Students Connecting Our World Gains Momentum

December 15, 2011 | Topics: Education Abroad

By Ursula Oaks

"Students Connecting Our World" is wrapping up its first semester, and we're really excited about the response so far. In case you haven't heard, "Students Connecting Our World" is the student side of NAFSA's grassroots advocacy community "Connecting Our World." It's a place where college students can find a community of people like them interested in study abroad and learning about the world. We are inviting students to connect with each other online; share stories, tips, and ideas about study abroad; find resources; and discover new ways to support international education.... See More

Why I Attended Advocacy Day: My Student with One Name

December 14, 2011 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Ashley Johnson

I have numerous international students sit across my desk daily--all with different backgrounds and stories to tell. Sometimes, as immigration advisors, we are accused of being too focused on the paperwork, the regulations, and the tiny-to-large fires to put out. I would have to admit that this is true. Most of the time, as hard as we try, it is easy to forget the human, non-paper aspect of what we do. Sound familiar?... See More

Always an Advocate: Running into Newt Gingrich in New Hampshire

December 06, 2011 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Regional Conferences

By Vincent C. Schaff

If you have a passion for your work, advocacy becomes second nature. My wife likes to tell the story of my “Cracker Barrel presentation.” We were on vacation sitting next to a large family group of about 12 people having breakfast. In the course of their meal, a conversation started regarding study abroad and Semester at Sea. I went out to my car, grabbed some materials and handed them out to the group and answered their questions. You can’t pass up those opportunities.... See More

Academy for International Education Class 9!

November 21, 2011 | Topics: Leadership

By Krista McCallum Beatty, Chair, Academy 9

NAFSA is now accepting applications for the Academy for International Education Class 9, which will begin in January 2012. Academy trainees receive coaching from an experienced NAFSAn, training in a variety of areas in international education, a wide range networking opportunities, broadened awareness of professional resources, and increased knowledge of the field of international education. In a way, the Academy serves as a sort of ‘jump start’ for professionals new to the field of international education.... See More

Foreign Students Contribute to State, Local Economies: Global Connections in the West


In the final installment of this week’s series featuring real-life stories about the positive impact of foreign students on state economies and communities around the country (see our posts on the Midwest,  Northeast, and South), we go out West. Foreign students spent $4.7 billion during the 2010-2011 academic year across the western states, according to NAFSA’s Economic Impact Statements released Monday. Overall, foreign students and their dependents contributed $20.2 billion to the U.S. economy in the same time period.... See More

Record Attendance and Innovative Features at Region IV

November 18, 2011 | Topics: Regional Conferences

By Bob Stableski

With nearly 375 attendees, Region IV’s conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, November 12-15, bested its previous attendance record of 250 by nearly 100 participants. Cedar Rapids’ central location in the Midwest region drew not only a large drive-in NAFSA crowd, but also nearly 20 percent nonmembers and a large numbers of students from international education programs at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Minnesota.... See More

Study Abroad and Global Education in the Spotlight on Capitol Hill

November 18, 2011 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Education Abroad

By Ursula Oaks

NAFSA – Goucher College Event “A Global Education: No Longer Optional” Draws U.S. Senators, Higher Education Leaders to Discuss Legislation, Challenges, and Innovative Solutions

Senator Barbara Mikulski minced no words in her assessment of new members of Congress who boast that they don’t have a passport. “How,” she asked, “can you do your job in government without an international education?”

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