International Students and Scholars

Web Resources

AIEA Research Agendas for the Internationalization of Higher Education, aims to reflect on existing research, identify gaps, and encourage new research to address the gaps in internationalization. The first two publications in this series are available on the AIEA website: “A Research Agenda for Inbound Mobility: Understanding the International Student Experience on U.S. Campuses”  by Robin Sakamoto (Kyorin University) and “Toward a Research Agenda for U.S. Education Abroad” by Anthony C. Ogden (Michigan State University).

Summary Results (AIEA): overview of policies, procedures, and results of general surveys related to campus internationalization.

Building an IEM Strategic Plan: Questions to Ask Before you Begin! (NAFSA, 2009): Key questions to consider before launching an international enrollment initiative, including a template for a three-year plan.

Funding for U.S. Study: A Guide for International Students & Professionals (IIE) is a free online search engine with more than 500 grant and scholarship listings. It features detailed descriptions of grants, fellowships, and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, and doctoral and postdoctoral research in the United States.

International Enrollment Management: Framing the Conversation (NAFSA, 2010): discusses how institutional (internal) and environmental (external) factors affect the creation of and advocacy for a strategic international enrollment management plan and connects IEM to campus internationalization.

International Student Guide to U.S. Community Colleges (AACC): highlights what prospective international students need to know about U.S. community colleges and covers everything from finding the right college to getting acquainted with U.S. culture.

The World Comes to Our Campus(NAFSA, 2009):  Demonstrating the value of international student and scholar services to offices on campus is often a challenge.  This PowerPoint provides the outline for such a presentation, and can be tailored to meet individual institution’s needs.

Publications (Free)

Agency Based International Recruitment: Members’ Perceptions on Baseline and Best Practices In Agency Management, Campus Services for International Students, Institutional Transparency (AIRC 2015): This paper is In support of AIRC’s core mission to identify and promote standards and best practice in international recruitment. In the paper, AIRC asked experienced institutional and agency members to address the question: “What would key elements of baseline and best practices look like on a typical AIRC campus?”

American International Recruitment Council Certification Manual 4.0 (AIRC 2012):AIRC Certification is intended for agencies (including organizations and companies) located both inside and outside of the United States which recruit international students to colleges, universities and other postsecondary educational institutions located both inside and outside of the United States which are accredited by institutional accreditors recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This Manual describes both the certification process and standards. Institutions involved in international student recruitment can also benefit from an understanding of the Standards.

International Student Orientation Models (NAFSA, 2014): Models vary across institutions and there is not a “one size fits all” delivery technique. This resource outlines models for various Institutional sizes, international student populations, staff support levels, budgets and institutional cultures.

Toward Professional Standards and Practices in International Student Recruitment (AIRC): This White Paper discusses the issues surrounding the use of international student recruitment agents by U.S. colleges and universities in today’s global higher education marketplace, and the role of AIRC and other key organizations in ensuring that high professional standards and ethical practices are followed in recruiting international students.

Publications for Purchase

Bridging the Gap: Recruitment and Retention to Improve International Student Experiences (NAFSA): raises important questions about what we know about the experience of undergraduate international students at U.S. higher education institutions. Perhaps more critically, it explores what we think we know about the reasons international undergraduates enroll at a particular campus, why they stay, or why they transfer.

Guide to International Student Recruitment (NAFSA) covers a variety of recruitment strategies and techniques.

IIE Briefing Papers on Perceptions of Students from India and Vietnam (IIE): These papers reveal how students from India and Vietnam select and perceive destinations for studying abroad. The papers report findings from surveys of Indian and Vietnamese students that IIE conducted in the spring and summer of 2009, with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. While India has been the top place of origin for international students in the U.S., Vietnam currently has recorded the highest growth rates in number of students coming to the U.S. to study, according to IIE’s Open Doors 2009: Report on International Educational Exchange.

Medical Insurance for International Students, Scholars, and Their Families (NAFSA, revised 2013): Available as a brochure intended for student/scholar use, this updated publication helps foreign students and their parents better understand the U.S. health care system. Topics include the Affordable Care Act, insurance policy evaluation, and cost reduction.


Community College Toolkit for International Recruitment (AACC/The College Board) is a one-and-a-half day professional development seminar focused on tools and models for international education programs, from strategic planning and budgets to practical recruitment and marketing tips, admission procedures, and student services and retention.

IIE Higher Education Fairs in Asia (Institute of International Education)- The IIE Fair series provides a unique opportunity for U.S. colleges and universities to expand and widen their presence in China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and India, among other countries; and for students to learn about the wide variety of opportunities available to them.

Programs & Institutes

The Fulbright Program(IIE): is a bi-lateral program that provides opportunities for American and overseas faculty and students to participate in teaching, studying, exchanging ideas and finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE) provides fellowships for established scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries. 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund; celebrating the 457 remarkable scholars from 48 countries who have had the distinction of being awarded SRF fellowships.