Visiting Advisor Program (VAP) is designed to advance and support professional development objectives and goals of advising staff through in-person and virtual projects. VAPs support mutual educational and cultural exchanges between institutions across the globe. The VAP ties in NACADA’s commitment to support continuous learning opportunities as outlined in the new academic advising core competencies with NACADA’s vision for global engagement. Experiences gained through intercultural exchanges will facilitate the implementation of best practices in academic advising globally and will strengthen international understanding and capacity in service to students.

Participating institutions will have the opportunity to exchange information and ideas, thereby gaining a greater understanding and appreciation for other institutions and cultures. The VAP cultivates collaboration across the international academic advising community that also supports other institutional strategies including international, strategic enrolment management and the campus strategic plan.

Setting up a VAP can take time. If you are interested in participating in a VAP, it will take planning and you will need to accomplish a number of tasks. The links below provide further information about VAPs and the application process.

Apply now to be a part of the VAP!
Both host institutions and individual applicants can apply here.

Learning Outcomes

The VAP learning outcomes complement the NACADA core competencies and provide opportunities for advisors to share expertise in conceptual, informational, and relational areas. Individuals who participate in a VAP will develop awareness, knowledge, and skills reflected in the following learning outcomes :

  • Develop awareness of global advising issues in relation to local practices
  • Transform their advising practices to reflect the latest trends and best practices
  • Assess diverse perspectives on global advising practices
  • Gain knowledge of norms and cultures of other countries and institutions and their educational systems
  • Increase awareness of one’s own values and culture framed by increased intercultural awareness and competence
  • Gain international work and/or research experience
  • Develop knowledge through mentorship to support career advancement
  • Create new opportunities for continuing collaborations