EdTech for
International Education

Over 40 EdTech companies international educators should know about.
EdTech companies have supported higher education operations for years and yet, modern smart technology introduced by Industry 4.0 is transforming all facets of higher education, including international operations and programming. Savvy international educators recognize that new directions in EdTech have the potential to revolutionize the next generation of international education. This compilation includes those innovative EdTech companies that have already begun to shape a new era of international learning and engagement, with a particular emphasis on those platforms of particular relevance to U.S. operations and programming.

What is EdTech for international education?

Education Technology (“EdTech”) broadly refers to the technological tools and media that assist in the communication, development, or exchange of knowledge. Examples of EdTech include data and content management systems, social and interactive digital learning environments, and other platforms that facilitate learning and performance.


To identify those EdTech companies that support international education operations and programming, a select group of notable international education leaders and EdTech professionals from across the United States were surveyed. To qualify for inclusion, a company, or its platform, must meet each of the following criteria:
Please note that this compilation has been developed with fidelity to these survey findings and as such, may not include all EdTech companies supporting international learning and engagement. Similarly, some EdTech companies, or their respective platforms, may be engaged in other knowledge communities or supporting key functions not noted here.

Key Findings

These findings suggest that the current state of EdTech for international higher education is marked by several trends:
Many of the international education EdTech platforms identified were unknown to the majority of those international educators surveyed. Only one platform noted here, Canvas by Instructure, was known by all respondent and only four were known by at least 80% of respondents.
Almost half of the EdTech companies noted here are active in the areas of international admissions and enrollment management. EdTech is also commonly utilized to innovate teaching and learning activities, as demonstrated by the considerable expansion in online language learning platforms in recent years.
There are few EdTech solutions to support international partner management despite the growing importance of international collaboration. There also are few platforms available to manage health, safety, security and risk management issues vis-à-vis the increased attention given to these areas. The latter areas may be particularly ripe for expansion as international education partners continue to explore data privacy implications of General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) and continue to reflect on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International Education Knowledge Communities

International higher education has numerous professional focus areas. As such, this compilation was structured around the five knowledge community classifications employed by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

International Education
Key Functions

The eight key functions included here address common activities and responsibilities that span all aspects of international programming and operations.  For example, both education abroad and international student recruitment rely on enrollment management technologies.

Companies to Watch in 2021

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A relative newcomer to international higher education, Podium Education is partnering with U.S. colleges and universities to offer innovative Global Tech Programs. These programs produce global-ready graduates who are equipped for a multicultural work environment with in-demand tech skills and intercultural competency. Their quick launch, turn-key programs are re-imagining international education.

Although not yet technically an EdTech company (and thus, not listed here), IntelePeer is quickly adapting its award-winning technology to deliver an omnichannel communications platform with the potential to transform international student recruitment, enrollment management and alumni engagement.

Vioo is a relative newcomer to international education with their innovative platform for international student recruitment. With Vioo, prospective students can explore hundreds of real-life college student videos, request on-demand video content depicting the ins-and-outs of college life in the U.S. Via Vioo’s UniTalks, groups of prospective high school students can discuss a range of topics with current students, from academic matters to student life.


With the goal of highlighting those EdTech platforms that have the potential to transform next generational international learning and engagement, this compilation was developed February 2021 by:

Erin Niday

Ms. Erin Niday is an international education practitioner and higher education researcher.  Among her expertise includes a strong focus on promoting student success and the effective utilization of educational technology. She was among the fall 2020 cohort of the Gateway Leadership Institute. 

Anthony C. Ogden

Dr. Anthony C. Ogden is the managing partner of Gateway International Group and is a well- respected educator with over 25 years of experience in international higher education. He has held senior leadership positions at four major research institutions and has produced numerous publications focused on international higher education.

Anthony C. Ogden

Founder & Managing Director

Dr. Anthony C. Ogden is a distinguished leader in the field of international higher education and the Founder and Managing Director of Gateway International Group. With over 25 years of experience, he has established himself as an influential figure in the industry, specializing in education abroad, comprehensive internationalization, and global engagement.

Prior to founding Gateway International Group, Dr. Ogden made significant contributions to renowned institutions such as Pennsylvania State University, the University of Kentucky, Michigan State University, and the University of Wyoming. Across thee role, he has led offices related to international students and scholars, education abroad, global studies, and English language programs.

Dr. Ogden is a prolific author and scholar, having published numerous scholarly articles and co-edited several books on international higher education. His works cover topics such as scholar-practitioners, integrating education abroad into curricula, and comprehensive research on international education. He serves as an external reviewer for esteemed journals in the field.

An active member of professional organizations like NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Association of International Education Administrators, Dr. Ogden has also served on international boards focused on advancing higher education. He has taught at institutions including Pennsylvania State University, the University of Kentucky, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Drawing from his extensive international experience, Dr. Ogden has conducted program evaluations in over 25 countries, collaborating with organizations and agencies worldwide. He is highly sought after as a speaker, delivering seminars and workshops on international higher education globally.

As the Founder and Managing Director of Gateway International Group, Dr. Ogden continues to shape the field. His consultancy firm offers comprehensive services to institutions aiming to enhance their global engagement strategies, education abroad programs, and international partnerships. Driven by his passion for promoting intercultural understanding and global citizenship, Dr. Ogden remains dedicated to advancing international higher education and empowering institutions in navigating the complexities of an interconnected world.

Education Abroad (Internationalization in Higher Education Series): Ogden, Anthony C.
Education Abroad and the Undergraduate Experience: Critical Perspectives and Approaches to Integration with Student Learning and Development: Brewer, Elizabeth, Ogden, Anthony C., Whalen, Brian
International Higher Education’s Scholar-Practitioners: bridging research and practice: Bernhard Streitwieser, Anthony C. Ogden, Bernhard Streitwieser, Anthony C. Ogden

Episode 29: Cultural Lens on U.S. Higher Education: Analyzing International Perceptions of 'Anti-Woke’ Discourse

Dive into a nuanced exploration of the global discourse surrounding higher education in the United States. Join us for a panel discussion with esteemed international educators as we embark on a journey through the lenses of culture and international perspective, examining how global audiences interpret and engage with the ‘anti-woke’ discourse within the context of U.S. higher education. This engaging panel discussion will delve into the intersections of culture, ideology, and education, and the complex landscape of how international audiences perceive the ‘anti-woke’ narrative that has emerged within U.S. academia.

Whether you’re a senior international officer, or simply curious about the diverse viewpoints shaping U.S. higher education, this podcast episode will provide an invaluable space for critical analysis and insightful conversations.

Speaker Biography:

Fanta Aw is a distinguished leader in international education, renowned for her extensive contributions to global learning, cross-cultural understanding, and educational equity. With a deep commitment to fostering connections between diverse cultures and promoting educational excellence, she has significantly impacted the international education community.

Fanta Aw’s career has been characterized by her dedication to advancing global education initiatives, promoting diversity and inclusion, and nurturing partnerships that transcend borders. She has held influential roles in various organizations, advocating for the importance of international collaboration and learning experiences that empower individuals to navigate an increasingly interconnected world.

As a thought leader and visionary, Fanta Aw’s insights and expertise have shaped discussions on the future of international education, emphasizing the significance of equitable access, cultural exchange, and lifelong learning. Her work has not only elevated institutions but has also inspired countless individuals to embrace the transformative power of global education.

Date: September 14th, 2023
Time: 12 noon ET

Sponsored by:

Mark Beirn


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​


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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Rosa Almoguera


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.