2018 Montana International Educators Conference (MIEC)

MSUB OIS logoMontana State University Billings is hosting the 2018 Montana International Educators Conference (MIEC) on the campus of MSU Billings in Billings Montana from June 14 to June 15, 2018. This annual meeting is the main venue for international educators working at public and private institutions with interests in international education. We welcome representatives from secondary schools, community colleges, universities as well local, state, and federal government and non-governmental organizations.


Please register for the conference by clicking on the tab below. There is no registration fee, but the organizers would like to keep track on who will be present. Below, also find information on the Program, Hotels and Travel, the city of Billings. Please direct all inquiries to the host of the 2018 Montana International Educators Meeting, Dr. Paul M. Foster paul.foster4@msubillings.edu.


Program Schedule


June 14 Thursday


10:00: Check In

McDonald Hall 355


10:30 Welcome

Chancellor Dan Edelman, MSU Billings (McDonald Hall 355)


10:35: Welcome

Paul M. Foster, Director of International Programs, MSUB (McDonald Hall 355)


10:40 Plenary Session

I. Miley Gonzalez, Vice Provost for International Programs, MSU (McDonald Hall 355)

-Update from each institution on current projects and initiatives (5 min each)



12:00: Lunch

Rimrock Café on the MSU Billings Campus – free for all MIEC participants


1:00-2:00 From Competitors to Partners: How Intercollege Alliances Can Benefit All

Abby Cook MSUB and Amanda Enriquez, Northwest College (McDonald Hall 355)


2:00-3:00 Status of International Recruitment

Neil Beyer MSUB and David Carlisle MSU (McDonald Hall 355)


3:30 Break


3:45 – 4:30 Breakout Sessions

 -Improving International Student Communication Plans, David Carlisle, MSU (McDonald Hall 309)

-Current Issues in Immigration – Roundtable Discussion, Abby Cook, MSUB (McDonald Hall 307)


6:30 Barbeque

The house of Paul Foster and Elena Petroska, 3099 Thousand Oaks Street

June 15 Friday


9:00 – 10:30 Study Montana Consortium

All Participants Invited, Paul Foster, MSUB (McDonald Hall 355)


10:30 Break


11:00 – 12:30 Breakout Sessions

 -Managing Risk while Opening Doors to Education Abroad, Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry, UM (McDonald Hall 309)

-International Credential Evaluation Workshop, Yujian Wang, MSU (McDonald Hall 355)


12:30 Concluding Session

Joint Action Items (McDonald Hall 355)


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Hotels & Travel


The conference organizers will book a block of rooms in Billings with special pricing for conference participants. In addition, we will have our residence halls available. Billings is located close to Yellowstone National Park.  Conference attendees wishing to continue on to Yellowstone, please contact the organizers for additional details.


Make hotel reservations at our conference special rate online for the Northern Hotel  (by June 1):


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