NAFSA Events and Resources Supporting 2016 International Education Week


November 14-18 marks the 17th anniversary of International Education Week (IEW), an annual celebration of international education and exchange worldwide. Institutions across the United States and around the world are hosting events throughout the week to recognize international students, education abroad, and internationalization.

Connect Your Campus

Celebrate the opportunities of international education and exchange with NAFSA: Association of International Educators. During International Education Week, NAFSA presents several online and in-person events and offers resources that you can share on your campus. Topics include, campus internationalization, global learning, education abroad, international enrollment management, peacebuilding, research, and the economic benefits of international students across the United States.

New! Special Event

NAFSA International Education Town Hall: Coming Together, Moving Forward
Friday, November 18, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. EST
The final day of International Education Week 2016 features a special event from NAFSA that is open to the extended international education community. This inaugural event is the first in a new series of virtual town hall meetings that will provide international educators with the opportunity share, listen, and learn together.

In-Person Learning Event

NAFSA Research Symposium: Theories, Methodologies, and Practices in International Education
Monday, November 14, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. EST
The inaugural NAFSA Research Symposium serves as a venue for the research community in the field of international education and related disciplines to share original unpublished work and discuss research problems in an academic and professional environment. The Research Symposium is considered relevant to international education researchers and scholars at every stage of their career – graduate students, post-docs, faculty members and practitioners.

Online Learning Event

Architecture for Global Learning Series: Cross-Disciplinary Global Learning for Student Success
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | 12:00 p.m. EST
In the second installment in the four-part Architecture for Global Learning series, discover how to enrich and broaden student learning through integration of global learning and the creation of cross-disciplinary learning experiences, as they have been framed by the demands of an ever-evolving workplace and real, looming global challenges. Learn the strategies for integrating global learning in disciplines where universality is considered implicit and the incorporation of global contexts is mistakenly considered unnecessary.

Live Webcasts

International Education: What Place in U.S. Diplomacy - A NAFSA and USIP Program
Monday, November 14, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. EST
This high-level panel discussion will explore the ways in which diplomacy can address the causes of violent extremism, handle related traumas, and bring resolution to conflict. Presenters will discuss the ways in which international education, religion, and civility can rectify culture clashes and help alienated members of society to return to positive relationships with their community.

NAFSA thanks our partners at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Campus Internationalization Presidential Panel
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. EST
Join the 2016 Senator Paul Simon Award Presidential Panel live webcast from Washington, D.C. Watch this annual gathering of leaders from Simon Award-winning institutions as they discuss their successes in campus internationalization. This event is accessible free of charge.

NAFSA thanks INTO University Partnerships Limited for underwriting this event.

Collegial Conversations

Using Data to Advocate for Support of the International Enrollment Management Office
Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 1:00 p.m. EST
Effective international enrollment management professionals understand the importance of using data for strategic planning, enrollment forecasting, and tracking returns on investments. This chat goes one step further by exploring various approaches to utilizing data as an advocacy tool to increase campus-wide collaboration and secure adequate resources for the IEM office. Presenters will introduce new and improved tools and resources for data advocacy and calculating ROI on your campus and in your community. 

Institutional Liability for Personal Travel in Education Abroad Programs
Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 3:00 p.m. EST
Students often make travel plans before and after program dates and during program breaks. Some institutions require participants to file a travel log, while others take the stance that students are able to act independently with no need to report to program leaders at times when the program is not “on,” such as over weekends or during scheduled holidays. Join our panel of speakers to discuss these two endpoints on the liability spectrum as well as other points in between.

Special Resources

NAFSA International Student Economic Value Tool
Obtain the latest information about the economic contributions of international students and their families to the United States. Sort the data at the national level and by state, region, and congressional district to get a clear picture of just how much the United States benefits from international education. View 10-year trends and detailed job sector analysis. And, use data in advocacy with institutional leadership as well as government officials. This resource is available free of charge.

Internationalizing the Campus 2016: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities
Internationalizing the Campus is a collection of profiles of colleges and universities that received either NAFSA’s 2016 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization or Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award. The report cites exemplary practices, model approaches, and key trends related to international education on outstanding U.S. campuses.

Special Message

Watch a special message from U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr.


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