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Careers Resources for International Higher Education Professionals

A compilation of some of the most prominent and helpful career resources for professionals in international higher education.

Careers in international higher education are professionally and personally rewarding. While many individuals pursue this career path after completing rigorous graduate studies in international education, others have entered the profession from lateral careers related to higher education. Whatever the trajectory, careers in international education require significant knowledge, experience and training.

Fortunately, there is a growing array of helpful resources available to international education professionals, including associations, conferences, journals, online resources, etc. These resources provide essential information with which to inform and successfully navigate a career in international higher education.

In November 2022, Gateway International Group conducted an initial industry-wide survey of international education professionals to identify the most prominent and helpful resources that international educators regularly turn to when seeking assistance with fulfilling their responsibilities. Survey respondents included professionals across all knowledge communities, including International Education Leadership, International Enrollment Management, International Student and Scholar Service, Education Abroad, and Teaching, Learning & Scholarship. The survey responses provide the basis for the compilation presented here. Although the resources are largely U.S. focused, familiarity should prove helpful to all.

Orientation

To effectively organize and present these resources, Gateway identified eleven broad categories. This categorization does not attempt to provide a comprehensive listing of all resources available but rather notes only some of the most prominent and helpful resources that are commonly referenced by international education professionals with each category. The categories included the following:

Career Resources on International Higher Education

This compilation serves to provide a listing of some of the most prominent and helpful career resources for professionals in international higher education. The compilation was developed based on the results of a November 2022 industry-wide survey of international education professionals. Presented in alphabetical order, this compilation does not reflect an endorsement or recommendation by Gateway International Group.

1. Job boards

Also see a comprehensive list of job boards at, Job Boards in International Higher Education.

The Chronicle of Higher Education is devoted to national issues affecting higher education, with in-depth news, opinion, advice and jobs for higher education professions.
The Gateway Jobs board features vacancies of all professional levels across institutions and organizations located around the world related to international higher education.
HigherEdJobs is a leading source for jobs and career information in academia, which helps college faculty and administrators advance their careers and employers attract the very best employees.
Inside Higher Ed is a leading digital media company serving higher education news, thought leadership, careers, jobs and resources.
International ACAC is affiliated with the US-based National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing post-secondary education.
NAFSA Careers provides education, support, and engagement to international educators during all phases of their careers, where they can build their careers. Institutions and organizations can find the best qualified professionals in the field.

2. Career Coaching

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I.C.A.Way provides career coaching for international students and others who may not be familiar with the U.S. job market.
IEI is a state-level organization that promotes and supports the professional development of individuals in the field of international education through collabora-tion, workshops, conferences, and leadership opportunities within the state of Illinois.
Karen Black is a Certified Career Counselor, Board Certified Coach and Licensed Profes-sional Counselor.
Melibee offers an International Education Career Academic for those pursuing careers in international education.
OnPoint Global Strategies & Coaching provides positive leadership and solutions with strategy, implementation, training and professional coaching.
True North Intercultural offers several professional development programs to help individuals and groups develop intercultural teaching and learning capacity.

3. News Outlets

The Chronicle of Higher Education is devoted to national issues affecting higher education, with in-depth news, opinion, advice and jobs for higher education professions.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education is a source of critical news, information and insightful commentary on the full range of issues concerning diversity in American higher education.
ICEF Monitor is a dedicated market intelligence resource for the international education industry.
The IIENetworker is IIE’s bi-annual print and digital magazine, which shares thought leadership, research, and best practices on all aspects of international education from members of the IIENetwork and other international education leaders.
InsideHigherEd is the leading digital media company serving higher education news, thought leadership, careers, jobs and resources.
International Educator is NAFSA’s flagship publication and has been published continually since 1990. As a record of the association and the field of international education, IE includes articles on a variety of topics, trends, and issues facing NAFSA members and their work.
The PIE News is a widely read and highly trusted source of news and business intelligence about the global international education industry.
University World News is an online global higher education publication, which provides in-depth, independent news and commentary on higher education and research worldwide.

4. Professional Associations

Also see a comprehensive list of international associations at, International Organizations (aieaworld.org)

The Alliance is an association that represents organizations and companies comprising the educational and cultural exchange community in the U.S. and serves as a collective public policy voice.
ACE mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy, fosters innovative, high-quality practice, and helps colleges and universities best serve their students, their communities, and the wider public good.
The American International Recruitment Council works to safeguard the interests of both international students and enrolling institutions through the promotion of ethical, standards-based international recruitment strategies.
APAIE is committed to promoting the value of international education within the Asia- Pacific region, enabling greater cooperation between institutions, and enriching and supporting international programs, activities and exchanges.
AIEA is a membership organization formed in November 1982 and is the only association specifically focused on international education SIOs.
AAIE provides high quality learning, development and assessment support to help international students prepare for a successful transition to the best Australian primary and secondary schools.
Diversity Abroad is focused on advancing diversity and inclusive policies and practices in the field of international education and cultural exchange.
EAIE is the European center for expertise, networking and resources in the internationalization of higher education and is dedicated to promoting and driving responsible international education in Europe and beyond.
The Forum provides training and resources to education abroad professionals. The Forum is recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for the field of education abroad.
A membership organization, the Global Leadership League is a professional organization for leaders in international education, providing a platform for community, knowledge, and dialogue.
IIE is a global not-for-profit that focuses on international student exchange, foreign affairs, and international peace and security. IIE creates programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from various sectors.
International ACAC is affiliated with the US-based National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing post-secondary education.
NAFSA is the world’s largest and most diverse nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange, working to advance policies and practices that ensure a more interconnected, peaceful world today and for generations to come.
TAICEP is an international professional association that has the single purpose of supporting and serving the profession of international credential evaluation.

5. Non-Profit Exchange Organizations

IIE is a global not-for-profit organization that focuses on international student exchange, foreign affairs, and international peace and security. IIE creates programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from various sectors.
Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit exchange organization promoting global understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions.
Among its many services for other exchange program grants and opportunities, Global Ties administers grants to the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
World Learning is an international nonprofit organization that focuses on international development, education, and exchange programs.

6. Graduate Education

M.A., Ph.D., and EdD programs in International Higher Education
M.A. in International Education
M.A. in International Higher Education

M.A. in International Education Management

M.A. in International Education
M.A. in International Education & Ed.D. in Global Education
M.A. in International Education Management and Leadership
Doctorate in Internationalization of Higher Education
Ph.D. in Leadership for Intercultural and International Education

7. Academic Journals

Frontiers is an open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal that communicates the latest research on education abroad within a multi-disciplinary forum to reflect on critical issues and concerns for academics and professional practitioners.
JCIHE is an open access, independent, peer-reviewed international journal publishing original contributions to the field of comparative and international higher education.
JIS is a quarterly peer-reviewed publication on international education.
JRIE is an international, peer-reviewed journal in international education for schools, examiners and higher education institutions throughout the world.
JSIE is the premiere forum for higher education leaders, administrators, educators, researchers and policy makers interested in all facets of the internationalization of higher education.

8. Reference Publications & Guides

Careers in International Education. A practical guide to planning the first 5 to 7 years of a career in international education.

Education USA Global Guide. Annual resources guide for U.S. colleges and universities in their approach to international student recruitment from Education USA.
MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication. Standards for language learning in education abroad from IES Abroad.

NAFSA’s Adviser’s Manual 360. An essential source for current U.S. laws, policies, and procedures related to international student and scholar immigration and visa issues.

NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad and Administrators. A flagship education abroad resource for decades.

Standards of International Education Practice. Standards for education abroad programming and practice from the Forum on Education Abroad.

The Handbook of International Higher Education. A trusted companion for both emerging and established practitioners and scholars in international higher education.

The International Education Handbook: Principles and Practices of the Field. A comprehensive overview of key sectors of the field of international education.

9. Professional Conferences

The Association of International Education Administrators holds an annual conference for senior international educators, often held in Washington, DC. The Comparative and International Education Society also holds an annual conference focused on the research, practice, and advancement of comparative and international education.

February​

The Forum on Education Abroad holds an annual conference for professionals engaged in education abroad programming and practice. The Asia-Pacific Association for International Education also holds an annual conference across major cities in Asia each year.

March

NAFSA holds a major international conference focused on all areas of international education. Locations vary. Regional conferences are held throughout the year.

May​

The International Association for College Admission Counseling holds a major conference for international enrollment management professionals.

July​

EducationUSA holds an annual Forum each year for U.S. postsecondary institutions and U.S. higher education community stakeholders seeking to recruit, enroll, and support international students.

August

The European Association of International Education holds a major international conference holds a major international conference focused on all areas of international education. Locations vary across major European cities.

September

Diversity Abroad holds an annual conference dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of global education and cultural exchange.

November

The American International Recruitment Council holds an annual conference for professionals engaged in international student recruitment and enrollment management.

December

9. Professional Conferences

February

The Association of International Education Administrators holds an annual conference for senior international educators, often held in Washington, DC. The Comparative and International Education Society also holds an annual conference focused on the research, practice, and advancement of comparative and international education.

March

The Forum on Education Abroad holds an annual conference for professionals engaged in education abroad programming and practice. The Asia-Pacific Association for International Education also holds an annual conference across major cities in Asia each year.

May

NAFSA holds a major international conference focused on all areas of international education. Locations vary. Regional conferences are held throughout the year.

July

The International Association for College Admission Counseling holds a major conference for international enrollment management professionals.

August

EducationUSA holds an annual Forum each year for U.S. postsecondary institutions and U.S. higher education community stakeholders seeking to recruit, enroll, and support international students.

September

The European Association of International Education holds a major international conference holds a major international conference focused on all areas of international education. Locations vary across major European cities.

November

Diversity Abroad holds an annual conference dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of global education and cultural exchange.

December

The American International Recruitment Council holds an annual conference for professionals engaged in international student recruitment and enrollment management.

10. International Education Datasets.

Education at a Glance is a source for data on the state of education around the world. It provides information on the structure, finances and performance of education systems across OECD countries and partner economies.
Open Doors is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities.
Project Atlas is a global research initiative that disseminates comparable student mobility data, conducts studies on academic migration and the internationalization of higher education.
IPEDS is a federal system in the US designed to collect data from all primary providers of U.S. postsecondary education.
A proprietary instrument, ISB tracks and compares the decision-making, expectations, perceptions and intentions of international students from application to graduation.
Conducted by the American Council on Education every five years, this report provides an assessment of internationalization at U.S. colleges and universities, analyzes progress and trends over time, and identifies future priorities.
An annual state-by-state and congressional district analysis of the economic contributions of international students and their families to the U.S. economy.
NSSE is an annual survey of U.S. colleges and universities about first-year and senior students’ participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development.
CASSIE is a research partnership to study the impact of international education experiences – study abroad, taking a foreign language, Title VI program participation–on student success outcomes.

11. Other Resources

A free, comprehensive and informative resource portal aimed at informing the daily work of international educators and scholars around the world. Gateway also offers a monthly newsletter, an occasional blog, and a biweekly podcast series.
An insightful blog focused on global workforce trends and the impact of education abroad experiences on student employability and career development.
A Facebook forum for international student recruiters to post travel schedules and/or upcoming events, discuss recruitment ideas, and to keep up to date with one another.
The Boston College Center for International Higher Education (IHE) publishes insightful, informed, and high-quality commentary and analysis on trends and issues of importance to higher education systems, institutions, and stakeholders around the world.
A Facebook forum for or ISSS professionals to share ideas, tips, questions and answers.
A weekly newsletter from the Chronicle of higher Education about what matters in global higher education and why.
A free and popular email listserve for education abroad professionals.
A free information resource offering blogs, case studies E-books and more for international education professionals.

Editor

Ximing Li

This compilation was initially developed December 2022 by Ximing Li, a graduate intern of Gateway International Group and doctoral student of Social and Comparative Analysis in Education at the University of Pittsburgh.

Mark Beirn

AFFILIATE

An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development

 

Stephen Appiah-Padi​

AFFILIATE

Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

Specialization Areas:

– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages

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Rosa Almoguera

AFFILIATE

Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.
 

Specialization Areas:

– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training