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.

Visa Options and Strategies for Academic Clinical Programs

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One of the more complicated challenges that international offices face is providing visa options for short-term trainees, students, and visitors with patient or animal care responsibilities. This text-based Q&A session will provide perspectives from a variety of institutions on how they manage
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Changes to Veterans Benefits for Education Abroad

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced new guidance to the way veteran’s educational benefits can be used for education abroad programs. Members of NAFSA’s Education Abroad Regulatory Practice Committee and a School Certifying Official from the University of Colorado Boulder will
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F-1 Beyond the Basics: Employment and Training

February 1 - 29, 2020 March 1 - 31, 2020
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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F-1 Advising: Getting Started

February 1 - 29, 2020 March 1 - 31, 2020
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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Advocacy Day

March 16 - 17, 2020
At NAFSA's Advocacy Day, speak out for students, scholars, and policies that matter to you! After a day of training and strategizing, you will head to Capitol Hill with all the tools you need to educate Congress on how international education impacts your state and district and why we need a more
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NAFSA Research Symposium - April 2020

April 24, 2020
Join NAFSA and colleagues in recognizing international education research at the eighth Research Symposium - A Critical Discussion of Theories, Methodologies, and Practices in International Education - on April 24, 2020 at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Bringing together
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Management Development Program

May 24 - 26, 2020 August 5 - 7, 2020
The NAFSA Management Development Program (MDP) is the most trusted and comprehensive management training program for international education (IE) professionals. Since its inception, more than 700 IE managers have gained applicable real-world skills that have helped each take their career to the next
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NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference and Expo

We look forward to meeting you in St. Louis, Missouri, next year for NAFSA 2020, where the conference theme will be "Innovate, Influence, Impact." The program will feature innovations in international education and highlight the role that the field plays in creating welcoming communities, supporting
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Latin America and Caribbean Forum 2020

May 25, 2020
International Higher Education Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean The 2020 Latin America and Caribbean Forum will highlight innovative international higher education practices in Latin America and the Caribbean. The higher education innovation panel will address questions such as, how are
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Symposium on Leadership 2020

May 26, 2020
Beyond Geopolitics: Successful International Education Leadership for the Next Decade Successful international education leadership in the future will require embracing and navigating growing nationalisms, changing demographic pressures, and environmental anxieties. At a time when global engagement
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