Global Conferences

The INU offers several prominent, annual global conferences for students from INU institutions. Instructional faculty from member institutions are invited to lead a session and attend the conference along with the students selected to represent their university. CGE hosts competitive processes within JMU for students and faculty to apply to represent the University and participate in these conference opportunities.


The International Student Seminar for Global Citizenship and Peace 2024 is an annual global student immersion program offered at Hiroshima University in Japan. The seminar is structured around the August 6 commemoration of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Applications are now open for the August 2-10th 2024 conference themed: World Peace and Political Justice.

This program includes lectures, case studies and small group discussions. The program also offers field trips to local attractions and cultural learning experiences, and culminates in a United Nations role play where groups of students represent different countries, and negotiate to pass a draft resolution.

Speakers will host workshops on topics such as:

  • Global governance and institutions
  • Peacebuilding and post-conflict reconciliation
  • Political decision-making process
  • Economic exploitation
  • Nationalism
  • Religion
  • War crimes and international law
  • Information policies
  • Technology

JMU will select one faculty member to attend the conference and present a session based around the theme World Peace and Political Justice focused on the topics listed above. The selected faculty member will attend the conference along with several JMU students. Applications with workshop proposals are due by Thursday, February 8th at 11:59 PM.


Organized annually in Bandung, Indonesia by Universitas Katolik Parahyangan (Parahyangan Catholic University, "UNPAR"), a JMU partner institution and member of the INU, the International Student Conference brings together students from around the world for a global cross-cultural experience.

The application period for faculty and student participation is closed. Opportunities to apply for the 2025 seminar will likely be posted here in Fall 2024. 

The 2023 seminar was themed: "Inclusivity and Accessibility to Welfare and Sustainable Living After the Pandemic." As an INU member, JMU sent four students and one faculty member to participate in the conference. Each fall we will announce the next seminar theme, dates, and application processes for JMU students and faculty.


ILGE Online

As part of the INU’s 25th anniversary celebrations in 2023, the consortium organized a free, online conference on Intercultural Learning for Global Engagement (ILGE). The week-long conference in March 2023 showcased examples and expertise from INU member universities in the field of intercultural learning and global engagement.

The ILGE is open to all instructional and administrative faculty and leadership from INU member universities like JMU who have an interest in building intercultural competences for students and staff, and who would like to learn from best practices at other institutions.  Tthe conference provides a platform across INU membership to make connections and form the basis for future collaborations.

Staff Knowledge Exchange

The INU Staff Knowledge Exchange Program supports internationalization of professional services and administrative staff at member institutions, such as JMU, by visiting or hosting professional and administrative staff for at another INU member institution for the purpose of discussing, learning, and benchmarking systems and best practices with peers. The Staff Knowledge Exchange visitor will typically spend 3-5 business days at the host institution.

Apply online by January 31, 2024 if you would like to be considered for a Staff Knowledge Exchange visit during the 2024 spring semester. JMU anticipates selecting up to two staff to participate in outbound exchanges. If selected, the exact dates of the exchange will be determined according to host university schedules and your departmental needs.

Please do not apply directly through the INU website. There are a limited number of exchanges available, so applicants must apply first and be selected through their home institution before applying to the INU. Applications will be reviewed after the application deadline by an interdisciplinary committee of JMU faculty and staff.

Prepare the following documents to submit with your JMU application:
  • Summary of your key job responsibilities (1 page maximum)
  • Statement about what you want to experience and learn
    • Describe how this experience will help internationalize the work of your office (e.g., better serve international students and scholars/faculty/staff, support global engagement on campus through your office). What is your plan to share the experiences and put into practice what you learned after you complete the visit?
      • Tip: Be sure to mention if you would be the first person from your office participating in a Staff Knowledge Exchange if selected. If others have participated, be sure to explain how your participation will uniquely further the internationalization of the work in your office.
  • Signed letter of support from your supervisor
  • Your CV or résumé

If selected for this professional development experience on behalf of JMU, you will be notified by JMU’s Center for Global Engagement (CGE) and will receive a copy of your responses to submit a similar application online to the INU's Staff Knowledge Exchange Program. Then, if your INU application is accepted, the CGE will work closely with you for planning, preparation, travel arrangements, and reporting.

Additional details about this program can be found on the INU website, but remember to return here to apply first through JMU at the link above.

Consultation with CGE is welcome prior to applying. Email Global Learning & Partnerships at

Researcher Mobility Program

JMU faculty researchers and doctoral students (or equivalent) are invited to apply annually by the INU for the Researcher Mobility Program, an initiative designed to encourage the development of international research collaborations between INU members.

The Researcher Mobility Program offers participants the opportunity to establish an international research collaboration with another INU member university.  The purpose of this program is to develop joint research initiatives between INU member universities and to share expertise between research centres.  Visits should be for 2-4 weeks and should form the basis for future collaboration between the two research centres.

There are 5 awards of up to $2,000 each year, which contributes towards travel and living costs to facilitate the visit.  The 2023 deadline has passed and the next deadline will likely occur in spring 2024. Any JMU recipients of this award may also visit the CGE Global Initiative Grants page to explore other opportunities for potential supplemental support if needed.

Seed Money Fund

The INU Seed Money Fund addresses the need for faculty/ professional services staff from INU member institutions to start a project of significance that will benefit the Network.  This open seed-funding call seeks creative ideas that support internationalization and global engagement within the INU and is open for any member of staff at an INU member institution to apply. Two rounds of funding are available: for new and expanding projects at two $3,000 awards for each.


For more information and consultation about how to best meet your interests through INU global opportunities for faculty and staff, please contact

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