• Conference

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    Dr. Talal Al-Balushi, Cultural Attache, Embassy of Oman

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    Neil G. Ruiz, PhD from the Pew Research Center

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    The Ambassador of Malaysia

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    Rajika Bhandari, Formerly Vice President of the Institute of International Education, and a noted author and consultant

  • Our Conference Includes


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    Presentations by the key attaches at foreign embassies and an opportunity to meet the personnel responsible for student sponsorship and exchange programs.

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    5 networking breaks where you can meet colleagues working on similar issues and discover new opportunities to collaborate and connect.

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    Continental breakfast and lunch on both days of the conference. Meals and the Conference Reception are often at embassies, offering a unique and undeniably authentic local flavor.

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    Access to all presentations offered at the conference in PDF form so that you can implement what you learned when you return to the office.

  • The Washington International Education Conference

    Meet decision makers in the embassies of countries at the forefront of international student mobility.

    The Washington International Education Conference (WIEC) is a two-day conference dedicated to professional development and building connections between higher education institutions and key figures in foreign embassies and sponsoring organizations. You will hear from embassies representing key international student markets and hear from key Federal government partners including the Department of Commerce, the Department of State, and the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, you will learn from highly regarded peers and research institutions that are committed to the study and implementation of international student recruitment, inter-university partnerships, and international student services.


    You will leave WIEC with the newest information on student mobility trends and issues for your office to utilize, while also having the data and practical tips to more effectively manage your international student program.


    Conference attendees include education and cultural attaches, government representatives, NGO staff, vendors, as well as stakeholders at all stages of the international student lifecycle from universities, colleges, high schools and language programs. WIEC offers unparalleled value and useful sessions for senior international officers, directors of international admissions, recruiters, and international student services officers.

  • Key Topics


    Diversification of student sources in a competitive environment


    Everything you need to know about changes in visa issuance and regulations


    New programs bringing sponsored students to the United States


    Accessing emerging or new growth markets



    Insider approaches to the China and India markets



    Technological innovations in student recruitment and retention


    High level topics in the internationalization of the university campus

    And much much more!

  • Luncheons and the Gala Conference Reception


    Previous Washington International Education Conferences have had informative sessions given by or at the following embassies and international organizations:





    Saudi Arabia




    Miller Mayer LLP


    Barton Carlyle








    Russian Federation







  • WIEC Conferences have included Presentations from Representatives of

    • Canadian Bureau for International Education
    • Embassy of Bahrain
    • Embassy of Brazil
    • Embassy of Colombia
    • Embassy of France
    • Embassy of Germany
    • Embassy of Great Britain
    • Embassy of India
    • Embassy of Indonesia
    • Embassy of Japan
    • Embassy of Kuwait


    • Embassy of Malaysia
    • Embassy of Oman
    • Embassy of Qatar
    • Embassy of Spain
    • Embassy of Sweden
    • Embassy of the Netherlands
    • Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
    • Embassy of the Russian Federation
    • Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
    • Embassy of Turkey
    • Institute of International Education
    • International Research & Exchange Board
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • Korean Cultural Mission
    • Mexican Cultural Mission
    • Organization of American States
    • Pew Research Center
    • Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • The World Bank
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • U.S. Department of State
    • United States Department of Commerce
    • Vietnam Education Foundation


  • Contact Us


    For additional information, please contact:

    Washington International Education Council (WIEC)


    Phone: (301) 641-8376