Region IV

Region IV Conference

October 21-24, 2019

Join us in Fargo, North Dakota for the 2019 Regional Conference. This year’s conference theme is “Go FAR GO Global” It all starts in Fargo - ranked in the top 100 best places to live in 2018 by “Livability”, which also ranked our downtown as one of America’s 10 best downtowns in small to mid-sized cities. (The Region IV Team recently experienced this very enthusiastically at the Spring Team Training)

Preconference Workshops

Preconference workshops begin on Monday, October 21 and conference sessions end on Thursday morning, October 24.

Tell us what preconference CEP workshops you want to see offered by completing this survey by June 15, 2019.

Session Proposals

Region IV is now accepting session proposals!
Very Motivated Presenter deadline has been extended to June 10. Submit a session proposal by June 10 and, if selected, the primary presenter will receive $75 off conference registration. The final deadline to submit session proposals is June 28.

Want to collaborate with colleagues to submit a session proposal together for the Region IV Conference in Fargo, ND? Fill in your contact details on the 2019 NAFSA Region IV Conference Session Collaboration Sheet, where you can find people whose interests and expertise match yours. From there, team up to submit a collaborative session proposal.


With discounted exhibitor pricing (the lowest priced of all eleven NAFSA regions!), we are looking to host the largest Region IV exhibit hall ever. Exhibitors can sponsor coffee breaks, the awards luncheon, state meetings, and various special events – options abound. Visit Exhibitor Harvestor for pricing and details. Non-Global Partners: exhibitor sponsorship will begin June 15.

Conference Site and Getting to Fargo

The Region IV Conference will be located at the Holiday Inn Fargo Hotel & Convention Center. Save the Date: Hotel registration with the Region IV block will begin August 7. If arriving by air, fly directly into Fargo’s Hector International Airport (FAR) and use Uber/Lyft to get around.

Conference Grants

NAFSA Region IV Conference Grants are financial support for Region IV international educators with demonstrated need. The general Conference Grants cover the cost of full conference registration and we also offer grants modeled after NAFSA's Diversity Impact Program for Tribal Colleges, Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Community Colleges within the Region IV area (Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota). Diversity Impact Grants cover the full conference registration plus a $500 travel grant. Conference Grants cannot be combined with the Very Motivated Presenter (VMP) discount.

Grants are available for individuals in the following categories:

  • Student (seeking entry level ideas to enter international education field)
  • Newcomer (employed in international education but new to the field and/or NAFSA)
  • Seasoned professional (more than 5 years of international education and/or NAFSA experience)
  • Professional from Tribal College, HBCU, HSI, and/or Community College (preference will be given to institutions that have not attended a Region IV conference previously)

The deadline to apply is August 14, 2019.

Special Events

We are excited to welcome you for some curling and yoga; a real Viking ship at our Scandinavian Heritage Center; a “Brewhalla” brewery tour – stay for a bonfire if you want; and some great music at the opening reception in our Plains Art Museum. Our regionally known “foody” town, which also boasts a booming craft beer culture, is great for our traditional Region IV Conference favorites (restaurant hops and pub crawls).

Go to Fargo – Grab your Instagram shot - Spread your wings - “Go FAR GO Global”

Future Conferences

  • 2020: Coralville, IA
  • 2021: Schaumberg, IL (Bi-Regional with Region V)

Session Proposals

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