Welcome to Chrysalis

We are living in an increasingly multicultural world. As countries take their place on the world’s stage, there is increased need for cultural understanding and effective leadership.

As a young leader, you are in a unique position to shape the future. You are among the first of a generation of truly global citizens and what you learn and the connections you make today will form the basis for your professional ties later.

Chrysalis is your opportunity to develop your network and take advantage of a wealth of industry, community and academic experience. Meeting students from around the world, you will form international connections while meeting and learning from current leaders will give you insight into what it takes to be a leader.

This program has been developed for students like yourself to launch your journey as a global citizen. Discover more about international study, learn about cross-cultural leadership and create your own world of like-minded peers.

I look forward to welcoming you to Chrysalis and joining you on your leadership journey.

Chris Evason

About IES

International Education Services Limited (IES) is a Brisbane based, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, innovation and growth in international education.

IES commenced operations in 1997, initially delivering IES Foundation Year. The program is a one-year course that prepares international students for undergraduate entry into The University of Queensland. Since its first year, it has successfully prepared more than 5,000 students for University and continues to grow in popularity and attract high quality students from more than 40 nations annually. In 2015, the program opened a second campus, allowing more students to study IES Foundation Year.

In 2004, IES expanded its presence within the international education sector with the establishment of its digital brand, PIER (Professional International Education Resources). PIER has partnered with Australian and international stakeholders to develop a range of digital products including the Massive Open Online English Course (MOOEC), the Education Agent Training Course (EATC) and the Study Australia App. PIER’s ongoing partnerships include service arrangements with the Australian and Queensland Governments, education institutions, education service providers and peak bodies. IES also has ongoing arrangements with Australian broadcasters SBS and ABC.

In 2010, IES established Chrysalis; a leadership program for Australian and international young leaders. In 2014, IES joined with Brisbane Marketing through its Study Brisbane program to offer Chrysalis 2014: Global Youth Challenge, a two-round competition to coincide with, and complement, the G20 Leaders Summit held in Brisbane in November 2014.

The Chrysalis experience will offer students the platform to develop into young global leaders. We offer themed workshops to nurture globally minded talent in the areas of leadership, communication, cross-cultural awareness, social issues, negotiation and problem solving skills. Students will have the opportunity to engage with world-class academics and business leaders and learn from their experiences.

IES has received several Queensland State Government awards recognising its exceptional client service, including the Best Pathway Program and Outstanding International Student Support awards. IES has also received nominations for several industry awards including the Lord Mayor’s Business Award for Excellence in International Education Delivery.

IES has built a reputation for delivering high-quality, innovative educational products and services for all stakeholders in the international education sector.


Two Chrysalis programs are available: the Chrysalis International Young Leaders Conference and Chrysalis Conversations.

The Chrysalis International Young Leaders Conference is a one week conference held in Brisbane. The 2017 program will run during the last week of July and focus on Cross-Cultural Leadership.

Chrysalis Conversations offer Q&A panel discussions for students to discuss leadership and begin to consider their undergraduate and career options. More programs are being developed.