Region V

Region V Conference

Conference Hotel

The NAFSA Region V 2018 conference will be held at the beautifully renovated Renaissance Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, IL, October 17 - 19, 2018. Hotel room rate will be $179 per night. The hotel is conveniently located 25 miles northwest of Chicago and is easily accessible by air (12 miles from O’Hare; 30 miles from Midway), rail (Metra Northwest Line), and car (I-90 / I-290).

Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel reservations can be made here.
Special conference rate of $179 available until September 24, 2018.

Call for Proposals

The deadline for Region V Conference session proposals has ended. Accepted sessions will be announced in early July. If you need to make edits to a submission you’ve already completed, please contact


Region V Conference registration is now open! Early bird registration closes September 30, 2018. Questions about registration may be directed to our Registrar, Kara Johnson ( and the Region V Chair (

Conference Registration Fees

Registrant Type Early Bird Regular On-Site
NAFSA Member $250 $300 $400
Student/Retiree w/volunteer $110 $175 $225
Non-NAFSA Member $310 $360 $460

Workshop Fees

Registrant Type Early Bird Full/Half Regular Full/Half On-Site Full/Half
NAFSA Member CEP $200 $280 $380
NAFSA Member Non-CEP $50/$25 $100/$50 $200/$100
Student/Retiree CEP $200 $280 $380
Student/Retiree Non-CEP $50/$25 $100/$50 $200/$100
Non-NAFSA Member CEP $250 $330 $430
Non-NAFSA Member Non-CEP $150/$75 $150/$75 $250/$175

Region V Travel Grants and Awards

2018 Region V Grant

Each year, NAFSA Region V designates funds to be awarded as Region V Conference Grants for those who may not receive full, or even partial, financial support from their institutions to attend the conference. The grants will cover full or partial conference registration.Grants are intended to encourage conference participation from members and non-members alike, and from a variety of professionals in the field of international education--both newcomers and veterans.Preference will be given to those who have not previously attended a Region V conference and to presenters who have not previously presented at a Region V conference. For more information, please see the application form below.
2018 Region V Grant Application Application PDF
Deadline August 31, 2018

Marilyn Boyd Foreign Born International Educator (FBIE) Award

Region V is pleased to announce it has designated a $400 award for an FBIE (Foreign Born International Educator) to recognize the contributions the person has made to the field of international education and to encourage FBIE participation in the Region V Conference.The award may be used to cover travel, meals, and/or accommodation.Preference will be given to first-time attendees and international students wishing to enter the field of international education. For more information, please see the application form below.
2018 NAFSA Region V Conference FBIE Award Application PDF
Application deadline August 31, 2018

Patti Jones Award for Outstanding Leadership in Region V

The Patti Jones Award for Outstanding Leadership is named in honor of Patti Jones (Western Illinois University), who has provided many years of service to Region V and the Region V team. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding leadership, contributions, and dedication to Region V, the regional leadership team, and to the internationalization of American higher education. To be eligible, the recipient must:

  • Be a member of NAFSA
  • Have provided outstanding contributions to the health, growth, and well-being of Region V
  • Have a deep commitment and dedication to the region and its members
  • Have provided mentoring and support to individuals within Region V; and
  • Be an individual whose service to the region has resulted in increased professionalism and enhanced services to international and U.S. students

To nominate a colleague for the Patti Jones Award for Outstanding Leadership, please submit the nomination form (below) and letters of support to by August 31, 2018.
Patti Jones Award for Outstanding Leadership in Region V Nomination Form PDF
Nomination deadline August 31, 2018

Region V New Professional Award

Established by the Region V team in 2014, the New Professional Award recognizes an individual in the region who is new to the field of international education, and who has made an outstanding contribution to international education through his or her enthusiasm, potential for leadership, and actual accomplishments at his or her institution or community and Region V. To be eligible, the individual may have no more than three years of experience in the field.

To nominate a colleague for the New Professional Award, please submit the nomination form (below) and letters of support to by August 31, 2018.
Region V New Professional Award Nomination Form PDF
Nomination deadline August 31, 2018

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Exhibitor and sponsor registration is now open! Please click on the “Expo Sales – Purchase Now” button at the top of this page.

This year’s venue is ideal for exhibiting – the large, open space in the heart of the convention center adjacent to all coffee breaks will ensure many opportunities for showcasing your products and services and networking with colleagues and clients. We will be offering several sponsorship opportunities this year at varying levels of support. Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions. PDF

Exhibitor and Sponsor Registration Fees

Booth/Sponsorship Type Cost
Standard Booth $550
Standard booth (with electrical hook-up) $650
Premium booth (includes electrical hook-up and Wi-Fi) $1000
Wi-Fi Access (per device per day) $50
Opening Reception (1) $1500
Business Lunch (1) $1500
Breakfast (2) $500
Coffee Break (4) $300
Session Room (8) $200
Friends of Region V(8) $100

Questions about exhibiting or sponsoring can be directed to the Region V Exhibitor Coordinator, Katerina Roskina (


Interested in getting involved in NAFSA Region V and not sure how? Consider volunteering at the Region V Conference! Volunteers are essential to the success of our conference and sincerely appreciated. Please email if you are interested in learning more. Please note that all attendees receiving the Student/Retiree discounted rate will be expected to commit to volunteer shifts of their choosing.

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