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.
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
June 28 - 30, 2022
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
ICEF Asia 2022 is an exciting and greatly anticipated event providing a first-rate networking environment for professionals with an interest in over 20 outbound student countries in Asia, including Vietnam, South Korea, China and India.
Hosted over three days, from 28 – 30 June, this hybrid event welcomes participants in-person, at the InterContinental Saigon Hotel, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and online.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.
China: The opportunity remains
The following feature is excerpted from the 2021 edition of ICEF Insights magazine and is reprinted here with permission. The entire issue of the magazine is available to download for free at icef.com. We have all heard about the changing demographics, increased domestic higher education capacity, and political factors contributing to the slowing of ChineseContinue reading…
Estonia continues to build its foreign enrolment
The EU calls Estonia “Europe’s start-up hot spot and one of the safest countries in the world,” two reasons that Estonia’s popularity is increasing among international students. From just 885 students in 2007, Estonia – located in northeastern Europe, beside Russia – now hosts over 5,000 international students and posted double-digit growth every year of theContinue reading…
Australia relaxes cap on international student work hours in selected industries
Serious labour shortages in Australia due to workers having to isolate because of COVID-19 have prompted the government to temporarily extend the number of hours international students can work in some “critical” industries. Previously, all international students have been permitted to work no more than 40 hours every two weeks. International students will now beContinue reading…
Agent survey highlights important demand factors for study abroad into 2022
Four out of five respondents to a late-2020 survey of education agents believe that the factors influencing student decision making for study abroad have changed because of the pandemic. The survey was conducted by INTO University Partnerships in November 2020, and it gathered responses from 1,126 agents worldwide. The survey reflects a number of importantContinue reading…
US announces important changes for student visa policy
Today we’re reporting on policy changes in the US that will affect international students going to the country in the coming year. These include a planned hike in visa application fees, a change in consular guidance for the evaluation of students’ visa applications, and an extension of the in-person interview waiver for some student applicants.Continue reading…
New Zealand launches new website for international students
While New Zealand has pushed back its gradual border opening until at least February 2022 because of Omicron, international students hoping to pursue a New Zealand education can explore their options right now through a new website devoted entirely to them. It’s the natural extension of Education New Zealand’s “Think New” branding campaign and heavyContinue reading…
ICEF Podcast: 2021: A year of resilience and innovation in international education
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, and take a look back at the most important developments and insights for our sector over the past year. You canContinue reading…
Year in review: What we learned in 2021
In a moment where we are all looking forward – to further recovery, border openings, and something “closer to normal” – we are first going to mark the turning of the calendar with an annual tradition here at ICEF Monitor: a look back at the year gone by. To say the least, there are some importantContinue reading…
International students permitted to return to Malaysia if they adhere to strict rules
In Malaysia, international students already enrolled with Malaysian institutions from most countries are welcome to return to the country provided they follow an extensive series of rules. The consequences for not adhering to the rules are serious, and there are reports of students being denied entry on arrival because of incomplete paperwork or other proceduralContinue reading…
UK: Transnational education numbers continue to grow
The latest data from Universities UK International (UUKi) shows continued growth in the number of foreign students enrolled in transnational education programmes (TNE) offered by British institutions. The scale of UK higher education transnational education 2019–20 reports that there were more than 453,000 students from 225 countries and territories pursuing qualifications from 156 UK institutionsContinue 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.