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

Reserve your hotel room in AIRC's conference block at Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay at the special conference rate. Reserve here.

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

Early Bird Registration Rates (6/20/16-10/5/16)

    •  AIRC Institutional, Pathway and Affiliate Members      $ 550

    •  AIRC Certified Agencies      $ 450

    •  Non-Member      $ 800

Regular Registration Rates (10/6/15 - 11/17/16)

    •  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
8:00 am Coffee in Exhibit Hall
8:00 - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall open
9:00 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
6:00 - 8:00 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 - Break out sessions or 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.

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.

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.

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.

Other Resources For You:

Conference session topics include:

International Enrollment Management

Return on Investment

International Recruitment Strategies

Lowering Costs of International Student Recruitment

Up-to-date Regional/Country Trends

Credential Evaluation and Verification

Pathway Providers/IEPs

Sponsored Student Recruitment

Agency-Based Recruitment

Social Media as a Recruitment Tool

Successful Recruitment for all Institutions: Community Colleges, Small Private Colleges, Public Institutions