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 is pleased to offer 25 Workshops as a part of the NAFSA 2023 Annual Conference & Expo experience in Washington, DC, USA. Consider adding one or more highly interactive learning opportunities to your NAFSA 2023 schedule. 

NAFSA 2023 Workshops are ideal for new and experienced practitioners, managers, and international education leaders who focus on education abroad, international recruitment and admissions, student and scholar advising, teaching, international partnerships, alumni relations, research, policy functions, or one of the many facets of international education.

Participate in any optional learning workshops to gain the critical skills you need to succeed.

Summary information and descriptions are found below. 

Registration for NAFSA 2023 Workshops opens March 1, 2023.

NAFSA 2023 Workshops

Global Operations for International Education Leaders

Monday, May 29, 2023, 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. (EDT)

This workshop presents operational and regulatory considerations for managing global programs and activities, a complex area of practice for campus internationalization leaders. Topics include creating structures to track and manage global activities, assessing and mitigating risk for international research and teaching, and managing overseas sites.

Audience: International Education Leadership
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

Risk Assessment and Crisis Management in Education Abroad Programming

Monday, May 29, 2023, 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. (EDT)

Do you know how to respond when a crisis impacts your study abroad students? In education abroad programming and implementation, staff must be ready to manage a range of crises that may occur. Participants explore ways to assess risk, reduce risk potential, and respond to crises more effectively.

Audience: Education Abroad
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

F-1 Student Advising for Beginners

Monday, May 29, 2023, 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. (EDT)

Learn how to handle the most common requests made of new U.S. Designated School Officials (DSOs). Topics covered include issuing I-20s, maintaining status, employment, practical training, travel and reentry, and program extensions. SEVIS is discussed in relation to international student advising practices and procedures.

Audience: International Student and Scholar Services 
Fees: Member $320, Nonmember $460, Student Member $208

F-1 Student Advising: Intermediate

Monday, May 29, 2023, 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. (EDT)

Discuss the gray areas of F-1 advising and explore the nuances of more complex issues regarding maintenance of status, travel and reentry, employment and STEM OPT, change of status, and reinstatement. Designed for experienced international student advisers.

Audience: International Student and Scholar Services 
Fees: Member $320, Nonmember $460, Student Member $208

Filing Academic H-1B Petitions

Monday, May 29, 2023, 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. (EDT)

Filing academic H-1B petitions requires coordination among the prospective employee, the hiring department, and government agencies. Participants prepare a sample H-1B petition and gather and examine sources of information, reference sources of authority, determine the wage, prepare forms for submission, and build an inspection file.

Audience: International Student and Scholar Services 
Fees: Member $320, Nonmember $460, Student Member $208

J-1 Advising for Beginners

Monday, May 29, 2023, 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. (EDT)

Develop an understanding of J-1 advising and regulatory issues including eligibility, DS-2019 issuance, health insurance, maintenance of status, extension, transfer, 212(e), repeat participation, and employment. SEVIS is discussed in relation to advising practices and procedures.

Audience: International Student and Scholar Services 
Fees: Member $320, Nonmember $460, Student Member $208

J-1 Advising: Intermediate

Monday, May 29, 2023, 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. (EDT)

Address topics such as eligibility, the bars, pre-arrival and orientation, 212(e), employment, issues around transitions, and working with dependents. Focus on the most common J categories in higher education. Basic procedural training, the trainee category, or foreign medical graduates are not covered. Participants should have working knowledge and understanding of immigration and J-1 visa regulations and procedures.

Audience: International Student and Scholar Services 
Fees: Member $320, Nonmember $460, Student Member $208

International Credential Evaluation: Secondary-Level Credentials

Monday, May 29, 2023, 2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. (EDT)

Receive guidance in evaluating foreign units and grades as well as calculating a grade point average from various secondary education programs. Participants analyze the same process applied to the various external exams, provided by multiple examining boards, required for access to higher education in many countries. Advanced placement credit is discussed.

Audience: International Enrollment Management 
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

Recruiting International Students

Monday, May 29, 2023, 2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. (EDT)

How do you reach your enrollment targets given your own resource limitations? From determining target markets to tailoring your communication strategy, this workshop helps you build strategies and identify resources to plan an appropriate recruitment campaign. Intended for professionals at U.S.-based institutions who work with international recruitment.

Audience: International Enrollment Management 
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

Structural Funding and Strategic Budgeting in Internationalization

Monday, May 29, 2023, 2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. (EDT)

Strategic budgeting is an essential component of actualizing an institution’s vision. This workshop explores the two current dominant budget models in higher education and provides participants with the knowledge and tools to develop and change budget models for internationalization—in alignment with the institutional vision and mission.

Audience: International Education Leadership
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

Supporting Mental Health in Education Abroad

Monday, May 29, 2023, 2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. (EDT)

In this workshop, education abroad professionals learn to recognize and respond to students experiencing mental health concerns; develop effective models of collaboration with mental health professionals; practice emergency response; and expand their toolkits to confidently support their education abroad program participants. The training features the expertise of a clinical psychologist.

Audience: Education Abroad
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

U.S. Visa and Entry Process for Students and Scholars

Monday, May 29, 2023, 2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. (EDT)

Improve the guidance you provide to prospective and current students and scholars who must navigate complex nonimmigrant visa and port of entry processes to be admitted to the United States as an F-1 student, J-1 exchange visitor, or H-1B worker. Case studies prepare you to help your advisees understand the processes involved and potential hurdles, including establishing residence abroad and nonimmigrant intent, overcoming bars and ineligibilities, and avoiding documentary insufficiencies.

 

Audience: International Student and Scholar Services
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

DEI Change Management in Education Abroad

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. (EDT)

Within an education abroad office, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategic plans often frame organizational goals with a focus on resource building rather than action. This interactive workshop explores how education abroad practitioners can move beyond collecting resources to champion accountability and action in their work to implement DEI programming and strategy.

Audience: Education Abroad
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

Empathetic Advising in Practice

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. (EDT)

This workshop addresses skills that are frequently overlooked when trying to connect with underrepresented students. Trainers use interactive activities and case studies to introduce the concepts of cultural humility and empathetic advising. Participants gain an understanding of how their beliefs affect their advising and walk away with practical tools that support more effective advising practices.

Audience: Education Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

Mentoring Undergraduate Research in Global Contexts

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. (EDT)

Using recent multi-institutional research findings to reflect on the integration of mentorship, undergraduate research, and global learning, participants apply new mentoring frameworks to their own contexts. Building on these insights, attendees reimagine inclusive practices to augment participation and engagement for underrepresented students and mentors.

Audience: Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

PDSO Guide to Understanding the I-17 and Recertification Process

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. (EDT)

This workshop provides participants with resources and guidance on updating the form I-17 and the recertification process. Participants discuss model practices and gain insights on the processes and timeframe for submitting the necessary information.

Audience: International Student and Scholar Services
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

Staffing Up: Strategic Recruiting and Hiring

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. (EDT)

This workshop prepares managers to operationalize staff recruiting from position development and marketing to selection, hiring, and onboarding. Participants leave with practical tactics and strategies for staffing.

Audience: Shared Interest
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

Transforming Your International Recruitment Strategy: Leveraging Data Skills and Storytelling

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. (EDT)

This highly engaging workshop bridges theory and practice to yield actionable strategies that are grounded in empirical evidence. Participants learn about implementing data literacy best practices, using data to navigate constant change and uncertainty, and employing storytelling to effectively communicate data-driven insights.

Audience: International Enrollment Management
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

Intercultural Training for Experienced Trainers

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. (EDT)

This workshop offers techniques for using the NAFSA Intercultural Communication and Training (ICT) Toolkit. Designed for participants who have experience delivering intercultural communication programs and training, the workshop provides guidance for practical application of the toolkit within a variety of contexts across all areas of international and intercultural education.

Audience: Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

Beyond the Basics of Academic H-1B Petitions

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. (EDT)

This workshop discusses H-1B topics including change of status to H-1B from different visa types, effective support letters, travel, and amendments to an H-1B petition. Participants should have an intermediate understanding of H-1B policies and practices, including knowing how to assemble an H-1B petition.

Audience: International Student and Scholar Services
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

Health and Safety Advancements Amid Changing Trends in Education Abroad: Evidence and Inclusion

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. (EDT)

Using data, case studies, and study abroad protocols, this hands-on workshop explores innovative strategies to develop new and inclusive health and safety measures for all students amid changing trends. This workshop is designed for education abroad professionals who want to improve student health and safety by implementing evidence-based changes.

Audience: Education Abroad
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

Meeting International Students Where They Are: Globally Inclusive Contextual Admission Practices

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. (EDT)

Expanded flexibility has been a positive development in global admissions. Still, reviewing academic records in context, especially among a diverse international applicant pool, is challenging. This interactive workshop explores innovative ways to evaluate applicants across educational systems. Identify and discuss model practices and actionable insights.

Audience: International Enrollment Management
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

New Strategies to Engage International Alumni

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. (EDT)

Engaging international alumni requires collaboration among campus units and external stakeholders. Given their positions in civil society, international alumni can play an important role in supporting internationalization and sustainability goals. In this interactive workshop, participants learn from well-established methodologies and research on advancement.

Audience: International Education Leadership, International Student and Scholar Services
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

The Nuts and Bolts of STEM OPT

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. (EDT)

This workshop provides an in-depth look at the advising and compliance work of STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT). Trainers address topics including the application process, eligible employments, institutional model practices on collecting student data, and reporting structures. Participants walk away with knowledge and resources to apply to their work as DSOs.

Audience: International Student and Scholar Services
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120

Ready to Lead? An Interactive Workshop for New and Aspiring Managers

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. (EDT)

This interactive workshop engages new and aspiring international education managers in self-discovery and development of professional SMART goals. Participants are led through a series of critical self-assessments, case studies, self-reflection activities, and peer collaboration exercises.

Audience: Shared Interest
Fees: Member $200, Nonmember $300, Student Member $120