International Student Track

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is pleased to include a Student Track component as part of its 14th International Conference in 2024.  This is the fourth International Conference that includes a student component. The Student Track exposes U.S. students to study abroad opportunities and underscores the importance of an international education in order to succeed in today’s global economy. We invite institutions to sponsor their students to participate in HACU’s International Conference.

The Student Track will begin Monday, June 3, 2024, with the conference Opening Ceremony.  On Tuesday, June 4, 2024, students will visit several local universities to see first-hand their academic programs and meet with local students.  On Wednesday, June 5, 2024, students will participate in various panel discussions and informative workshops related to international education programs and will end with a Closing Dinner. The program will also include opportunities for students to network with local students attending universities in Spain to exchange ideas and build their professional network.

For any questions regarding the International Conference Student Track, please contact studenttrack@hacu.net or by phone at 210-692-3805.

 

Agenda At-A-Glance

Agenda has been updated as of May 2024.

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Time

Event

All Day

Student Arrivals

Evening Check In to Hotels


Monday, June 3, 2024

Time

Event

 8:00 am – 5:00 pm  Exhibit Area 
 8:30 am – 5:00 pm  Registration/Information
 8:30 am – 9:00 am  Morning Check-In
 9:00 am – 5:00 pm  Cyber Café
9:00 am – 10:15 am  Opening Ceremony
10:15 am – 10:30 am  Coffee Break (Visit the Exhibit Area)
10:30 am – 12:00 pm  Plenary Session I – International Higher Education: A Driver for Innovation and Workforce Diversity
 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm  Visit with the University of Salamanca
 Meet with Information Booth
 Visit the Historic Building (Edificio de Escuelas Mayores) (proximity map)
 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  Lunch
 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm  Visit La Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca 
 Campus Tour and Cultural Engagement Opportunity (proximity map)
 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm  Free Afternoon – Extracurricular Activities and FREE Option Tours

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 

Time

Event

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Registration/Information

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Morning Student Check-In

 9:00 am – 3:30 pm  Cyber Café
 9:00 am – 5:00 pm  Exhibit Area
 9:00 am – 10:30 am  Plenary Session II - Generative AI: Opportunities and Threats for Global Higher Education
 10:30 am – 10:45 am  Coffee Break (Visit the Exhibit Area)
 10:45 am – 2:00 pm  Sessions for Students - International Student Track
 10:45 am – 11:45 am  International Student Track Session 1
 11:45 am – 12:45 pm  International Student Track Session 2
 12:45 pm – 1:00 pm  Break 
 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  International Student Track Session 3
 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm  Lunch
 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm  Visit with the University of Salamanca
 Visit the Campus Universitario Miguel de Unamuno  (proximity map)
 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm  Free Afternoon – Extracurricular Activities and FREE Option Tours

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Time

Event

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

 Registration/Information

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

 Exhibit Area

8:30 am – 9:00 am

 Morning Check-In
 9:00 am – 12:00 pm  Cyber Café
 9:00 am – 12:00 pm  Sessions for Students - International Student Track
 9:00 am – 10:00 am  International Student Track Session 4
 10:00 am – 11:00 am  International Student Track Session 5
 11:00 am – 12:00 pm  International Student Track Session 6
 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm  International Plenary Session III – Forging a Common Policy Agenda for Pan–Hispanic International Education
 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  Lunch
 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm  Free Afternoon
 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm  Students Meet at Hospederia Fonseca
 7:00 pm – 7:15 pm  Buses will leave from Hospedería Fonseca to Hacienda Zorita
 8:15 pm – 9:00 pm  Reception at Hacienda Zorita
 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm  Closing Dinner at Hacienda Zorita
 10:30 pm  Buses start their return to Hospedería Fonseca

 

U.S. Passport Tips and Reminders

Students/Chaperones planning on attending the HACU 14th International Conference in Salamanca, Spain: Ensure a smooth and stress-free travel experience by checking your passport validity NOW! Here's what you need to know:

Passport Validity:

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond your return date from Spain.

Double-check the expiration date on your passport. If it's expiring soon, don't wait!

Application Timeline:

Standard processing: Allow 4-6 weeks for a new passport application and 5-7 weeks for renewal.

Expedited processing: Available for an additional fee, potentially reducing processing time to 2-3 weeks for new passports and 3-5 weeks for renewals.

Why it Matters:

Entry Requirements: Spain, like most countries, requires valid passports for U.S. citizens. An expired passport will prevent you from boarding your flight and attending the conference.

Peace of Mind: Avoid last-minute scrambles and potential travel disruptions by ensuring your passport is up-to-date.

Take Action:

Visit the U.S. Department of State website (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html) to:

Renew your passport if it's expiring soon.

Apply for a new passport if you don't have one.

Choose the processing option that best fits your timeline and budget.

Remember: Don't miss out on this valuable opportunity due to a passport snag. Act now and secure your passport for an unforgettable experience at the HACU 14th International Conference in Salamanca, Spain!

 

U.S. Students Abroad (U.S. Department of State)

Exploring new places and other cultures is rewarding and fun. But it is also important to do so safely. Take time to learn about your destination from our Country Information pages. Be mindful of your surroundings. Learn the local laws and customs.

Traveler’s Checklist

Review the recommended Traveler’s Checklist, which includes:

1) Information about travel documents you may or will need – like a passport and foreign visa.

2) Information about overseas insurance coverage.

3) Information specific to certain subsets of travelers, such as faith-based travelers, LGBTQI+ travelers, women travelers, and many others.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

Consider the benefits of Enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP):

1) Directly receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.

2) Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.

3) Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency. 

VISIT the U.S. Department of State's "Travel Information" landing page for more information on international travel and Other Resources.

 

Last Updated May 2024