Welcome to ICEF
We are the global market leaders in business-to-business networking events and services for the international education sector.
Through our unrivalled global programme of online and in-person networking events, support for education agents and market intelligence services, we facilitate outstanding international student experiences.
For over 30 years, we have been bringing together education institutions, carefully chosen student recruitment agents and providers of other services for the international education industry with the simple aim of improving international student mobility.
Why work with ICEF?
In a world with tightening budgets, higher education institutions are coming under growing pressure to get the most out of their marketing budgets as they seek to meet ambitious student recruitment targets. Why then do so many universities and colleges put ICEF at the core of their student recruitment strategies? Learn more here.
To find out more about our upcoming events for international education professionals from around the world, click on the links below.
ICEF Virtual Miami
December 14 - 16, 2021
ICEF Miami returns virtually in 2021 as a networking event enabling education providers to meet with over 300 ICEF-screened education agents focused on sending students to the Americas.
This event allows participants to schedule over 70 one-to-one video meetings with existing and potential partners of interest.Register for the event
February 07 - 10, 2022
ICEF Dubai is the region’s leading student recruitment networking event for international education institutions recruiting students from the Middle East and North Africa. This hybrid event offers delegates, participating in-person and virtually, exclusive access to high-quality, ICEF-screened agents from around the region.Register for the event
ICEF Virtual Secondary Education
February 22 - 24, 2022
ICEF Virtual Secondary Education provides a dedicated networking opportunity for international providers of secondary, boarding, high school, foundation, and junior education programmes.
In 2022, this event returns for its 3rd edition to connect international secondary schools with the largest gathering of ICEF-screened secondary education focused agents anywhere in the world.Register for the event
March 20 - 22, 2022
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.Register for the event
ICEF Central Asia
March 31 - April 01, 2022
ICEF Central Asia gives international educators and service providers the opportunity to meet top-quality student recruitment agents from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Northern China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan at one focused event.
In 2022, ICEF Central Asia will be a hybrid event held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, as well as welcoming participants simultaneously online.Register for the event
ICEF Spanish Education
April 19 - 21, 2022
With more than 470 million native speakers, Spanish is the second largest mother tongue spoken in the world. It is also the third most studied language after English and French.
The inaugural edition of ICEF Spanish Education provides a unique opportunity for Spanish education providers promoting study programmes taught in Spanish to network with ICEF-screened, quality student recruitment agents from around the world.Register for the event
May 13 - 16, 2022
ICEF returns to Toronto in 2022 to give education providers from across the Americas the world’s best opportunity to meet student recruitment agents from around the world actively looking to send students to this leading study destination. Attended by the world’s best education agents focused on the Americas and organised by the industry leader in educator-agent networking events, ICEF Toronto is the must-attend international education networking event in Canada.Register for the event
ICEF French Education
May 17 - 18, 2022
The 2nd 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.Register for the event
June 15 - 17, 2022
The 15th annual ICEF Australia New Zealand (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.Register for the event
ICEF Virtual Africa
July 12 - 14, 2022
ICEF Virtual Africa returns in 2022 as a virtual networking event focused on the needs of international education institutions, and relevant service providers, interested in recruiting students from this dynamic and vibrant continent.
The event is a valuable resource to access these emerging student markets, and provides a unique opportunity to proactively network with pre-screened potential recruitment partners.Register for the event
ICEF Higher Education
September 10 - 12, 2022
ICEF Higher Education is a dedicated networking event specifically designed to meet the needs of the international higher education sector. In 2022, the event returns in a hybrid format, offering delegates, participating in-person and virtually, exclusive access to high-quality, ICEF-screened agents from around the world.Register for the event
ICEF Latin America
September 29 - October 01, 2022
São Paulo, Brazil
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.Register for the event
October 30 - November 01, 2022
Our flagship event, ICEF Berlin, is a gathering of thousands of colleagues, peers, partners, and friends from across the global education industry. Now in its 27th edition and considered the pinnacle of the networking calendar, the event has a reputation for a high ROI, and is consistently rated above 98% as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ by participants.Register for the event
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.Register for the event
ICEF Monitor is the leading source of market intelligence for the international student recruitment industry. Read about the latest issues affecting the sector and learn about emerging trends with ICEF Monitor.
Global tourism strengthens in 2021 but still far below pre-COVID levels
In the latest release from its World Tourism Barometer, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reports that international tourist arrivals increased by 58% for July-September 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. Even with that growth, however, tourism levels for Q3 2021 remain about 64% below 2019 levels. Following weaker performance earlier in theContinue reading…
Rapid expansion of English-taught degrees a growing factor in global student markets
A global overview of English-taught programmes produced by the British Council and Studyportals finds that almost one in five English-taught programmes (ETPs) are now offered outside of the “big four” English-speaking destinations, most notably in the Netherlands, Germany, as well as China. The study identified over 28,870 degree programmes taught in English outside Australia, Canada,Continue reading…
US: Peak bodies call for national international education strategy
The American Association of Community Colleges, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, Association of American Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Institute of International Education, NAFSA, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities have issued a statement calling on the US government to partner with higher educationContinue reading…
Omicron variant already impacting international student mobility
Around the world, government responses to the Omicron variant detected last month have had an immediate impact on student mobility and travel. The variant, which scientists first identified in South Africa, was spreading rapidly in the country in late-November, and has since been detected in multiple countries around the world. The variant was likely circulatingContinue reading…
France launches new student marketing campaign
Campus France, the national agency for the international promotion of French higher education, announced this week the launch of a new global marketing campaign. Rendez-vous en France introduces new messaging and materials to build on the ongoing Bienvenue en France campaign – a key pillar of the country’s international education strategy and its goal toContinue reading…
UK issues record number of study visas in 2021
The UK has broken a record in terms of the number of study visas issued to international students and their dependents, according to the Home Office. In the year ending September 2021, UK immigration officials issued a total of 428,428 study visas, which represents: 143% more than for the year ending September 2020; 55% moreContinue reading…
The shape of ELT through 2023: Recovery and re-creation
A recent webinar from industry consultancy BONARD takes a high-level view of the English Language Teaching (ELT) sector and the recovery of language travel through 2023. The webinar featured a panel of executive staff from peak bodies in three major language destinations: Jodie Gray, Cheryl Delk-Le Good, and Gonzalo Peralta, the executive directors of, respectively,Continue reading…
ICEF Podcast: International students and online programmes in the new normal
In this episode of our continuing podcast series, ICEF’s Craig Riggs (editor of ICEF Monitor) and Martijn van de Veen (vice-president of business development) discuss some of the trends shaping student mobility this month, including some important developments in Australia – where the border will at long last be opened (as of 1 December) to fullyContinue reading…
New Zealand to reopen borders in April 2022
New Zealand’s COVID-19 Response Minister, Chris Hipkins, announced today that the country’s borders would reopen to international travellers in 2022. Fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens – along with residence-class visa holders – will be able to enter New Zealand without undertaking a period of managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) as of 16 January 2022. FollowingContinue reading…
Canada expands list of approved vaccines
The Government of Canada has announced an expansion of its list of COVID-19 vaccines that travellers can receive in order to be considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of travel to Canada. The following vaccines are currently approved for travellers to Canada: Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273) AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, COVISHIELD, ChAdOx1-S, AZD1222) Janssen/JohnsonContinue reading…
Stand out with ICEF
ICEF Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality with ICEF empowers education and accommodation providers to tell uniquely engaging stories, access new audiences, and grow international student recruitment. Learn how to leverage this immersive technology to connect with students around the world and tell powerful stories about your institution.
Training for education agents
International student recruitment agencies play a vital role in international education, connecting education institutions with students around the world. We offer high-quality professional development to keep education agencies informed about immigration requirements, course entry standards, and student support expectations around the world.