2018 NASPA Annual Conference

International Symposium

As the field of student affairs continues to develop globally, focused opportunities for an intentional, international exchange of ideas are becoming more critical. The 2018 NASPA International Symposium facilitates the advancement of a global discussion and worldwide understanding of student affairs as a field, and, in many countries, a profession. The International Symposium expands on the conference theme by including global perspectives. A key symposium goal is to invite and explore new perspectives, and to create new connections in order to bridge global boundaries.

Additional registration required

Saturday, March 3
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 4
8:00 am to 4:30 pm


Liberty Ballroom A
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown


Registration for the 2018 NASPA International Symposium is now open.

Register Now

Registration to the annual conference is not required to attend the Symposium. To attend the Symposium, you will be able to register for the pre-conference event through the annual conference website. Once there, you will see the option to register for the Symposium as a standalone or alongside an annual conference registration. 

Registration Fees

Symposium + Annual Conference
Member Type Early Bird Regular  Late
Member $175 $190 $205
Student/NUFP Member $175 $190 $205
Nonmember $205 $220 $235
Symposium Only
Member Type Early Bird Regular  Late
Member $250 $265 $280
Student/NUFP Member $250 $265 $280
Nonmember $280 $295 $310

Continuing Education

NASPA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. Programs that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Call for Programs

The Symposium Call for Programs will be open through 17 November, 2017. The symposium content advisory committee seeks proposals that effectively advance the field of student affairs internationally. Additionally, the symposium content advisory committee will select programs based upon the programs' relationships to the symposium's learning outcomes and themes. 

Submit Your Proposal Online 

  • Symposium Learning Outcomes

    As a result of attending the International Symposium, we hope that participants will be able to:

    • Express increased awareness and knowledge of regional trends and international perspectives on student affairs and services;
    • Network with new contacts and colleagues from multiple regions of the world; and
    • Demonstrate knowledge and skills that can be used to promote internationally-oriented practice, professional dialogue, and research.
  • Symposium Themes and Suggested Topics
    International Student Services

    A range of topics in this track may include international student orientation, transition, and retention programs; cultural adjustment related to students studying in another culture; ways to increase opportunities for engagement among both international and US-based students; programs that increase fluency and confidence in spoken and conversational languages. Sessions in this track could include best practices, informative information regarding successful programs that could be implemented on other campuses, challenges with international student transition and support, and other ways to showcase effective work with a specifically international student population.

    Overseas/Mobility Programs

    A diverse range of topics are applicable and include study abroad, student exchange, internships, service-learning, faculty led programs, athletics, and other global opportunities. Sessions in this track might examine best practices, challenges/obstacles, emerging trends, specific programs, and others related to international student mobility within  higher education. 

    Global Perspectives, Issues, and Culture

    A range of topics might include intercultural engagement programming, orientation immersion program, social/cultural practices and establishing norms, policy development, course content, political climate, or other practices. Sessions in this track could include best practices, challenges/obstacles, emerging practices/trends, specific programs, programming models, academic models, or other related matters from a global perspective.

    Professional Growth and Networking

    A range of topics might include programming, orientation, networking, professional training, certification programs or other opportunities. Sessions in this track could include current practices, challenges/obstacles, emerging practices/trends, specific programs, and models or other related matters on professional development.

Sign-Up to Review Program Proposals

Our program proposal review process is critical to the success of the symposium. We encourage you to sign-up to be program reviewer here. For detailed instructions on how to sign-up, check this document.