International Advisory Board
International Programs and Services
NASPA offers an array of international opportunities for all members.These opportunities appeal to a wide range of the NASPA membership and are varied in approach and implementation.The primary initiatives are: International Education Knowledge Community, Study Tours, Regional events and initiatives, International Administrative Exchanges, the International Symposium, and NASPA Foundation programs.
Visiting Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha, Qatar
June of 2013
Several associations are working together with faculty from Colorado State University and partners in Doha, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to produce an international study tour, focused on student affairs. This is an educational tour of three distinct regions of the Arabian Gulf to develop an understanding of the structure and practice of higher education in the region and gain insight into the issues and strategic directions for higher education and student services/affairs in this important region.
The symposium began in 1995 and has continued to be a huge draw for international participants each year. It is held in conjunction with the NASPA annual conference, taking place immediately prior to the conference itself. International and domestic participants present workshops, panels, keynotes, and roundtable discussions.The symposium is a fantastic way for all NASPA members to become educated about and get involved with current international issues. Networking, sharing ideas, and learning from one another in a global context is a highlight of this annual program.
The quickest and easiest way to connect to international efforts, colleagues, and current topics in international student affairs is by joining the International Education Knowledge Community (IEKC). The IEKC operates both nationally and regionally and allows individuals the opportunity to connect with others who share their interests, generate new ideas, and discuss topics of relevance to international education. All members of NASPA are encouraged to participate in this stimulating knowledge community!
Regional Events and Initiatives
Regional conferences often have a substantial international influence.For example, some regional conferences have been held abroad and there are frequently international visitors attending regional conferences here in the USA.Regional events are often “grass roots” programs, so if you have ideas talk with your IEKC regional representative or Regional Vice President.Regional programs and initiatives are open to all members of the region, and in many cases, more broadly.
The international exchange program sponsors delegations of senior administrators between host countries.NASPA has exchange agreements with a dozen student services associations around the world. One delegation of three to five administrators travels to a host country usually for one full week. Reciprocally, NASPA member institutions host a delegation of administrators from the other country in the following year. The administrative exchanges are for senior level NASPA members; an agreement is signed by each delegate who must have the authority to bind the institution to financial support in hosting in-bound delegations.