Special Events

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Proposals

Knowledge Community Networking Receptions

Monday, May 28, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Five networking receptions allow you to gather with colleagues and friends who share a professional focus in:

  • Education Abroad (EA)
  • International Education Leadership (IEL)
  • International Enrollment Management (IEM)
    Sponsored by Duolingo
  • International Student and Scholar Services
    Sponsored by Sunapsis
  • Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

All registered attendees are welcome at each reception. Food stations and cash bar available. Guest tickets are not available. Preregistration is required.

First-Timers Breakfast Preregistration fee and ticket required.

Tuesday, May 29, 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Jump start your conference week by joining other first-timers and NAFSA leaders for a networking breakfast.

Campus Visits

Explore colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. Meet colleagues and learn more about the facilities, programs, and services at each campus. Each visit is free, but all require advance registration. Register early as space is limited. Learn more at www.nafsa.org/ac18campusvisits.

International Education Celebration

Tuesday, May 29, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join your fellow attendees immediately after the opening plenary address for a sensational event celebrating 70 years of NAFSA. Included in conference registration; includes food and one drink ticket per person (pick up at registration).

Closing Celebration: Festival D.C.

Friday, June 1, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Share memories of our week in Philadelphia as we look ahead to our next exciting conference destination: Washington, D.C. Get a feel for what’s in store in 2019 in the nation’s capital! Representatives from D.C. will be on hand to share information about the destination and build enthusiasm among attendees for next year’s conference. Closing Celebration is open to all conference registrants and is included in the registration fee.

Networking Luncheons

Learn more about the networking luncheons at NAFSA 2018.

Pathways to Peace Preregistration fee and ticket required.
Tuesday, May 29, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Swarthmore

Diversity and Inclusion Preregistration fee and ticket required.
Wednesday, May 30, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by West Chester University

Community Colleges Preregistration fee and ticket required.
Thursday, May 31, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Liberal Arts Institutions and Women's Colleges Preregistration fee and ticket required.
Thursday, May 31, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Latin American Forum   Preregistration fee and ticket required.

Monday, May 28, 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
This NAFSA pre-conference seminar engages expert speakers on issues related to strengthening international partnerships and collaboration with Latin America, and provides networking opportunities with colleagues from around the region. Learn more.
Sponsored by Knowledge in Panama

Africa Forum

Wednesday, May 30, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
This NAFSA conference seminar will engage expert speakers on issues related to strengthening international partnerships and collaboration with Africa, and provide networking opportunities with colleagues from around the continent and the world. Learn more.
Sponsored by Penn State

Regional Meetings

Each of the 11 NAFSA regions located through the United States will hold individual meetings in Philadelphia. All attendees from within the United States and those new to the Annual Conference & Expo are invited to attend and find out more about specific opportunities in each region. Learn more about the NAFSA regions at www.nafsa.org/regions.

NAFSA Bookstore Events

The NAFSA Bookstore offers a wide variety of practice-related and thought-provoking publications from NAFSA and other top-quality publishers. New this year, several book signings and discussions for best-selling NAFSA publications will take place in the NAFSA Bookstore. Learn more.