San Francisco BA-PIER

Bay Area Professional International Educators Roundtable

What is BA-PIER?

The Bay Area Professional International Educators Roundtable (BA-PIER) provides an opportunity to connect with colleagues outside of official NAFSA gatherings. International education professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area meet regularly to discuss issues and regulations affecting F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars.

BA-PIER is an independent and informal organization dedicated to supporting the professional growth of its members. BA-PIER has over 300 members representing colleges, universities, intensive English programs, high schools, and other international education organizations throughout the Bay Area. Whether you're new to the field, or have 10+ years of experience, join us at our next meeting!

BA-PIER Mission

  • To develop an ongoing network among international educators
  • To foster enrichment opportunities and professional growth for its members
  • To aid members in better serving and working with international students and scholars
  • To actively mentor new members in the field of international education

What BA-PIER Offers You

  • An ongoing support network and opportunities for professional growth
  • Periodic liaison meetings with government agencies like SEVP, DHS, & DOS
  • Special workshops relating to international student services
  • An email listserv for BA-PIER updates, announcements, and Q&A

BA-PIER Meetings

Regular meetings are held 3 times a year: 1st Thursday after Thanksgiving, 3rd Thursday in February, and 3rd Thursday in June.

A different member school or institution hosts each meeting. Meetings include immigration news and updates, educational program and roundtable discussions on a variety of topics.

Becoming a Member

Please complete the BA-PIER Membership Application.