World’s Largest International Education Conference Coming to Boston




Rebecca Morgan,, 202.495.2553
Katie O’Connell,, 202.495.2559


NAFSA's 67th Annual Conference and Expo, New Horizons in International Education, is the world's largest gathering of professionals in international education with an expected 10,000 attendees from more than 100 countries. The conference offers a wide array of learning and networking opportunities for international educators, and features more than 200 sessions and workshops focusing on the most crucial topics in international education and exchange and global learning. Visit and follow #NAFSA15.


Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, May 29, 2015


Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210


  • Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author and staff writer for The New Yorker
  • Shiza Shahid, cofounder and ambassador of the Malala Fund
  • Ishmael Beah, author, human rights activist and former child soldier
  • Tawakkol Karman, Nobel peace laureate and women’s rights activist
  • Find out more about these plenary speakers at


  • Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, will give opening remarks immediately before Wednesday’s plenary address with Shiza Shahid (Wednesday, May 27, 4:00 p.m.)
  • Jon Sawyer, Executive Director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, will moderate a discussion with plenary speaker Tawakkol Karman (Friday, May 29, 4:00 p.m.)
  • I-Engage Talks: Modeled after TED-talks, enjoy dynamic 10-minute presentations on topics featuring a variety of presenters who are making a difference in the local Boston community and beyond. (Thursday, May 28, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the NAFSA Pavilion in the Expo Hall)
  • Find a full list of guest speakers, including Neil G. Ruiz of the Brookings Institution (“The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations,” Wednesday, May 27, 8:45 a.m.) and Julia Sweig of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin (“The Back Story and Implications of President Obama's Cuba Initiative,” Wednesday, May 27, 11:45 a.m.), at
  • For a complete list of the more than 200 conference sessions at
  • The International Education Expo Hall will feature exhibitors representing hundreds of organizations from around the world, including colleges and universities, study abroad and intensive-English programs, embassies, and government agencies and more. Plan ahead with an online map of the Expo Hall.


Check-in for news media begins Tuesday, May 26, at 7:00 a.m. at the “on-site registration” area in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The NAFSA Media Pass includes admission to the conference from Tuesday, May 26, through Friday, May 29, for the daily plenary speeches, opening and closing celebrations, International Education Expo Hall, and the concurrent sessions. Conference workshops, private events, special events that require pre-registration or payment of a fee, and meetings of NAFSA leadership and member groups are closed to the media. Media workspace will be provided throughout the week. Because advance online registration for the media is now closed, reporters wishing to cover the conference are encouraged to contact Katie O’Connell at in advance of their arrival.