Networking Opportunities

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2018 Registration

Networking Before the Conference

Registered attendees can start building their professional network within the NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference Online Program and Planner. Attendees will be able to view a list of registered conference attendees and opt-in to receive messages and chat with other attendees within the online program. Registered attendees can also build a profile, share their profile, and view the profiles of other attendees who have opted to share.

NAFSA's mobile app will be available for download in early May. The mobile app will allow registered attendees to view and connect with other app users. Personal meetings and schedules built within the online program will fully integrate into the app.

Use social media to get latest conference updates and connect with your colleagues and the larger international education community. 

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First-Time Attendees

Make the most out of your first NAFSA annual conference. In addition to an on-site orientation for first-timers, be sure check out NAFSA's online guide for first-time attendees to ensure you get the most from your conference experience.

Expo Hall

The International Education Expo at NAFSA's annual conference brings the international education community just a handshake away. 

Peer-to-Peer Networking

Network by Interest

Meet others who share similar professional or personal interests:
Knowledge Community (KC) Open Meetings and Member Interest Group (MIG) Meetings focus on professional or personal interests and provide an environment for dialogue.

  • Learn more about KCs
  • Learn more about MIGs

Network by Institution

Meet others from the same type of institution:
Several MIG events and open meetings throughout the week will help you meet others from similar institutions, such as community colleges and liberal arts institutions, or state and research institutions. Connect to discuss challenges unique to your institutional type.

Network by Region

U.S. Attendees
NAFSA has 11 different geographic regions around the United States. Each region holds a meeting at the conference. Don’t know which region you belong to? Find out now!

International Attendees
Learn how to make the most of your networking time at the conference. Learn more about the U.S. higher educational system and develop new and rewarding partnerships.

Knowledge Community Connector Programs

Several Knowledge Communities offer Connector Programs to match attendees experienced professionals in their field to maneuver the conference schedule of events, target important sessions, and meet and get acquainted with colleagues in the field.


As a graduate student entering the field, I found the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo to be a fantastic way to network for future positions, explore what kind of international education organizations are out there, and best of all, to find a mentor who I believe I will be in touch with for many years to come. Kelsey Prima, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


The NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo was an invaluable opportunity to network with domestic and international partners and create future opportunities for collaboration. Katy Lane, Texas A&M University


I look forward to attending this conference every year. It is so nice to have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues from across the U.S. and around the world. Marilyn J. Jackson, San Francisco State University

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