Global Learning


Global learning provides critical opportunities to prepare students for the twenty-first century.

NAFSA works with faculty members, departments, and institutions to design the global learning frameworks that help students gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to successfully work in diverse, complex, and interconnected environments.

Through its Architecture for Global Learning series and colloquium programs at the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo, the association facilitates discussions and provides models of how to integrate global learning into curriculum and co-curriculum programming, and how to measure the student learning.

Through the focused lens of global learning, NAFSA engages educators and international education professionals in timely educational and institutional issues. NAFSA shares insights from experts on how global issues shape student learning, faculty work, educational research, curricular design, and outcomes assessment.

NAFSA works to:

  • Catalyze faculty members and academic administrators to move global learning outcomes (knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes) to the center of designs for curriculum and programs.
  • Provide discussions on how to incorporate strategies, model practices, tactics and resources that advance broad institutional change.
  • Encourage the use of research that helps define, asses and support global learning and the competencies associated with it.
  • Build a community of practice dedicated to global learning – a vibrant venue for review, discussion, and exchange of information about model practices.
  • Help faculty members become part of broader institutional conversations about global strategies.