IIE at NAFSA 2023

April 4, 2024 June 3, 2023 Washington, D.C.

IIE is looking forward to welcoming our colleagues to Washington, D.C. during the NAFSA 2023 Annual Conference and sharing how we can help advance your organization’s internationalization goals!

If you’ll be at the NAFSA Conference, we invite you to:

  • Visit the IIE Booth #723 in the Expo Hall
  • Meet IIE Experts during Office Hours
  • Attend Our Sessions

Looking to learn more about IIE and our work?

  • Explore Programs and Resources
  • Engage IIE’s Global Services
  • Join the IIE Team

IIE Office Hours

Visit the IIE booth (#723) during our Office Hours to meet with IIE’s experts and program teams without the hassle of scheduling! During the times below, the featured departments will be available to answer your questions and share information about their work.

Tuesday, May 30

11:30am – 1:00pm: U.S. Exchange Visitor Sponsorship

IIE is honored to be a designated sponsor of the U.S. Department of State’s BridgeUSA Program, providing international students and scholars with the opportunity to enter the U.S. and complete academic exchanges under the J-1 non-immigrant visa.

1:30pm – 3:30pm: IIENetwork Membership

The IIENetwork is IIE’s global membership association supporting the strategic advancement of international education. We invite both prospective members and current members to learn how IIENetwork benefits can help you achieve your goals. Ask us about our new individual membership options.

Wednesday, May 31

11:30am – 1:30pm: Department of Defense Language & Culture Programs

IIE is honored to administer five programs on behalf of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) which aims to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and culture skills. We invite current and prospective institutional partners to visit the booth and learn about these programs and upcoming opportunities.

3:30pm – 4:30pm: Careers with IIE

Learn more about career opportunities at IIE and learn why we were certified a Great Place to Work organization! Details on our robust benefits package and talent philosophy are also available on IIE Careers.

Thursday, June 1

10:30am – 11:30am: Careers with IIE

Learn more about career opportunities at IIE and learn why we were certified a Great Place to Work organization! Details on our robust benefits package and talent philosophy are also available on IIE Careers.

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Research, Evaluation, and Learning

Connect with IIE’s Research, Evaluation, and Learning team to learn about Open Doors®, consulting and evaluation services, and our newest publications on international students & mental health, international students with disabilities, and the evolving roles of SIOs.

1:00pm – 3:00pm: Centers of Excellence

In its work around the world, IIE has developed significant expertise, capabilities and best practices in a set of core areas. Our cutting-edge approaches developed in these fields are formalized in our Center for International Partnerships and our newly launched Center for Access and Equity.

3:00pm – 4:00pm: IIE Global E3 Consortium

The Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3) offers the opportunity for colleges and universities to participate in the leading consortium for global undergraduate student mobility in engineering. Current and interested members are invited to join IIE to reconnect and learn more about the consortium.


Talking About Mental Health & Wellness

Cohosted with AIFS Abroad and the AIFS Foundation
Thursday, June 1 at 2:00pm at the AIFS Abroad Booth (#1119)

Join Dr. Leah Mason of the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Kelly Holland of AIFS Abroad to discuss the newest publication released by IIE and the AIFS Foundation: Developing Support for Student Mental Health and Well-Being. Pick up a copy of the publication, grab a cup of coffee, and informally share with other attendees how your office is working on mental health and well-being for your students and yourselves.

Crisis Management: Global Perspectives for Supporting International Students

Presented in Partnership with Uni-Italia

Wednesday, May 31, 9:30am – 10:20am

Organizational leaders from four countries will provide a comparative perspective on crisis management, sharing lessons learned and promising practices for supporting international students. Panelists delve into innovative and technological approaches that aim to enhance inclusive and accessible international educational exchange opportunities.

  • Allan E. Goodman, CEO, IIE
  • Titia Bredée, Director General, Nuffic
  • Francesco Profumo, President, Uni-Italia
  • Kai Sicks, Secretary General, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Supporting International Students with Disabilities: Research and Best Practices 

Wednesday, May 31, 9:30am – 10:20am

This panel shares research and resources for practitioners supporting international students with disabilities. Panelists discuss data on international students with disabilities and explore best practices with experts from the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange and the author of Advising International Students with Disabilities

  • Julie Baer, Research Specialist, IIE  
  • David Levin, Senior Program Manager at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)  
  • Laurie Laird, Project Manager, MIUSA  
  • Cory Owen, Associate Dean of Students, Yale-NUS College 

English Language Programs: Industry Overview, Enrollment Data, and Market Trends 

Thursday, June 1, 9:30am – 10:20am

An expert panel from EnglishUSA, the Institute of International Education’s research and evaluation division, and the U.S. Department of Commerce discusses trends in international student mobility and the impact on English language programs. Presenters provide information from newly released Open Doors data and updates on trends in key recruitment markets for English language programs. 

  • Julie Baer, Research Specialist, IIE  
  • Cheryl Delk-Le Good, Executive Director, EnglishUSA  
  • Gabriela Zelaya, Global Education Team Leader, U.S. Department of Commerce 

Poster: Expanding Internationalization Through Recruitment in Sub-Saharan Africa 

Thursday, June 1, 10:30am – 12:00pm

The number of undergraduate and graduate student applications from Sub-Saharan African students continues to grow. This poster will combine effective data presentation and visualization with data-informed content for international student outreach and recruitment. The poster will include region-specific data from Open Doors 2022 on international students from Sub-Saharan Africa. The poster will also have some of the emerging trends in student mobility from SSA and the reasons behind it. Finally, the poster will include some effective tools for future international student outreach and recruitment specifically from Sub-Saharan Africa, rooted in our knowledge shared through Education USA. 

  • Diane Weisz, EducationUSA Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC) for West Africa 
  • Mirka Martel, Head of Research, Evaluation and Learning, IIE 

International High School Student Enrollments and Pathways to Higher Education 

Thursday, June 1, 1:00pm – 1:50pm

This panel explores high school international student mobility in the United States using data from the Institute of International Education on current international student enrollment in U.S. high schools. A representative from the New Mexico Military Institute discusses the relationships between U.S. boarding schools and higher education institutions, highlighting changes since COVID-19, and a representative from the University of Central Missouri covers international student recruitment strategies. 

  • Natalya Andrejko, Research Officer, IIE  
  • Philip R. Hull, Director, University of Central Missouri Graduate & International Student Services 
  • Cristhina H. Starke, Global Enrollment & Marketing Director, New Mexico Military Institute 

New International Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Talent Policies: Best Practices and Opportunities (J-1/F-1)

Thursday, June 1, 3:00pm – 3:50pm

Panelists share their experiences on developing and implementing facets of the STEM Talent Initiative, announced by the Biden administration in January 2022. Learn about important regulatory considerations and new opportunities and policy changes for J-1/F-1 students and scholars.

  • Hilary Hartley, Director, Exchange Visitor Sponsorship, IIE
  • Robin V. Catmur-Smith, Director, Immigration Services, University of Georgia
  • Amy Marmer Nice, Distinguished Immigration Fellow and Visiting Scholar, Cornell Law School

Emerging International Student Markets: More Options to Explore 

Thursday, June 1, 3:00pm – 3:50pm

International student recruitment strategies can go beyond historically dominant places of origin and explore new horizons for recruitment. This panel reviews trends in emerging international markets in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and considers global student mobility data, prospective student data, and recruitment expert perspectives on this topic. 

  • Mirka Martel, Head of Research, Evaluation and Learning, IIE  
  • Elle Butler, Head of Marketing, North America, IDP Connect, Samba Dieng, Senior International Officer & Executive Director 
  • Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge 
  • Scott Smith, Director, International Higher Education, The College Board 

A Focus on the Future: International Education’s Effect on Employability 

Friday, June 2, 11:30am – 12:20pm

The global workforce requires graduates to translate the knowledge and skills gained through international educational experiences into professional outcomes. In this session, government and nonprofit international education leaders share recent findings on employability, career readiness, and world language and area studies program models. 

  • Leah M. Mason, Research Lead, IIE  
  • Samuel Eisen, Director of Programs, Defense Language And National Security Education Office 
  • Celeste Kinginger, Professor, Pennsylvania State University  
  • Dana Sapatoru, Education Program Specialist, United States Department of Education 

Become an IIE Member

Through our IIENetwork, we share our extensive knowledge and decades of experience with others who are working to internationalize their campuses and build international partnerships. Becoming a member of our IIENetwork grants you special access to IIE’s membership services and benefits.

Contact: membership@iie.org | Meet at NAFSA: Lindsay Calvert, Ashley Stipek, and Hannah Galatoire

Resource: Harness the Power of International Education with an IIENetwork Membership

Build International Partnerships

Through our Center for International Partnerships, we connect institutions and individuals, lead workshops and trainings, and advance theory and practice. Our flagship program, the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) has worked with over 200 higher education institutions in 12+ countries to develop sustainable academic partnerships over more than a decade.

Contact: cip@iie.org | Meet at NAFSA: Clare Overmann

Develop a Talented Workforce

We implement professional development and training programs that improve lives, strengthen communities, and promote economic and social development, such as the Humphrey Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by IIE.

Contact: development@iie.org

Launch a Scholarship Program

IIE has specialized in the international exchange of people and ideas, managing many of the world’s most prestigious global scholarships. Through a wide variety of educational programs sponsored by the U.S. government, corporations, foundations, and foreign governments, we annually work with thousands of U.S. and international educational institutions and more than 29,000 students, scholars, and professionals around the globe.

Contact: development@iie.org

Monitor & Evaluate Your Impact

With extensive experience in carrying out all stages of program monitoring and evaluation, we have a unique combination of international education subject matter expertise and M&E acumen. Our data is used to assess the impact of myriad scholarship, fellowship, and training programs for our clients, and inform policy worldwide.

Contact: rel@iie.org | Meet at NAFSA: Mirka Martel, Leah Mason, Julie Baer, and Natalya Andrejko

Crisis Response

IIE’s history of aiding students, scholars, and artists in emergencies goes hand in hand with the history of our organization. The Scholar Rescue Fund® (IIE-SRF), Artist Protection Fund, IIE PEER, and IIE Emergency Student Fund help formalize our unwavering commitment to preserve the lives, voices, and ideas of students and scholars around the globe.

Research Services

Our decades of learning allow us to provide top-notch consulting and research insights to higher education institutions, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations and governments around the globe.

Contact: rel@iie.org | Meet at NAFSA: Mirka Martel, Leah Mason, Julie Baer, and Natalya Andrejko

U.S. Exchange Visitor Sponsorship

IIE is honored to be a designated sponsor of the U.S. Department of State’s BridgeUSA Program, providing international students and scholars with the opportunity to enter the U.S. and complete academic exchanges under the J-1 non-immigrant visa.

Contact: jvisasponsorhip@iie.org | Meet at NAFSA: Hilary Hartley and Katie Yorke

Boren Awards for International Study

Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), the Boren Awards provide scholarships and fellowships focusing on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

Contact: boren@iie.org | Meet at NAFSA: Michael Saffle and Sarah Chow


EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 430 international student advising centers in 178 countries and territories, which promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States.

Contact: educationusa@iie.org | Meet at NAFSA: Booth P801

English for Heritage Language Speakers

English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) provides heritage speakers of critical languages a fully funded scholarship to Georgetown University for intensive instruction in English. Upon completion of the program, Scholars have a one-year federal service requirement.

Contact: EHLS@iie.org | Meet at NAFSA: William Pope and Madina Wahab

Fulbright Programs

Sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by IIE, the flagship Fulbright programs expand perspectives through academic and professional advancement and cross-cultural dialogue.

Learn More: Fulbright at NAFSA | Contact: fulbright@iie.org | Meet at NAFSA: Booth P801

The Gilman Scholarship Program

The Gilman Scholarship Program, a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), is a program that enables high-achieving students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and received life-long career development opportunities and connections.

Contact: gilman@iie.org | Meet at NAFSA: Michelle Pickard and Megan Wilmot

The Language Flagship

The Language Flagship provides grants for universities to create language learning programs in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese and Russian. Each program offers an intensive language and culture curriculum accessible for all undergraduate students and culminating in a capstone year abroad in which students live, work and study fully immersed in the target language, and reach a superior level of language proficiency.

All U.S. colleges and universities are invited to submit a proposal for The Language Flagship domestic program 2024-2028 grant period. Sign up for updates and information regarding the open competition.

Contact: flagship@iie.org | Meet at NAFSA: William Pope and Madina Wahab

Language Training Centers

The Language Training Center (LTC) Program provides language and culture training for Department of Defense (DoD) personnel.  Through funding from DoD, LTCs leverage existing university and college language and culture programs to meet the needs of DoD organizations and units.

Contact: LTC@iie.org | Meet at NAFSA: William Pope and Madina Wahab

Project Global Officer

Project Global Officer provides fully funded opportunities for ROTC students to study critical languages, engage in cross-cultural experiences, and study abroad to develop the language and cross-cultural communication skills necessary for effective leadership in the 21st century operational environment.

Contact: ROTC@iie.org | Meet at NAFSA: William Pope and Madina Wahab

Explore career opportunities at IIE and learn why we were certified a Great Place to Work organization! Details on our robust benefits package and talent philosophy are also available on IIE Careers.

Contact: hr@iie.org | Meet at NAFSA: Matt Kelly and Sabrine Wood