International Delegates

Travel Content to Columbus, Ohio, USA

Please click here to plan your visit to Columbus, Ohio.  On that page you will find general content traveling to and within Columbus, as well as local attractions and opportunities provided to you by our local arrangement team.

Requirements for Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas

There are two categories of U.S. visas: immigrant and nonimmigrant. Immigrant visas are issued to foreign nationals who intend to live permanently in the United States. Nonimmigrant visas are for foreign nationals wishing to enter the United States on a temporary basis – for tourism, medical treatment, business, temporary work, study, or other similar reasons. U.S. policy permits citizens of certain countries below to travel to the United States without a visa. –

For a complete list and further information about visas please visit the official site of the Department of Homeland Security

Know Before You Visit

Almost a million individuals enter the U.S. daily. Everyone arriving at a port of entry to the U.S. is subject to inspection by Customs and Border Protection officers for compliance with immigration, customs and agriculture regulations. The more international travelers know about what to expect, the easier and quicker the process becomes. –

For more information including FAQ’s and Prohibited and Restricted Items visit US Customs and Border Protection.

Letter of Invitation Request to Attend ACPA17

For international colleagues who need a letter of invitation and/or personal assistance, please contact Schawn Abello, Expeditor for Global Community Interchange at +1-202-759-4830 or [email protected].  Please note a letter of invitation maybe required by your respective embassy as part of your travel request.  We also recommend our international delegates check with their respective embassy for additional travel requirements, passports, and visa matters.


We encourage all of our delegates to make the most of convention by attending open receptions and socials sponsored by schools and entity groups (such as the Commission for Global Dimensions).    Socials typically occur each evening of the convention.  Unless otherwise stated in the program book they are open to all delegates.  We also encourage all delegates to bring business cards or share email contact information as you engage in discourse with individuals during sessions, breaks, socials, etc.


We highly recommend you check out the weather forecast for Columbus, Ohio.  The convention zip code is 43215.  Below are two weather websites that work within the USA; however, feel free to use any you are familiar with:

Dress accordingly for the weather!

Mobile Phones

Check with your phone carrier regarding international rates and phone plans for your visit to Columbus, Ohio. You can also look into internet based phone or computer applications for communicating while in the United States.

Registration and Convention Hotels

To learn more about registration click here.  To learn more about convention hotels click here.


“I attend ACPA for my own personal development, to build connections with practitioners from across the globe and to access resources and materials that can serve as tools for professional development for my staff.  At the ACPA annual convention I am exposed to current research and have access to some of the most progressive student affairs practitioners.  I really like the fact that I have the opportunity to meet with the authors of so many of the resource materials I reference to guide my practice.  Last year, the focus on diversity and inclusion was apparent in every aspect of the conference and caused me to reflect on how we address diversity and inclusion in my country and at my university.  My reflections at convention and some materials produced by ACPA have become the basis for critical conversations amongst Student Support Services staff about how we can foster increased inclusion on our campuses. As an international member of ACPA I enjoy being able to meet student affairs practitioners from across the globe all under one roof.   I really appreciate ACPA’s recognition of the differences in student affairs practice across the globe and their efforts to foster an international student affairs community.   Finally, as the chief student affairs officer at my institution,  staff professional development is essential. I leave Convention loaded with information and resources that I can share with staff throughout the year”.

– Dr. Letitia Williams, The University of Trinidad – Asst. VP Student Support Services

“The ACPA Annual Convention brings together student affairs professionals from North America and around the world to share in the many ways we support and inspire young people along their educational journey.  It has been my pleasure to serve on the ACPA Commission for the Global Dimensions of Student Development, and most recently its Senior Student Affairs Officer in Residence.  I would encourage student affairs professionals from around the world to share their vast perspective and voice at ACPA”.

-Dr. Clayton Smith, University of Windsor, Faculty of Education