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 Miami
December 14 - 16, 2021
ICEF Miami returns virtually in 2021 as a networking event enabling education providers to meet with over 300 ICEF-screened education agents focused on sending students to the Americas.
This event allows participants to schedule over 70 one-to-one video meetings with existing and potential partners of interest.Register for the event
February 07 - 10, 2022
ICEF Dubai is the region’s leading student recruitment networking event for international education institutions recruiting students from the Middle East and North Africa. This hybrid event offers delegates, participating in-person and virtually, exclusive access to high-quality, ICEF-screened agents from around the region.Register for the event
ICEF Virtual Secondary Education
February 22 - 24, 2022
ICEF Virtual Secondary Education provides a dedicated networking opportunity for international providers of secondary, boarding, high school, foundation, and junior education programmes.
In 2022, this event returns for its 3rd edition to connect international secondary schools with the largest gathering of ICEF-screened secondary education focused agents anywhere in the world.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
March 20 - 22, 2022
ICEF Eurasia gives international educators and service providers the opportunity to meet top-quality student recruitment agents from all over Central Europe, Turkey, and the Caucasus at one focused event, enabling them to effectively intensify their marketing & recruitment efforts in these important student markets.Register for the event
ICEF Central Asia
March 31 - April 01, 2022
ICEF Central Asia gives international educators and service providers the opportunity to meet top-quality student recruitment agents from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Northern China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan 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
ICEF Spanish Education
April 19 - 21, 2022
With more than 470 million native speakers, Spanish is the second largest mother tongue spoken in the world. It is also the third most studied language after English and French.
The inaugural edition of ICEF Spanish Education provides a unique opportunity for Spanish education providers promoting study programmes taught in Spanish to network with ICEF-screened, quality student recruitment agents from around the world.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
The 2nd edition of ICEF French Education takes place in Montréal and provides a unique opportunity for francophone education providers promoting study programmes taught in French to network with screened, quality student recruitment agents from around the world.Register for the event
ICEF Higher Education
September 10 - 12, 2022
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.Register for the event
ICEF Latin America
September 29 - October 01, 2022
São Paulo, Brazil
As the largest industry networking event in the region, ICEF Latin America brings together hundreds of high-quality, ICEF-screened agents, decision makers from education institutions and companies providing industry services, in one place. This popular event enables you to forge professional and personal connections to support your engagement strategy in the region.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.
The shape of ELT through 2023: Recovery and re-creation
A recent webinar from industry consultancy BONARD takes a high-level view of the English Language Teaching (ELT) sector and the recovery of language travel through 2023. The webinar featured a panel of executive staff from peak bodies in three major language destinations: Jodie Gray, Cheryl Delk-Le Good, and Gonzalo Peralta, the executive directors of, respectively,Continue reading…
ICEF Podcast: International students and online programmes in the new normal
In this episode of our continuing podcast series, ICEF’s Craig Riggs (editor of ICEF Monitor) and Martijn van de Veen (vice-president of business development) discuss some of the trends shaping student mobility this month, including some important developments in Australia – where the border will at long last be opened (as of 1 December) to fullyContinue reading…
New Zealand to reopen borders in April 2022
New Zealand’s COVID-19 Response Minister, Chris Hipkins, announced today that the country’s borders would reopen to international travellers in 2022. Fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens – along with residence-class visa holders – will be able to enter New Zealand without undertaking a period of managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) as of 16 January 2022. FollowingContinue reading…
Canada expands list of approved vaccines
The Government of Canada has announced an expansion of its list of COVID-19 vaccines that travellers can receive in order to be considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of travel to Canada. The following vaccines are currently approved for travellers to Canada: Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273) AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, COVISHIELD, ChAdOx1-S, AZD1222) Janssen/JohnsonContinue reading…
Australia will open its borders to fully vaccinated international students on 1 December 2021
Vague timelines for Australian borders opening to international students have been replaced by an official date: 1 December 2021. The Australian government announced this week that, as of that date, “skilled and student cohorts, as well as humanitarian, working holiday maker and provisional family visa holders” will be welcome to fly into Australia without needingContinue reading…
Australia: An overview of international student return plans
There has been a flurry of announcements from Australian states and territories in recent weeks. New student return pilots have been approved, and we now see a variety of timelines and arrival protocols in place for incoming students in the coming months. If, like us, you have struggled to keep on top of the latestContinue reading…
Tracking fundamental shifts in the international schools market
According to a new report from ISC Research, the profile and needs of the typical international school student and their family have changed substantially over the past 40 years. This creates new expectations, opportunities for expansion of the market, and demand for evolved curricula, teaching methods, and overall orientation. As a result, internationally oriented schoolsContinue reading…
UK expands approved vaccines list and eases under-18 travel
In important news for agents and students focused on study in the UK, there is new travel and border guidance from the British government: “From 4:00 am Monday 22 November, COVID-19 vaccines on the WHO Emergency Use List (EUL) will be recognised and all under-18s coming to England will be treated as fully vaccinated atContinue reading…
US: International enrolments fell sharply in 2020 but are now rebounding
At a press conference announcing the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors data for the 2020/21 academic year, IIE and government officials emphasised the Biden administration’s strong support of efforts to rebuild international student enrolments in the US. While 2020/21 was marked by international student enrolment declines, IIE officials also released data from theContinue reading…
Foreign enrolment in German higher education edged upward in 2020/21
Earlier optimistic forecasts for foreign student numbers in Germany this year have been borne out in the latest Wissenschaft Weltoffen 2021 report from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW). Using the 2020/21 winter semester as a benchmark, DAAD reports total enrolment of justContinue 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.