Benefits of Attending the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo

 

The NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo is the premier forum to connect with peers who have similar job challenges and who can identify possible solutions. Spend the week with like-minded professionals and discover strategies that will advance your work and your organization.

"It is impossible not to be energized and inspired by the wealth of information and professional sharing available at the annual NAFSA conference. I always return to my office with renewed determination and commitment to international education and advocacy, and full of ideas to improve my own little corner of the world." Colleen Grover, Director of International Initiatives, Husson University

Educational Offerings

Learn from top administrators, researchers, authors, and seasoned practitioners in the fields of education abroad, international student and scholar services, international enrollment management and international education leadership. The conference program is designed to help you improve your knowledge of model practices and strategies.

"The NAFSA Annual Conference always leaves me with a renewed sense of passion for what we, as international educators, do. Being with thousands of like-minded professionals is both humbling and exhilarating. NAFSA is an event I look forward to every year." Heidi Köllmann, International Relations Officer, University of Würzburg, Germany

Partnerships

Meet with partners, get business done, and make new connections from around the world all week long. You will meet colleagues and leaders from every facet of international education when you visit the expo hall, attend sessions, join discussions in open meetings, and participate in formal and informal networking events.

"The NAFSA annual conference exceeds any expectations you have of a traditional conference--it offers much more. From professional development to establishing new partnerships, discussing trends and sharing effective institutional strategies, to connecting with international colleagues and friends from around the world in one location--this conference does it all." Rhea Johnson, Associate Registrar Recruitment & Admissions, Brescia University College (London, Canada)

Personal Connections

The value of face to face collaboration with peers and the unique feeling of community experienced at the largest gathering in the field is well worth the time and resources. The NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo is an experience and opportunity that stands apart from other events and resources in its scope, breadth and access to thousands of colleagues.

"The NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo was an incredible opportunity to connect with IE professionals, expand my knowledge of IE, and learn. I felt invigorated, excited, and better prepared to assist our students, staff, and program. This was my first annual conference, hopefully, one of many." Sande Wu, Admissions and Advising Specialist, American English Institute (AEI), California State University, Fresno

You should attend if you:

  • Lead or advance internationalization on your campus
  • Work in or support any aspect of an international education office
  • Advise or support study abroad students or international students and scholars
  • Develop or maintain partnerships for your institution
  • Integrate a more global perspective into the curriculum and the classroom
  • Provide services or products that support the field of international education
  • Are a volunteer working with international students or scholars in your local community
  • Want to make international education your career
  • Wish to expand your network of international educators

Who Attends?

The NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo audience includes professionals in education abroad and international student and scholar advising, international enrollment professionals, deans and provosts, faculty, intensive English program administrators, government representatives, university rectors, NGO leaders, campus exchange program directors, and service providers from the private sector. The conference attracts participants from institutions of all types in the United States as well as international participants from campuses abroad.

At no other event will you meet as many colleagues in your profession. Connect with people in your area of practice and beyond. At no other event can you experience such an array of educational opportunities that enhance job readiness and address day-to-day work challenges while offering learning opportunities that can advance your broader institutional goals.

Learn more about talking to your employer about the benefits of attending the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo.