What Employers Should Know
What is the Academy?
The Academy for International Education is a selective program, in which trainees are provided foundational training around nine international education professional proficiencies and the primary knowledge areas of international education. The foundational training is enhanced by a personalized learning plan the Academy trainee develops, which guides and measures the trainee's learning throughout the Academy year, in addition to individualized coaching from a international education coach.
How the NAFSA Academy Benefits Your Academic Institution
Professional development and training are essential to successfully perform many of the job tasks required in the field of international education. However, limited time and resources force employees to focus their training on narrow, specific, job tasks that don't incorporate the broader vision of the field that is now required in an age where comprehensive internationalization is being mandated on campuses.
The Academy for International Education provides 3 in-person Academy training opportunities, the highlight of which is the Academy Spring Training. Spring Training provides 3 days of intensive training in a variety of duties and functions found in international education—thus equipping each trainee with the understanding of how international education intersects across fields, and equipping them with the connections and resources to further develop your internationalization plan. Beyond the foundational learning, each trainee builds a learning plan that focuses on the individual's specific needs in the field. This helps shape their choices for conference workshops and sessions included in the Academy fee. Throughout, the Academy Coach helps support the trainee's learning by directing them to professional tools and resources to help them achieve their learning plan objectives.
Rene Ruiz, Academy 7 writes:
The field of international education is vast and complex. The Academy allowed for my team to develop awareness of globalization, comparative education, current issues, exchange programs, and leadership development. Bringing staff from the domestic program to the Academy allowed for better understanding of the international program and further our department's internationalization efforts.
What Your Institution Will Gain
- Training of individual(s) from your institution in a variety of areas within the international education field, including admissions, international student advising, education abroad, advocacy in international education and internationalization.
- Broadened access to the international education field for both the individual and the institution.
- Increased knowledge and information on the international education field and resources
- Skilled individual(s) to assist your offices and institution in the development of services, programming and campus-wide promotion of international education.
How You Can Support an Academy Trainee
- Your consent for a trainee to fully participate in the year-long Academy is essential.
- Financial support of the institutional representative is highly recommended, but not required.
- Staff release time for the three required Academy Events (Academy Spring Training, NAFSA's Annual Conference, and NAFSA's Regional Conference in your area).
- Encouragement and ongoing interest will both serve the trainee and your office to ensure that the Academy investment of time and resources remains a priority throughout.
How Do You Know if Your Employee Is Right for the Academy?
As an employer, you may see how the Academy can benefit the employee's professional development and the work of your institution. However, due to the intensive curriculum and additional demands on the employee, it is essential that any prospective employee show they are motivated to succeed.
What Will Your Employee Receive with Their Academy Participation?
The program is developed to provide you with a comprehensive view of international education while allowing you to tailor the program to your own learning needs. All Academy trainees receive:
- NAFSA membership for up to 18 months
- Three-day Academy spring training, including:
- An introduction to the profession of international education
- Basics of:
- Comprehensive Internationalization
- U.S. international admissions
- Education abroad
- International student advising
- Advocacy in international education
- 2013 NAFSA annual conference registration fee
- 2013 preconference workshop at the annual conference
- 2013 regional conference registration*
- 2013 NAFSA preconference workshop at regional conference*
- Access to NAFSA network and networking opportunities
- Supported learning by an experienced coach
- Continued connection with a cohort of peers
*reduced/waived depending on decision by Regional Leadership
What Are the Costs?
The Academy costs $1859 per trainee. Additionally, travel, lodging, and meals costs at the three training events are the responsibility of the individual trainee or supporting employer.