About this Workshop

The United States and Canada are top study destinations with broad international appeal across all educational sectors. Each year, an increasing number of North American institutions turn to agents to help them boost international enrollments and increase the quality of student applicants. The best place to find top-quality agents focused primarily on the US and Canada is the ICEF Miami Workshop.

In 2016 a total of 1 053 attendees conducted 10 057 pre-scheduled business meetings. Over three days 300 US and Canadian education institutions met with 332 international education agencies, from 66 countries.

All of the student recruitment agents that attend the ICEF Miami Workshop undergo ICEF’s strict selection and screening process – considered the most stringent in the industry. In addition to providing both detailed information about their business and references from current educator partners, agents must demonstrate an established focus on sending students to North America.

Prior to the event, educators are able to schedule up to 38 one-to-one business meetings with agents from all over the world online. The ICEF version of the eSchedule PRO meeting booking system allows educators to view comprehensive agent profiles, including the number of students sent to the US and Canada per education sector in the last 12 months. This information helps you identify and meet with the agents most relevant to you.

The ICEF Miami Workshop is an ideal opportunity for US and Canadian institutions to benefit from a large number of top quality recruiters committed to building lasting partnerships within North America.

Specific Information about this Workshop for Agents

  • Easily develop partnerships with quality educators from the US and Canada
  • Increase student placements by gaining new contacts and new representation agreements in North America
  • Broaden and diversify your product portfolio and study options
  • Maintain existing contacts and networks
  • Promote your agency to key players within the international education industry
  • Keep up with current market intelligence and trends
  • Meet with a large number of educators and service providers in one place - save time and money
  • Sit an ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC), US Agent Training Course (USATC), or Canada Course for Education Agents (CCEA) test

View the Agent comments video.

  • Educators from the United States and Canada (universities, vocational schools, boarding schools, language schools)
  • International agents focussed on the US and Canada
  • Service providers who have products and / or services to sell to students via education institutions or education agents
  • Education industry members including education associations, tourism boards and economic development organizations

Prior to the workshop:

  • Comprehensive details of invited educators and service providers
  • Access to the eSchedule PRO online meeting booking system
  • City and venue information

At the workshop:

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation (per agency) for agents based outside the workshop location
  • A copy of the Educator & Service Providers Catalogue
  • An entry in the Agent Catalogue
  • Access to Marcom Onsite for last-minute appointment scheduling
  • Participation in seminars
  • Workshop receptions, refreshment breaks and meals
  • Opportunity to attend agents familiarisation tours and receptions

Training options for agents

ICEF supports ongoing agent training through four courses:

ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC)
Canada Course for Education Agents (CCEA)
Chinese Education Agent Course (CEAC) – China-based agents only
US Agent Training Course (USATC)

2017 FAM Tours and Receptions

Pre & Post activities will be posted here as they are offered.

Visas are required for all foreigners entering the United States unless they are from a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program. Further information is available at
Visa Waiver Program

Travellers seeking to travel to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for travel authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Please click here for further information and to fill out an application form. Please note, your application must be approved prior to your entering the USA.

Please note, airport authorities do not issue visas and you will have to apply for a visa in advance. For the purposes of the ICEF Miami Workshop 2017 you will need to apply for a B-1 visa, a non-immigrant visa, designed for persons who want to enter the United States on a temporary basis for business purposes.

Please contact your local US consulate / embassy and enquire about visa regulations for your particular country and how to obtain a visa. If you would like to apply for a business visa, you will need an invitation letter. Please contact Tim Ritschar for details.

Important: ICEF can only provide you with a letter of invitation for the duration of the workshop (December 11 - 13, 2017). Deadline for invitation letter requests is November 10, 2017.

Please check regulations with the respective embassy well ahead before travelling. To find out more about country-respective visa requirements visit the following website:
Visa Requirements

“The event has brought me and my English center a new working trend that leads me to gain hundreds of opportunities of working as a recruiting agency with numerous educators in the US and Canada, which enables and empowers us to explore more our own potential and efforts to enhance the working efficiency in recruiting Vietnamese students going abroad to learn, especially to the US and Canada.” - Thuy Thi Thu Doan, Khoa Tri English Center, Vietnam.

“The ICEF workshops always bring me the best connections to grow my business every year.” - William Moreno Acero, Will World Education, Australia.

“ICEF has proven to be an event of immense value when looking to grow business, keep abreast of industry news and trends. ICEF is simply good for our business.“ - Oluwasegun Theophilus Oladimeji, Glory Educational Services Ltd, Nigeria.

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