• Monday, April 17, 2017 – The top five nominees in each category will be announced
  • Monday, April 17, 2017  to Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 11:59PM (MST) – Online public voting will take place for the Awards of “Innovative Student Video” and “People’s Choice”
  • Thursday, June 1, 2017 @ 5:30PM (PST) – All winners will be announced at the GoAbroad reception at the 2017 NAFSA Annual Conference in Los Angeles, California. The list of winners will go live on the GoAbroad website shortly afterwards.


  • Submissions for the 2017 GoAbroad Innovation Awards must detail measures that were initiated or enacted between January 1, 2016 and the present, with the exception of Innovative New Program, which must have ended within this time frame.
  • You may submit multiple nominations for each category. However, numerous nominations for the same person/organization/ institution will not make them more likely to be selected as a top five finalist. The QUALITY of each nomination will be considered over the QUANTITY of nominations received.
  • Winners in New Program, Marketing/Social Media, Sustainability, Technology, Access & Equity, and Start the Adventure will be selected by a committee of international education professionals known as the GoAbroad Innovations Academy.
  • You may nominate an individual (including yourself), or an office, institution, or organization.
  • You and/or your office, institution, or organization do not need to be NAFSA members to be nominated or to win. Additionally, you do not need to be present at the conference to win, but we hope you will be there!
  • The top five finalists in each category will be provided with a “GoAbroad Innovation Awards Finalist” badge to display on their NAFSA booth and website (if applicable).