Serving International Educators in Northern California

Welcome to the Region XII Northern District!

Our goal is to provide you with information throughout the year to keep you current on what's happening in international education in our district, region, nation, and world. If you have any suggestions or feedback on how the Northern District can better serve you, please feel free to contact us.

To promote communication within the Northern District, we maintain an e-mail list to be able to reach out to you with important professional development and networking opportunities as well as and updates throughout the year. NAFSA membership is not required. Join the listserv today!

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at international education events.

Online Orientation Panel

May 20, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. PST

Join BA-PIER and NAFSA Northern CA District on May 20, 2020 from 1-2:20 PM (PST) for an interactive panel discussing the development, implementation, and execution of online orientation programs for incoming international students.

During this webinar, you will hear from international education professionals who have experience in coordinating online orientation at their institutions. The panelists will share their expertise, demo their orientation models, and discuss in detail the process of developing the online program.

This event will include demos from the panelists and a moderated Q&A about their process. Please RSVP for the webinar to reserve your spot and supply questions to the panelists. On the day of the event, you can join the webinar using Zoom.

Spring Conference

The 2020 NAFSA Northern CA District Conference has been cancelled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. We hope that this will allow attendees to focus on supporting their institutions. Please read additional information about the conference, as well as updates on alternative ways we are supporting the district and sharing conference material.

SEVP Updates and Q&A Webinar

This webinar was hosted on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The NAFSA Northern District members are joined by Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Northern California representatives Tiffany Coyne, Lamberto Glory, and Ron McPeak for SEVP updates and an open Q&A session.

View the recording of the webinar to gain insight on recent SEVP policy guidance, current program initiatives, seasonal reminders and helpful resources.

COVID-19 Resources

Best Practice Share-out

Share best practices across the district by filling out this short Google Form to share how your office, organization, or school has responded to the COVID-19 outbreak. You can then view the results to see how international education professionals across Northern California are dealing with these challenging times.

Open-sourced Resources and Tools

We know that this is a time of great uncertainty, and have gathered a list of resources and tools to help provide guidance and support for the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. If you have any other websites or resources that you think would be helpful to the international education community, please add them to the Google doc list to share information with your fellow professionals.


The NAFSA Region XII Northern District Mini-Grant Program has been created with the purpose of advancing international education and the professional development of international educators in the Northern District. Two $500 Mini-Grants are available each year. Both mini-grants for 2020 are currently available. Learn more and apply now!

Region XII History

Interested in learning more about the history of Region XII and that of NAFSA, as well as the origins of international education? If so, read our wealth of informative articles.

Do you know of other resources that would be interesting to Region XII members? Please let us know!