Connect and Engage: In Person

Host our Advisers

The success of the EducationUSA network depends on advisers' access to current information and skills-based training. The following opportunities are available for accredited U.S. higher education institutions to work with EducationUSA advisers.

  • EducationUSA Training Institute: EducationUSA Training Institutes are intensive professional development programs that provide EducationUSA advisers with the knowledge and skills to enhance their effectiveness in advising international students on U.S. higher education. Training Institutes are comprised of one week in Washington, D.C. followed by a second week for campus-based training. The Training Institutes are organized at various times throughout the year. Accredited institutions are invited to submit proposals to host the on-campus component of the program.

    Apply to Host On-Campus Training for EducationUSA Advisers (Proposal Deadline: January 2, 2015) The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education are pleased to announce the EducationUSA Training Institute: Enhancing Advising Expertise program to take place in the spring of 2015. Accredited U.S. higher education institutions are invited to submit proposals to host the on-campus portion of the Training Institute, April 27, 2015 - May 1, 2015. The EducationUSA Training Institute: Enhancing Advising Expertise (Level 2) program will take place during the spring of 2015. The Level 2 program, designed for experienced advisers, will increase participants’ depth of knowledge on key topics related to advising students, supporting U.S. institutions, managing an advising center, and representing and advocating for EducationUSA to a variety of audiences.

    Request for Proposal: Groups of accredited U.S. higher education institutions are invited to submit proposals to host the on-campus portion of the EducationUSA Training Institute program.

    Host Campus Responsibilities
    In close collaboration with EducationUSA staff, host campuses will design and carry out the on-campus portion of the training program. Campus responsibilities include securing faculty and staff to deliver training sessions, providing on-campus meeting space and other facilities, and arranging program logistics.

    To apply, download the EducationUSA Training Institute Host Campus Request for Proposals, Campus Host Proposed Budget, EducationUSA Adviser Competencies and the Enhancing Advising Expertise Modules, which include additional information about the program and instructions for applying.

    Questions about the program, hosting responsibilities, or the host campus application should be directed to Allison Viescas, Senior Manager – Operations & Finance, Global EducationUSA Services, Institute of International Education, by December 18, 2014.

    To see a list of frequently asked questions about the RFP, click here.

    Proposal Deadline: January 2, 2015

  • Campus Visits: Experienced advisers represent EducationUSA at a variety of U.S. higher education association conferences each year. During their time in the United States, advisers have the opportunity to arrange individual or small group visits to colleges and universities in the area where the conference is held.

For more information about hosting advisers, please contact our EducationUSA team in DC.

EducationUSA Forum

The annual EducationUSA Forum, held in Washington D.C. in June, gives higher education professionals an opportunity to engage with EducationUSA advisers from around the world. Take advantage of the many opportunities to network with approximately 40-50 advisers, 14 regional educational advising coordinators (REACs), and U.S. State Department and IIE EducationUSA staff as they present the latest regional and country-specific trends and tips for strategic international recruitment planning. Information about the upcoming Forum is posted around February each year.

U.S. Conferences

EducationUSA advisers, regional educational advising coordinators (REACs), and Washington-based State Department and IIE EducationUSA staff attend a variety of U.S. higher education association conferences each year to promote the EducationUSA network and to engage with the U.S. higher education community. They represent the EducationUSA network in conference sessions and at booths in the exhibit halls.

Anticipated 2014-2015 EducationUSA Conference Participation

NACAC September 18-20, 2014 Indianapolis, IN
CCID February 20-23, 2015 Newport Beach, CA
NAGAP  April 8-11, 2015 New Orleans, LA
AACRAO April 12-15, 2015 Baltimore, MD
NAFSA National May 24-29, 2015 Boston, MA
OACAC July 7-9. 2015  Eugene, OR
NACAC October 1-3, 2015 San Diego, CA


In addition, we are pleased to attend regional NAFSA conferences when possible. EducationUSA welcomes invitations and recommendations for participation in future conferences with organizations focused on higher education.

International Conferences

The EducationUSA representatives also attend a variety of international higher education association conferences to promote U.S. higher education opportunities. These include:

EducationUSA Regional Forums Abroad

Periodically, EducationUSA holds regional forums that bring together advisers from a particular world region for intensive training. U.S. higher education professionals are invited to present specialized training sessions while networking with advisers and regional educational advising coordinators (REACs) during these events. Annoucements about these events will be made through the HEI eNews. Europe and Eurasia will be hosting their Regional Forum, September 22-24, 2014, in Tbilisi, Georgia. More details can be found on the Europe and Eurasia Regional Forum site