your style and your organization to more effectively use this approach. Participants will leave with an ability to recognize the opportunities that enable donors to increase their support exponentially. We will discuss assets that can be given, as well as the variety of ways in which they can be given – both outright and using creative giving arrangements. Explore the fun side of philanthropy as we discuss these opportunities within the framework of building authentic relationships with the donors who advance our missions.

Managing Risk and Responding to Legal Issues Abroad:  A Workshop for the Senior International Officer
As Senior International Officers plan, develop, and implement, international initiatives, they must have an excellent understanding of risk management and the legal environment both in the United States and abroad.   This workshop will provide attendees with risk management and legal information and resources to support effective international program development and implementation. Presenters will provide risk management guidance on issues including: developing and implementing study abroad programs, setting up a branch campus abroad, supporting (insurance, tracking, etc.) faculty/staff and students traveling abroad for research and development projects, conferences, service learning, etc., and responding to both U.S. (export control, etc.) and international regulations abroad. Legal cases and case studies as appropriate will be presented and discussed.

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2009 Annual Conference Hotel Information

The 2009 AIEA Annual Conference will be held at the luxurious 4-diamond Omni at CNN Center in downtown Atlanta. Special conference room rates have been secured for $175 per night (plus tax) between the dates of Feb 22 and Feb 25. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-THE OMNI or (404) 659-0000 and giving the name of 2009 AIEA Conference. Please note that January 28, 2009 is the cut-off date for conference hotel reservations. You are encouraged to book your rooms as soon as possible, though, to ensure that you will receive the conference room rate. For convenient arrivals or departures, Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport is a mere 15-minute commute (12 miles).


Founded in 1837, Atlanta is capital of Georgia, United States and is currently the 9th most populous metropolitan area in the United States with over five million inhabitants. The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, located 10 miles from downtown Atlanta, is the largest passenger terminal complex in the world and the nation's busiest airport. Atlanta has 57 public golf courses, over 100 streets with the word "Peachtree" in their names, and has the tallest building in the Southeast United States (Bank of America Plaza at 55 stories). Atlanta hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics and is home to the world's largest aquarium, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the World of Coca-Cola, four different major league sports teams including the Atlanta Falcons (football) and the Atlanta Braves (baseball), and numerous museums and cultural opportunities.

For Frequently Asked Questions about Atlanta, click here (No longer available).

Ground Transportation from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport:

There are a number of ways to get to and from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Located just 10 miles south of downtown Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is accessible via local Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) trains and buses, downtown and suburban shuttles and interstate highways. Taxi ride will cost approximately $30 to/from the airport to downtown Atlanta. 

Hartsfield-Jackson has now implemented a new Airport Information and Ground Transportation Center conveniently located in the arrival's lobby next door to Hertz Car Rental. The Center provides assistance to travelers requesting information pertaining to transportation services before they leave the terminal building. We anticipate the center's highly visible location will attract hundreds of travelers seeking taxis, share-ride shuttles, or on-demand limousine/sedan services. Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday.

For additional information, please call 404-209-5348 or click here.

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