The Academy for International Education is an intensive yearlong training program with extensive networking opportunities. The Academy accelerates your learning process and prepares you for leadership. It is an investment in your career in international education.

This yearlong program is comprised of three training events, complemented by written assignments, regular cohort conference calls, and coaching. The Academy is an introduction to the profession of international education and its major practice areas. The program is flexible and designed to meet your individual needs and learning goals.

Read more about the experience of a current Academy trainee, Earl Lee at Arizona State University.

What Do Academy Trainees Receive?

The program is developed to provide you with a comprehensive view of international education while allowing you to tailor the program to your own learning needs.

The Academy tuition is $1,999, and includes:

  • NAFSA membership for 12 months. 
  • Virtual Academy spring training, including:
    • An introduction to the profession of international education covering the basics of
      • comprehensive internationalization;
      • international enrollment management;
      • education abroad;
      • international student & scholar services; and
      • advocacy in international education.
  • NAFSA Annual Conference registration fee.
  • NAFSA Preconference workshop at the annual conference.
  • Regional conference registration.*
  • NAFSA preconference workshop at regional conference.*
  • International Education Handbook
  • Access to NAFSA networking opportunities.
  • Supported learning by an experienced coach.
  • Continued connection with a cohort of peers.

    *reduced/waived depending on decision by regional leadership.


"The Academy gave me stronger credibility in my office, and gave me a stronger sense or confidence in my field."

Academy Participants

Applications for Academy Class 18 are now open. For additional information regarding the Academy, please contact Professional Learning Services.