Welcome to ICEF
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 30 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.
Why work with ICEF?
In a world with tightening budgets, higher education institutions are coming under growing pressure to get the most out of their marketing budgets as they seek to meet ambitious student recruitment targets. Why then do so many universities and colleges put ICEF at the core of their student recruitment strategies? Learn more here.
To find out more about our upcoming events for international education professionals from around the world, click on the links below.
ICEF Virtual Higher Education
September 14 - 16, 2021
ICEF Virtual Higher Education is a dedicated online networking event specifically designed to meet the needs of the international higher education sector.
In 2021, this event returns for its 14th edition to connect international universities with ICEF-screened higher education-focused agents. Over 3 days, event attendees will network online 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 03, 2021
ICEF Berlin, the international education industry’s largest and most comprehensive global networking event, returns in 2021 for its 27th edition.
At our flagship global networking event, you can build your own personalised programme of over 38 in-person and 116 virtual one-on-one meetings with existing and potential partners.Register for the event
December 06 - 08, 2021
ICEF Miami is an ideal opportunity for education institutions from the Americas to meet with a large number of top quality student recruitment agents committed to building lasting partnerships and sending students to Canada and the USA.
This event allows participants to schedule between 30 and 60 one-to-one business meetings and take part in various market intelligence seminars.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 all over the Ukraine at one focused event. It gives international participants a chance to effectively intensify their marketing & recruitment efforts in this important student market.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.
Survey explores perspective of foreign-enrolled students in China
A recently released survey of nearly 8,000 students provides insights on the outlook of Chinese students enrolled at institutions abroad but currently in China due to the pandemic. The report, “Future study abroad plans for study abroad students currently in China,” was originally prepared by noted education agency Beijing New Oriental Vision Overseas and subsequentlyContinue reading…
UK: Crash in EU applicants for higher ed offset by continued growth from outside Europe
The UK application registry UCAS has released its latest round of applicant data following the 30 June deadline for undergraduate applications for the 2021/22 academic year. The numbers show two very distinct – and very different trend lines: far fewer students from within the EU are applying for admission to British higher education institutions; but thatContinue reading…
Foreign enrolment in the Netherlands stable during COVID but questions remain for coming academic year
The international student base in Dutch universities has been bolstered by continuing strong enrolment from within the European Economic Area (EEA), even during the pandemic. A recent report from Nuffic, the country’s peak body for international education, aims to forecast student demand for Dutch higher education for the coming academic year. Drawing on the threeContinue reading…
Boosting international student enrolments with better landing pages
Do you have a web landing page designed specifically for international students? Or even a web page devoted to one priority market? If not, it’s time to allocate resources to the incredible potential of this type of page – which has a very different purpose than the institutional homepage. Landing page provider Unbounce defines a landingContinue reading…
Malta closes ELT schools following rapid growth in COVID cases
The number of COVID cases in Malta has surged within the last month, climbing from just 23 active cases on 21 June to roughly 1,000 as of 14 July. This is the highest level of COVID infection since the previous wave of cases in March 2021, and it has prompted a number of new publicContinue reading…
UK: Online learning expected to drive further significant growth for TNE programmes
The UK has always been a leader in the provision of transnational education (TNE) – such as articulation agreements and joint programmes delivered in part or whole in a foreign country – and its institutions have been ramping up TNE activity still further in the past couple of years. Not surprisingly, the challenges of COVIDContinue reading…
Canada adds Latin American and Caribbean countries to expedited student visa programme
Canada announced a significant expansion of its Student Direct Stream (SDS) on 9 July 2021, with students from seven new countries throughout the Americas now eligible to participate in the expedited programme for Canadian study permits. Students from Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and TobagoContinue reading…
Survey highlights student views on returning to study abroad
A newly released survey report gathers responses from nearly 15,000 prospective and current international students to explore students’ perspective of returning to study abroad this year. Responses for Studying abroad again: How do current and prospective international students feel about the return of studying overseas? were collected between January and June 2021 from markets aroundContinue reading…
Major MOOC provider edX acquired by online program manager 2U
Global edtech player 2U – a for-profit company that helps universities and colleges to adapt and deliver their programmes online – has acquired major MOOC platform edX for US$800 million. The two companies now have a combined portfolio of more than 3,500 offerings from 230 top universities and corporations. edX was founded as a non-profit enterpriseContinue reading…
Mapping the future of European recruitment for UK ELT
A new report commissioned by English UK and the British Council and produced by research firm BONARD outlines challenges and opportunities in the European market for English-language training providers in the UK. The report – Europe Future Outlook: Europe as a source market for UK ELT in 2021 and beyond – has been provided exclusively toContinue reading…
Stand out with ICEF
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.