About the Agent Focus

The ICEF Central Asia Focus gives international educators and service providers the opportunity to meet top-quality student recruitment agents from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Mongolia and Northern China at one focused event.

Central Asia currently makes up 2% of global outbound student mobility and is quickly increasing its importance in the international student market. A steady 8% economic growth over the last decade and entering the Bologna Process in 2010 paved the way for Kazakhstan to expand its educational infrastructure and encourage students to go abroad.

Because parents and government play such a crucial role in Central Asian student's decision making process, it is essential for education institutions to establish personal contacts and networks with agents, service providers and government bodies. This, and a selection of market intelligence seminars, networking events, and business meetings make the ICEF Central Asia Focus the perfect opportunity to establish firm links and partnerships with the region's best student recruitment professionals.

All agents at this event are carefully screened, providing multiple references from business partners, records of student activity, and business ethics. Each agent is individually selected by the ICEF Agent Team through personal contact to ensure a focused and productive experience.

The ICEF Central Asia Focus is scheduled conveniently around ICEF Moscow to give participants a chance to effectively target their marketing efforts in Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Spaces are limited - do not miss out on your chance to be part of this event in Almaty!

Specific Information about this Workshop for Educators

  • Connect with quality pre-screened agents from Central Asia
  • Grow international enrolments by appointing new agents
  • Broaden and diversify nationality mix
  • Improve student applications by working with quality-conscious agents
  • Strengthen existing relationships
  • Promote your brand within the international education industry
  • Learn about industry news and current market trends
  • Meet top agents in one place - save time and money
  • Education agents from Central Asia who send students to a wide range of programmes and countries
  • Education providers from all sectors of the international education industry.
  • Service providers who have products and services to sell to international students via agents and/or providers

PROPOSAL FORM for FAM Tours and Receptions / Central Asia Focus

2019 FAM Tours and Receptions

Pre & Post activities will be posted here as they are offered. Please check back here for any new activities added.

Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine do not need a visa to enter Kazakhstan. Citizens of the following countries currently do not need a visa for a stay of up to 30 days: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Potugal, Romania,

Singapore, South Korea, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States of America.

If your nationality is not listed above you need to obtain an official letter of invitation to be able to apply for your visa. Please find a visa support request form ►here. The cut-off date for invitation letter requests is February 27, 2018.

Important: Please ensure that your passport has a validity of at least 6 months at the time of travel and to bring copies of your hotel booking, your return flight confirmation as well as your travel insurance with you, in case these should be required by the immigration authorities. Upon arrival all foreign citizens will be asked to complete a migration card. Depending on your visa type and subject to current regulations, the card will be stamped upon arrival at the airport or during the event (if you are applying for visa support through our event partner KAEA). Visitors must keep their migration card until departure from Kazakhstan when it will be collected and receive an exit stamp by border officials. It is advisable to check visa regulations with your respective embassy well ahead before travelling.

To ensure that you are well prepared and make the most of the event, it is important that you read the Educator & Service Provider Information Pack below.

Educator & Service Provider Info Pack
Checklist for Educators and Service Providers

Other useful forms and information include:

Hotel Booking:

Ritz-Carlton Almaty - booking link


Event Programme
Seminar Programme - coming soon

Other useful documents:

Visa Support Request Form
ICEF Event Procedures: Guidelines for first-time Participants
Getting Started Information for Marcom eSchedule PRO
Scheduling Meetings - Useful Hints & Tips

How to maximise your workshop experience? - Watch the video tutorials:

  • PART 1 - before the workshop
    Learn about ICEF Workshops, preparing for an event, making appointments and tips for a successful workshop experience.
  • PART 2 - at the workshop
    Learn what happens during an event, including identifying potential partners on site, workshop etiquette, using the agent catalogue and key questions to ask agents during meetings.
  • PART 3 - after the workshop
    Learn about post event follow up. Effective follow up leads to strong partnerships, successful relationships, and a better ROI.
  • An integral benefit of attending an ICEF Event is participation in the seminar programme. These seminars provide invaluable information and the latest research on trends affecting the world of international education, both regionally and globally.

    The 2019 seminar programme will be available shortly before the event.

    Previous event's seminar programme is available here.

    The ICEF Central Asia Focus will take place at The Ritz-Carlton Almaty.

    Participants will be offered the following rates:

    Deluxe Room: EUR 185 (Single) / EUR 215 (Twin / Double)

    The room rate is subject to 12% VAT. Breakfast and Internet are included.

    A booking link is available here.

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