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Terra Dotta is pleased to announce our 2017 TDU Annual User Conference. An anticipated 300+ new and experienced users as well as TD staff will gather April 5-7, 2017, in Summerlin (Las Vegas), Nevada. This 12th annual event provides your best opportunity to increase your knowledge of Terra Dotta software, pick up new ideas for implementation, and network with other users.

Are you interested in proposing a session for next April’s User Conference? Share your tricks, inspirational ideas and creative solutions with other Terra Dotta software users.

Are you new to TD software? Well, you’re in luck! Two opportunities exist for in-depth beginner’s training depending on your time and desired level of training. This November, Terra Dotta is hosting Boot Camp November 10-11, 2016, immediately following the NAFSA Regions III-VII Bi-regional Conference in New Orleans. Choose between two tracks to focus on either TD’s software for International Student and Scholar Services or the software for Study Abroad. Anyone looking for a holistic understanding of Terra Dotta software features will benefit from the guided experience of creating a functional sandbox site from a blank copy of the software.

Three 4-hour New User Workshops will take place April 5, 2017 in Summerlin, NV to coincide with the TDU Annual User Conference. Choose between three tracks to focus on TDS for International Student and Scholar Services, TDS for Study Abroad, or TDS for Travel Registry / Risk Management. New User Workshops are designed with a mix of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice for a general overview of building blocks and record processing.

Registration is now open for all events. Visit for more information.

Kerry Geffert
Product Evangelist, Terra Dotta

I once started a position in the spring and was told that things would quiet down in the summer. That summer never occurred. Today’s study abroad office seems to be a constant beehive of activity. Though much of the rest of campus encounters students primarily during the academic year, the study abroad office is working with students year-round, particularly with the growth of summer programs. Amidst the summer programs, the fall departures and spring returns, one activity looms ahead that requires more work than what many expect. The Study Abroad Fair may last only one day, but the preparation is extensive.

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Darren Radley is a Software Engineer who started with Terra Dotta in August of 2015. He writes code for the SEVIS module including new features and bug fixes. He has been a ColdFusion developer since 1999.

Darren graduated from London South Bank University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences.

Outside of work, Darren likes to dig out his Nikon and improve his photography skills, play bass guitar, and play with his dog. A vacation spot Darren says he would love to visit is New Zealand.

Darren says his favorite part of working at Terra Dotta is - “There is a wealth of knowledge here. I’m never stuck on a coding problem for long as there are some guru-level people.”

Presenter: Laura Coker

How do you know when you've found the right one? Join us for our webinar as we explore the different program types that TDS offers and how you can choose the one that's best for you and what you need to accomplish. We'll cover the different Program Types, how to install a Program Type, and give some examples of how you can use them to suit your office's workflows.


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Presenter: Michelle Gammon

How do you implement a consistent marketing strategy within your Terra Dotta software site that expands out to all other marketing channels? When building your TDS site, the plan for transferring your processes into the software should be a top priority. Executing a uniform marketing plan is a concept that can easily fade into the background. Simple steps will help you develop intuitive designs and compelling content for your users. From your website to your printed brochures and posters to your fairs and information sessions, come to this session to learn how you can keep all of these aligned with the same marketing message. We will dive into general marketing best practices and specific TDS features (brochures, alumni contact info, photo journals, & learning content) where marketing can do your work for you. This session is intended for new and experienced users.


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Presenter: Jordan Bangs

What happens when something happens far from home? How can your Students or faculty alert administration to those unpredictable events? From injury to incidents TDS gives you the ability to stay informed and take action. Join us for this webinar as we look at incident reporting process. Building it, using it, and reporting on it.


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Click here for a list of all of our upcoming webinars.



  • Augusta University
    - Study Abroad
  • City of New York
    - College of Staten Island
    - Study Abroad
  • Middlesex Community College
    - Study Abroad
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville
    - Study Abroad
  • Carroll College (MT)
  • Columbus State University
  • Concordia University
    - Irvine
  • International Internships
    - (AUS)
  • Liberty University
  • Longwood University
  • Miami Dade College
  • Monash University
  • Stevenson University
  • University of Toledo


Look for us at these upcoming conferences.

URMIA in San Diego, CA
SEP. 17 – SEP. 21

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Forum Europe in Athens, Greece
OCT. 5 – OCT. 7

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NAFSA Region I in Anchorage, AK
OCT. 10 – OCT. 14

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AIEC in Melbourne, Australia
OCT. 18 – OCT. 21

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