Build Your Brand in Time for Annual Conference

March 22, 2018

By Samantha Potempa

Personal BrandingWhen we first start in the field, it's difficult to stand out. International education is competitive, and many job candidates share the same skills and passions. To be successful, you must find that element about yourself that sets you apart and create a powerful brand around it. But how? You’ve probably heard generic advice such as you should network, follow your passion, and put your best foot forward. Nevertheless, it’s not easy to know where to start with... See More

Staffing Models: How International Education Offices Are Structured and Why

March 19, 2018

By Chrissie Faupel and Elizabeth Leibach

Have you ever wondered if your office structure is the best fit for the type of institution, students, and scholars that you have? International education offices can be structured in a variety of ways, so how do you divide responsibilities between staff? Do advisers specialize in academic programs? Or specialize by... See More

NAFSA 2018 Workshop Spotlight: F-1 Student Advising - Advanced

March 16, 2018

By Dena Neese

This year, we are excited to celebrate the 70th anniversary of NAFSA and the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo. The Annual Conference Committee has made an intentional effort to highlight the diverse voices and shared commitment of international education professionals from all over the world in this year’s conference program, and the NAFSA 2018 Current Topics Workshops are... See More

NAFSA 2018: Where to Eat in Philly

March 15, 2018

By Hailey Gouza

Eating in PhillyCheesesteaks, hoagies, soft pretzels, water ice, scrapple, pork roll—the list of famous Philly foods is endless. So when you come to Philadelphia for the NASFA 2018 Annual Conference & Expo, be prepared to eat your way across the city! Philadelphia is home to thousands of restaurants specializing in a wide variety of cuisines, so whether you are looking for some local fare or have an international palette, you will be sure to find a... See More

The Journey and the Destination: Transportation and Attractions in Philly

March 07, 2018

By Hailey Gouza

Walking in PhiladelphiaMost of us in the international education field would list traveling as our favorite hobby. We enjoy wandering from place to place, learning new things, and soaking in all that the world has to offer. Most of us can also agree that for every amazing travel story, we have horror stories of missed connections, unplanned detours, and involuntary itinerary changes. But at the end of the day we appreciate that it is life’s unplanned surprises that turn... See More

Plenary Connections: Bill Nye

February 27, 2018

By Joël A. Gallegos

Bill NyeAs all of us prepare to attend NAFSA's 70th Annual Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, we invariably begin to organize our calendars, set up meetings, and prepare for one of the most dynamic weeks over the course of any given year for many international educators here and abroad. This certainly includes preparing for and making time to attend all the plenaries. I am particularly excited this year that we will have the opportunity to hear from scientist and best-selling author Bill Nye on... See More

Philly Philly: #NAFSA2018 in Philadelphia!

February 26, 2018

By Hailey Gouza

Welcome to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! The birthplace of America, the city of brotherly love, the cheesesteak capital, and most recently, home of the 2018 Super Bowl World Champions of Football. Philadelphia boasts big-city living with a small-town feel, thanks to its historical significance, rich cultural diversity, and world-class amenities. Philadelphia is where cobblestone streets meet towering skyscrapers; generation shop owners meet international business... See More

Laura W. Bush: A Model of a First Lady’s Diplomatic Reach

February 20, 2018

By Diana B. Carlin

Laura W. BushThe late Lady Bird Johnson, wife of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson, wrote of the role of a U.S. First Lady: “The Constitution of the United States does not mention the First Lady. She is elected by one man only. The statute books assign her no duties; and yet, when she gets the job, a podium is there if she cares to use it. I did.” Another First Lady from Texas, Laura W. Bush, also chose to use the podium during the eight years of her husband’s presidency, and she continues to speak out on issues of importance to... See More

Lives in the Balance: Dreamers Deserve a Fair Deal, Not Unsteady Pillars

February 15, 2018

By Mary Giovagnoli

There’s been a lot of talk about the White House’s four pillars of immigration reform, a description that suggests a balanced and even-handed approach to tackling the many problems facing our immigration system. Unfortunately, there’s nothing balanced about President Trump’s immigration framework or the Republican proposal introduced by Senator Grassley that... See More