ICEF Higher Education

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September 10 - 12, 2022
Barcelona, Spain

About ICEF Higher Education

ICEF Higher Education is a dedicated networking event specifically designed to meet the needs of the international higher education sector. In 2022, the event returns in a hybrid format, offering delegates, participating in-person and virtually, exclusive access to high-quality, ICEF-screened agents from around the world.

Now more than ever, student recruitment agents play a crucial role in higher education, connecting discerning education institutions with eager students, as well as providing important counselling to students and their families. These agents also monitor enrolment criteria, streamlining the entire student recruitment process.

This unique three-day event runs from 10-12 September 2022, with the in-person delegates meeting at the Hilton Barcelona Hotel and others virtually from anywhere in the world.

Programme & Seminars

At ICEF Higher Education, you can build your own personalised programme from up to 36 in-person and 68 virtual meetings with existing and potential partners, as well as benefit from a range of informal networking opportunities.

Each meeting is 25 minutes in duration and is designed to enable you to meet new contacts and maintain existing relationships. The event programme also includes meals, refreshment breaks, and evening functions, which offer valuable networking opportunities.

Whether joining us in-person or online, you will also have to access our line-up of optional seminars, providing up-to-date information about the latest market trends and issues currently affecting the global world of international education. Our seminars are available live during the event and on demand through our online platform, both during and for four weeks after the event.


Who goes to ICEF Higher Education?

Connecting international student recruitment professionals from across the higher education sector, ICEF Higher Education brings together representatives from universities, education agencies, and HE relevant service providers.

To find out more about the types of organisations who attend our virtual events, please click here.

Pricing & Registration

In addition to all the benefits of meetings and seminars, participants who join us in-person will also enjoy informal networking opportunities throughout the duration of the event.

For education representatives, service providers, cultural exchange and work and travel professionals who attend in-person, the cost starts from just €4,950 per organisation.

For those attending remotely, the cost is just €1,950 per participant.

Student recruitment agents who have successfully completed ICEF’s rigorous screening process are invited to attend, in-person or remotely, free of charge.



ICEF Higher Education will take place at the Hilton Barcelona, conveniently located in the city’s financial and business district Les Corts, only a few minutes away from the city centre. Nearby attractions include Passeig de Gràcia, La Pedrera (Casa Milà) and Casa Batlló, and Camp Nou, the largest football stadium in Europe.

This hotel features state-of-the-art business and conference facilities, a 24/7 fully equipped fitness centre, as well as restaurants and bars with local cuisine, making it the ideal venue for ICEF’s higher education focused event.

Rooms are available from €190 per room/per night (inclusive of breakfast and VAT).

2021 Event Statistics

  1. India
  2. Saudi Arabia
  3. Nigeria
  4. Brazil
  5. United Arab Emirates

231 higher education focused agents from 74 countries

Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Martinique, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Martinique, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia.

  1. USA
  2. Germany
  3. Spain
  4. Canada
  5. France

Additional event information

A hybrid event combines the onsite experience of an in-person gathering with the ability to also participate virtually.

As well as meeting with others who are physically present at the venue, delegates attending the event can also seamlessly schedule additional meetings with people elsewhere. Likewise, attendees taking part virtually may also meet with others located anywhere around the world and participate in the seminar programme.

For those attending virtually, our events use a combination of Marcom eSchedule PRO and Zoom to provide an engaging networking experience for all participants. This combination offers you direct and total control over the types of partners you meet during the event based on their main activity and country of origin, as well as the peace of mind of using a secure and stable platform for your meetings.

Once registered, you will receive log-in details enabling you to access our meeting scheduling system two weeks prior to the event through your myICEF portal.

As well as being the perfect opportunity to get your brand in front of key decision makers & budget holders, your place includes all of the following benefits:

Before the event:

  • Access to detailed profiles of all event participants
  • Use of the Marcom eSchedule PRO online meeting booking system
  • Access to targeted marketing and sponsorship opportunities

At the event:

  • Access to scheduled meetings
  • Access to live seminars & on demand webinars
  • Last-minute meeting scheduling with new opportunities
  • Live chat function with other event participants joining in online

After the event:

  • Access to your personal meeting notes
  • Access to downloadable meeting reports and participant lists
  • Access to all recorded content for 4 weeks after the event closes

To reserve your place, please enquire now.

What precautions are being taken to ensure the in-person event can be delivered safely?

The health and safety of our delegates is our primary concern and we are taking regular advice to ensure that our event conforms to the latest health guidance provided by the local authorities. Precautions we are taking include:

  • Delegates must be fully vaccinated or show proof of recent recovery from Covid-19.
  • Provision of hand sanitiser stations throughout the venue.
  • Ensuring all spaces conform to social distancing guidelines by reconfiguring table layouts as well as queuing systems. This will ensure adequate distancing and will discourage the formation of groups, whilst preserving the ability for delegates to comfortably browse products and services of interest.
  • Operating a one-way transit system in busy areas.
  • Ensuring that all delegates are able to maintain a distance of at least 1.5m from other attendees during meetings and seminar sessions.
  • Making some seminars available on demand for those delegates who do not wish to attend sessions in-person.  
  • Providing guidance to all delegates on social distancing and infection control best practices.
  • Providing medical face masks to be optionally worn by all participants during the event, to reduce the risk of virus transmission. We recommend that these should be worn when moving around the event venue or whenever social distancing is not possible.
  • Ensuring enhanced cleaning and regular disinfection of high-touch areas.
  • Subjecting food & beverage options and their delivery to tightened safety standards.

What happens if this event cannot take place in person?

We will follow the latest advice provided by local health authorities and will only allow the in-person aspects of this event to take place if it is safe to do so. In the event that local authorities restrict in-person networking, our hybrid event platform allows for us to seamlessly deliver this event in an online only format.

What happens if a delegate cannot attend in person?

If an in-person participant cannot attend due to travel restrictions or other reasons, we can switch the attendance seamlessly to take part virtually instead without the need to reschedule meetings. You may also transfer your booking to another in-person ICEF event.

FAM Tours and Receptions, are two ways you can increase your organisation’s profile by hosting invited ICEF event participants to a private gathering either at your school/campus or a location of your choice.

Find out more information about available activities and how to submit a proposal for your own FAM Tour or Reception, below.

Available FAM Tours and Receptions / Proposal Form



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