ICEF Berlin

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October 31 - November 03, 2021
Berlin, Germany

About this event

ICEF Berlin, the international education industry’s largest and most comprehensive global networking event, returns in 2021 for its 27th edition.

Every year, professionals from across the entire study abroad sector attend ICEF Berlin to meet new contacts, establish partnerships and strengthen existing connections, while also obtaining market updates and sharing news and insights with their peers.

Please note that ICEF Berlin 2021 will be held over 4 days, with the first three days being hybrid, and the fourth virtual only.

Programme & Seminars

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, as well as benefit from a range of informal networking opportunities.

Whether you join us in-person or online, you will also be able to access our line-up of optional seminars, providing up-to-date information about the latest market trends and issues currently affecting the global world of international education. Our seminars are available live during the event and on demand through our online platform, both during and for 4 weeks after the event.


Who goes to ICEF Berlin?

ICEF Berlin is the world’s largest B2B networking event for the international education community. Each year, this unmatched event connects international student recruitment professionals from all sectors and types of organisations. Whether you represent an educational institution looking to raise your profile, a student recruitment agency wishing to forge new connections, or a service provider aiming to bring your offer to an eager market, you are sure to benefit from attending ICEF Berlin.

To find out more about the types of organisations that attend our events, please click here.


ICEF Berlin is held at the InterContinental, a short walk from the government quarter, historic centre, shopping districts, and the world-famous Potsdamer Platz and Kurfürstendamm Boulevard.

With innovative business facilities, international restaurants and exceptional spa and fitness amenities, the InterContinental Berlin is a premium venue for ICEF’s premier event.

Preferential rates will be available to event participants. Additionally, a number of other hotels will be offered to suit various budgets.


Event Statistics (projected)

  1. Russia
  2. Spain
  3. Turkey
  4. Germany
  5. Italy

800+ agents from 110+ countries

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo (DR), Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  1. United Kingdom
  2. Canada
  3. USA
  4. Spain
  5. Germany

Additional event information

A hybrid event combines the onsite experience of an in-person gathering with the ability to also participate virtually, allowing delegates to not only attend at the venue, but also from anywhere else.

As well as being able to meet with others who are physically present, delegates attending the event can also seamlessly schedule additional meetings with people elsewhere. Likewise, attendees taking part virtually may also meet with others located anywhere around the world and participate in the seminar programme.

For those attending virtually, our events use a combination of Marcom eSchedule PRO and Zoom to provide an engaging networking experience for all participants. This combination offers you direct and total control over the types of partners you meet during the event based on their main activity and country of origin, as well as the peace of mind of using a secure and stable platform for your meetings.

Once registered, you will receive log-in details enabling you to access our meeting scheduling system four weeks prior to the event through your myICEF portal.


*   Onsite activity only
** Flexible refreshment and lunch breaks available

Please use the dropdown box to view the event schedule in your preferred time zone.

10:0021:00Onsite registration*

12:0013:45Networking lunch*

13:4514:00Event welcome

14:0019:00Seminars, webinars & provider presentations

19:0021:00Welcome reception*

08:0009:00Meeting halls open*

09:0018:30In-person or virtual 1:1 meetings (19 x 25 minutes)**

18:3000:00Virtual 1:1 meetings continue (10 x 25 minutes)

20:3022:00Dinner reception*

00:0009:00Virtual 1:1 meetings continue (16 x 25 minutes)

09:0018:30In-person or virtual 1:1 meetings (19 x 25 minutes)**

18:3000:00Virtual 1:1 meetings continue (10 x 25 minutes)

00:0019:00Virtual 1:1 meetings continue (32 x 25 minutes)

19:0019:10Closing remarks

As well as being the perfect opportunity to get your brand in front of key decision makers & budget holders, your place includes all of the following benefits:

Before the event:

  • Access to detailed profiles of all event participants
  • Use of the Marcom eSchedule PRO online meeting booking system
  • Access to targeted marketing and sponsorship opportunities

At the event:

  • Access to scheduled & personalised Zoom meetings
  • Access to ICEF’s engaging programme of live & on demand webinars
  • Last-minute meeting scheduling with new opportunities
  • Live chat function with other event participants joining in online
  • Informal networking spaces for both virtual and physical attendees

After the event:

  • Access to your personal meeting notes
  • Access to downloadable meeting reports and participant lists
  • Access to all recorded content for 4 weeks after the event closes

To reserve your place, please enquire now.

What are the three ways delegates may meet each other?

  1. Physical delegates can meet each other face to face at the event.
  2. Physical delegates will also be able to meet virtual participants – from their meeting tables (own device and headsets required), in specially designated areas or in the comfort of their own hotel room. A fourth day dedicated to online meetings only has been added to the event programme.
  3. Virtual delegates can meet participants who are onsite at the event or also taking part virtually from another location.

How are meetings scheduled at a hybrid event?

We are using an enhanced hybrid version of Marcom eSchedulePRO with integrated Zoom at this event.

This will allow event delegates to seamlessly combine in-person and online Zoom meetings within one schedule. Meeting scheduling for ICEF Berlin 2021 will open approximately four weeks prior to the event.

What precautions are being taken to ensure the in-person event can be delivered safely?

The health and safety of our delegates is the primary concern for us at ICEF and we are taking regular advice to ensure that our event conforms to the latest health guidance provided by the local authorities. Precautions we are taking include:

  • Testing of all delegates upon arrival and at regular intervals throughout the event.
  • Provision of hand sanitiser stations throughout the venue.
  • Ensuring all spaces conform to social distancing guidelines by reconfiguring booth and table layouts as well as queuing systems. This will ensure adequate distancing and will discourage the formation of groups, whilst preserving the ability for delegates to comfortably browse products and services of interest.
  • Operating a one-way transit system throughout the venue.
  • Ensuring that all delegates are able to maintain a distance of at least 1.5m from other attendees during meetings and seminar sessions.
  • Providing guidance to all delegates on social distancing and infection control best practices.
  • Providing face masks to be optionally worn by all participants during the event, to reduce the risk of virus transmission. We recommend that these should be worn when moving around the event venue or whenever social distancing is not possible.
  • Ensuring enhanced cleaning and regular disinfection of high-touch areas.
  • Subjecting food & beverage options and their delivery to tightened safety standards.

What happens if this event cannot take place in person?

We will follow the latest advice provided by local health authorities and will only allow the in-person aspects of this event to take place if it is safe to do so. In the event that local authorities restrict in-person networking, our hybrid event platform allows for us to seamlessly deliver this event in an online only format.

What happens if a delegate cannot attend in person?

If an in-person participant cannot attend due to travel restrictions or other reasons, we can switch the attendance seamlessly to take part virtually instead without the need to reschedule meetings. You may also transfer your booking to another in-person ICEF event.



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