Members of the AJCU International Education Conference at Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile in November 2017 (Photo by Universidad Alberto Hurtado)

Members of the AJCU International Education Conference at Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile in November 2017 (Photo by Universidad Alberto Hurtado)

The AJCU International Education Conference held its biannual international meeting with AUSJAL (Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Latin America) from November 8-10, 2017 in Santiago, Chile. The meeting was held on the campus of Universidad Alberto Hurtado as part of the celebration for the 20th anniversary of its founding. Over 75 participants met to discuss how Jesuit institutions could collaborate across various regions of the world in order to enhance the quality of the educational experiences that AJCU educators provide their students through comprehensive efforts at internationalization.

A total of 16 AJCU member institutions were represented as well as 23 Jesuit institutions from Latin America, Europe and Asia. Dr. Gerardo Marín, professor emeritus at the University of San Francisco, represented AJCU president Rev. Michael J. Sheeran, S.J. during the meeting. AUSJAL was represented by Rev. Ernesto Cavassa, S.J., president of Universidad Ruiz de Montoya in Perú and president of AUSJAL, and by Susana Di Trolio, executive secretary of AUSJAL. 

In a concurrent meeting, faculty from 12 Jesuit institutions from the United States and Latin America met to discuss the first 10 years of the Virtual Dual Immersion Language Program (VDI) and to develop a strategic plan for its future. The VDI is a joint collaboration between AJCU and AUSJAL. The program allows language students in the Americas who are learning English or Spanish to interact virtually at least once a week to improve their oral and speaking abilities and to develop cultural awareness and sensitivity. Over the past decade, the program has served more than 25,000 students from 22 colleges and universities. To learn more about VDI, please contact Carolina Marturet (

For more information on the AJCU Conference on International Education, please contact conference chair, Debbie Danna, of Loyola University New Orleans (

The AJCU International Education Conference is comprised of international educators at AJCU institutions (e.g., individuals involved in planning and implementing study abroad, international student services, international recruiting, global immersions, transnational volunteer services), and collaborates regularly with AUSJAL (Association of Latin American Jesuit Colleges and Universities) institutions and Jesuit institutions from all over the world.

The group meets several times throughout the year to discuss collaborative activities in the context of international education. Group members stay in contact throughout the year through several active AJCU listservs. Please contact Deanna Howes Spiro (AJCU's Director of Communications) for subscription information:

AJCU Study Abroad Consortium
Jesuit Education Abroad


Chair: Debbie Danna,
Loyola University New Orleans

Phone: (504) 864-7550

Next Conferences

Location: Philadelphia, PA [venue TBD]
Dates: May 28, 2018

Location: Creighton University
Dates: Fall 2018