Region VIII

Region VIII Conference

We are excited to invite all those who are committed to the field of international education and exchange to join us for the 2018 NAFSA Region VIII Conference in Richmond, Virginia, on November 6-9.

Each year, attendees gather to learn from professional development opportunities and network with colleagues and leaders who work in their region and collaborate with partners across the world. At this conference in Richmond, you can expect to:

  • Engage in relevant, informative, and timely sessions targeting all areas in the field of international education.
  • Network with over 500 conference attendees at a variety of conference offerings, including our exciting special events.
  • Learn how to get into the field of international education, as well as what to do once you land that first job.


Reg Type Early Regular On-Site
NAFSA Member $325 $375 $425
Non-Member $375 $425 $450
Student $200 $225 $250
Academy Trainee $200 $225 $250
Community Volunteer $200 $225 $250
Government Official $375 $425 $450
Retiree $200 $225 $250
Single Day $200 $225 $250

Hotel Information

This year's conference will be held at the Richmond Marriott (500 E. Broad St.). You can reserve rooms at the conference rate online, or by calling Marriott reservations at 1-800-228-9290.

Conference Schedule

View the online live conference schedule

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We're going paperless! The conference schedule and evaluations (sessions and final) will be available through the NAFSA Conferences app. Everyone who completes the final evaluation will be entered into a drawing for a free NAFSA membership.

Pre-Conference Workshops

2018 offerings:

Full-Day Workshops

Half-Day Workshops

Travel Scholarships

NAFSA Region VIII is pleased to award a limited number of scholarship awards to individuals wishing to attend our annual regional conference. Scholarships include opportunities for free conference registration, as well as lodging at the conference hotel. Scholarships are based on level of need, with preference being given to presenters and first-time attendees.

Apply now

2017 Travel Scholarship Recipients

Kara Hoxworth
Director of Study Abroad
Lynchburg College

Luke Mackey
International Leadership Assistant, ISS (Grad Student)
Elizabethtown College

Hayley Spear
Resident Manager, UVA International Center (Grad Student)
University of Virginia

Rebecca AbuRakia-Einhorn
Coordinator of Education Abroad
Gallaudet University

Danielle Davis
Coordinator, International Programs
Hollins University

Jennifer White
Associate Director, Office of International Studies
Goucher College

Exhibitor Information

For all information about exhibiting with us in Richmond, please click the yellow "Purchase now" button under “Expo sales," and that will take you to our exhibitor page.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Region VIII is excited to offer a number of sponsorship opportunities for its annual conference! We hope you will consider further supporting our efforts to consistently provide a top quality professional conference while promoting your organization to hundreds of international educators. All sponsors will receive acknowledgment in the conference program and website. Travel grant sponsors will be recognized along with the grant recipients during the regional team's plenary remarks. Sponsors of events and breaks will also receive the following:

  • Signage at the event acknowledging your sponsorship. 
  • Logo and acknowledgment in the event listing in the conference app. 
  • Option to provide marketing materials or gift to all event attendees. 
  • Sponsors of the opening reception and plenary brunch will have the opportunity to provide brief, welcoming remarks to all attendees

Additional details about exhibiting and sponsorship will be made available within our online registration system in 2018. Please check back for updates.

Future Conference Sites

  • 2019: Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2020: Roanoke, Virginia