2018 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo, "Diverse Voices, Shared Commitment."

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - Friday, June 1, 2018
Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC)
United States

Join peers and experts at the largest gathering in the field of international education for the 2018 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo, "Diverse Voices, Shared Commitment." The conference will take place May 27-June 1, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and will feature outstanding educational and professional development opportunities and a world-class expo hall.


NAFSA 2018: The International Education Event of the Year! 

The 2018 annual conference theme, “Diverse Voices, Shared Commitment,” highlights the value and power of diverse voices that lead to more authentic collaborations and speak to alternative narratives that challenge our old ideas and make us think about new solutions and opportunities. But multiple voices without a shared commitment is cacophony—it lacks the power of collaboration, mutual trust, and a desire to meet challenges together. 


The NAFSA Annual Conference is a unique forum of attendees from many professional and geographic perspectives and backgrounds. 


Despite differences, conference attendees share a very strong commitment to the core values of international education—providing a welcoming and supportive environment for the success of generations of students and scholars.  


An Exceptional Learning Opportunity

 The NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference & Expo is the premier forum to connect with peers who have similar job challenges and who can identify possible solutions. 


Learn from top administrators, researchers, authors, and seasoned practitioners in the fields of education abroad; international student and scholar services; international enrollment management; international education leadership; and teaching, learning, and scholarship. 


The conference program is designed to help you improve your knowledge of model practices and strategies. 

  • 200+ professional learning sessions and programs 
  • pecialized preconference learning workshops 
  • Leadership programs for Presidents, Provosts, SIOs, Directors, and Managers 
  • Signature Programs supporting global learning, peace building, risk management, and internationalization 
  • Hundreds of presentations at the poster fairs 
  • NAFSA Community Celebration, hosted events, and closing celebration 
  • Member and Special Interest Group events and programs 

Many Paths for Networking and Collaboration 


The NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo is an experience and opportunity that stands apart from other events and resources in its scope, breadth, and access to thousands of colleagues. NASFA 2018 will allow you to meet and dialogue with peers and leaders across borders to discuss key issues. Share and gain valuable insights on all areas of international education administration, student services, research and teaching—from a global perspective. 


The NAFSA 2018 Expo Hall will showcase hundreds of exhibitors from all parts of the globe—meet with current and prospective partners and find the solutions you need in one place. Education Abroad networking events and programs International Enrollment Management events and programs International Student and Scholar Services events and programs International Educational Leadership events and programs Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship events and programs Partnership building at the International Education Expo 


A Vibrant and Welcoming Community 

On your own or with a team, come to NAFSA 2018 to gain new contacts and knowledge. Become the best-informed international educator and leave refreshed and ready to meet today’s rapid changes and current trends impacting your programs and students.



"NAFSA is an invaluable association in international education. The annual conference reinvigorates my interest in the field through the plethora of sessions offered and countless networking opportunities. I look forward to attending the conference each year I am given the chance." 


"It is impossible not to be energized and inspired by the wealth of information and professional sharing available at the annual NAFSA conference. I always return to my office with renewed determination and commitment to international education and advocacy, and full of ideas to improve my own little corner of the world." 


"I look forward to the NAFSA Annual Conference all year. The conference infuses me with enthusiasm for the exciting field of international education—it is a truly wonderful opportunity to learn, to network, and to find inspiration."

Event Type: 
Educational Events
International Studies
Professional Schools
Language Programs
Cultural Awareness
Higher Education & Research
International Relations