Call for Presentations


The Call for Presentations has now CLOSED

Selection notifications will be sent by November 18, 2016. 

Deadline to submit presentations was September 30, 2016.
Presentations can be submitted and presented in English or Spanish.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) will host its 12th International Conference, March 29-31, 2017 in San José, Costa Rica.  HACU’s International Conference features sessions about the latest trends, model programs, research, and cutting-edge projects related to international education. Click here to download the guidelines.

Don’t miss this opportunity to:

  • Discuss key topics related to international higher education and the global community.
  • Network, exchange ideas and information, and establish new partnerships for international collaboration among institutions of higher education.
  • Hear about model programs, unique partnerships and funding opportunities that promote the internationalization of university campuses.

The conference will attract an internationally renowned roster of keynote speakers and an extraordinary gathering of participants representing higher education, government, business, community and philanthropic sectors from around the world.  Deadline for proposal submissions is September 30, 2016. You are invited to submit speaker proposals that address the conference theme, Creating New Paths for International Collaboration, in any of the following five conference tracks:

Track I – International Education Policy

  • Self-evaluation and International Accreditation
  • Equity and Justice in Global Education
  • Government Policies and Programs that Promote International Education
  • Public Finance of International Initiatives
  • International Education Outcomes
  • Grants Policy and Administration

Track II – International Mobility 

  • Student Exchange Programs and Initiatives
  • Faculty and Professional Development Exchange Programs and Initiatives
  • International Internships
  • Study Abroad Opportunities

Track III – Innovation in International Education

  • Joint and Dual Degrees
  • Distance and Online Education Programs
  • Alternative Education Programs
  • Branch Campuses Abroad
  • Unique Multilateral Partnerships
  • Universities and Social Entrepreneurship
  • International Education as a Catalyst for Global Peace

Track IV – Best Practices in International Education

  • Financing International Programs
  • Improving Education Quality
  • International Education and Community Involvement
  • Effective Learning Environments for Bilingual Learners
  • Universities Promoting Literacy around the World
  • Education and Culture
  • Education and the Environment

Track V – Preparing the International Workforce of the 21st Century  

  • Institutions of Higher Education and Entrepreneurship
  • Job Globalization
  • Institutions of Higher Education and Economic Development
  • Training Students and Faculty to be Global Leaders & Citizens
  • Innovative Workforce Development Partnerships
  • Work Abroad Programs
  • Transnational Labor Demand
  • Aligning Educational and Workforce Needs

Conference Format


HACU’s 12th International Conference will feature plenary sessions with keynote speakers, and conference track sessions featuring individual presenters, panel discussions, and informative and interactive sessions.

Presentations are 90 minutes in length, including time for questions and discussion. A panel or roundtable session is composed of up to three presentations on different aspects of a specific topic.  A workshop is an interactive session composed of one to three presentations aimed at developing a particular skill or knowledge in a specific area.  No more than four individuals may serve on a panel or workshop session.  In some instances, the HACU review committee may suggest combining presentations similar in content into one workshop or panel.

All conference rooms will be set up to accommodate the maximum number of conference participants possible. LCD projectors, laptops and screens are available to presenters at no cost. Additional equipment, such as internet connectivity and TVs, can be available at an additional cost to presenters.

Submission Guidelines


  • All proposals should relate to the conference theme, Creating new Paths for International Collaboration
  • A Call for Presentations Online Submission Form must be submitted via HACU's website
  • Submissions must include the following:
    1. Presentation Title (10 word limit)
    2. Presentation Abstract (50-75 word limit) – A brief description to be included in the conference program.
    3. Presentation Plan (50 word limit) – A brief description that provides an overview of expected audience involvement. Interactive presentations are highly encouraged.
    4. Presentation Summary (250-300 word limit) – Extended description of proposal for committee review. Proposals will be reviewed for relevance to the conference theme, thoroughness and clarity, and expected learning outcomes.
  • More than one proposal may be submitted, but only one will be accepted per presenter.  Proposals can be submitted by one person or a group of no more than four people.  The first presenter listed on the submission form will be considered the lead contact and is required to provide all contact information for co-presenters to HACU. HACU will notify the lead contact person if the proposal was selected.  It is the responsibility of the lead contact person to notify the other presenters, and for organizing and facilitating the presentation.
  • All presenters are required to register for the conference, but will be able to register at a discounted conference registration rate. HACU does not pay presenters honoraria, expenses, or waive the conference registration fee.
  • HACU reserves the right to edit summaries of accepted presentations for inclusion in the conference program.

Presentation proposals must be submitted online and
will be accepted until September 30, 2016.

Selection notifications will be sent by November 18, 2016. 


About HACU

The Hispanic Association of colleges and Universities (HACU), founded in 1986, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association representing more than 400 colleges and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America, Portugal and Spain.  HACU, the only formally recognized voice for Hispanic-Serving institutions in the United States, is also a leading international voice for Hispanic higher education communities worldwide. HACU’s reach extends from pre-collegiate to postgraduate outreach, research, programs, scholarships, internships, workforce development, public policy advocacy and formal partnerships with philanthropic, corporate and governmental sectors.

For inquires or additional information regarding the HACU 12th International Conference Call for Presentation process, please contact Lourdes Bird, International Affairs Coordinator, at (210) 576-3228 or by at