Special Events

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Updates

Knowledge Community Networking Receptions

Monday, May 27, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Gather together with colleagues and friends who share similar professional interests at five networking receptions in:

  • Education Abroad (EA)
  • International Education Leadership (IEL)
  • International Enrollment Management (IEM)
    Sponsored by Duolingo
  • International Student and Scholar Services
    Sponsored by Sunapsis
  • Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

All registered attendees are welcome at each reception. Food stations and cash bars are available. Guest tickets are not available. Preregistration is required.

First-Timers Breakfast Preregistration fee and ticket required.

Tuesday, May 28, 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Get your conference week off to a great start by joining other first-timers and NAFSA leaders for a networking breakfast.

Campus Visits

Explore colleges and universities in the Washington, D.C. area. Meet colleagues and learn more about facilities, programs, and services at each campus. Each visit is free, but all require advance registration. Register early as space is limited. Learn more at www.nafsa.org/ac19campusvisits.

Networking Luncheons

Learn more about the networking luncheons at NAFSA 2019.

Diversity and InclusionPreregistration fee and ticket required.
Tuesday, May 28, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by West Chester University

Pathways to Peace: A Gastrodiplomacy Experience Preregistration fee and ticket required.
Wednesday, May 29, 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Columbia International Students & Scholars Office

Community Colleges Preregistration fee and ticket required.
Thursday, May 30, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Northern Virginia Community College

Liberal Arts Institutions and Women's Colleges Preregistration fee and ticket required.
Thursday, May 30, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Latin America Forum   Preregistration fee and ticket required.

Monday, May 27, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Latin America and the Caribbean continue to provide diverse opportunities for strategic and institutional engagement. Higher education leaders from throughout the region will provide insights on collaborative networks. Country-specific breakout tables will be available for networking. Learn more.
Sponsored by George Mason University

Atlantic World Forum New

Wednesday, May 29, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Explore the nature of interaction and engagement throughout the Atlantic Basin and network with colleagues from Africa, the Americas, and Europe. Expert speakers from the region address common challenges and connections between countries, and share successful higher education collaborations and models for creative institutional partnerships. Learn more.

Africa Forum

Thursday, May 30, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Broaden your knowledge of international education and exchange with Africa. Hear experts speak on internationalization efforts in the region and meet with higher education leaders from Africa institutions, including the fellows from NAFSA's Global Dialogue Fellows Program. Learn more.
Sponsored by Global Penn State

Closing Celebration: Look Ahead to St. Louis

Friday, May 31, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Following Friday's closing plenary, share memories of our week in Washington, D.C. as we look ahead to our next exciting conference destination: St. Louis! Get a feel for what's in store in 2020 at the "Gateway to the West!" Representatives from St. Louis will be on hand to share information about the destination with attendees for next year's conference. Closing Celebration is open to all conference registrants and is included in the registration fee.

Regional Meetings

Each of the 11 NAFSA regions located through the United States will hold individual meetings in Philadelphia. All attendees from within the United States and those new to the Annual Conference & Expo are invited to attend and find out more about specific opportunities in each region. Learn more about the NAFSA regions at www.nafsa.org/regions.

NAFSA Bookstore Events

The NAFSA Bookstore offers a wide variety of practice-related and thought-provoking publications from NAFSA and other top-quality publishers. New this year, several book signings and discussions for best-selling NAFSA publications will take place in the NAFSA Bookstore. Learn more.