The Vision Conference is a 5-day journey for international college students and their American friends, hosted by Bridges International. We gather daily for energetic meetings with live music and engaging speakers to investigate life’s deepest questions. Together, with the Bible as our guide, we will explore what it means to Belong in relationship with God and other people. We will also discover a new American city through touring and fun activities. Vision is a great place to make new friends and deepen current friendships. Join us in Austin, Texas from December 28, 2015 – January 1, 2016! Check out the teaser video (left) for this year and an informational overview video about Vision (right).
During the conference you’ll hear from great speakers to help you think, learn, and grow. We choose the speakers carefully to make sure you’ll enjoy the experience. Take a look at this year’s speaker.
Main SpeakerAndy Atkins was the national director of Agapé UK for 5 years and is now the Agapé StudentLife leader in Cambridge, England. He has done graduate studies at Ridley Hall at Cambridge University. He and his wife Tiff have four beautiful daughters and a son who just got married. Andy has lived in the UK and Russia. He travels around the world speaking to university students.
The main sessions of the conference will be filled with worship music from a live band. The songs that we will learn and sing together have deep meaning and timeless truths.
Worship LeaderClayton Ring is a singer/songwriter based in Austin, TX. Taking inspiration from his late grandfather, a country western recording artist, Clayton started writing and performing at the age of 16. His uplifting lyrics, matched with a soulful blend of folk and acoustic-based americana, has appealed to listeners all of the world. Clayton serves as a worship leader at his local church and continues to perform internationally with the Austin Sound Exchange.
Have the best possible experience at the Vision conference by selecting the correct track! There will be many chances to interact with students from different backgrounds and cultures throughout the conference. We highly recommend that you choose the track that fits your background so that you get the most out of the conference.
- Chinese Track – Chinese students and scholars. Much of the content will be in Mandarin. [learn more]
- Multi-Nations Track – Students and scholars from the mosaic of nations beyond the other tracks, e.g., South and Central America, East/Southeast Asia, Sub Saharan Africa, Europe, Oceania…
- South Asian Track – Students and professionals from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka…
- Ambassadors Track – Americans and internationals leading Bridges movements or wanting to learn how.
- Children of Abraham – Students and scholars from the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a basic schedule of the conference. You’ll experience a good mix of content, tourism, and free time to connect with friends.
Seminars give you the chance to learn more about things you’re interested in. We always have a great variety of topics to choose from. As Vision gets closer, we’ll be posting the specific topics and descriptions.
The secret is out. Everyone who visits Austin these days leaves with something great to say. They can’t stop talking about the legendary live music, burgeoning restaurant scene and unique culture. And a list of other things that you just have to experience for yourself to truly understand what makes Austin so Austin. The rest of the country has already taken notice. And it’s time you did, too. Find out more at the official Austin Tourism Website
We have a number of options for you to choose from. Check out the conference costs below. All prices include hotel, touring, the Rodeo, the New Year’s Eve party, and all meals except two lunches.
2-Person RoomShare a room with one other person
- get your own bed
4-Person RoomShare a room with 3 other people
- share a queen-size bed with another person
Married CoupleA private room for you and your spouse
- Example: A husband and wife each pay $530 for a total of $1060
Please plan to arrive at the hotel by 4:00pm on December 28, 2015. The Hilton Austin is located at 500 East 4th Street, Austin, Texas, 78701 Conference Hotel Website – Hilton Austin If you are flying, the most convenient airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. A FREE shuttle will be provided from a local transportation company which will continually drive to and from the hotel on the arrival day. You may have to wait for it to arrive at the airport, but it will be free. Look for the Bridges International sign near baggage claim. The shuttle will be available from 12:00 noon until 6:00pm (18:00) on December 28th AND 7:00am until 10:00am on January 1st.
If you arrive at a different time you will need to take the Super Shuttle or a taxi. Transportation to and from the Hilton is also available with SuperShuttle “Shared Ride” (aprox $13.00) or ExecuCar “Private Sedan/SUV”. Make reservations at www.SuperShuttle.com or www.ExecuCar.com use code HILTN for a 5% discount off published online fare.
Driving Directions From Austin-Bergstrom Airport: Exit the airport and take Highway 71 west approximately 5.5 miles to I-35. Merge onto I-35 North and take exit 234C. Turn left at the first stop light (6th Street). Travel west on 6th street 4 blocks. Turn left onto Neches. The hotel is on the left on the corner of 5th & Neches.
Distance from Airport to Hotel: 7 miles (approximately 15 minutes drive time)
Parking at the hotel for registered conference participants is FREE.
If you notify the registrar by December 14, you will receive back all but $50.
If you notify the registrar between Dec 14 to Dec 26, you only receive back $100.
After December 26 there is no refund.
Notify the registrar by clicking here.
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