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.

2024 Spring Conference: "Springing Forward: Innovations in International Education"

We are excited to announce that the NAFSA Region XII Northern CA District 2024 Conference will be held in-person on Monday, March 11, 2024 at Santa Clara University. This year’s one-day conference will be a mix of sessions and networking events. It will be a great opportunity to pursue professional development, share best practices, meet new and familiar colleagues, and support one another. 

Visit the conference webpage for additional information.

2024 Conference Session Proposal Requests Open Now!

NAFSA Northern CA District 2024 Conference session proposal submission is now open! We are looking for sessions from all KCs and experience levels. This is a great opportunity to share your ideas in a supportive environment with fellow international educators. Submit your proposals now! The deadline is December 21st.

Looking for tips on how to submit a proposal? Our district team has you covered! Check out the video recording of our recent information session about submitting a session proposal. 

2021 Northern CA District Needs Assessment Report

View the Summary Report.

A new Needs Assessment survey for 2021 was sent out to the NAFSA Northern CA District international education community, through the District listserv and various social media channels. A total of 36 surveys were completed and returned. Topics included:

  • Demographic information
  • Current challenges/needs
  • Plans/ideas for the future
  • Conference Preferences
  • Interest in a potential mentorship program

This survey will help NAFSA to plan and provide relevant resources, information, events, and professional development opportunities in 2022.


The Northern California District awards mini-grants of up to $500 for innovative educational projects for educators, campuses, communities, or the Northern District at large. Projects may be workshops, materials creation, special events, trainings, and other innovative and creative projects that advance international education and/or the professional development of international educators in Region XII Northern District. Project proposals may relate to NAFSA knowledge communities, SIGs, MIGs, districts, or other interest groups. Creativity is encouraged. Two $500 Mini-Grants are available each year. Both mini-grants for 2023 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!

Newsletter Archive

The past 20 issues of our newsletter are available in our Newsletter Archive. Feel free to read through past issues to catch any news you might have missed. Please also consider joining our email list so you never miss another newsletter.



Past Events