Summer Institute for International Admissions

Summer Institute for International Admissions teaches best industry practices for the evaluation of foreign credentials and its application on the job. Attendees gain a thorough knowledge base of educational systems around the world. Detailed hands-on practice evaluating authentic foreign credentials in a collaborative environment allows participants to demonstrate the capability of determining credential comparability and admission eligibility.

Hotel Information

Hyatt Arlington
1325 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington VA 22209
(703) 525-1234

Conference Rate (based on occupancy):

  • Single/double: $169 + tax per night

*Tax is currently 13.25%


  • Reserve your room online
  • Call (703) 525-1234, mention that you are attending the 2018 AACRAO Summer Institute.

Reservation Cut-off Date:

Monday, June 25, 2018 (This is a limited block of rooms and early reservations are recommended.)


  • Valet parking: $32.00 (per day)
  • Self-parking: $25.00 (per day)

Registration Fees

Member First attendee rate - $1,450. Fee covers registration for one attendee for the entire week of the training.

Non-member attendee rate - $1,850. Fee covers registration for one attendee for the entire week of the training.

​Email summerinstitute@aacrao.org for more information


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Meet the Faculty

julia-headshotJulia Funaki received her Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University and worked for the Columbus Council on World Affairs. She is currently the Associate Director of AACRAO International. Julia attended a graduate program at American University and worked in domestic and international admissions for the University. Upon completion of her Master’s in International Communication she took a job in the foreign student services office at Ohio Wesleyan University. After returning to Washington and completing a Master’s in International Education with an emphasis in Higher Ed Administration, Julia worked for the University of Maryland College Park in International Education Services. In 1996, Julia joined the staff at AACRAO. She has been involved with NAFSA and AACRAO as an author, presenter, and committee member and chair and serves on the faculty for the AACRAO Summer and Winter Institute.




annettaAnnetta Stroud began working with AACCRO in 2008 in the role of Senior Evaluator and Training Coordinator, and is currently the Associate Director for Training and Program Development. She has worked in the field of international education for over 17 years in both public and private institutions in various positions in international admissions and credential evaluation, student services and academic management. Her current role with AACRAO allows her to engage in the research of international comparative education and support the training of professional in the field, and has presented at various conferences including both AACRAO and NAFSA annual and regionals and the Education USA MENA Forum. Annetta holds a B.A. in Music from the University of New Mexico, M.A. in Adult Education from San Francisco State University, and an Ed.M. in Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne.

robert-watkins53FB0EC00E8DRobert Watkins Assistant Director of Admissions, University of Texas at Austin, Former Vice-President of International Education, AACRAO

Robert Watkins has been in the field of international education for 40 years, all spent at The University of Texas at Austin. Member of AACRAO, NAFSA, and EAIE, he chaired the NCAA International Student Records Committee 2002-11 and served on the AACRAO Board as Vice President for International Education 2009-12. He has been involved with the AACRAO EDGE project from its inception and is one of the members of the International Education Standards Council (IESC) which provides credential advice found in EDGE. He is a frequent presenter at AACRAO and NAFSA conferences.

staciStaci Bernhard currently serves as the Senior Manager for Admissions, Recruitment, and Financial Aid at Florida International University’s Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Graduate School of Business. She has over a decade of experience in all areas of the student pipeline from prospect to enrollment at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Staci earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Education, and subsequently earned a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration with a focus in Counseling, both from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. As a Miami native, she considers Florida International University her home.

In her current role, Staci focuses on Agent Management, domestic and international credential evaluation for graduate level programs, and the admission process for a variety of programs within FIU’s Chapman Graduate School of Business. Due to her work with Agent Management, and the location of her home institution, the bulk of her credential evaluations are from India, China, Saudi Arabia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.