What We Believe

NAFSA believes that international education advances learning and scholarship, fosters understanding and respect among people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, is essential for developing globally competent individuals, and builds leadership for the global community. We believe that international education lies at the core of an interconnected world characterized by peace, security, and well-being for all. NAFSA believes that diversity in our classrooms, our communities, and our workplaces is our strength.

What We Do

NAFSA is the largest and most comprehensive association of professionals committed to advancing international higher education. Based in the United States, we provide programs, products, services, and a physical and virtual meeting space for the worldwide community of international educators. The association provides leadership to its varied constituencies through establishing principles of good practice and providing professional development opportunities. NAFSA encourages networking among professionals, convenes conferences and collaborative dialogues, and promotes research and knowledge creation to strengthen and serve the field. We lead the way in advocating for a better world through international education.

Our Aspirations

NAFSA aspires to an environment in which every student and scholar seeking the benefits of international education finds a path, and every institution of higher education integrates international perspectives into its teaching, research, and service missions. We aspire to enlightened international relations, a globally engaged citizenry, and a more peaceful world.

Our Operating Values

We pride ourselves in providing high quality programs, products, and services. Through our work in international education, we foster diversity and inclusion. As a self-supporting, not-for-profit organization, we depend on effective governance and on a strong, increasingly diverse financial foundation. We celebrate innovation and value highly talented volunteer leaders and staff. We commit to working in a professional and collegial manner and to respecting others— values which are at the heart of international education.

Strategic Plan

NAFSA's work is guided by a strategic plan, developed and refreshed periodically by the Board of Directors. The plan announces the association's vision, mission, and values. It guides the association in developing services, programs, and products to serve its members. Learn more about the strategic plan.