Who We Are--Overview, Mission, Vision, Governance, Quick Facts


The American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership association recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as a Standards Development Organization (SDO).

Founded in 2008 by senior administrators at U.S. post-secondary institutions, AIRC’s members—representatives from accredited U.S. post-secondary institutions, pathway programs, student recruitment agencies, secondary schools, and non-U.S. educational institutions— work together to establish quality standards for international student placement in the United States.


AIRC works to safeguard the interests of both international students and enrolling institutions through the promotion of ethical, standards-based international recruitment strategies. Such standards are used successfully by a range of associations concerned with the intersection of business and professional practice. Read more...


AIRC believes that the internationalization of U.S. institutions of higher education is a vital step to their educational missions. This process is best served by attracting students from other countries who are well matched to the institution and whose expectations are met by transparent knowledge of the institution’s strengths and weaknesses. Read more...


AIRC is governed by a board of directors. The association is administered by an executive director and staff at its Bethesda, MD based office.

Quick Facts

AIRC Member Facts:

  • 247 Institutional Members
    • 47 States
    • 3 U.S. institutions based abroad
  • 72 Certified Agencies
    • Agency offices in more than 300 cities in 90 countries
  • 7 Pathway Programs with 22 partner institutions 
  • 10 Affiliated Institutional Members in 4 countries
Updated November 6, 2014

Organization Documentation

AIRC Bylaws (2014 Update)

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