ICEF is the global market leader in business-to-business networking events and services for the international education sector. For over 25 years, we have been connecting education institutions and carefully chosen student recruitment agents with providers of accommodation for the short, mid or long-term accommodation needs of their international students.
Our unrivalled global programme of online and in-person networking events offers student accommodation providers an efficient and cost-effective platform to introduce your brand and access new clients in this exciting growing market.
Access customers at their most receptive with ICEF
International students represent a unique opportunity for accommodation providers: When studying abroad, these students need accommodation in their host country and are often willing to pay a premium for options which are seamless and hassle-free. Many of these individuals have higher disposable income than local students, meaning that they can be an immensely attractive market for the right accommodation options.
Each year, millions of students from around the world choose to pursue their studies in higher education abroad. Popular study destinations such as the US, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany and Australia are well known for attracting large numbers of inbound students, while up-and-coming destinations like the UAE, Singapore, Malaysia and Argentina have also been experiencing growing numbers of international students from their respective regions. Regardless of where they choose to study, international students require safe and reliable accommodation.
Historically, most international students come from South Asia, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Northern Africa and Latin America.
How our network can help you
The majority of international students around the world find their programme of study and suitable accommodation through international student recruitment agencies based in their home countries. These agencies are specialist recruiters who know the application and immigration process for their key markets, giving expert advice and guidance to would-be students. These agencies are therefore critical in matching students with the right programmes abroad, assisting them with advice, and introducing relevant products and services – including the right options for accommodation.
These student recruitment agencies, as well as the education institutions abroad, are ideally positioned to introduce your accommodation services. They can be referrers, brokers or promoters of your accommodation – and you can meet these agencies and institutions at ICEF networking events. With access to information in many of these outbound student countries sometimes being difficult, a recommendation from an agent to a student is often a key purchase driver.
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Housing issues persist in a number of student cities
Rising energy costs, inflation, and surging interest rates are all contributing to a student housing crunch in many study destinations this year. The situation is particularly acute in Ireland, where issues around cost and availability of student housing have been present for years. The situation, however, is notably worse as the new academic year getsContinue reading…
What if there is no room? The link between student housing and enrolment capacity
A recent blog post from Alex Usher, president of the industry consultancy Higher Education Strategy Associates, makes a case that housing supply is looming as a significant issue for foreign enrolment in Canada. The biggest pressure on future growth in student numbers, he argues, “is going to be about housing, and the way that someContinue reading…
Student housing market shows its strength as demand surges
Affordable, quality student housing is an important dimension of capacity for any study destination. More limited housing supply pushes up living costs for domestic and international students alike, and, beyond budgeting, can intrude otherwise on the quality of the student experience and destination competitiveness. At the same time, demand for housing is an important indicatorContinue reading…
Significant student housing shortages reported in the Netherlands
Many students planning on going to the Netherlands this year for study will face a challenge in securing housing, and this challenge looks like it will intensify in the next few years. The issue could well affect international enrolments, since foreign students will of course think twice before applying to Dutch universities if they knowContinue reading…
ICEF Podcast: What can student accommodation bookings tell us about the year ahead?
We are all looking for indicators of how demand for study abroad and student mobility are taking shape this year, and student housing providers have some important insights to offer. In this latest podcast episode, ICEF’s Craig Riggs (Editor of ICEF Monitor) and Martijn van de Veen (Vice-President of Business Development) discuss how the latterContinue reading…
Students relying more on education agents for assistance with study abroad decisions
A new report from QS shows that international students are relying more than ever on agents in their decision-making about study abroad. The report, How to Navigate the Challenges of Agent Management in 2021, notes that the entire recruitment landscape going into next year is much different than it ever has been. Students are increasinglyContinue reading…
Student housing demand shifts to private rooms as sector adapts to pandemic
A new analysis from housing marketplace Student.com and sector research specialists BONARD describes 2020 as “a year of change” in terms of how and when international students book student accommodation. Demand is shifting by destination and room type and students are also taking longer to confirm bookings this year — a trend we can imagineContinue reading…
Making the link between housing and student wellbeing
According to QS’s 2019 International Student Survey, 60% of prospective international students were influenced by housing choices when deciding where to study abroad. And as QS notes, international students too often are unable to find suitable accommodation. For example, “At the start of this academic year, 250 students in the UK were faced with unfinished accommodation. As a result,Continue reading…
How will education agents expand their service offerings this year?
Recent surveys of education agencies clearly point to a growing interest on the part of agents in expanding the range of services that they offer. The survey findings highlight both that some agents have already taken steps to expand their offerings to students and that others are increasingly interested in doing so. For example, oneContinue reading…
Major investments forecast in “blended living” student accommodation
In early November in Berlin, the Class of 2020 – a think tank focused on the future of living, learning, and working in university cities – hosted the world’s largest student housing and coliving conference. Part of the context for the conference, and associated report, is that student housing shortages in many study abroad destinations haveContinue reading…
To find out more about our upcoming events for international education professionals and for providers of accommodation and other services relevant to the international student segment, please see an overview of our upcoming events below.
ICEF San Diego
December 15 - 17, 2022
San Diego, USA
ICEF San Diego is a networking event bringing educators, service providers and Work & Travel businesses, based in the Americas, together with hundreds of international student recruitment agents. These ICEF-screened agents have direct access to the world’s largest sources of overseas students planning to study in the US, Canada and the rest of the America.
ICEF Student Recruitment for Online Programmes is a new virtual B2B networking event connecting providers of online education with pre-screened student recruitment agents who are experienced in promoting online and hybrid programmes across all study types, levels and durations.
ICEF South Asia event provides a unique opportunity to connect with hundreds of student recruitment agents from across India and other South Asian countries, i.e. Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
ICEF Dubai is a popular event offering delegates exclusive access to high-quality, ICEF-screened agents from 17 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. This unique three-day event runs from 13 – 15 February 2023 at the prestigious Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
ICEF World Student Scholarship Education Programme
February 16 - 17, 2023
In collaboration with Gulf Conferences, ICEF launches the ICEF World Student Scholarship Education Programme (IWSSEP) – a new event created to bring together educators from around the world with scholarship providers from across the Middle East.
ICEF Japan-Korea Roadshow is back for its 8th edition – providing international educators and service providers with the opportunity to meet active, ICEF-screened student recruitment agents from both nations.
Running from February 27 – March 03 2023, with networking events in both Mexico City and Bogota, the roadshow is the most efficient and cost-effective way to meet a large number of quality agents in two key countries, with connections in the wider region.
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.
ICEF Secondary Education returns in 2023, for its 4th edition, focused on connecting people recruiting international students for secondary, boarding, high school, foundation, and junior education programmes. This is a hybrid event, with in-person delegates gathering at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, and others virtually from around the world.
The 16th annual ICEF Australia New Zealand Agent event (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.
ICEF Vancouver returns in 2023, with a three-day networking event welcoming hundreds of student recruitment professionals from around the world. This is an opportunity for educators and service providers from across the Americas, to connect with hundreds of pre-screened agents representing tens of thousands of students interested in studying in Canada and the US.
The 3rd 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.
ICEF Spanish Education returns to Seville for a second time, providing a unique opportunity for education providers in Spanish speaking countries to network with ICEF-screened, quality student recruitment agents from around the world.
ICEF Africa returns in 2023 as a hybrid networking event focused on the needs of international education institutions, and relevant service providers, interested in recruiting students from this dynamic and vibrant continent.
ICEF Asia 2023 is an exciting and greatly anticipated event providing a first-rate networking environment for professionals with an interest in over 20 outbound student countries in Asia, including Vietnam, South Korea, China and India.
Hosted over four days, this hybrid event welcomes participants in-person, at the InterContinental Saigon Hotel, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and online.
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.
ICEF Higher Education is a long-standing, popular networking event specifically designed to bring together educators and pre-screened student recruitment agents, all focused on recruiting students to the international higher education sector.
A one-day networking conference that informs and updates senior international education professionals on the latest technologies and digital tools available to them. ICEF Digital is a perfect fit in the international education calendar, scheduled two days prior to the sector’s largest networking event, ICEF Berlin, and taking place in the same venue.
Considered the pinnacle of the annual networking calendar, our flagship event ICEF Berlin returns for its 28th edition this year, bringing together thousands of colleagues, peers, partners, and friends from across the global education industry.
Engaging ICEF has greatly assisted Study NSW to develop a strong foundation for our international student alumni strategy.
Toshi Kawaguchi, Study NSW, Australia Service Provider
I enjoy regional ICEF events. The agents are well vetted, and they come with well-researched questions. It shows good preparation. This was my second time attending ICEF Southeast Asia, and I highly recommend it.
Julia Salema , Study Insured by Ingle International, Canada Service Provider
This event was absolutely incredible. We met many promising contacts, the
event was executed seamlessly - and it was fun! Can’t wait to see the business
opportunities that develop as a result of this.
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