2016-10-03

Best Practices in International Education Award

The NASPA International Education Knowledge Community recognizes student affairs involvement and collaboration in international education related programs and services around the world.

The goals of these awards are as follows:

  1. To encourage recognition of innovative ideas and practices that will help create and sustain new opportunities for international and domestic students;
  2. To generate conversation among student affairs professionals regarding internationalization and intercultural initiatives;
  3. To inspire awareness and appreciation related to the benefits of international education in the higher education field.

Award winning programs relate to one of the four below categories. Recipients and programs are honored as a part of the annual International Symposium at the NASPA Annual Conference. The International Education Knowledge Community recognizes that many international education initiatives may fall into multiple categories, or may not fit perfectly in one of the categories below. We encourage applications for any programs related to international education and ask applicants to select which category is most applicable.

Intercultural Awareness and Programming: Programs that encourage the development of intercultural competency, exposure to various cultures and perspectives of others, and allow students to engage in active self-reflection to develop self-awareness and understanding of the experiences of others from various cultural backgrounds. 

International Programming: Programs sponsored by student affairs professionals and/or organizations that develop global perspectives and multicultural competence in college students through campus-based initiatives, projects, and conglomerates.

Study Abroad Programing: Programs sponsored by student affairs professionals and/or organizations that promote and facilitate mutual understanding, and student/staff participation via institutional-sponsored travel and/or host family initiatives and international service projects.

Student Affairs Professional Global Partnership: Programs that encourage international engagement, cooperation, and collaboration with and between student affairs professionals in two or more countries.

International Education


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Award Information

Deadline: Nov. 04, 2018

This award application is closed for 2019. 

Criteria for Award

  • Description – details of the program, its context, and the context of the institution(s)
  • Justification – how does this award connect to the purpose of the NASPA International Education Best Practices award?
  • Innovation – program approach takes into account various perspectives, resources, or partnerships; innovation is judged based on the context of the program 
  • Examples – program can provide examples of its impact, effectiveness on participants 



Past Recipients

  • 2017 | Best Practices in International Higher Education Award: Study Abroad Programming

    Discover Ghana 2015 - University of North Carolina Ashville

  • 2017 | Best Practices in International Higher Education Award: International Programming

    The First Year Dialogue (FYD) - New York University Abu Dhabi

  • 2017 | Best Practices in International Higher Education Award: Global Partnerships

    Books & Beyond - Indiana University Bloomington

  • 2017 | Best Practices in International Higher Education Award: Study Abroad Programing

    Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership (HESAL) Graduate Preparation Program - University of Northern Colorado

  • 2018 | Best Practices in International Higher Education Award: International Programming

    Global Monarch Club : Connect Globally Engage Locally - Old Dominion University

  • 2018 | Best Practices in International Higher Education Award: Global Partnerships

    University of Hawai'i at Manoa and Federation University Resident Assistant Exchange Program - University of Hawai'i at Manoa

  • 2018 | Best Practices in International Higher Education Award: Study Abroad Programing

    Freshman Seminar Abroad (FSA) - Michigan State University