Region VIII

Region VIII Conference

We are excited to invite all those who are committed to the field of international education and exchange to join us for the 2018 NAFSA Region VIII Conference in Richmond, Virginia, on November 6-9.

Each year, attendees gather to learn from professional development opportunities and network with colleagues and leaders who work in their region and collaborate with partners across the world. At this conference in Richmond, you can expect to:

  • Engage in relevant, informative, and timely sessions targeting all areas in the field of international education.
  • Network with over 500 conference attendees at a variety of conference offerings, including our exciting special events.
  • Learn how to get into the field of international education, as well as what to do once you land that first job.

Call for Proposals

We are currently accepting session, workshop, and poster proposals the Region VIII Conference.

Submit a proposal now!


Registration information for the 2018 conference will be made available later this year. While the information below is subject to change for this year’s offering, we’re making it available to you now to assist with your budgeting and planning. Please check back with us for more information as the dates, rates, and conference details are confirmed.

Type Date
Early Bird Begins 8/1/2018
Regular Registration Begins 10/1/2018
Reg Type Early/Regular/On-Site
NAFSA Member $300 / $350 / $375
Non-Member $350 / $400 / $425
Student  $175 / $200 / $225
Academy Trainee $175 / $200 / $225
Community Volunteer $175 / $200 / $225
Government Official $175 / $200 / $225
Retiree $175 / $175 / $200

Single Day

Reg Type  Rate
All Daily Registrants $175

Pre-Conference Workshops

Below is a list of the pre-conference workshops Region VIII offered at its 2017 conference. Please check back in the coming months as we finalize the 2018 offerings.

Full-Day Workshops
J-1 Advising: Intermediate
F-1 Student Advising for Beginners
F-1 Student Advising: Intermediate

Half-Day Workshops
Risk Assessment + Crisis Management in Education Abroad
International Credential Evaluation: Understanding the Essentials
Breaking Into the Field of International Education

Travel Scholarships

NAFSA Region VIII is pleased to award a limited number of scholarship awards to individuals wishing to attend our annual regional conference. Scholarships include opportunities for free conference registration, as well as lodging at the conference hotel. Scholarships are based on level of need, with preference being given to presenters and first-time attendees.

2017 Travel Scholarship Recipients

Kara Hoxworth
Director of Study Abroad
Lynchburg College

Luke Mackey
International Leadership Assistant, ISS (Grad Student)
Elizabethtown College

Hayley Spear
Resident Manager, UVA International Center (Grad Student)
University of Virginia

Rebecca AbuRakia-Einhorn
Coordinator of Education Abroad
Gallaudet University

Danielle Davis
Coordinator, International Programs
Hollins University

Jennifer White
Associate Director, Office of International Studies
Goucher College

Exhibitor Information


Please contact for more information about exhibiting with us in Richmond.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Region VIII is excited to offer a number of sponsorship opportunities for its annual conference! We hope you will consider further supporting our efforts to consistently provide a top quality professional conference while promoting your organization to hundreds of international educators. All sponsors will receive acknowledgment in the conference program and website. Travel grant sponsors will be recognized along with the grant recipients during the regional team's plenary remarks. Sponsors of events and breaks will also receive the following:

  • Signage at the event acknowledging your sponsorship. 
  • Logo and acknowledgment in the event listing in the conference app. 
  • Option to provide marketing materials or gift to all event attendees. 
  • Sponsors of the opening reception and plenary brunch will have the opportunity to provide brief, welcoming remarks to all attendees

Additional details about exhibiting and sponsorship will be made available within our online registration system in 2018. Please check back for updates.

Hotel Information

Please check back for further information on the 2018 conference hotel and special rate.

Future Conference Sites

  • 2018: Richmond, Virginia
  • 2019: Baltimore, Maryland