I will be attending NAFSA Annual Conference next week in Houston, Texas.
Do you know what is NAFSA?
NAFSA is an association of individuals worldwide advancing international education and exchange and global workforce development. NAFSA serves international educators and their institutions and organizations by establishing principles of good practice, providing training and professional development opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and advocating for international education.
NAFSA was founded in 1948 as the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers to promote the professional development of American college and university officials responsible for assisting and advising the 25,000 foreign students who had come to study in the United States after World War II.
In May 1990 the membership formally renamed the organization NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The acronym was retained to reflect NAFSA’s proud past and broad name recognition.
NAFSA Annual Conference
The NAFSA 2012 Annual Conference & Expo in Houston, Texas, will feature hundreds of posters, sessions, and workshops, unlimited networking opportunities, and a dynamic expo.
The world comes together at NAFSA’s Annual Conference, where international education professionals come to hone their skills, gain new knowledge, build strategic partnerships, and ensure that their institutions and organizations stay at the forefront of the field.
#NAFSA12 – Houston
While talking to my friend (student in Missouri S&T), I realized, its kind of big deal to attending NAFSA considering the expense, time, travel and planning.
- Registration Fees – $499
- NAFSA Membership – $380 (per year)
- Air Travel – $260 (from Raleigh)
- Hotel – $150 per night for 5 nights.
- Food, Transportation and Others costs.
At the Conference
I have schedule set to meet with admission and marketing staff from several universities from USA, Canada, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, etc.
Here is a partial list of sessions I will be attending
- U.S. Visa Delays and Denials: What’s an International Adviser to Do?
- H-1B and Employment-Based Hot Topics
- Close Encounters: U.S. Officials Discuss Visa Interviews and Inspections
- Get the Latest Test Taker Trends and Tips From the GRE Program!
- F-1 Student Advising Tools to Manage Grey Issues
- Several other sessions and person meetings.
- Complete List of Conference Schedule
Updates from the Conference
I will be tweeting actively, posting pictures and updates from sessions via Happy Schools Blog on Twitter.
Few updates from Twitter will be posted automatically in Happy Schools Blog’s Facebook Fan Page.