Justify your trip

We all know budgets can be tight and time is gold,  so we thought it would be a good idea to put together some reasons for you to justify your trip and your investment. The conference offers a wide range of professional development opportunities for you to develop your skills, increase your knowledge and make long lasting relationships.

Communicate the value to your supervisor

If you are already convinced, but the final decision is not yours, copy and paste the template we’ve prepared below to help you justify your trip to your manager. Fill in the missing areas to personalise the letter, and you’re all set! Good luck!

Dear [Manager’s Name],

I kindly seek your approval to attend the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) 2018 - Australia’s largest gathering of international education professionals - which is taking place from 9-12 October 2018, in Sydney, Australia.

The conference will give me a chance to connect with over 1600 professionals in international education, such as international education practitioners, teaching staff, researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders. Plus, I’ll gain unique perspectives from business experts and thought leaders from the leading organisations and associations about the future of international education.

Three full days of the conference are dedicated to keynotes, breakout sessions, and multiple tracks of programming on which to focus my attention. With speakers talking on important topics such as [click here and insert topics] among other, I know I will be able to apply my learnings when I return from the conference. Please see details of the program here.

I look forward to meeting industry leaders with whom I can learn and network during the multiple networking and social events.

I’ll also have the chance to meet with a number of international education providers who will be showcasing their solutions at the AIEC exhibition, meaning I can come back with even more ideas of how we can be more efficient and effective.

I’ve broken down the approximate cost of my attendance from Tuesday to Friday below:

Hotel: $xxx
Ground transfers: $xxx
Registration: $xxx
Workshops: $xxx
Roundtable: $xxx
Total: $xxx

Upon my return from AIEC 2018, I will share key takeaways, including those that we can implement immediately to maximise our processes, improve our international education strategy and contribute to our staff’s ongoing professional development.

The AIEC has negotiated hotel rates at a number of hotels at and around the conference venue, and special early bird discounts are available if I register before the 1 August 2018.

Thanking you in advance for your consideration of this request, I look forward to hearing from you soon.

[Your Name]

Key dates

16 January - Call for proposals opens

28 February - Call for proposals closes

22 May - Call for proposals notifications

1 June - Registration opens

1 August - Early bird registration closes

9 October 2018 - Conference starts