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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 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, and India.Register for the event
ICEF Virtual Higher Education
September 14 - 16, 2021
ICEF Virtual Higher Education is a dedicated online networking event specifically designed to meet the networking needs of the international higher education sector.
In 2021, this conference returns for its 14th edition to connect international tertiary education institutions, selected higher education-focused agents, and relevant service providers. Over 3 days, event attendees will network virtually, and learn more about emerging trends within the sector.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
March 09 - 11, 2022
The 15th annual ICEF Australia New Zealand (ANZA) gives you the opportunity to meet the top international student recruitment agents from around the world who have a focus on Australia and New Zealand, as well as leading educators and service providers from this exciting and vibrant study destination.Register for the event
ICEF Ukraine Focus
March 21 - 22, 2022
ICEF Ukraine Focus gives international educators and service providers the opportunity to meet top-quality student recruitment agents from Ukraine at one focused event. It gives participants a chance to effectively target their marketing efforts in Ukraine, as well as in Russia and Eastern Europe all in one trip.Register for the event
ICEF Central Asia Focus
March 31 - April 01, 2022
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.
In 2022, ICEF Central Asia will be a hybrid event held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, as well as welcoming participants simultaneously online.Register for the event
May 13 - 15, 2022
ICEF returns to Toronto in 2022 to give education providers from across the Americas the world’s best opportunity to meet student recruitment agents from around the world actively looking to send students to this leading study destination. Attended by the world’s best education agents focused on the Americas and organised by the industry leader in educator-agent networking events, ICEF Toronto is the must-attend international education networking event in Canada.Register for the event
ICEF French Education
May 17 - 18, 2022
ICEF French Education provides a targeted opportunity for education providers promoting programmes taught in French to meet top-quality, focused student recruitment agents from around the globe.
At this immersive hybrid event, educational institutions are able to meet with screened, focused student recruitment agents and service providers from around the world, both in-person and online.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.
ICEF Exchange podcast: The gradual return to student travel
Border reopenings, vaccinations, and welcoming government policies are all starting to emerge in recent weeks. In this episode, the first in the second season of the ICEF Exchange podcast, ICEF’s Craig Riggs (Editor of ICEF Monitor) and Martijn van de Veen (Vice-President of Business Development) discuss some of the recent developments that are fuelling aContinue reading…
UK’s first Green List for summer travel leaves out key student markets
With summer around the corner, governments everywhere are balancing the urgency of reviving their tourism and trade sectors with preventing yet another COVID infection wave. Several countries are making public their lists of countries from which people – including students – can enter their borders without needing to quarantine. Naturally, these lists carry massive implications forContinue reading…
More European destinations setting out plans for selective border openings
The European Commission (EC) is recommending that EU member states open their borders to allow vaccinated travellers to enter from certain countries based on the “developments in the epidemiological situation worldwide.” Meanwhile, some European countries are already relaxing international travel restrictions of their own accord. Roughly half a dozen on the list with the USContinue reading…
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…
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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.