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We are the global market leaders in business-to-business networking events and services for the international education sector.
Through our unrivalled global programme of online and in-person networking events, support for education agents and market intelligence services, we facilitate outstanding international student experiences.
For over 25 years, we have been bringing together education institutions, carefully chosen student recruitment agents and providers of other services for the international education industry with the simple aim of improving international student mobility.
To find out more about our upcoming events for international education professionals from around the world, click on the links below.
ICEF Virtual Americas
May 11 - 13, 2021
ICEF Virtual Americas gives education providers from across the Americas the opportunity to meet high quality, carefully-screened international student recruitment agents from around the world.
More than 650 education professionals join us every year for an unmatched programme of business meetings, insightful seminars and industry presentations.Register for the event
ICEF Virtual Africa
June 08 - 10, 2021
Following its success in 2019 and 2020, ICEF Africa returns in 2021 as a virtual networking event dedicated to meeting the needs of international education providers looking to attract students from the continent.
The event is a standout opportunity for educational institutions around the world to access these emerging student markets and pro-actively market their institutions to would-be recruitment partners.Register for the event
ICEF Virtual Asia
June 22 - 24, 2021
ICEF Virtual Asia is an exciting new online event designed specifically to meet the needs of international education professionals with a focus on Asia.
Bringing together education agencies from all over Asia, we are proud that this event provides the region’s best networking community for professionals with an interest in over 20 Asian student origin countries including Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, China, Vietnam and India.Register for the event
ICEF Virtual ANZA
August 10 - 12, 2021
ICEF ANZA returns virtually in 2021 and is the 14th in our series of networking events for the Australian and New Zealand international education community. Developed specifically to meet the needs of this distinctive region, ICEF Virtual ANZA gives leading educators and service providers from these two exciting and vibrant study destinations the opportunity to meet the top international student recruitment agents from around the world who have a focus on Australia and New Zealand.Register for the event
ICEF Higher Education
September 11 - 13, 2021
ICEF Higher Education is the only annual agent networking event catering specifically to the higher education sector, enabling you to engage with highly qualified and carefully-selected student recruitment agencies from all over the world.
All agents at this event are focused on higher education and represent all main international student recruitment regions: Turkey, Russia, India, Ukraine, Nigeria, Pakistan, Colombia, Morocco, Sweden, Iran, and more.Register for the event
ICEF Virtual Latin America
September 28 - 30, 2021
ICEF Latin America returns virtually in 2021 as a networking event dedicated to helping global education providers to easily and cost-effectively identify reliable new student recruitment partners and refresh existing relationships with education agents from this part of the world.
This 3 day online event is designed to enhance opportunities for international study as students increasingly look to travel to and within this region.Register for the event
ICEF Virtual China
October 13 - 15, 2021
ICEF Virtual China is an exciting new online networking event dedicated to helping education institutions around the world identify reliable new student recruitment partners as well as refresh existing relationships with agents in China.
Featuring high-quality, ICEF-screened education agents from 24 Chinese cities and provinces, the event brings 3 days of dedicated focus.Register for the event
October 31 - November 02, 2021
ICEF Berlin gives you the international education industry’s largest networking event, and the world’s most comprehensive way to keep up with the latest developments in the international education sector.
Attendees can hold up to 40 one-to-one business meetings with other conference attendees over the course of the event and attend a range of insightful seminars, covering issues affecting the world of international education.Register for the event
December 06 - 08, 2021
ICEF Miami is an ideal opportunity for education institutions from the Americas to benefit from a large number of top quality student recruitment agents committed to building lasting partnerships and sending students to the region.
This packed event allows participants to schedule up to 38 one-to-one business meetings, and enjoy various market intelligence seminars and industry presentations.Register for the event
ICEF Monitor is the leading source of market intelligence for the international student recruitment industry. Read about the latest issues affecting the sector and learn about emerging trends with ICEF Monitor.
Australia: Large-scale return of international students not expected until 2022
The Australian government continues to signal that the country’s universities should not expect a large-scale return of international students until 2022. Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge told a press conference in April 2021 that, “With the vaccine rollout under way, I am increasingly hopeful that student arrivals in larger numbers will occur by semester oneContinue reading…
UNWTO and IATA launch new dashboard for COVID travel updates
The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have released a Destination Tracker tool to help guide governments, organisations, and travellers as to the rapidly changing landscape of travel restrictions, local public health measures, and COVID conditions for destinations around the world. UNWTO and IATA have collaborated on the DestinationContinue reading…
Agents report growing demand for study in the US, Canada, and the UK in 2021
Navitas Insights’ ongoing global research into the perceptions of education agents during COVID shows that the factors influencing agent perceptions and student demand for study abroad in 2021/22 are quickly changing. Government policies directly affecting international students are having a greater impact than each destination’s COVID infection profile – a significant change from 2020. Navitas firstContinue reading…
German universities optimistic about internationalisation even during COVID
Germany’s universities are optimistic about the future and pleased to have increased digital initiatives abroad during COVID, according to a new survey of staff at 171 higher education institutions by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The survey was carried out in February 2021. Highlights from the findings include: Roughly half believe that that theirContinue reading…
US opens travel exemption for students from China, Iran, Brazil, and South Africa; extends earlier guidance for online studies
The US Department of State announced this week that students from China, Iran, Brazil, and South Africa will once again be permitted to enter the United States. They will do so under a newly expanded National Interest Exception (NIE), which applies for students with valid F-1 and M-1 visas intending to begin or continue aContinue reading…
Survey confirms that vaccination rollouts are influencing student choice
New QS global research indicates that the introduction of COVID vaccines is strengthening prospective international students’ resolve to study abroad, and that many students now want to begin their studies sooner than they had planned because of vaccine availability. The research also shows that: An overwhelming majority (71%) would rather quarantine in a host countryContinue reading…
Ireland reports a 73% drop in ELT students in 2020
The pandemic has badly disrupted enrolment in Ireland’s English-language schools, just as it has in all major ELT destinations. The number of international students enrolled in Irish English-language schools declined by 73% in 2020 compared with the previous year, according to a January 2021 member survey conducted by Marketing English in Ireland (MEI). The survey’sContinue reading…
Majority of US consulates remain closed with only limited visa services available
US educators are urging the Department of Homeland Security to take steps to “ensure the timely and efficient processing of visa applications and work authorisations for international students and scholars.” A March 2021 open letter signed by more than 40 peak bodies across the US education spectrum makes the urgent point that, “March and AprilContinue reading…
Malta: An 80% drop in ELT students but strong vaccination rollout could help spur recovery
Pre-COVID, Malta’s tourism industry had grown to compose roughly 27% of the national economy, and the English language teaching industry contributes a significant portion of those revenues. In 2018, the sector accounted for 8% of total tourist nights and 6.5% of total visitor expenditures. But Malta’s ELT providers, like tourism operators across the country, haveContinue reading…
China emerging as a major destination for African students
In less than a decade, China has moved from being the least popular study abroad destination for African students to the most popular for a growing number of sending markets, though France remains the preference for Africa’s francophone students. International development consultancy Development Reimagined used data from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and from theContinue reading…
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icef virtual reality
Virtual Reality with ICEF empowers education and accommodation providers to tell uniquely engaging stories, access new audiences, and grow international student recruitment. Learn how to leverage this immersive technology to connect with students around the world and tell powerful stories about your institution.
Training for education agents
International student recruitment agencies play a vital role in international education, connecting education institutions with students around the world. We offer high-quality professional development to keep education agencies informed about immigration requirements, course entry standards, and student support expectations around the world.