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CIS Member Schools

All CIS Member Schools are high quality schools committed to incorporating international and intercultural perspective into their programmes so that students can move forward with the attitudes and understanding that will provide them with a solid base wherever their studies or work may take them.

To become members of CIS, schools participate in a rigorous application process which includes a visit to the school by a CIS staff member. Schools must agree to support and uphold the CIS Code of Ethics.

CIS Accredited Schools

CIS Member Schools further commit to undertaking an ongoing quality assurance process such as CIS Accreditation to enhance student learning. 570 of the 729 Member Schools currently hold or are in the process of obtaining CIS Accreditation. Schools may choose to pursue an ongoing quality assurance process with another recognised organisation or joint accreditation with CIS and another organisation. 

CIS Accreditation ensures that the school meets the CIS Standards for Accreditation which examines the areas of school philosophy and objectives, teaching and learning, governance and management, faculty and support staff, student support services, facilities and resources and student and community life. 

The award of CIS Accreditation demonstrates that:

  • The school is devoted to its mission. It cares enough about what it does to seek validation by a recognised accreditation authority.
  • The school knows itself. It has thought deeply about the services it offers to students, family and community.
  • The school is student-orientated. Its philosophy of education is suitable for the students on roll and encompasses the development of the whole individual.
  • The school keeps its promises. It promises only what it can deliver.
  • The school accepts objective assessment. It is prepared to open its doors periodically to regular evaluation by the school community and by outside experienced evaluators.
  • The school is constantly seeking to improve its performance in curricular and other areas.
  • The school plans for the future. As part of the on-going nature of the evaluation process, accredited schools are continually planning future developments.

Higher education institutions recognise immediately that a CIS Accredited School meets globally-recognised standards and promotes values and skills that they are seeking in students. The Accreditation offered by CIS is also recognised by various government and non-government agencies in a number of countries. 

Search the Membership Directory for CIS Member and CIS Accredited Schools.

CIS Higher Education Members

CIS Higher Education Members are colleges and universities that are dedicated to international education. Their primary interests in joining CIS are to recruit academically prepared and globally minded students from CIS Member Schools around the world to their institutions, and to be part of a membership community that brings together school and higher education professionals in the area of international university admission and guidance. Through their membership in CIS, their participation in CIS conferences, college and university tours and fairs in different regions of the world and the support and services they provide to international students, CIS Higher Education Members demonstrate their commitment to building vibrant international education communities on their campuses.

In order to join CIS Higher Education Membership, colleges and universities must be accredited by their ministry of education and/or a United States regional accrediting organisation, provide evidence that supports the institution’s commitment to international education and providing programmes and services that support international students, and agree to support and uphold the CIS Code of Ethics for Higher Education.

Search the Membership Directory for CIS Higher Education Members.

CIS University Connection Registry


If your child is interested in pursuing higher education outside of their home country or finding a university in their country that can provide an international education, consider having them sign up with the CIS University Connection Registry. Over 500 CIS university members around the globe will have the opportunity to review the information your child submits. Based on your child’s expressed interests and financial aid needs, these fully-accredited universities will provide information about their application process, school programmes and financial aid directly to your child.

All participating universities/colleges sign a statement that they will use contact details only to send their own information/materials. This is a free service available to all students (who will be graduating in the next three years) who are looking to learn more about international higher education opportunities. To explore which universities have access to the CIS University Connection Registry, visit our CIS Membership Directory.

For more information about the CIS University Connection Registry, talk to your child’s University or guidance Counsellor.

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