ICEF Virtual French Education

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September 15 - 16, 2020
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About ICEF Virtual French Education

ICEF Virtual French Education delivered a clear focus on recruiting international students for French language programmes at educational institutions in Canada. In 2020, this fully-virtual event welcomed nearly 150 international education industry professionals over 2 days, hosting over 690 meetings, and showing the tremendous appetite and enthusiasm for international education professionals in this industry niche.

As ICEF’s second virtual event covering the Canadian market this year, ICEF Virtual French Education built upon the earlier success of ICEF Virtual Americas, and the all-online format for this inaugural event was warmly received by educators and agents alike. Participants at ICEF Virtual French Education were tremendously positive about the all-online format, with delegates praising the efficiency and focus felt during online meetings. Our participants were so positive about the online format that 100% of attendees reported that they were satisfied or highly satisfied by their experience, and 94% indicated they met their primary objective of attending.

Programme & Seminars

Alongside our core meeting schedule, ICEF Virtual French Education delivered an enriching seminar programme of 32 live and on-demand sessions with speakers presenting on pertinent issues relevant to international education and student mobility.

As testament to the quality and insightfulness of the topics covered, 100% of delegates who attended a webinar were happy, or very happy, with their experience.


Networking Lounges

Continuing our mission to connect the international education community, ICEF Virtual French Education saw the return of our acclaimed virtual networking lounges to allow event attendees to meet in an informal setting and preserve the serendipitous encounters so enjoyed at our in-person events.

Over 70% of event attendees dropped into one of our networking lounges during the event to enjoy the opportunity to chat with like-minded industry professionals and discuss the latest issues affecting our sector.

Event Attendees

38 representatives from 35 education institutions, 21% first-timers


2020 saw 38 representatives from 35 education institutions join us online. Of these institutions, 21% were first-timers to a French education event. In common with other ICEF events, ICEF Virtual French Education welcomed a high proportion of senior decision makers, with over 60% in senior management roles.

This year, we secured attendance from a broad range of educators, with strong representation from universities and secondary schools in particular (40% and 37% respectively of institutions attending).

Alongside our strong representation from Canadian educators, we were also happy to have 6 service providers and other organisations join us for ICEF Virtual French Education this year.

86 representatives from 81 agencies from 36 countries, across 6 continents


We welcomed 86 representatives from 81 carefully selected, ICEF-screened agencies to this first event, indicating a strong interest by agents to develop and maintain contact with their French language education partners from across Canada at this time.

Agents from 36 countries attended ICEF Virtual French Education. Between them, these agencies held student recruitment coverage across 6 continents, giving this event truly global reach.