Programs and Events

NAFSA believes that international education lies at the core of an interconnected world characterized by peace, security, and well-being for all.

This belief reinforces NAFSA’s commitment to building the skills, knowledge, and competencies of the dedicated individuals who make global exchange and education possible. These key endeavors break down barriers, strengthen global connections, and foster greater understanding to build a more peaceful world.

Cuba Engagement Initiative

Learn more about NAFSA’s efforts to build sustainable partnerships and expand opportunities for collaboration between U.S. and Cuban academic institutions.

Diversity Programs

Explore the many offerings and opportunities NAFSA provides to support diversity, a strategic priority for the association and the campuses it serves.

NAFSA Strategic Retreats

Join the leading voices in education abroad and international enrollment management as they gather to think profoundly, strategically, and creatively about their work.

Global Learning Lab

Deans, faculty, senior international officers, and scholar-practitioners discuss strategies for incorporating global competencies into learning across the curriculum.

Management Development Program

Take your career to the next level with the most trusted and comprehensive management training program for international education professionals.

Presidents and Provosts Summit

Join campus leaders to explore the latest trends in international education, build international partnerships, and discuss the critical issues facing institutions today.

Symposium on Leadership

Gather with higher education leaders to examine the global demands on international higher education and share comparative perspectives and lessons learned.

F-1 Advising: Beyond the Basics

September 1 - 30, 2019 October 1 - 31, 2019 November 1 - 30, 2019
This newly updated four-week, self-guided e-Learning course will lead participants towards developing a comprehensive and nuanced approach to improve their F-1 advising. Through real-world case studies, participants will gain skills to advise international students through the complexities of
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F-1 Beyond the Basics: Employment and Training

September 1 - 30, 2019 October 1 - 31, 2019 November 1 - 30, 2019
This new four-week, self-guided e-Learning course will take participants beyond the basics to improve advising strategies for F-1 students seeking employment and training benefits. Through a series of employment and training scenarios, participants will dive into the gray areas where answers require
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J-1 Advising: Getting Started

September 1 - 30, 2019 October 1 - 31, 2019 November 1 - 30, 2019
This four-week, self-paced course provides a general overview of the fundamentals needed to advise J-1 Exchange Visitors to help them maintain their status during their stay in the United States. You will learn regulatory terminology, concepts and the documentation needed for orientation, SEVIS
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Education Abroad Advising

September 1 - 30, 2019 October 1 - 31, 2019 November 1 - 30, 2019
Education abroad is an evolving field. The adviser is required to support a wide variety of student needs throughout their education abroad experience. This four-week, self-paced course guides you through the demands often faced throughout the education abroad cycle, providing you with best
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Mapping Short-Term Education Abroad Programs

September 1 - 30, 2019 October 1 - 31, 2019 November 1 - 30, 2019
This four-week, self-paced course provides an overview of institutional policies and procedures that impact short-term education abroad programs, program models, preparing for emergencies, handling logistics, finances and budgets, preparing students and faculty for the international experience,
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F-1 Advising: Getting Started

September 1 - 30, 2019 October 1 - 31, 2019 November 1 - 30, 2019
As a new international student adviser, you need to get up to speed quickly to ensure compliance among F-1 students. This 4-week, self-paced course brings you into the office of a typical university to work with and support their international students. Through six online modules, you will address
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Court Case Threatens OPT: What You Can Do

September 3, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT The court case Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. Department of Homeland Security seeks to discontinue the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, particularly post completion OPT and STEM OPT. A decision in the case against OPT could also put other forms of F
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Pre-departure Orientations for Secondary Schools

Join us on September 26 at 2:00 p.m. EDT for a text-based Q&A session with colleagues from the field. Secondary school pre-departure orientation (PDO) programs have many things in common with university level PDOs. However, additional information needs to be covered as the participants are often
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EAD Delays, Remedies, and Possible Litigation

October 2, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT This event will feature immigration attorney Ron Klasko for a discussion of the USCIS Employment Authorization Document (EAD) backlogs and processing delays, the (granted, very limited) remedies for applicants, and possible litigation to force improvements. No government
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