About this event

ICEF Africa will again take place in Cape Town in May of 2019. The 2018 event was the premier networking and student recruitment event in Africa. As such, it brought student recruitment agents from around the world interested in South Africa as a study destination and connected international educators and service providers with agents from all over Africa.

In the 2016 i-Graduate ICEF Agent Barometer, nearly half of the agents surveyed said that they viewed South Africa as an attractive or very attractive study destination. ELT student numbers increased by 19% in 2016, and student weeks by 20%. With the November 2016 resolution of a two-year discussion regarding student visa eligibility for ELT students, the sector is now poised for further growth. South Africa has also established itself as a key study destination within Africa. Its proximity and affordability — along with the quality and reputation of South African higher education — continue to be important factors in attracting foreign students.

Africa is a major area of growth for outbound students and countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Botswana and Ghana are emerging markets complementing Nigeria.

In addition to meeting with agents during the event, participants are welcome to attend market intelligence seminars and networking receptions.

ICEF Africa is the most dynamic and productive way to foster relationships with current partners and new representatives in a range of emerging markets.

Specific Information about this Workshop for Agents

  • Easily develop partnerships with a wide range of quality international educators & service providers
  • Meet with a large number of educators and service providers in one place - save time and money
  • Increase student placements by gaining new contacts and new representation agreements
  • Promote your agency to key players within the international education industry
  • Broaden and diversify your product portfolio and study options
  • Maintain existing relationships and networks
  • Keep up with current market intelligence and trends
  • Education agents from Africa who send students to a wide range of international programmes and countries
  • International education agents interested in sending students to South Africa
  • Education providers from all sectors of the international education industry including South Africa
  • Service providers who have products and services to sell to international students visa agents and/or providers

Prior to the event:

  • Comprehensive details of invited educators and service providers
  • Access to the eSchedule PRO online appointment scheduling system
  • City and venue information
  • Access to targeted marketing and sponsorship opportunities

At the event

  • A copy of the Educator & Service Provider Catalogue
  • An entry in the Agent Catalogue
  • Professional development seminars at the event
  • Participation in all event receptions, lunches, and refreshment breaks

Previous event's FAM Tours and Receptions

2018 FAM Tours and Receptions

EduSA FAM Trip 2019 - South Africa
4 May - 16 May 2019
Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Garden Route and Cape Town
EduSA would like to open this invitation to agents who are interested in collaborating with South African Language Schools. This is a unique opportunity to experience the country. This FAM trip is limited to 15 participants, so early bookings are encouraged. Please see the attached FAM Trip Flyer for all details and for a link to the application. South Africa is one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world. A combination of landscapes, people, history and culture offer visitors a unique and inspiring experience. English is one of South Africa’s official languages and is the main language for business and the media. South Africa is a great place to learn to speak English and there are a number of English language schools in beautiful and interesting places. To help you discover as much as you can of both our quality schools and South Africa’s gems, we will visit schools in three regions: Gauteng, Eastern Cape and the Western Cape. We will visit Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, the Garden Route and Cape Town. In each city we will explore what makes them special. There’s much more to South Africa than just these cities, so we will also take a short trip along the scenic Garden Route. We look forward to seeing you here in South Africa.
Please contact Ryan Peters on ryan@edusouthafrica.com

An integral benefit of attending an ICEF Event is participation in the seminar programme. These seminars provide invaluable information and the latest research on trends affecting the world of international education, both regionally and globally.

The 2019 seminar programme will be available shortly before the event.

Previous event's seminar programme is available here.

To ensure that you are well prepared and make the most of the event, it is important that you read the Agent Information Pack.

Agent Information Pack
Checklist for Agents
Event Programme
A detailed Seminar Programme will be available closer to the event.

Hotel Accommodation:
If your agency is based outside of Cape Town, your accommodation at ICEF Africa 2019 will be sponsored by ICEF for 3 nights from Wednesday afternoon, May 15, 2019 until Saturday morning, May 18, 2019 at one of our partner hotels. A formal hotel booking confirmation will be sent to you approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the event.

Other Useful Documents:

Requirements for visas differ from country to country (click ►here to see which countries are currently exempt), and the requirements are subject to change. As each application is treated as an individual case, and you should make enquiries with your nearest South African mission or consulate abroad or any office of the South African Department of Home Affairs to see whether or not you are required to apply for a visa.

Remember that there is a fee charged for issuing a visa, and you should check the cost with the office as well, as this is updated annually.

ICEF offers visa support which provides you with a letter of invitation for the duration of the event from May 15 - 18, 2019. If you wish to request this service, please contact ►Laura Ott as soon as possible.

Deadline for invitation letter requests is April 15, 2019.

Training options for agents

ICEF supports ongoing agent training through five courses:

ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC)
Canada Course for Education Agents (CCEA)
Chinese Education Agent Course (CEAC) – China-based agents only
US Agent Training Course (USATC)
Irish Education Agent Course (IEAC)

This workshop is sponsored by


Thank you!

This workshop is supported by

Thank you!