19 International Language Week Conference: Global Migration & Mobility

Montana State University Billings (MSUB) is proud to host this year’s annual International Language Week (ILW) on its campus in Billings, Montana from Monday, October 7 to Friday, October 11, 2019. This annual meeting is the main venue for visiting university partners to participate in joint-teaching activities and workshops offering the opportunity to network, share good practices and develop new ideas. After the 2015 & 2017 International Language Weeks at Aschaffenburg UAS/Germany and the 2018 International Language Week at NTUB/Taiwan, we would now like to continue our partner-wide rotation and invite you to participate in the International Language Week (ILW) that is co-hosted in Billings in October 2019 by MSUB and Aschaffenburg UAS as the founding institution of the ILW.

This year our theme is Global Migration and Mobility, and we encourage presentations focused on issues of migration, identity, inter-cultural communication and similar themes as they relate to your field. We are eager to hear your presentation ideas.

Conference Sponsors: MSUB College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences; College of Education; College of Business; Departments of English, Philosophy & Modern Languages; Spanish; and Communication & Theatre; Office of International Studies; and Humanities Montana.

Questions? Please direct inquiries to:

Dr. Christine Shearer, Dean – College of Arts & Science at c.shearer@msubillings.edu,
Ms. Tami Haaland, Professor of English– College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences at thaaland@msubillings.edu, or
Dr. Paul Foster, Director – Office of International Studies at paul.foster4@msubillings.edu

Registration for the annual International Language Week Conference is now open. Please click the registration button below to complete your registration. We would appreciate your attendance confirmation by August 15, 2019.


We strongly encourage conference attendees to submit a session proposal to share your expertise. Please submit your proposals by September 30, 2019. Please click the registration button below to complete your registration.


If you have questions or if you would like a submission extension, please contact Tami Haaland at thaaland@msubillings.edu.

Theme: Global Migration and Mobility

The conference will officially run from Oct. 7 through mid-day Oct. 10. Please click on the Conference Itinerary button to view the conference schedule. The session itinerary is subject to change, so please continue to refer back to the website for the most up-to-date schedule.


Illustrated Map of MSUB Campus

We plan to reserve rooms for the ILW conference at group rates at both The Northern Hotel and Home2 Suites by Hilton later this summer, once we have a better idea of how many conference attendees we can expect. We will update the booking information on this webpage and inform all registered attendees via email once the group bookings have been created.

The Northern Hotel

 The Northern is a luxury hotel located in the heart of Billings, MT, close to fine dining, cafes, nightlife and boutique shops. The hotel is about a 30-minute walk (uphill) to MSUB campus. The Northern offers a free airport shuttle and has on-site fine dining options. We have reserved a group rate of $114 for a double queen room. These rooms must be booked by 18-September-2019.

Northern Hotel Reservations
Northern Hotel flyer for MSUB International Language Conference 

Additional Recommended Hotels

Conference guests also may prefer to choose accommodation from the following venues:

Conference attendees are encouraged to fly into Logan International Airport. The recommended hotels are within walking distance to MSUB campus and dining and shopping options.

Billings is located close to Yellowstone National Park.  Conference attendees wishing to continue on to Yellowstone, please contact the organizers for additional details.

Conference attendees will have opportunities to visit local and regional art and history museums.

  • The Yellowstone Art Museum is a prominent regional art museum located within walking distance from MSUB.
  • The Western Heritage Center provides a comprehensive display and overview of the people and places of the Yellowstone River Valley and the Northern High Plains. It is located in downtown Billings.

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a two-hour drive from Billings, MT in Cody, WY. The Center of the West contains five museums – Buffalo Bill Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, Cody Firearms Museum, Draper Natural History Museum, and Plains Indian Museum. If you are interested in participating in a group excursion to Cody, WY and/or including a Cody WY trip with a Yellowstone trip, please let one of our organizers know.