NAFSA 2023 Annual Conference & Expo

NAFSA welcomes you to be an essential part of the 75th NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in Washington, DC from May 30 – June 2, 2023.

Showcase your organization or institution at the largest international education exhibition. And, promote your brand through a conference sponsorship.

NAFSA 2023 Annual Conference & Expo: Building an Inclusive Future 

NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world’s largest association dedicated to international education and exchange, invites you to partner with us as a NAFSA 2023 Annual Conference & Expo sponsor. Be a part of the most diverse and comprehensive global event attended by professionals from across the field. We will welcome the international education attendees to our most extraordinary conference yet!

The global international education community will unite at NAFSA 2023 to discover the latest innovations, new strategies, and best practices. Establish and build upon your institutional partnerships as we come together to develop pathways for a sustainable international education future. Attend sessions developed by your peers from international education leaders and changemakers across the globe. Connect with fellow attendees and build a network essential to your professional success.

Secure Your Sponsorship

Sponsorship Opportunities

In addition to the sponsorships detailed below, NAFSA also offers multiple Sponsorship Levels, including Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Friend of the Conference. Please note that sponsorship of an opportunity outlined below also entitles sponsor to corresponding sponsorship level benefits.

NAFSA Global Partners receive a 15% discount on sponsorship opportunities plus many other benefits. Not a Global Partner? Join today by emailing [email protected].

Sponsorships are subject to final details outlined in the signed Sponsorship Agreement.

Interested in becoming a sponsor, but don’t see anything you love? Contact [email protected] to talk about tailoring a package suited to your unique marketing needs and budget.

Special Events

Opening Plenary - $80,000
NAFSA’s opening plenary features a renowned and thought-provoking global luminary. Showcase your brand as an authority in international education to conference attendees through NAFSA’s plenary marketing and promotions for this important event. Acknowledgment will include recognition on the conference website, mobile app, online planner, and conference signage, and two complimentary conference registrations. Sponsors may also meet the speaker, share the stage, and welcome attendees.

Thursday Plenary - $50,000 (exclusive); $25,000 for partial
NAFSA’s plenaries bring visionaries, global leaders, and other high-profile speakers throughout the week. Acknowledgment will include recognition on the conference website, mobile app, online planner, and conference signage, and two complimentary conference registrations. Sponsors may also meet the speaker, share the stage, and welcome attendees. 

75th Anniversary Opening Celebration - $75,000 (exclusive); price varies for partial. Contact us for details.
NAFSA’s Opening Celebration brings together conference attendees for a high-energy, memorable community-building event, often featuring high-profile entertainment. Celebrate NAFSA's 75th Anniversary with us at our premier anniversary celebration. Sponsors receive extensive branding through event marketing and promotions. Acknowledgment will include recognition on the conference website, mobile app, online planner, and conference signage, and two complimentary conference registrations.. Final sponsor benefits will be outlined in the sponsor agreement.

Closing Celebration - $25,000
Enjoy a final celebration with conference attendees, and join NAFSA in inviting attendees to the NAFSA 2023 Annual Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C., celebrating our 75th anniversary! Acknowledgment will include recognition on the conference website, mobile app, online planner, and conference signage, and two complimentary conference registrations. Final sponsor benefits will be outlined in sponsor agreement.

NAFSA Award Recognition and Appreciation Luncheon-- One Co-Sponsor Opportunity Remains! $14,000

NAFSA annually honors exceptional leaders in the field through the NAFSA International Education Awards. And, for over 20 years the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization has recognized U.S. colleges and universities that are making significant progress toward comprehensive internationalization. Join NAFSA’s leadership and award recipients as we celebrate their achievements. Acknowledgment will include recognition on the NAFSA website, mobile app, online planner, and conference signage, and on conference registration. Sponsor will be acknowledged during award presentation through a pre-recorded video. Sponsor will receive complimentary tickets to the luncheon and one full conference registration. 

Academy 20th Anniversary Ice Cream Social-- NEW! $5,000

At the NAFSA 2023 Annual Conference former and current Academy trainees and coaches will celebrate the milestone 20 years of the NAFSA Academy for International Education with an ice cream social on the afternoon of June 1. Since 2003, over 2,000 trainees and coaches have participated in this NAFS signature program, and many are expected to attend our upcoming conference.  Invitations will be extended to alumni trainees and coaches. Sponsor recognition will include logo on on-site signage, in the mobile app, and in the conference planner. Sponsor will be able to distribute their organization's promotional materials at the event and provide brief welcome remarks. 

Leadership Reception-- NEW! Multiple opportunities avaliable-- $5,000- $10,000. Email [email protected] 

This exclusive, invitation-only event is for NAFSA’s volunteer leaders serving on knowledge communities, national committees, and the Board of Directors  It serves to welcome volunteer leaders to the annual conference and show appreciation for their service in 2023.  It will be held in the early evening on Monday, May 29. Sponsor recognition will include logo on on-site signage, in the mobile app, and in the conference planner. Sponsor will be able to distribute their organization's promotional materials at the event and provide brief welcome remarks. 

Featured Programs

Symposium on Leadership - $35,000
This two-hour event brings together senior-level decision-makers across the field of international education to connect, collaborate, and learn about trends transforming higher education. Acknowledgment will include recognition on the conference website, mobile app, online planner, and conference signage, the opportunity to welcome attendees, and two complimentary conference registrations.

Spotlight Speaker Series - $30,000
Occurring throughout the conference, invited experts discuss global topics impacting (and impacted by) international education. Acknowledgment will include recognition on the conference website, mobile app, online planner, and conference signage, and one complimentary conference registration. Sponsors also able to welcome attendees.

Latin America and Caribbean Forum - SOLD!
This two-hour NAFSA signature event features the latest thought leaders on engaging with partners in Latin America and the Caribbean and includes networking opportunities for participants through table moderated conversations. Acknowledgment will include recognition on the conference website, mobile app, online planner, and conference signage, the opportunity to welcome attendees, and one complimentary conference registration.

Poster Fairs - SOLD!
Annual conference poster fairs attract thousands of participants, and this year they will be featured both in the virtual program and throughout the week of the in-person conference. The 14 themed fairs showcase innovative ideas on numerous topics in the field, including advocacy in international education; model practices in international enrollment management; uses of technology and social media in international education; internationalizing the campus; assessing and evaluating international education; and more. Acknowledgment will include recognition on the conference website, mobile app, online planner, and conference signage, and one complimentary conference registration.

New Century Circle Breakfast - $5,000
NAFSA's New Century Circle comprises senior NAFSA members who have dedicated much of the professional careers to NAFSA through volunteering and other engagement efforts. As we celebrate 75 years of NAFSA, support those who have made it what it is today and committed resources to its future through their planned giving efforts. Sponsor will receive acknowledgement in the general conference program, in the mobile app, and on on-site signage, and will be invited to provide welcome remarks to attendees.

Network Opportunities

EA Knowledge Community Center - $12,000
Engage with NAFSA's Education Abroad Knowledge Community through sponsorship of the Community Center. This targeted opportunity allows for display and distribution of sponsor promotional materials, recognition through on-site signage and marketing collateral, and the opportunity to speak before each of the open meetings in the Center.

IEL Knowledge Community Center - $12,000
Engage with NAFSA's International Education Leadership Knowledge Community through sponsorship of the Community Center. This targeted opportunity allows for display and distribution of sponsor promotional materials, recognition through on-site signage and marketing collateral, and the opportunity to speak before each of the open meetings in the Center.

IEM Knowledge Community Center - $12,000
Engage with NAFSA's International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community through sponsorship of the Community Center. This targeted opportunity allows for display and distribution of sponsor promotional materials, recognition through on-site signage and marketing collateral, and the opportunity to speak before each of the open meetings in the Center.

ISSS Knowledge Community Center - SOLD!
Engage with NAFSA's International Student and Scholar Services Knowledge Community through sponsorship of the Community Center. This targeted opportunity allows for display and distribution of sponsor promotional materials, recognition through on-site signage and marketing collateral, and the opportunity to speak before each of the open meetings in the Center.

TLS Knowledge Community Center - $12,000
Engage with NAFSA's Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community through sponsorship of the Community Center. This targeted opportunity allows for display and distribution of sponsor promotional materials, recognition through on-site signage and marketing collateral, and the opportunity to speak before each of the open meetings in the Center.

Branded Items

Conference Tote Bag - SOLD!
As the most-popular conference souvenir, the sponsor’s logo imprinted prominently on one side of the official conference bag which allows for high visibility throughout the event, in photos, and in the future as NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo attendees continue to use their bags well after the conference ends. This special 75th anniversary edition is sure to be kept for years to come.

Conference Name Badge Holder - SOLD!
Name badges are required for entry to all NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo events, or as we like to say, "No badge, no fun!." Sponsor will achieve maximum visibility as the logo is displayed above every name and is also visible in many event photos throughout the conference and all year long. Sponsor team may distribute badge holders while wearing sponsor branding.

Conference Water Bottle -  SOLD!
This popular takeaway features sponsor’s logo prominently on bottle. Attendees use their bottles during and after the conference making this a high-visibility item.

Conference Pen - SOLD!
NAFSA conference attendees are sure to learn many things at the 2023 Annual Conference & Expo. This pen will help them to take note of everything they will be bringing back to their offices to implement. The sponsor logo will be printed on the pen which will be available throughout the conference.

Conference Commemorative Pin - SOLD!
Sponsor’s name engraved on the back of this specially designed collectible conference memento and sponsor highlighted on pin card. Sponsor acknowledged in print and online conference materials, and at the NAFSA Pavilion in the Expo Hall. As NAFSA celebrates its 75th Anniversary, this specially designed pin is sure to be a popular keepsake.

Digital/ Technology

Conference Mobile App - MULTIPLE OPTIONS AVAILABLE; email [email protected]
Essential for every conference attendee, NAFSA’s conference app allows users to stay connected throughout the week with direct attendee-to-attendee messaging, a conference schedule, and anything they may need to navigate NAFSA’s expansive conference. Acknowledgment will include recognition on conference website, mobile app, and conference signage, and two complimentary conference registrations.

Online Conference Planner - MULTIPLE OPTIONS AVAILABLE; email [email protected]
Our most visible tool, attendees spend significant time reviewing the online conference planner to make the most out of their conference experience before, during, and after the conference. Sponsor logo prominently displayed on online planner. Acknowledgment will include recognition on conference website, online planner, and conference signage, and two complimentary conference registrations.

Plenary Video - $5,000 (Multiple Video Slots Available)
Promote your institution or your latest product, service, or program with a video of up to 1 minute that positions you as a leader in international education. Plenaries are some of the most well-attended conference events; so you will be sure to be seen by many attendees. Your video will air prior to a NAFSA plenary address. Number of overall plenary video spots are limited to ensure maximum exposure.

Digital Tote Bag Insert - $3,000 (Multiple Insert Slots Available)
Maximize your reach by inserting a strategic marketing piece into NAFSA’s digital conference tote bags. Drive traffic to your booth, special events, or educational offerings.

Refreshments

Pre-Plenary Coffee Meet-Up - $25,000
Show your support at the first major conference networking opportunity. Prior to the opening plenary, attendees will have the chance to catch up with their colleagues and meet new ones while sharing their morning coffee. This prime opportunity is a chance to achieve maximum visibility as people enter the convention center and grab their seats for the opening plenary. Sponsor will receive custom-branded napkins and acknowledgment in general conference promotion, on the NAFSA website, in the mobile app, and on on-site signage. This can be bundled with sponsorship of the opening plenary.

Expo Refreshment Breaks - SOLD!
Show your support for conference attendees as the sponsor of NAFSA’s Expo Hall refreshment breaks. Sponsor signage displayed at three refreshment lounges during six breaks over the course of the conference. Sponsor logo would appear on napkins, in general conference promotion, on on-site signage and on the NAFSA website. Offers high visibility among NAFSA conference attendees.

Pre-Conference Refreshment Breaks - SOLD!
Sponsor receives visibility on signage at two lounges during the pre-conference workshop breaks. Sponsor logo would appear on napkins, in general conference promotion, on on-site signage and on the NAFSA website.

Places

NAFSA Pavillion Theater - SOLD!
The NAFSA Pavilion is the nexus of the Expo Hall. The Pavilion houses an open theater that has capacity for nearly 100 attendees and participants. Each day over 2,000 people visit the Pavilion, and the theater hosts 7 to 9 programs daily. Sponsors receive branding on the NAFSA Pavilion Theater, recognition in NAFSA promotions, marketing and collateral, along with a programming opportunity.

Conference Information Center - SOLD!
Centrally located and in a high-traffic area and open Sunday through Friday noon for extended and maximum visibility. Sponsor logo included on signage. Sponsor can leave promotional materials at the center.

Wellness Room - $7,500
The Wellness Room offers a break from the high-energy and excitement of conference activities. Sponsor this quiet oasis for attendees looking for a moment of relaxation. Sponsorship includes recognition on the mobile app, conference website, and on-site signage. Sponsors can also distribute marketing materials in the room.

Wellness Program - $5,000
Attendee health and well-being is essential to a successful conference. With the wellness program, attendees will have the chance to participate in sessions throughout the conference. Sponsorship includes recognition on the mobile app, conference website and on-site signage. Sponsors may also provide a brief welcome to session attendees.

Capital Studio - $5,000
Conference attendees will experience the rich and vibrant culture of Washington, DC in the Capital Studio where they will be able to learn about DC history and events and give back to the community. This popular activity is a high-visibility sponsorship. Sponsorship includes recognition on the mobile app, conference website, and on-site signage.

Digital Signage

Several opportunities for digital signage are available throughout the week. Please email [email protected] for more information about available signage locations and pricing. 

Why Sponsor?

Community You Don’t Want to Miss

No other event attracts more attendees from every segment of the field. Together, we will design strategies for our sustainable future success at this critical time. Join with peers and experts from around the world as we learn, work, and grow together.

  • Elevate and promote your brand at the premiere global learning event.
  • Network with thought-leaders, decision-makers, and peers.
  • Connect with new and current partners.
  • Connect with conference attendees representing more than 15 areas of international education from admissions, advising, and advocacy to teaching, research, and study abroad.

Terms and Conditions

Right of Refusal of Sponsors

NAFSA reserves the right to reject a potential sponsor or Global Partner for any reason including, but not limited to, a mission that is not consistent with NAFSA’s mission or business practices.

Disavowal of Endorsement

NAFSA's acceptance of a contract with a potential exhibitor. sponsor, or Global Partner is not, and should not be construed as an endorsement by NAFSA of the exhibitor, sponsor, or Global Partner, or of its programs, products, or services.