NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference & Expo

After careful consideration, and in deep concern for the health and safety of our attendees, the NAFSA board of directors has decided to cancel the 2020 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo scheduled to take place on May 24-29 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference & Expo scheduled to take place on May 24 – 29, 2020 has been cancelled out of concern for the health and safety of our attendees. Learn more about the decision to cancel the conference.


Registration Rates

  Early Bird
(by April 17)
Regular/On site
(after April 17)
Day Rate
Member $749 $899 $449
Nonmember $1049 $1199 $599
Student Member $509 $659 $363

Important Dates

  • March 2, 2020: Registration and hotel reservations open at 12:00 p.m. EST
  • April 17, 2020: Early-bird registration closes, 11:59 p.m. EDT

Included in Full Conference Registration

Open to all full conference registrants:

  • Four plenary addresses
  • Expo Hall and The NAFSA Pavilion
  • Sessions and seminars
  • Knowledge Community networking receptions
  • Poster fairs
  • Knowledge Community update meetings
  • Member Interest Group Meetings
  • Regional meetings
  • Open meetings and roundtables
  • Opening Celebration and Closing Celebration
  • NAFSA 2020 App download
  • Career Center
  • Campus visits
  • U.S. Higher Education Partnership Fair
  • Coffee Breaks

Further detailed programming information to come.

What are registration hours on-site in St. Louis?

Registration on-site is open the following times:

  • Saturday, May 23, 4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 24, 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 25, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 26, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 27, 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 28, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 29, 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

New this year! There is also satellite registration for preregistered attendees to pick up their badges at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. Satellite Registration is at the following times:

  • Sunday, May 24, 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 25, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 26, 7:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
What is included as a part of registration?

When you register for the conference, you receive access to over 200 sessions, 15 poster fairs, and 4 plenary speakers. You will also get unlimited access to the International Education Expo Hall, as well as all the networking opportunities that we provide, including dedicated networking events and opening and closing celebrations. Signature Programs, certain Special Events, and all Preconference Workshops, as well as everything you see in the online planner that has a $ next to it is an additional fee.

When does preregistration for NAFSA 2020 open and close?

Preregistration for the NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference & Expo opens on March 2, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern and closes May 29, 2020.

What is NAFSA's cancellation, refund, and change policy?
  • Cancellations and requests for changes to conference registration, workshop registration, and registration for signature programs and special events must be made in writing and received no later than Friday, May 22, 2020. Any cancellations received after May 22 will not be refunded.
  • Refunds, if approved, may be processed 4 to 6 weeks after our conference.
  • If payment is made by credit card, a credit will be issued to your credit card account; otherwise, a refund check will be issued.
  • There are no refunds for special event registrations unless the event is sold out or canceled.
  • A $100 cancellation fee will be deducted from an attendees’ conference registration refunds and a $100 cancellation fee will be deducted from workshop, signature program, and special event registration refunds up to a $200 maximum deduction for multiple cancellations. Changes to a preconference workshop registration will result in a $25 change fee per workshop. If NAFSA cancels a workshop, you will receive notification of the cancellation and a full refund.
  • All requests for cancellations, changes, and refunds must be made in writing, emailed to [email protected], and received no later than Friday, May 22, 2020.
  • NAFSA will waive the cancellation fee if an attendee is unable to: obtain a visa for travel to the United States, travel to the United States due to a travel ban initiated by the Unites States or the attendee’s home country, or travel to St. Louis due to an institutional travel ban.
  • Should NAFSA cancel the 2020 annual conference, cancellation fees will be waived and full refunds for registration fees will be processed. Note: full refunds include registration fees, workshop fees, signature program fees, and special event fees.
I still have questions about NAFSA's housing policies.

You can find more information about the NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference housing policies on our housing subpage.