With nearly 10,000 members, NAFSA is the world’s largest nonprofit professional association dedicated to international education.
NAFSA and its members believe that international education and exchange — connecting students, scholars, educators, and citizens across borders – is fundamental to building mutual understanding among nations; preparing the next generation with vital cross-cultural and global skills; and creating the conditions for a more peaceful world.
Committed to building the skills, knowledge, and competencies of its members, NAFSA strengthens international education’s biggest asset – the dedicated professionals worldwide who make educational mobility possible. NAFSA advances public policies that promote international education and is committed to supporting a broad public dialogue about the value and importance of international education. Connecting Our World is home to NAFSA’s online community of grassroots advocates.
With its hundreds of dedicated volunteer member-leaders, NAFSA provides professional training, expertise in a wide range of international education issues, professional conferences, and professional resources, including the Adviser’s Manual for foreign student advisors; a wide array of books and videos on critical issues related to international education; and the award-winning bi-monthly magazine International Educator.
NAFSA’s executive director is Marlene M. Johnson, a former lieutenant governor of Minnesota.
A note about NAFSA’s name: The name of the association has changed since its inception in 1948 to reflect the expanding roles of NAFSA members into all aspects of international education and exchange. The original name of the association was National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA).
For much more about NAFSA, visit www.nafsa.org.