Following a long tradition of international conferences that provide our community the opportunity to network and engage with Fulbrighters and friends abroad, the Fulbright Association’s 2018 National Conference will be held in Puebla, Mexico. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Puebla is a hub of culture and history, and the fourth largest city in Mexico. Working closely with the Mexican Fulbright Commission and local Fulbright alumni, we are able to offer a conference with relevant and educational programming that highlights intercultural exchange and the mission of Fulbright on a global scale.
Q. Do I need to register to attend the conference?
Yes. All attendees must register for the conference through the Fulbright Association website.
Q. Does my conference registration fee include accommodations and meals?
No, the conference registration fee does not include hotel accommodations nor meals. The conference registration is only for entrance into the conference itself and all conference events associated with your ticket. You must book your hotel separately, and we recommend staying with one of the hotels listed above, where we have arranged a discounted room block for conference attendees. Depending on the ticket you have purchased, your registration may include evening receptions where food will be served.
Q. Which airport should I fly into?
It is most convenient to fly directly to Puebla International Airport. However, you may also fly into Mexico City International Airport and then take a bus to Puebla. This bus ride will take about two to three hours.
Q. Will I need a visa to attend the conference?
Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa in order to visit Mexico. If you have a US American passport, you will not need a visa for short-term travel to Mexico at this time. However, you will need a valid passport, and it is recommended that you ensure your passport is valid for six months after the date you plan to return home from Mexico. For more information on traveling to Mexico, please click here.
Q. I am not American and I do need a visa in order to enter Mexico. Will the Fulbright Association write a letter to the embassy for me?
We are not able to write letters directly to your embassy. However, we can provide you with a signed letter verifying that you have registered for the conference, once you have done so and paid the registration fee.
Q. Will there be any opportunities to go sight-seeing during the conference?
Yes! Puebla, as the fourth largest city in Mexico, is rich in history and culture. There will be opportunities in the evenings to explore Puebla, including with fellow Fulbrighters and friends of international education.
We have also organized a four-day Insight Travel Program in conjunction with the conference to Mexico City and surrounding areas, to begin after the conference concludes. This trip will give participants the opportunity to see more of Mexico as well as connect with local Fulbrighters. All conference attendees are invited to register.
Q. Is traveling to Mexico safe, and do I need any vaccinations?
We refer to the Department of State for all recommendations regarding crime, vaccinations, and other wellness. Please visit https://travel.state.gov for the most up-to-date information.
Puebla Convention Center.
Centro de Convensiones Puebla William O. Jenkins
Boulevard Héroes del 5 de Mayo Número 402
Paseo de San Francisco, Colonia Centro Historico
72000, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
Flying into Puebla: Puebla International Airport (also called Hermanos Serdán International Airport)
Flying into Mexico City: Mexico City International Airport (also calledBenito Juárez International Airport), then take bus from the airport to the city of Puebla. Puebla is about a two to three hour drive from Mexico City. Click here for more information about getting to Puebla from Mexico City.
We have room blocks in several hotels nearby the convention center. Please book directly with the hotel, and be sure to use the hotel’s group code to get a room in our room block at the room block price.
Named a UNESCO World Heritage site, Puebla is a celebrated hub of history, heritage, and culture. Famous for its Spanish colonial-era architecture and Talavera pottery, Puebla is full of opportunities to learn, explore, and engage. Some recommendations include the historic downtown area, the Biblioteca Palafoxiana library, the Cathedral of Puebla, the Los Sapos district where you can find many arts and crafts, a vast collection of museums showcasing Puebla’s art and history, and the ancient Great Pyramid of Cholula in the nearby town of Cholula, which is the largest pyramid in Latin America.
If you have any questions about the conference, please be in touch with the Fulbright Association National Office in Washington, DC. Please note that we cannot book your hotel for you, and that all conference registrations should be made online.