NAFSA 2023 Annual Conference & Expo

Join peers and experts at the premier global professional learning and networking event for all international educators and organizations that support international education for the NAFSA 2023 Annual Conference & Expo, "NAFSA at 75: Inspiring an Inclusive Future."

The NAFSA annual conference is the largest, most comprehensive gathering of international education professionals in the world. It is the premier event that convenes international educators, institutions, organizations serving the field, public officials, and country delegations in one place. 

The 2023 Annual Conference Committee (ACC) invites you to submit a session, poster, or workshop proposal for the NAFSA 2023 Annual Conference & Expo, that will be held May 29–June 2, 2023, in Washington, D.C. ACC Chair, Margaret Wiedenhoeft, and ACC Content Chair, Jennifer Creamer, share committee insights and welcome proposals that reflect a forward-looking approach and that feature bold ideas and global perspectives.

NAFSA at 75: Inspiring an Inclusive Future

Coinciding with NAFSA’s 75th anniversary, NAFSA 2023 will bring together the global community to reflect, celebrate, inspire, and create. We will honor our legacy and progress, renew our community’s mission, and commit to diversifying the voices that shape the future of the international education field.

Our goals for NAFSA 2023:

  • Meet challenges by sharing lessons learned, diverse perspectives, and innovative approaches.
  • Explore trends in professional development and career advancement, and advocate for the well-being of all.
  • Benefit from global thought leadership and multigenerational perspectives.
  • Underscore the global imperative for social justice and access, and the importance of inclusive internationalization for long-term impact on our campus, and local and global communities.

NAFSA 2023 will be a platform for global voices working together to inspire our collective future. The ACC encourages proposals that reflect a forward-looking approach, feature bold ideas and global perspectives, and connect to the conference theme—particularly those that highlight the following topics:

  • the role of international education in addressing social, economic, and environmental justice
  • local, national, and global advocacy for community engagement and impact
  • model practices for virtual, in-person, hyflex, and hybrid program design and delivery
  • programs that support the health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff in the international education community
  • assessment of the ongoing impact of virtual, hyflex, and hybrid learning models and programs
  • the role of international education leaders in increasing inclusivity and building relationships across campus and with key stakeholders to further these efforts
  • innovative approaches to managing through crises, including navigating legalities, weighing financial risk, minimizing academic disruption, and addressing ethical challenges related to global programs and operations
  • research in international education as a catalyst and foundation for an inclusive future
  • new skills and cross-functional competencies defining the changing profile of an “international educator” and shaping collaborative teams and communities
  • transformative ideas that redefine mobility for students, faculty, and staff
  • the integration and creative use of technology in international education programs and services
  • management of career advancement for students and staff in a shifting job market
  • maximizing cross-departmental collaboration and learning from the cross-pollination of ideas, skills, and resources
  • cultivation of renewed faculty engagement in internationalization efforts and curriculum development 
  • new models for comprehensive, ambitious, and inclusive internationalization

Poster Fairs

Deadline: December 7, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Decision notifications: March 2023

What is a poster? Posters are visual presentations of model practices and programs. During the fairs, poster presenters and attendees have the unique opportunity to have one-on-one discussions about the topics presented.

 

Submit a Poster

Sessions and Workshops

The deadline for proposal submissions has passed.

Decision notifications: November 2022

What is a session? Sessions are panel discussions intended to provide attendees with model practices, regulatory information, and other key aspects of the field.

What is a workshop? Workshops are for training smaller audiences and teach in-depth practices.

Submit a Session or Workshop

Call for Proposals by Knowledge Community

Education Abroad (EA)

Program development staff; college/university-based education abroad advisers; directors of education abroad offices; resident directors, overseas faculty, and staff involved in international education; faculty running education abroad programs; recruiters for outbound students; education abroad providers; and education abroad advisers in secondary schools.

International Education Leadership (IEL)

International education professionals engaged in visioning, coordinating, and building commitment for internationalization, including senior international officers, experienced leaders in international education, senior campus leaders, and others in similar positions.

International Enrollment Management (IEM)

International enrollment management professionals involved in international marketing and recruitment, foreign credential analysis, placement, English language preparation, admissions, enrollment, and advising of inbound students.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

College/university-based international student advisers, international student advisers in secondary schools, campus and community programming staff, international scholar advisers, human resource professionals, immigration practitioners, and front-line office staff.

Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS)

Faculty involved in intercultural/international education scholarship, professionals interested in applying theory and research to practice, graduate students/post-docs, researchers; intercultural trainers, and cross-cultural counselors.

Career Center

The Career Center encourages proposals that reference NAFSA’s cross-cutting International Education Professional Competencies specifically geared toward professional development.

Poster Fairs

Submit a poster proposal for the NAFSA 2023 Annual Conference & Expo that aligns with one of the 14 poster fair themes, serving all knowledge communities and linked to the annual conference theme. Explore the poster fair themes.