International Education

Best Practices in International Education Award

Career and Workforce Development Policy and Advocacy Supporting the Profession Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice International Education
Application Deadline: October 24, 2022 | Award Type: knowledge community
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:
  • To encourage recognition of innovative ideas and practices that will help create and sustain new opportunities for international and domestic students;
  • To generate conversation among student affairs professionals regarding internationalization and intercultural initiatives;
  • To inspire awareness and appreciation related to the benefits of international education in the higher education field. 

Presented By

International Education

Award Categories

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 Research and Scholarship: 

Recognizes new and innovative research in international education, research projects contextualized in international settings, and/or scholarly initiatives that include international research collaborations. 

Award Criteria

  • 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

Award Recipients

                                                                      2021 Award Recipients


International Programming

University of Maryland and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Global Classroom


Study Abroad Programming

Institute of International Education (IIE)

IIE Graduate International Research Experiences (IIE-GIRE) Fellowship Program


Student Affairs Professional Global Partnership

International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS)

IASAS Inaugural Global Association Meeting



                                                                     Past Award Recipients 

Best Practices in International Higher Education Award: Intercultural Awareness & Programming
Year of Award Title of Program University 
2020 ECHD 4000: Global Perspectives in Culture University of Georgia
2019 UMBC’s International Student Career Development Initiative University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Best Practices in International Higher Education Award: Study Abroad Programing
Year of Award Title of Program University
2020 CU-ODU Study Abroad Program and Exchange  Old Dominion University 
2019 Purdue Promise

Purdue University

2018 Freshman Seminar Abroad (FSA)  Michigan State University
2017 Discover Ghana 2015 University of North Carolina Ashville
2016 Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership (HESAL) Graduate Preparation Program University of Northern Colorado
Best Practices in International Higher Education Award: International Programming
Year of Award Title of Program University 
2020 Kids Summer School in Kesen, Tohouku, Japan Arkansas Tech University
2019 Carolina Global Scholars University of South Carolina
2018 Global Monarch Club : Connect Globally Engage Locally Old Dominion University
2017 The First Year Dialogue (FYD) New York University Abu Dhabi
Best Practices in International Higher Education Award: Student Affairs Professional Global Partnerships
Year of Award Title of Program University 
2020 University of Massachusetts Boston – University of Limerick Twinning Project University of Massachusetts Boston 
2019 Ireland Summit University College Dublin
2018 University of Hawai'i at Manoa and Federation University Resident Assistant Exchange Program University of Hawai'i at Manoa
2017 Books & Beyond Indiana University Bloomington