Annual Conference

Register now for AIRC's 8th Annual Conference

Ebb and Flow: The Shifting Landscape of International Student Recruitment

November 30 - December 3, 2016.
Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay
Miami, Florida

Registration ends November 17, 2016

Hotel Information

AIRC books a block of rooms as a convenience and cost savings for its conference attendees. These rooms are limited and sold on a first come, first come basis. Once the block is full, or certain nights are full, AIRC will try to expand its block but cannot guarantee rooms for attendees. AIRC encourages early booking due to events in Miami during the AIRC conference.

AIRC has reserved room blocks at two hotels:

Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay (Conference Venue). A special conference rate is available until NOVEMBER 4TH. Reserve here. 

SpringHill Suites Miami Airport East/Medical Center (1.9 miles away). A special conference rate is available until NOVEMBER 18th. Reserve here.  Transportation to and from this hotel to the conference site is on your own.

Why Attend?

Join 300+ representatives from institutions, agencies, and related organizations in discussing complex policy issues, cutting-edge technology, and strategically-based international student recruitment processes and solutions.


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Who May Attend?

  • AIRC members (Certified agencies, institutions, pathway programs & partners, affiliated institutions, associated organizations)
  • Sponsors (click here to hear from 2014 Conference Sponsors and learn about sponsorship opportunities)
  • Representatives of non-member accredited academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and government agencies

If your organization is not within one of the above categories you may not be eligible to attend the conference. Please contact AIRC at +1 240 547 6400 or AIRC reserves the right to decline registrations that do not fall within eligibilty rules.

Registration ends November 17, 2016. Conference capacity is limited due to hotel venue space capacity. AIRC reserves the right to close registration when capacity is reached.

2016 Conference Registration Fees

Note: Registration fees are per attendee.

Registration Rates 

    •  AIRC Institutional, Pathway and Affiliate Members      $ 625

    •  AIRC Certified Agencies      $ 525

    •  Non-Member      $ 875

Cancellation notices must be received in writing via email: No full refunds will be issued for requests received after November 7, 2016. After November 25th, no refunds will be made.


Conference Schedule
Wednesday, November 30
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m  Pre-conference workshops (optional and separate registration required)
5:00 p.m. - Town Hall meeting (tentative)
3:00 - 6:30 - Exhibit Hall set up
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - AIRC Opening Reception
Thursday, December 1
7:30 am Coffee in Exhibit Hall
7:30 - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall open
8:30 a.m. - plenary
Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:30 Break out sessions
12:00 - 1:30 Certification lunch
1:45 - 3:00 - Break out sessions
Coffee Break 
3:30 - 4:45 Break out sessions
6:00 - 8:00 Reception
Friday, December 2
8:00 am Coffee in Exhibit Hall
8:00 - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall open
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 Break out sessions
10:15 - 10:45 - Coffee break
10:45 - 12:00 - Break out sessions
12:00- 1:30 Networking lunch
1:45 - 3:00 - Break out sessions
Coffee Break 
3:30 - 4:45 Break out sessions
6:30 - 8:30 Reception
Saturday, December 3
8:00 am Coffee in Exhibit Hall
8:00 - 11:00 am Exhibit Hall open
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 Break out sessions
10:15 - 10:45 - Coffee break
10:45 - 12:00 - Closing Plenary

Add a Pre-Conference Workshop:

Workshop 1:
Recruiting International Students in the U.S.
Wednesday, November 30
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Attendance Cost: $225

This full day workshop is aimed at international recruiters and admissions officers who are looking to both deepen and broaden their recruitment strategies, all the while cutting back on costs. Topics will center on repurposing IEPs to adapt to current changes in the international recruitment field; how to collaborate with high school around the world to increase undergraduate admission numbers at your institution; best practices for increasing and maintaining government-sponsored programs at your institution, and how to design and implement successful community college transfer initiatives. The presenters are AIRC members who have extensive expertise on the aforementioned topics. Coffee and lunch included.
Mari Acob-Nash, Cascadia College
Salma Benhaida, Kent State University
Jessica Sandberg, Temple University
Kevin Spensely, St. Michael's College

Workshop 2:

Using Data to Inform International Recruitment Strategy 
Wednesday, November 30
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Attendance Cost: $175

A plan not informed by data is a plan not informed. This workshop explores both high-tech and low-tech approaches to gathering, organizing and analyzing data related to international student recruitment. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of where to find both explicit and implicit data sources, strategies for avoiding pitfalls associated with misinterpretations of data and ways in which data may be used not only to inform strategy, but to advocate for increased organizational support as well. Coffee included.
George Kacenga, University of Colorado, Denver
Jon Maes, Tacoma Community College

Workshop 3:

Leveraging External Contacts for International Recruitment 
Wednesday, November 30
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Attendance Cost: $175

Growing international student enrollment requires the implementation of a thoughtful and sustainable international student recruitment plan. Successful plans incorporate the actions and expertise of internal staff as well as third-party recruiters to generate momentum in student mobility. This preconference session provides attendees with an introductory framework on leveraging external contacts for recruitment. Emphasis is placed on working with reputable and certified recruitment agencies as well as collaborating with EducationUSA advisors, international secondary school counselors and alumni to accomplish international student enrollment goals. Coffee included.
Stephanie Sieggreen, Western Kentucky University
Nick Haught, Western Kentucky University
Jason Hall, BrighterEd

Workshop 4:

AIRC External Reviewer Training - Free Workshop
Wednesday, November 30
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Attendance Cost: Free

This workshop is for AIRC Institutional Members that wish to apply to become an AIRC External Reviewer of applicant agencies for certification or for trained reviewers to refresh their training. AIRC external reviewers are the standard verification and diplomatic corps of AIRC. Reviewer selection is based on high levels of expertise in carrying out the AIRC Certification process with the utmost integrity. Workshop attendees must submit a c.v. and statement of intent before attending the workshop to Jennifer Wright at Coffee included.
Greet Provoost, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar
Jon Weller, University of Cincinnati
Jennifer Wright, AIRC

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Conference session topics include:
  • Pre-Conference Workshop: Leveraging External Contacts for International Recruitment
  • Pre-Conference Workshop: Using Data to Inform International Recruitment Strategy
  • Pre-Conference Workshop: Recruiting International Students in the U.S.
  • Pace of Adoption of Intl Student Recruitment Agencies by US Institutions
  • Managing Agency Expectations and Engagement: Improve Numbers and Relationship
  • Discussion: Recruiting Graduate Students
  • Measuring Return on Investment in Intl Student Recruitment: A Working Model
  • Ways to Attract More Intl Students from Markets that Are Right for You
  • Establishing Sustainable and Reciprocal Educator-Agent Relationships
  • Best Practices for the Road Warrior: Developing and Managing an Agent Network
  • Re-Imagining International Student Marketing And Recruitment With Data And Digital Marketing And Recruitment  
  • Harnessing Language Schools as University Pathways
  • Desktop Detective! Investigate Best Practices in Authentication of Documents
  • Crisis Management: Best Practices from an Institutional and Agency Perspective
  • CRM Challenged? How to Select and Sustain One that Works for You
  • The Art and Science of Conversion: Perspectives from the Field
  • Tried and True Tactics to Maximize Your Recruitment Trip on a Minimal Budget
  • Intensive English Programs Role in Designing and Agency Supported Recruitment Model
  • The International 3-Year Degree Debate
  • Vetting Agents or Getting Vetted? What AIRC Certification Can Mean for You!  
  • Market Focus: Southeast Asia
  • Market Focus: Portugal
  • Market Focus: India
  • An Open Discussion Between Agents and Institutions on Initial Concerns Surrounding Potential and New Relationships
  • Working with the Domestic Admissions Office
  • Why Agencies Charge a Service Fee
  • Immigration Basics for Recruiters and Admissions Staff
  • Staff Exchange: Developing Professionals, Building Peer Networks
  • Short-Term Programs for International Participants and Recruiting Strategies
  • The Kaleidoscope College: Working Collaboratively Across Campus Offices
  • Increasing the Share of Indian Undergraduate Students in the US
  • Preparing Staff for Recruitment
  • Beyond the Horizon: Trends Shaping the Future of International Education