NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo

Join peers and experts at the premier global professional learning and networking event for all international educators and organizations that support international education for the NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo, "Global Leadership, Learning, and Change."

Global Leadership, Learning, and Change

The 2019 annual conference theme, “Global Leadership, Learning, and Change,” encourages reflection on the current state of the field and on how to work through the changes and challenges faced by our profession. We will examine how to effectively deal with uncertainty and ambiguity in critical areas such as immigration, health, and safety, and consider the differences in perceptions of how countries welcome others. We will study current standards of successful leadership, at all levels of the field, in the face of change. We will discuss how the present affects the future of our field.

The NAFSA Annual Conference is a unique forum of attendees from many professional and geographic perspectives and backgrounds. Despite differences, conference attendees share a very strong commitment to the core values of international education—providing a welcoming and supportive environment for the success of generations of students and scholars.

An Exceptional Learning Opportunity

The NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo is the premier forum to connect with peers who have similar job challenges and who can identify possible solutions. Learn from top administrators, researchers, authors, and seasoned practitioners in the fields of education abroad; international student and scholar services; international enrollment management; international education leadership; and teaching, learning, and scholarship. The conference program is designed to help you improve your knowledge of model practices and strategies.

  • 200+ professional learning sessions and programs

  • Specialized preconference learning workshops
  • Leadership programs for Presidents, Provosts, SIOs, Directors, and Managers
  • Signature Programs supporting global learning, peace building, risk management, and internationalization
  • Hundreds of presentations at the poster fairs
  • NAFSA Community Celebration, hosted events, and closing celebration
  • Member and Special Interest Group events and programs

"It is impossible not to be energized and inspired by the wealth of information and professional sharing available at the annual NAFSA conference. I always return to my office with renewed determination and commitment to international education and advocacy, and full of ideas to improve my own little corner of the world."

Many Paths for Networking and Collaboration

The NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo is an experience and opportunity that stands apart from other events and resources in its scope, breadth, and access to thousands of colleagues. NASFA 2019 will allow you to meet and dialogue with peers and leaders across borders to discuss key issues. Share and gain valuable insights on all areas of international education administration, student services, research and teaching—from a global perspective. The NAFSA 2019 Expo Hall will showcase hundreds of exhibitors from all parts of the globe—meet with current and prospective partners and find the solutions you need in one place.

  • Education Abroad networking events and programs
  • International Enrollment Management events and programs
  • International Student and Scholar Services events and programs
  • International Educational Leadership events and programs
  • Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship events and programs
  • Partnership building at the International Education Expo

A Vibrant and Welcoming Community

On your own or with a team, come to NAFSA 2019 to gain new contacts and knowledge. Become the best-informed international educator and leave refreshed and ready to meet today’s rapid changes and current trends impacting your programs and students.


"NAFSA is an invaluable association in international education. The annual conference reinvigorates my interest in the field through the plethora of sessions offered and countless networking opportunities. I look forward to attending the conference each year I am given the chance."