International Attendees

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Join the global HR community at the world’s preeminent and most innovative learning experience in human resources—SHRM18 Chicago, IL. Network with your global peers, benchmark and stay up-to-date with HR best practices to expand your competencies and grow professionally.  
With over 15,000 attendees from over 90 countries, the world’s largest annual HR gathering will deliver the impact you need to drive your career and to propel your education. You'll learn from world-renowned thought leaders, and proven business leaders, strategists and practitioners. As an international guest, you will enjoy the comradery of your global colleagues and experience the hospitality of our Global Lounge that is the center of networking, global HR sessions and, of course, rest. Come experience SHRM18 Chicago!
SHRM18 Preview workshops around the world  

Each year, SHRM Global Operations staff hold previews of the Annual Conference to discuss the latest trends and best practices in HR, hold preview sessions with speakers who have been selected to present at SHRM 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition, and to meet with global members in their home countries. Preview workshops provide a unique opportunity for attendees to learn about SHRM18 and prepare for the conference, in addition to interacting with SHRM staff and speakers directly in an intimate setting.


Simultaneous Interpretation

Simultaneous Interpretation will be available for some sessions in the following languages:

  1. Spanish
  2. Korean
  3. Mandarin
  4. Portuguese

See full list here


International Programs


Global Lounge
The SHRM Global Lounge is a space of networking and rest for international attendees. It is a comfortable lounge where attendees from all over the world can relax, reunite with old friends and colleagues, plan their conference day and engage in discussions that bring about change and generate new possibilities. The Global Lounge is open during the entire conference.

Global Perspectives
Global Attendee Orientation
This informative session is highly recommended for new and returning international attendees to network and learn how to get the most out of SHRM18.
Global Reception
A festive invitation-only networking reception, this event is a fantastic opportunity to start your conference networking with attendees from around the world. Refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Invitation-only activities
Strategic Partner and Network Summit
Forum Volunteers Leaders and Network Summit
Additional Program (additional fees may apply)
    The Official Headquarters for World Congress Attendees

    301 East North Water St.
    Chicago, IL 60611 

    Reserve Housing

    Select “International” for designated global attendee housing.

    Select “Attendee” for a larger list of SHRM18 accommodation options.


    International Delegations at SHRM18

    Join a delegation

    Each year, SHRM welcomes nearly 40 international delegations from all over the world. Registering for the Annual Conference and Exhibition as part of an international delegation is the most affordable way to attend the conference and build lasting relationships with professionals in the global HR community.

    Benefits include:

    • Reduced registration fee of $1,215 per attendee*.
    • With more than 10 paid attendees, the delegation leader will receive 1 complimentary registration.
    • Special recognition in the conference addendum for any delegations organized before
    • Acknowledgment of your delegation during the SHRM International reception.
    • Use of the Global Networking Lounge during your stay at the conference for meeting colleagues, eating lunch or taking a well-deserved coffee break. 
    • Simultaneous interpretation will be available for some sessions in the following languages:
      • Spanish
      • Korean
      • Mandarin
      • Portuguese

    To join an international delegation, find your country from the list below and click on it to contact your delegation leader.

    Organize a delegation!
    With a minimum of just 5 paid participants, you can organize an international delegation.
    * Price quoted for rate until 6/15/2018; from 6/15/2018 to 6/20/2018, the price will rise to $1,425 per attendee
    Delegation Marketing Toolkit
    Delegation Leaders are encouraged to use all these marketing collaterals to promote and engage delegates in their country.
    • Signature blocks
    • Delegation Leader signature block
    • I’m attending! signature block
    • Delegation advertisement banner, (once you receive your delegation market code, you can add the name of your delegation and your code on the banner) and upload it into any website you wish. 
    • Conference banner 
    • Conference international brochure 
    For more information, please contact the International Delegations team at
    Travel to the US
    Do you need a travel visa?
    If you need a visa to attend SHRM18, please visit the U.S. Department of State website for the most current information and instructions.
    Learn about which countries are currently participating in the Visa Waiver Program.
    Registered and attending the SHRM18 Annual Conference? Request an invitation letter here.