Frequently Asked Questions About NAFSA 2020
The NAFSA annual conference brings together more than 9,500 professionals in the field of international education for five packed days of training workshops, educational sessions, networking opportunities, and special events.
Have questions about NAFSA's 2020 Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri? Check back regularly as this page will continue to be updated.
If you can't find the answer you're looking for, please reach out to the NAFSA Conference team.
What are the official dates of the Annual Conference?
The conference begins Sunday, May 24 and ends Friday, May 29, 2020.
When does conference registration begin on site?
Registration opens on Saturday, May 23 at 4:30 p.m.
What is the address, telephone number, and web address of the St. Louis Convention Center?
701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
Where are the conference sessions and workshops being held?
Conference sessions and workshops are held at the America's Center from Sunday, May 24 through Friday, May 29, 2020.
Can I still register for a preconference workshop on site?
Many preconference workshops will be filled. Please check with the registration desk on Level 1 of the America's Center.
What types of sessions or workshops are being offered? What time does a particular session or workshop start? Where will the programming take place?
Check the conference website and online planner in coming months for more information on the conference offerings, descriptions, schedule and locations. The 2020 mobile app will be available in late April 2020.
Does NAFSA provide shuttle transportation from the hotels to the America's Center?
Yes, shuttle transportation is provided for a few hotels in NAFSA's block to and from the America's Center. Hotels in walking distance to the America's Center will not be on the hotel shuttle route.
How do I obtain a visa letter of invitation?
To obtain a letter of invitation, you will need to fill out a form to request visa support, available on the conference website beginning December 2019. Requests for visa support cannot be accommodated after April 30, 2020. Please check with your local U.S. Consulate to allow sufficient time for visa processing. Your request for a letter of invitation to attend the NAFSA Annual Conference does not guarantee you will obtain a visa.
Where can I message or locate someone attending the conference?
Conference participants will be able to contact colleagues using the online planner and conference mobile app.
How can I find out about visiting attractions in St. Louis and the surrounding area, and what restaurants are open and within walking distance?
You can visit the conference website or the Conference Information Center located on Level 1 of the America's Center on-site in St. Louis.
Where does transportation depart from and return to for the pre- and post-conference tours, special events, and workshops?
All non-hotel transportation departs from and returns to the plaza entrance of the America's Center.
What are the benefits to being a volunteer?
Based on documented hours worked, volunteers may be reimbursed 50%-100% of the general conference registration fee paid.
40 or more
How do I become a volunteer?
The first step is to enroll as a volunteer via Shiftboard, NAFSA's online scheduling tool, when it opens in March 2020. Once you complete your enrollment, you will be contacted via email with a confirmation of your status as a volunteer for NAFSA Annual Conference and will also receive login information to use the Shiftboard system.
Note: This is NOT the same as registering for the conference. Conference registration opens March 2, 2020.
What are the requirements to be a volunteer?
You must be a conference attendee in order to serve as a conference volunteer.
What jobs will I perform as a volunteer?
Examples of shifts are as follows:
- Working at the NAFSA Pavilion in expo hall to answer questions and assist attendees in discovering information on NAFSA's products and services
- Taking tickets and directing traffic at plenaries and special events
- Assisting with exhibitor check-in at registration
- Working registration area to hand out materials and totebags
- Providing local information and conference directions at Conference Information and Hospitality Center
- Working as monitor for sessions, handing out and collecting session evaluations.
How long are the shifts?
Shifts range from 2 hours to 6+ hours, so plan your schedule accordingly and be sure you are able to commit to shifts you take.
Can I choose my shifts?
Yes. All available shifts will be in the calendar section of the Shiftboard webpage. Volunteers will be able to add shifts to their calendar based on their own availability and interest. Check back for further instructions once volunteer enrollment opens.
Will additional shifts be added?
Additional shifts will be added throughout March and April as the conference schedule and needs develop.
What will I be required to wear?
When you check in at the LAT office at the America's Center for your first volunteer shift, you will be given an identifier to wear when on duty, to show that you are a volunteer. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as most shifts require you to be on your feet for long periods of time.
What kind of accessibility arrangements are available?
NAFSA is willing to assist with accessible needs; please indicate what your needs are on the appropriate line provided on the registration form. When making hotel reservations, please specify your needs under the “Room Type Requested” section of the hotel reservation form. Please note that all conference hotels are wheelchair accessible.
What kind of child care services are available?
Please inquire about child care services with the concierge at your selected hotel. Be certain to make arrangements prior to your arrival in Boston.
What meals are included with conference registration?
There are no actual meals included with conference registration, but the networking, opening, and closing receptions are complimentary with conference registration.
Where can I find out about general conference and program information?
Check with volunteers at the Conference Information and Hospitality Center located on the Level 1 of the America's Center.
Where is the location of the Lost and Found?
Check with volunteers at the Conference Information and Hospitality Center located on Level 1 of the America's Center.