Connecting the Dots: How Study Abroad Impacts Employability

April 15, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Marty Tillman

An American expat running a study abroad program in the Gulf region recently commented on LinkedIn that when students were asked: “What were your expectations before the trip?,” their responses generally were: “I thought it was going to be a vacation,” or “I thought there was going to be more down time.” The perception that study abroad falls solely within the tourism or leisure travel sector is present in some experiences. And all too often, students’ cognizance of the relationship between study abroad and employability takes place well after the experience, if at all. ... See More

Workshop Preview: Experiential Learning to Facilitate Intercultural Understanding

April 14, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kara Johnson

NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo offers an incredible array of professional learning opportunities for international educators. As the 2016 Annual Conference Committee Workshop Coordinator, I thought it might be helpful to highlight a few of these amazing learning opportunities in order to help you fine-tune your schedule for this year’s event. Join me over the next few weeks as I give a sneak peek of some of the can’t-miss workshops that await you in Denver. ... See More

Spotting Red Flags in the Hiring Process

April 05, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Cynthia Banks

I recall thinking of my next new hire as a “TGO,” or “The Golden Opportunity,” for my organization. I would dream of this new person like a superhero of sorts. Someone who would arrive complete with the skills and finesse to perfectly fit both the job and the company. I couldn’t wait for the day we said “you’re hired!” ... See More

Your Professional Development Road Map

April 01, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Ellen H. Badger and Shawna Szabo

For those of you who are looking to advance your career or start a career, it’s helpful to think about the skills and training you already possess and what you still need to acquire. Add some time and relevant experience to the equation, and you can create your very own professional development road map.... See More

Day Trips Near Denver

March 29, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Michele Friedmann

In Denver, one thing is certain: with all of the mountains, trails, and picturesque overlooks you can find in the area, you’ll never run out of day trip options! There are so many enjoyable things to do. ... See More

Building Conference Connections

March 25, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Samantha Potempa

As the NAFSA 2016 Annual Conference & Expo approaches, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to accomplish. Whether you are new to the field or a seasoned professional, networking should always make your to-do list. Networking with other international educators will provide you with some of the best takeaways from the conference; you will increase your knowledge, build your reputation, and expand your sphere of personal and professional connections. Here are some helpful pointers on building and managing the connections you make at NAFSA 2016.... See More

Plenary Connections: Kailash Satyarthi

March 16, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Diana Carlin

Most of us will never have the opportunity to attend a Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. All of us attending NAFSA conferences, however, have had the good fortune to hear Nobel Laureates speak at plenary sessions. If you are like me, you were inspired by words from past Laureates such as Shirin Ebadi or Wangari Matthai--two of my favorites.

This year in Denver, we are again fortunate to have a Nobel Peace Prize winner on the plenary schedule. The Friday event will feature 2014 Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi who shared the prize with Malala Yousafzai.

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Where to Eat in Denver

March 15, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Michele Friedmann

Denver’s culinary scene is as impressive as the surrounding snow-capped mountains! From laid-back pubs to upscale restaurants and European-inspired eateries, the city will satisfy everyone’s taste buds. ... See More

Welcome to Denver

February 24, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Michele Friedmann

There is a lot to love about Colorado, from purple mountain majesties to 300 days of sunshine a year. There are very few people who visit and don’t find a reason to stay. Which explains why Colorado saw the seventh-highest increase in population out of all 50 states, and the Denver metro area is consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing areas in the region. The state slogan, “Colorado Above All,” rings true for many!... See More