We Are Not Our Name Cards

May 20, 2016

By Patricia Jones

When I got my first business card, I was so excited. Here at last was proof that I was a recognized professional in a position of authority in international education. I could exchange it with my peers, provide it to my students, and present it to individuals from around the world. This was validation of who I was.

For years, I carried it proudly in my card case. It was a part of my personal identification. But then came the day that it no longer defined me. I was retiring.

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Eager and Unabashed: The Road to Advocacy

May 18, 2016

By Kashanna Fair

Map? Check. SmarTrip? Check. Hill appointments confirmed? Check. In March, at the 2016 NAFSA Advocacy Day, more than 100 NAFSA advocates, representing over 30 states and districts across the United States, came to Washington, D.C., to address topics integral to international education with their elected officials on Capitol Hill. Advocates shared the benefits of international students coming to the United States, the importance of American college students studying abroad, high-skilled immigration reform, and the need for betterment of U.S.-Cuba relations.... See More

Choosing a Graduate Degree Program in International Education

May 13, 2016

By Katherine Punteney

The Forum on Education Abroad reports that 87 percent of its members hold a master’s degree or higher, and the Association for International Education Administrators found that 81 percent of senior international officers hold doctoral degrees. It seems like everyone you have met has told you that you need a graduate degree to move up in the field. So you decide to take the plunge and apply for a graduate degree program in international education. The dilemma now is choosing the right program. How can you tell what the program will be like and what it can offer you?... See More

Experience the NAFSA 2016 Expo Soundstage

May 11, 2016


The Expo Soundstage at the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo is hard to miss.

Last year’s inaugural Soundstage kicked off with the booming sounds of ShinDaiko’s traditional Japanese drumming. The experience continued throughout the week with Boston musicians serenading the audience with Irish folk tunes; Johnson & Wales University hosting a lively round of “SharkFest,” a Shark Tank®-style event for international educators; and a fascinating exploration of some Boston history with the city’s Archeological Department.

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Denver Happy Hour Options

May 10, 2016

By Michele Friedmann

Denver has a well-deserved reputation of being the Napa Valley of craft beer. Every neighborhood has a thriving bar scene and you’re certain to find a local wine, spirit, or craft beer that will make you want to return for more! Each local has his or her own top happy hour selections and there are too many to list in a single blog post! You’ll find my favorites below, but I encourage you to explore during your time in Denver and fill me on any secret spots you stumble upon!... See More

Sharing the Value of Difference

May 09, 2016

By Erika Rohrbach

One of the great privileges of working in international education is getting to interact with people from all over the globe. From my corner in international student and scholar services, this interaction takes place every day in person, which, in today’s ever more technologically driven, SEVIS-centered environment, feels as if it’s becoming more of a luxury than the norm for conducting business. My vantage point both in my day job and from having served on NAFSA’s Membership Committee, where I’ve worked with our member interest groups and focused on diversity-related concerns, has made me acutely aware of the value of having a multiplicity of perspectives represented.... See More

Is There a Creativity Crisis in International Education?

May 05, 2016

By Samantha Martin

Is international education experiencing a creativity crisis? My team and I have been on a “listening tour” of sorts with international educators and students for the past 2 years as we build new human-centered software for education abroad. In that time, I’ve been quite struck by the overwhelming sentiment from international educators at all levels that there’s very little room for creativity in higher education today. ... See More

Denver’s Neighborhoods

May 03, 2016

By Michele Friedmann

There are so many great neighborhoods in Denver — one week is simply not enough time to check them all out! From beautiful parks and hip restaurants to trendy music venues and a funky art scene, Denver has it all! Here a few of my favorite spots.... See More