Region III

Region III Conference - Little Rock

Region III Conference

The NAFSA Region III Team is excited to invite you to Little Rock, Arkansas for the 2018 regional conference coming up October 28 through October 31, 2018. Please bookmark this page for regular updates as they become available.


  • September 14, 2018: Early-Bird Registration Closes
  • October 5, 2018: Workshop Registration Closes (no on-site registration for workshops)
  • October 2, 2018: Region III Award Nominations Due and Scholarship Applications Due
  • October 5, 2018: Hotel Reservations Close
  • October 28, 2018: Pre-Conference Workshops Offered
  • October 29, 2018: Conference Sessions Begin
  • October 31, 2018: Conference Ends


Please note: NAFSA membership is not required to access the conference registration portal when it opens. However, all registrants must create a free NAFSA Passport to access the registration portal.

View the tentative conference schedule PDF

Registrant Type

Early Bird
(by September 14, 2018)

(from September 15, 2018)

Daily Rate

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Full-Time Student





Pre-conference workshops offered PDF

  • F-1 Student Advising for Beginners (full day)
  • F-1 Student Advising: Intermediate (full day)
  • J-1 Advising: Beginner (full day)
  • Education Abroad: Critical Skills for the Adviser (full day)
  • Admission & Placement of International Students (half day - afternoon)
  • Recruiting International Students (half day - morning)

Pre-Conference Workshop

/Half Day

/ Full Day (or 2 same day, half days)

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Our conference & hotel will be held at the Little Rock Marriott. Located in the heart of the bustling downtown River Market District close to the Capitol building and almost 50 walkable dining/entertainment options, as well as the beautiful main library, the hotel & conference center is just a short 12 minutes from the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

To reserve rooms at the Marriott, please use the link below by October 5.

Book your group rate for Association of International Educators Region III Conference

Marriott hotel(s) offering a special group rate: $169.00 USD per night. If you require additional assistance or have any issues booking, please contact Kristen Lee, Event Manager at 501-399-8052.


The off-site event will be at Heifer International. Headquartered in Little Rock, Heifer International provides relief efforts both nationally and internationally to provide livestock and training to families in need.


Want to meet new people and give back to NAFSA Region III? We are looking for volunteers for the Region III Conference in Little Rock, AR October 28 – November 1, 2018. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form and let us know where you want to help and what time you will be available.

Where can you help? We need volunteers to help with registration, the exhibit hall, evaluations, restaurant hops, photography, and more!

Please remember that you have to be registered for the conference in order to volunteer.

Region III greatly appreciates their volunteers!  If you have questions or need more information about volunteer opportunities, please email Ruby Bowles (


An overview of all exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities at the Region III conference can be viewed here.

Back by popular demand, Region III will once again provide two free conference registrations for each exhibitor. Each exhibiting staff person will need to register individually and will need to have an individual NAFSA Passport account.

The exhibit space will be located directly outside of the main conference room where all lunches and keynote speakers will take place, so is an ideal location for networking between sessions.  All coffee breaks during the conference will also be held in the exhibit hall this year, allowing for maximum exposure throughout the conference. The exhibitor booth cost is $750.

Exhibit Hall Hours:

  • Monday, October 29, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

**All exhibitor booths have now been sold for the NAFSA Region III conference. If you would like to be added to a wait list in the event that a booth becomes available, please email **

*Exhibitor set-up will open at 8am on Sunday, October 28.  Break-down will begin at 4pm on Tuesday, October 30.

Several sponsorship opportunities are available at varying levels, including new merchandise branding opportunities for 2018.  A list of sponsorship opportunities available as of July 1, along with descriptions and costs, can be found here.

For questions about exhibiting, advertising, or sponsorship, please contact Blake Hart, Region III Development Chair, at

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A big thanks to those starting our days off right with breakfast! Hats off to LewerMark, who is sponsoring the Arkansas and Oklahoma Breakfasts and Relation Insurance who is sponsoring the Texas and Louisiana Breakfasts! We appreciate your support of NAFSA and the Region III Conference!


We would also like to thank the University of Central Arkansas Confucius Institute for sponsoring the plenary lunch!  Established in 2007, the UCA Confucius Institute is the 24th Confucius Institute created within the United States and one of 500 worldwide. It is the only Confucius Institute in Arkansas. Our mission is to strengthen ties between the State of Arkansas and the People’s Republic of China, to enhance the mutual understanding of each respective culture and to promote Chinese language and culture within the State of Arkansas.


We would also like to thank Go Culture for sponsoring the business lunch. Go Culture provides online cultural awareness training for college and university students.


The Clintons may have put Little Rock on the map, but it’s also known for its Civil Rights history, a thriving cultural community, incredible restaurants and breathtaking scenery.

In addition to our off-site location, Heifer International, the River Market is also home to the Clinton Presidential Center & Park.  Both properties are "green" buildings and offer special tours. The Clinton Presidential Park Wetlands add “green” as well, with boardwalks winding throughout the preserve in downtown Little Rock.

In the vicinity you'll also find the family-friendly Museum of Discovery, which features an interactive indoor playground for young and old. A ride in the METRO Streetcar will take you through the River Market District and into North Little Rock.

Arts and culture mavens will love the Arkansas Arts Center, which houses both traveling exhibitions and an exceptional permanent collection of works on paper, and the ESSE Purse Museum on South Main street, the only American museum dedicated to the art of the handbag. You can also visit the historic Little Rock Visitor's Center at Curran Hall and learn more about the city.


If you’re flying, the closest airport is the Clinton National Airport. In Little Rock. If you stay at the Marriott, they offer a complementary airport shuttle service to get to the Marriott at Statehouse Plaza, reservation required: +1 501 906 4000. If you’re driving, the Marriott has valet parking, currently at $18 for day visitors and $25 for overnight parking.


Karl Anderson
University of Arkansas
Tel: 479-575-3207

Conference Planner
Laura Moix
University of Arkansas
Tel: 479-575-5582

Norma Vallejo
Texas Wesleyan University
Tel: 817-531-7542

Development Chair
Blake Hart
SIT Study Abroad
Tel: 802-258-3233

Pre-Conference Workshops
Sue Marlay
Arkansas State University
Tel: 870-972-0643