2025 Annual Conference & Expo

Join us in San Diego, California for the NAFSA 2025 Annual Conference & Expo held May 27 – 30. Be a part of the most diverse, comprehensive, and exciting international education conference and exposition. Learn, network, and connect with peers and experts dedicated to "Purpose, Place, and Partnership." 

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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 2025 Annual Conference Committee invites you to submit a session, poster, or workshop proposal for the NAFSA 2025 Annual Conference & Expo, to be held May 27–30, 2025, in San Diego, California.

Submit Proposals

Sessions & Workshops Posters

Submission Deadlines

Session and workshops: August 28, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT)
Posters: December 5, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. (EST)

See the NAFSA 2025 Proposal Submission Guide for more information. If you have any questions or need assistance with the online proposal system, please Contact the Proposals Team. To review the submission policies all presenters must adhere to, please click here.

NAFSA 2025: Purpose, Place, and Partnership

The Annual Conference Committee encourages proposals that reflect a forward-looking approach, feature bold ideas and global perspectives. Proposals should connect to the conference theme and speak to the content priorities and key audiences outlined below.

The annual conference theme reflects the values that inspire and unite the international education community and drive the field forward. As you consider submitting a proposal, the Annual Conference Committee invites reflection on these questions:



  • What attracted us to this profession?
  • What is our mission? How can international educators make an impact?
  • What have we learned from the past to help us navigate the future?
  • What skills do we need to achieve our purpose? What skills do our faculty and students need?


  • What does “place” mean to us as international educators in times of global change?
  • What is a global/local identity and how can it help us tackle global challenges?
  • What is the student/scholar concept of place?
  • How do we see “place” in times of global turmoil and how does it impact our work?


  • Who are our internal and external partners and how do we develop strategic partnerships?
  • How can we work better together to tackle global challenges?
  • How do we support robust relationships with our partners, taking into consideration their different priorities?
  • How do we create successful collaborative work environments for our teams?

Content Priorities

The annual conference content priorities give framework of the types of conversations to guide the community and unite us. As you consider submitting a proposal, the Annual Conference Committee invites reflection on the following:

  • how borders, displacement, and resettlement impact international education
  • creative use of innovation building blocks such as data analysis and emerging artificial intelligence (AI) technology, especially as they relate to developing solutions and enhancing collaboration
  • sustainability in international education, particularly concerning the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • tools and resources to support and prepare students and scholars for success
  • development of partnerships with the Global South
  • the role of international education in fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and a sense of belonging—and how to build relationships to support these efforts
  • diverse perspectives on geopolitical trends
  • the skills early career professionals need to lead the field in the future—and pathways for developing these skills
  • leadership skills and strategies that cultivate purpose, drive successful partnerships, and bolster collective impact
  • model practices in student and scholar advising focus areas such as immigration, academic learning, career development
  • strategies to advocate for international education as a priority on campus
  • trends and best practices related to NAFSA knowledge communities and NAFSA’s International Education Professional Competencies

Session Length

In your session proposals, please select an intended session length of either 25 or 50 minutes. Presenters should take care to choose a session length and room arrangement appropriate for their proposal.

  • 50-minute sessions are the average length of our sessions and most accepted proposals fall into this category. Up to 4 presenters, including the Chair, are allowed in this type of session.
  • 25-minute sessions 25-minute sessions are a unique opportunity to propose a topic that is highly engaging and fast-paced. Proposals on model practices around one of the NAFSA International Education Professional Competencies 2.0 or that are career-focused are encouraged in this format. Please note, these proposals can only have up to two presenters, including the Chair. 
Education Abroad (EA)
International Education Leadership (IEL)
International Enrollment Management (IEM)
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS)
Shared Interest
Poster Fairs

Review Proposals

The 2025 Annual Conference Committee is looking for session and workshop reviewers from across all Knowledge Communities and professional backgrounds. NAFSA is hoping to increase the diversity of our reviewer pool, including adding more international reviewers.

Deadline to sign up is July 31, 2024.

The review period will be September 6-23, 2024.


Evaluation Rubric and Review Process

Reviewers are responsible for reading 5-15 proposals, depending on the topic, with the final selections being made by the ACC.

Download the Review Rubric

Each proposal will be rated on a scale of 1-5 for:

  • How well do the title, abstract, and learning objectives align with each other
  • How likely it is that the format and delivery methods selected will allow participants to achieve the stated learning objectives, including audience engagement appropriate to the objectives
  • How knowledgeable the presenter(s) are on the topic
  • How likely you would be to attend or recommend someone attend this session if placed on the program, given the limited number of slots available and the high volume of proposals received