2019 Region I Conference

Join us for the 2019 conference in Tacoma, Washington.

 Conference Dates

November 5 - 8, 2019

 Conference Location

Hotel Murano

1320 Broadway Tacoma , WA 98402

Register Today

We are pleased to announce that our 2019 conference will be taking place in Tacoma, WA!

The NAFSA Region I conference brings together the region (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia) and beyond for a four day conference every fall. We host over 50 sessions on a variety of topics, 25 exhibitors and a gala silent auction raising money for travel grants.

Mobile App

The NAFSA 2019 Mobile Conference App is available for download in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Conference Registration

Registration for members and non-members will be $285.00 until October 4, 2019. After October 4, the rate will increase $350.00 for members and non-members. On site registration will be $375.00 for members and non-members.

Hotel Information

Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway
Tacoma, Washington 98402

Book now and use our group code of NAFSA19
*Hotel rate increases to over $200 after October 14 

Alaska Airlines discount code for travel
If you plan on flying into SeaTac airport between Oct. 31-Nov. 12, Alaska Airlines has offered a 7% discount for all NAFSA participants. Please use the code: ECMC447 when searching for flights.

Some restrictions apply. Click the "?" next to the discount code box after applying the code to view a detailed description of the rules.

Program and Schedule

Preconference Workshops

Pre-Conference workshops to be offered at a rate of $250 for members and $350 for non-members. Deadline to register is October 18. Register now.

Pre-Conference Workshops to be offered:

  • F-1 Beginner Advising

Exhibitor and Sponsor Information

Exhibitor Registration Dates
Apr. 27 Global Partners Exhibition Registration open $540 per booth
Jun. 8 Non GP Exhibitor Registration Open $600 per booth
Sept. 10 Late Exhibitor Registration Open $700 per booth


Interested in getting involved in NAFSA Region I and not sure how? Consider volunteering at the fall conference! Volunteers are essential to the success of our conference and sincerely appreciated. Please email Region I if you are interested in learning more.

Gala and Silent Auction

Donate to the Region I Gala Auction which will take place at the regional conference, Thursday, November 7, 2019, in Tacoma, WA! Proceeds go to support the regional travel grants, allowing educators to attend NAFSA regional conferences and Advocacy Day. Ideas for donations:

  • a copy of your favorite page-turner
  • a bottle of wine for the wine tree!
  • a basket of items from your state or province
  • scarves - we will do a scarf pull again this year!
  • any homemade items (jewelry, coffee, art, ceramics, etc.)

Submit your auction donations

Case Study Competition

Teams of two or three will be given a description of a crisis situation in international education. The case will require broad familiarity with the various dimensions of international education, and participants will generate solutions that cut across the knowledge communities of the Association. Teams will have 15 minutes (10 to present and 5 minutes for questions) to share their findings and recommendations with a panel of experts in international education who will judge the presentations on the following:

All team members must be registered for the conference in order to participate. Participants must be current students, or recent new professionals with three or fewer years of experience. Teams will be assigned by the organizers, although self-selected teams are welcome as well.

The official kick-off takes place on Wednesday at 5:00pm. Information will be shared at the Newcomer Reception as well on Tuesday evening. Judging will be Friday at 8:00-9:15am. The winners will be announced on Friday after judging. Each member of the winning team will receive an awesome prize (TBD).

Learn more about the Case Study Competition

Awards and Travel Grants

Travel grants are now closed for 2019.

  • The ability to use relevant knowledge and theories such as (but not limited to) intercultural communication, management, organizational behavior,counseling, education, and student development
  • The quality of the presentation including concise arguments, creativity, and logical reasoning
  • The feasibility of the chosen solution and the strength of the defense

Regional Conference Cancellation Policy

Conference registration and/or workshop registration may be canceled with full refund less a $30 processing fee, provided written notification is received any time up until four (4) weeks prior to the conference start date.