Helping International Students Navigate Higher Ed Opportunities In The US And Beyond

Gain actionable insights to enhance your effectiveness in working with international students. This workshop will help you develop valuable skills, paradigms, and resources in counseling, mentoring, and advising international students at your secondary school. Listen to insights on recent trends, best practices, and approaches related to international student mobility & decision-making. Seasoned faculty will deliver a series of interactive modules, following the college planning journey & enrollment channel, respectively. Leave empowered to be a stronger advocate for, and recruiter of, international students.

Program Directors:

  • Clay Hensley
  • Joan Liu


NACAC Members $575
Associate Members $775
Non-Members $775


Wednesday, September 20, 2023

7:00 – 8:00 am ET

Registration / Check-in, Coffee

8:00 – 8:45 am ET

Welcome: Introductions, Context, Stage-Setting

Joan Liu and Clay Hensley

8:45 – 9:45 am ET

Big Ideas in International College Connections: Opening Panel

Lukman Arsalan, Jon Burdick, Becky Konowicz, Anne Richardson, Malissa Takacs, and John Wilkerson

9:45 – 10:00 am ET


10:00 – 11:00 am ET

How to Build a Dynamic Office that Supports Students Applying Everywhere All At Once

A Year in the Life of an Admissions Cycle, with Malissa Takacs

11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

Setting up Systems: Holistic Support of International Students at Your School

Case studies with Anne Richardson

12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00 pm ET

Best Practices for Advocating for International Students in their Journey Towards Higher Ed

Table group activity with Anne Richardson

2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Money Matters: Accessible, Affordable Global Higher Ed Options in the US and Beyond

Presentation and roundtable discussion with Joan Liu

3:00 – 3:15 pm ET


3:15 – 3:45 pm ET

What I See From My Side of the Desk: Creating Empathy & Synergies between Counseling & Admissions Counterparts

Clay Hensley, Lukman Arsalan, Jon Burdick, Becky Konowicz, Joan Liu, Anne Richardson, Malissa Takacs, John Wilkerson

4:15 – 5:15 pm ET

Everything, Everywhere, All at Once: Open Discussion & Transformative Insights from Day One

Joan Liu & Clay Hensley

Thursday, September 21, 2023

7:30 – 8:00 am ET


8:00 – 9:15 am ET

After Graduation: The Path to Employment in the US for International Students

9:15 – 10:00 am ET

Reflections, Wrap-Up, and Close

Joan Liu & Clay Hensley