2018 NASPA International Symposium

March 03 – March 04, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

Join us in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  (USA) for the 23rd NASPA International Symposium and NASPA Annual Conference. The International Symposium is a day and a half pre-conference event (3-4 March  2018) that will explore global issues in student affairs and services and higher education. The event format will include keynote presentations, concurrent sessions, interactive discussions and social opportunities.

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2018 NASPA 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 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. 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.

Registration FAQ

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 via this link through the annual conference website. Once there, you will see the option to register for the CCI as a standalone or alongside an annual conference registration. 

Continuing Education

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National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

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.


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Graduate
  • New Professional
  • Mid-Level
  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Senior Level
  • Vice President for Student Affairs


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Call for Programs

Every year, the Symposium organizers send out a Call for Programs to select the speakers and develop program content that is relevant to the Symposium attendees from different parts of the world. A planning committee reviews the proposals and invites the panelists and facilitators. The peer review process ensures rigor and relevance of the selected programs.

The Call for Programs is now closed.

Conference Themes & 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.

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Proposal Online

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Submission Timeline
  • 17 November 2017
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • 7 December 2017
    Program Notifications

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2018 NASPA International Symposium.

Robert Valderrama
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Phone: (202) 719-1177
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking.

The schedule at a glance is tentative and subject to change. Final program details (workshops, speakers, etc.) will be uploaded in late January 2018.

Full Schedule

Sat, Mar 03

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Symposium Check In
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
First Time Attendee Meeting
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Opening Session and Keynote
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Networking Session
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
2018 NASPA International Symposium Opening Reception
7:30 p.m.
Dinner and Dialogue

Sun, Mar 04

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Symposium Check-In
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Opens
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Morning Opening Session: Welcome, Breakfast, and IEKC Awards
9:20 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions I
Supporting and Advising Muslim Students
Sexual Diversity and Gender Violence in TEC Campus Monterrey, Mexico - Contexts and Proposals
It Takes a Village: Sustainable Collaborations Across Campus for International Student Support
What really motivates international branch campus establishment?
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions II
Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Student Affairs Development from the new NASPA Areas (MENASA and LAC) and beyond
Cultural Immersion Experience: A Case Study of Emirati Students' Experience in Japan
Where Can I be Me?: Finding belonging and Navigating Identity of Queer International Students of Color in the United States
Unite UW: Connecting Domestic and International Students One Adventure at a Time
11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Experiential Sessions
New Professional Session
Mid-Level Professional
Senior Level Professional
Transitioning Professional
12:15 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.
Celebration Luncheon
1:35 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions III
A Singapore Perspective: Don’t Withdraw, Take a Break
Beyond Transition and Support – Developing Holistic International Student Orientation Programs
Developing a Global Lens for Student Affairs Professional Development
Student engagement in institutional decision-making: A comparative conversation
2:35 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Coffee Break
2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions IV
Administering Emergency Funding for Students Facing Unanticipated Crises
International Student Exchange Program
Supportive and Inclusive Campus Environments: Collaborating with Faculty to Engage International Students on Campus
Minoritized no longer?: Key practices for an emerging dynamic of growing international enrollments

3:50 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closing Session


  • Dr. Tan Tai Yong

    Dr. Tan Tai Yong

    Yale-NUS College

    Speaker Bio


If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2018 NASPA Community Colleges Institute contact contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at kjerde@naspa.org.


Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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