Academy for International Education


The Academy for International Education is an intensive yearlong training program with extensive networking opportunities. The Academy accelerates your learning process and prepares you for leadership. It is an investment in your career in international education.

This yearlong program is comprised of three training events, complemented by written assignments, regular cohort conference calls, and coaching. The Academy is an introduction to the profession of international education and its major practice areas. The program is flexible and designed to meet your individual needs and learning goals.

Read more about the experience of a current Academy trainee, Earl Lee at Arizona State University.

*Please note, Region X has chosen not to support a coach for Academy Class 16 (2019 calendar year). If you are from Region X and would like to apply to the Academy, please contact your regional leadership. Their information can be found here. This does not apply to applicants to the National Senior International Officer (SIO) cohort from Region X.

What Do Academy Trainees Receive?

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.

The Academy tuition is $1,999, and includes:
The Acamdemy gave me stronger credibility in my office, gave me a stronger sense of confidence in my field...

  • NAFSA membership for 12 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; and
      • advocacy in international education.
    (Trainee travel, room, and board not included.)
  • 2019 NAFSA Annual Conference registration fee.
  • 2019 preconference workshop at the annual conference.
  • 2019 regional conference registration.*
  • 2019 NAFSA preconference workshop at regional conference.*
  • Access to NAFSA networking opportunities.
  • Supported learning by an experienced coach.
  • Continued connection with a cohort of peers.

    *reduced/waived depending on decision by regional leadership.

Academy Participants

Applications for Academy Class 17 will open on July 15, 2019.

Spring Training

March 5-8, 2019
Atlanta, GA

Contact Us

For more information regarding the Academy, please contact: Professional Learning Services