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.
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Also see a comprehensive list of international associations at, International Organizations (aieaworld.org)
Careers in International Education. A practical guide to planning the first 5 to 7 years of a career in international education.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development
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.
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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.