GoAbroad Innovation Award Nominations

Nominations are Closed until 2019

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April 20, 2018 – The top five nominees in each category will be announced.

April 20, 2018 to Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 11:59PM (MST) – Online public voting will take place for the Awards of “Innovative Student Video” and “People’s Choice”.

Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 5:30PM (EST) – All winners will be announced at the GoAbroad reception at the 2018 NAFSA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The list of winners will go live on the GoAbroad website shortly afterwards.


Submissions for the 2018 GoAbroad Innovation Awards must detail measures that were initiated or enacted between January 1, 2017 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 necessarily 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 all categories, except Innovation Student Video and People’s Choice, 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).

The purpose of the Innovation Awards is four-fold:

  1. Commend leaders. There are incredible individuals working hard every. single. day. to move our field forward. We not only want to honor them, we aspire to uphold their work ethic and creativity in our own professional lives.
  2. Recognize excellence. Some of our colleagues set the bar for our field. Let’s recognize and honor those high standards!
  3. Throw a party. Who doesn’t love to clink glasses, shout “Cheers!”, dance, and laugh for hours with our colleagues turned friends? After a long week of networking and sitting in on presentations, we don’t mind using our reception as an excuse to let loose and relax with other professionals in the field.
  4. Say thank you. We wouldn’t be who we are—as a business, as professionals, as individuals—without the ongoing support from our partners. Thank you ALL for your contributions to our field and the success of GoAbroad. It’s fun to connect users to programs when they’re as awesome as our partners’ programs are.

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