ICEF Agency Status

The global quality standard for international education agencies.

For over 30 years, ICEF has been vetting student recruitment agencies to ensure that only the best can attend ICEF events. As a result, our organisation has become synonymous with exceptional agency quality.

Leading the way in the advancement of standards in international education, ICEF Agency Status (IAS) is a comprehensive accreditation programme. Our network of over 1,700 ICEF agencies in 119 countries is growing exponentially, with thousands of professional agencies worldwide for whom the need to distinguish themselves is greater than ever.

The IAS  programme has five core goals:

  • Provide a global benchmark of education agency quality
  • Set standards for agency onboarding and retention
  • Enable students and parents to identify reputable agencies
  • Drive professional standards across the industry
  • Improve student outcomes
Global benefits of ICEF Agency Status

We’re proud of the global network we’ve grown. All education agencies attending our events sign the ICEF Agency Code of Conduct and undergo thorough screening by ICEF to ensure they meet our strict quality standards. To become accredited and achieve ICEF Agency Status, agencies undergo further vetting and checks, backed by leading edge ID verification and blockchain technology.

  • The increased vetting and references required to achieve this status are renewed annually to reassure stakeholders that an agency is reputable and follows best practices
  • Agencies that have achieved ICEF Agency status are easily identifiable with a unique badge, identification number, and inclusion in ICEF’s global online directory of accredited agencies
  • Each ICEF Agency has a secure, unique blockchain-based ID and QR code valid for one year, to allow their accredited status and references to be instantly checked, giving peace of mind to partners and students
  • Educational institutions can fast-track the onboarding of new agency partners by accessing their secure credentials
  • Accreditation is reviewed annually to ensure quality standards

We look forward to welcoming new agencies to our global IAS network, successful applicants will be charged the annual processing fee of €295.