Incorporating group and individual learning, as well as structured and unstructured learning opportunities, the Academy balances the learning needs of the individual with the expectations of the field of international education. Stemming from an initial assessment of the nine proficiencies of international education, the Academy for International Education pursues a rigorous curriculum to develop both the knowledge and skills of participating international educators. 

NAFSA understands that each Academy trainee comes to the Academy with a different set of goals and expectations. The Academy allows for individual and flexible learning by encouraging each trainee to set personal and institutional goals to help achieve success throughout the year. Trainees complete three main assignments throughout the year: an individual learning plan, a summer initiative, and a culmination paper.

Academy Curriculum, Assignments, and Events

To successfully complete a Learning Plan and to receive a Certificate of Completion, trainees are expected to fulfill the following assignments and to participate in the following Academy events:

Academy Learning Path 2024


Learning Plan
Academy Workshops
NAFSA Annual Conference
Summer Focus
Culmination and Transition Project
Cohort Connections